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Noon News Youse Can Use - Rickshaws, Soap Boxes, $10 million McMansions

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What's a brotha gotta do to get a decent rickshaw ride these days? - AP

Americans trust Dems over GOP on moral values and the war on terror for the first time since 2001 - Newsweek

Jack, Leonardo crime thriller "The Departed" tops the movie charts this weekend with $27 mil - Box Office Mojo

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Mayor Tony goes to China, loses luggage, insults fellow travelers, gets offerred bootlegged dvds - LA Times

Sen. Barbara Boxer literally gets on a soap box to deliver anti-GOP speech at UCLA - Daily Bruin

If CurbedLA says a McMansion includes a $10.8 million, 12,000-square-foot, six-bedroom, seven-bath crib in a gated community in Calabasas, with a screening room with padded walls, stone and walnut floors, pool with a swim-up bar, and a wine cellar, then we want to know what a straight-up mansion is like. - CurbedLA

Paris and Nicole no longer fake-hating each other - TMZ

If you're on probation, you can't hang out on Skid Row. Rodeo Drive, here we come! - LA Times

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