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   • LAist, the SoCal version of New York's Gothamist, goes public Tuesday. Earlier: Gothamist going bicoastal.
   • We're number one: The feds seize more contraband cigarettes at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles than anywhere else. (Breeze/Daily News)
   • Lakers lose another coach: Mike Krzyzewski is staying at Duke. (AP via LAT)
   • Caitlin Flanagan had her first (I believe) piece in last week's New Yorker since joining the staff from L.A. It was a take on career moms, pegged to her memories of her late mother deciding to take a job outside the home. The piece is not online.
   • Cease and desist: A lawyer for Los Angeles magazine wants CityBeat to stop using "Best of Los Angeles." CityBeat declines.


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