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On average I wish I lived in Los Angeles about a thousand times a week, but this week? Not so much.
As the city gets ready to deal with the chaos that will be Michael Jackson's public memorial on Tuesday, cops are begging people to not even attempt to make it to the Staples Center if they don't already have tickets.
Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell of the LAPD told the press on Sunday morning that downtown streets surrounding the arena will be closed Tuesday while the memorial is being held. Only ticket holders will be allowed in to what's being called the "safe zone." "Stay home," the chief advised. "Stay somewhere where you can have access to a TV, some air conditioning and some friends, and watch it in a respectful manner ... rather than standing out here on the city streets." It has been reported that over 1.6 million people registered online to win tickets to say goodbye to MJ -- and only 8,750 names were drawn. Each "winner" got two tickets. 11,000 ticket-holders will get in to the Staples Center, while 6,500 will be shuffled next door to the Nokia Theater for a simulcast. If you're like me and you don't live in the LA area, or you wouldn't be caught dead (no pun intended) in the vicinity of it, a worldwide video feed from the services will be available to every network and on the Internet for free, so there's no doubt you'll be able to see it somewhere. It's absolutely going to be some kind of spectacle -- but would you expect anything less from Michael Jackson's final hurrah?