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McDonald's to Close for Morrissey's LA Concert

In a first, Staples Center will go vegetarian

(Newser) - Morrissey managed to convince the Staples Center to go meat-free, an achievement even Paul McCartney couldn't accomplish. At Morrissey's sold-out March 1 concert, the LA venue will only offer vegetarian food, for the first time ever. That means all the McDonald's outlets there will be closed, Billboard ... More »

Tot's Parents Distracted by Photos During Deadly Fall

'Somehow child went over the edge,' says official

(Newser) - The parents of a toddler who fell to his death from a luxury suite at a Los Angeles Lakers game were taking or looking at digital photos when "somehow the child went over the edge of the section," said a police spokesman . Lucas Anthony Tang, 2, plunged some... More »

Blanket Jackson Sees the Light of Day

(Newser) - The carefully guarded children of Michael Jackson made a rare public appearance at his memorial yesterday, but for one of them it was even more revolutionary: Prince Michael Jackson II—aka Blanket—was seen fully for the first time, Fox News reports. Blanket, who was famously dangled by his father... More »

Jackson's Tearful Daughter Steals Star-Studded Show

Fans pouring into Staples Center all morning

(Newser) - Mariah Carey kicked off the memorial service for Michael Jackson today, singing "I'll Be There," as the singer's body lay in a golden casket, covered in red flowers, at the foot of the stage at the Staples Center. And his 11-year-old daughter got in the last word with... More »

Guest List Solidifies; Liz Taylor Won't Attend

(Newser) - The star-studded guest list for the Michael Jackson memorial service tomorrow in Los Angeles doesn't include Elizabeth Taylor, but the legendary actress is sure her dear friend would understand, People reports. "I just don't believe that Michael would want me to share my grief with millions of others,"... More »

Fans Beat Odds to Land Tickets

(Newser) - Michael Jackson fans began to celebrate tonight after beating the odds to win coveted tickets to Tuesday's memorial service at the Staples Center in LA. "I'm in shock that it has happened," said Deka Motanya, 27, of San Francisco. "It's surreal." More than 1.6 million... More »

Still Thrilling: 1.6M Vie for Jackson Memorial Tickets

(Newser) - Some 1.6 million fans vied for fewer than 18,000 spots to attend Michael Jackson's upcoming memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, reports CNN. Each of the 8750 winners of a lottery will receive a pair of tickets to Tuesday's event. They'll be informed via email... More »

Lottery Planned for 17,500 Free Jacko Memorial Tickets

(Newser) - Organizers will give out 17,500 free tickets to Tuesday’s Michael Jackson memorial at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, the Times reports. The drawing will occur Sunday, and ticket-seekers can register online. Trying to avoid a rush, the promoter kept some details secret, saying only “there will be no... More »

Jackson Video Shows Him 2 Days Before Death

(Newser) - One last Michael Jackson video has emerged as a sad cap to his career. Made just two days before he died, the video shows Jackson rehearsing at LA's Staples Center for his London concerts, reports E! Online. Show promoter AEG released the short footage of him performing the song "... More »

Jackson Memorial Tuesday at LA Arena After Family Service

20,000-seat coliseum will host farewell to the King of Pop

(Newser) - A memorial service for Michael Jackson will go ahead Tuesday at Los Angeles’ Staples Center next week, CNN reports, and, according to TMZ, will follow a private, family service at a local cemetery. It’s unclear whether Tuesday’s public event, set for 10am, will be at Staples’ 20,000-seat... More »

Jackson Memorial Could Cost Fans, LA

Service could be Tuesday at Staples Center

(Newser) - As speculation focuses on Tuesday as the date for Michael Jackson’s public memorial in Los Angeles, how the city will pay for crowd control and security is sure to become an issue, the Times reports. Private donors and AEG, which owns Staples Center—the likely venue for such a... More »

Murdoch Near Deal to Sell Weekly Standard

Wall Street Journal makes conservative mag unnecessary

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. is close to a deal to sell the Weekly Standard to billionaire media mogul Philip Anschutz, the Los Angeles Times reports. The conservative magazine boasts a modest circulation of 83,000, though Murdoch has long prized the cachet it granted him in Washington. But Murdoch... More »

Dave Matthews Saxophonist Dies

LeRoi Moore succumbed to complications from ATV injuries

(Newser) - Dave Matthews Band saxophonist LeRoi Moore, one of the group's founding members, is dead, reports E!Online. The 46-year-old musician and arranger died yesterday in a Los Angeles hospital from complications linked to injuries Moore suffered in an ATV accident on his Virginia farm nearly two months ago. Matthews announced... More »

Lakers Still Alive, Beat Celtics 103-98 in Game 5

Bryant struggles but scores 25; credited with key steal late

(Newser) - Pack up the championship trophy and book a flight back to Boston, the NBA finals aren't over yet. The Los Angeles Lakers are headed East to try a historic comeback of their own. Kobe Bryant scored 25 points, including a decisive dunk in the final minute,  and Lamar Odom... More »

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