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Mayor Tony plays softball in Dodger Stadium, poses with Playmates, meets the President of the Dominican Republic, and introduces Al Gore before a screening of the former VP's new film - all captured by LA Observed. It's good to be #1.

It's also good to be 734. The Valley today gets a new Metro Rapid line. Luckies.

The NY Times spends 36 hours in LA and go horseback riding in Griffith Park, eat at Palms Thai, and does yoga in Hollywood. What, couldn't find a map to the stars homes?

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Laguna Beach pelican on acid crashed through a car windshield earlier this week. It's the same type of poisoning that that was the likely cause of the behavior of the birds portrayed in the Hitchcock classic.

A new Canadian study has shown that traffic is hazardous to your health. And not just your health, but the health of the kids too.

In the extensive discussion of the effects of air pollution, the report cites studies of Atlanta during the 1996 Olympics, when a lot of car traffic was temporarily replaced by transit. Not only was measured air pollution reduced, but the number of children admitted to hospitals for asthma attacks was reduced significantly. The same phenomenon was observed around the Peace Bridge between Buffalo and Fort Erie when traffic temporarily dropped by 50% after Sept. 11, 2001.

The LADWP reports that "on Friday, June 16, the city's energy load peaked at 5300 megawatts. The record load was 5661 megawatts, set on July 22, 2005," and then provide 19 ways to conserve energy this summer.

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