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Car-mageddon!

The I-405 freeway in Southern California officially shut down temporarily Friday night.

Here’s  a reason not to visit the Los Angeles area (or California, for that matter) this weekend.

One of the busiest freeways in the country, I-405 through the Los Angeles area, was shut down due to a widening project, thus creating the well-hyped “Carmageddon.”  The project may include the demolition of the Mullholland Bridge. Residents have been told to stay home or seek public transportation, and if they must drive, seek alternate routes.

But why did they pick this weekend to close that section of I-405? They could have picked, as Jay Leno joked in his monologue, “Thanksgiving and Christmas so our relatives can’t get to us.”

There will be no shortage of “Ha-ha! I survived Carmageddon, bitches!” T-shirts come Monday morning.

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How Rude!

Bostonians don’t do hugs and Seattleites are cold. But there is one city that took the title as America’s Rudest City… and it ain’t New York City.

The winner — I mean loser — is Los Angeles. But New York did make the list, landing on the number 2 spot, followed by Philadelphia at number 3. Other cities to make the list are Boston, Baltimore, Washington,  D.C., Dallas, and Miami to name a few. On the flip side, Charleston, South Carolina is named the Most Polite City in America.

Funny, I always though New Yorkers were rude. L.A. can count me out as a tourist. But what about Hartford — we’ve got some rude f**kers people out here, too.

R.I.P. Merlin Olsen

Remember the good ol’ days when L.A. used to have not one, but two NFL teams? Merlin Olsen was a force to be reckoned with as his role in the Rams’ — formerly in Los Angeles — “fearsome foursome.” But he had a different role, too. One of the great sports broadcasters the world has given us.

Olsen lost his battle with cancer this morning. He was 69.

Many of us may have seen him on “The Little House on the Prairie” or on most FTD ad campaigns telling you how flowers can take someone’s breath away. “We all know what a wonderful, tremendous football player he was, but he was so much more than that,” said fellow Hall of Famer and colleague Jack Youngblood. Olsen left us a footstep that we can all remember.