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LAT in 90 Seconds

steinonline.jpgOnline, No One Can Hear Your Scream: In an apparent bid to either ramp up its Web site or drive Joel Stein mad (either outcome would be much appreciated), the LAT will begin weekly, hourlong online chats. For the first one on Jan. 23, the powers that be are offering up Stein on a stick. At first we wondered, “Were we punked? Was Stein’s I don’t want to hear from readers” column a ruse?” But then we remembered that Stein isn’t funny enough for that. And we felt better.

ptc.jpgMad About You: The Parents Television Council is on another tear about a self-produced problem.

jagger.jpgPay for Play: That rock stars can be hired for private parties is nothing new. That so many of them are farming themselves out so often is kinda sad. If the record industry’s slump doesn’t take a turn soon, we might eventually see Mick Jagger singing with Barney.

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