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Daily Dose - LA Flea Market, turf vendors, Lucille Ball auction and Bieber's "Baby"

July 16, 2010 -- I've been trying really hard lately not to bring anything new into my house, seeing as we already have too much stuff. But this is a temptation I may just not be able to resist... The new LA Flea Market will open this Sunday at Dodger Stadium. Founder Phillip Dane said he hopes it'll be a festival - not just a cheap place to shop.

Recently laid-off employees of Homeboy Industries - an organization that trains and locates jobs for former gang members - will staff the flea market.

Dane says he hand-picked the vendors, food catering trucks, and entertainment options. Take a listen:



California has reached a legal settlement with two artificial turf companies which say they'll get rid of nearly all lead in products used at parks and schools.

Suppliers Beaulieu LLC and manufacturer FieldTurf USA will change their products to reduce lead to safe amounts, that's according to state Attorney General Jerry Brown.

The cases were filed two years ago after testing found that the lead levels were more than ten times higher than what's allowed under guideline's for kid's products. Lead can affect nervous system development in children.

FieldTurf has also agreed to install new fields at a discount to some locaitons and Beaulieu has agreed to pay for lead tests at some sites.


Some of Lucille Ball's love letters and awards will be sold at auction after a judge ruled to block the sale. This because the judge imposed a condition that Ball's daughter can't meet.

Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill's lawyer says the comedienne's items will be sold tomorrow at a Beverly Hills auction planned by Heritage Auction Galleries.

Today a judge imposed a $250,000 bond that Luckinbill would have to pay to get a restraining order issued. That amount is too high for the daughter of Ball and her first husband Desi Arnaz.

Finally, Justin Bieber's music video for the song "Baby" is now the most-watched video ever on YouTube.

The 16-year-old pop star's video won out over Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" video to take the all time lead with more than 246 million hits.

Bieber tweeted a thank you to so-called Beliebers and said the video's success was crazy. If you'd like to boost his ratings even more, here ya go: