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When the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA championship in June, the team and private donors paid the $2 million tab for the victory celebration The same can't be said for Michael Jackson's July 7 public memorial at Staples Center, unfortunately.

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Kobe Bryant and the Lakers brought the NBA championship trophy back to Los Angeles and with it cause for celebration, but how can a city struggling to make ends meet justify the traditional $2 million victory parade? By making the team and private donors pay for it.

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Filming one of his last scenes as Harvey Milk, San Francisco's first openly gay politician, who was assassinated by City Hall colleague Dan White in 1978, Sean Penn got all Method on the crowd of extras assembled to reenact the scene of an important speech Milk made on Gay Freedom Day 30 years ago.

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In case you haven't heard, the New York Giants whipped the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Sunday. It was a major upset that earned them one of those grand New York City ticker-tape parades, to take place on Tuesday. Which raises the question: How will millions of New Yorkers clogging the subways, blocking the streets and flocking to the "Canyon of Heroes" affect Tuesday's other big event, the election?

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