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Videos of Michael Jackson’s children surface on YouTube

May 12, 2010 |  4:57 pm

Michael Jackson may have carefully shielded his children from public view, but new videos of Paris and Blanket Jackson have popped up recently on YouTube, giving fans a peek at the children as they sing, rap, and goof around. KTLA reports:

In at least seven videos, 8-year-old Blanket is seen dancing around with a friend and showing off his light saber skills. Paris is also featured in a couple of clips that were reportedly captured from an iChat conversation via a Webcam.

Even though several fake Facebook pages have been created for the children, a source close to the Jackson family told E! News that the videos are authentic.

Billionaire math: L.A. Weekly's Tibby Rothman continues her reporting on a proposal to charge billionaire Eli Broad $1 a year for rent on downtown property that would become home to the Broad Museum. Rothman apparently got her hands on a document that shows the value of the property to be $7.7 million.

The story, published on L.A. Weekly's blog, notes:

The roughly two acres of land is owned by city taxpayers (not by the county, as Los Angeles media have wrongly reported). But it took a request from county officials – not the City Council nor Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – to find out how much the land is really worth. So far Villaraigosa has made no effort to find out if 4 million Los Angeles residents want to fork over a $7.7-million piece of their land to Eli Broad.

In a previous front-page story published in the L.A. Times, Broad bristled at the criticism: "It just burns me that people are saying they're giving me, a billionaire, $1 a year for nothing without looking at the public benefit that's being created, without thinking of all these children that are going to go there free of charge and all of the other benefits."

Broad had been weighing options in both Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles as a site for a new contemporary art museum. He told Times editorial board members and reporters that a downtown museum would help fulfill his longstanding vision of building up downtown L.A. as a magnet for economic growth and cultural tourism. Read more about Broad's statements on Culture Monster, the Times' arts blog.

Mumps on the rise: L.A. County's director of Public Health says that cases of mumps are on the rise, reports LAist.

So far this year, nine cases have been reported in Los Angeles County – six have been confirmed – compared to seven cases in all of 2009. 

The viral illness is vaccine-preventable, so make a doctor's appointment if you or your children haven't been vaccinated.

-- Kimi Yoshino

Kimi Yoshino is a Times assistant city editor. Have a newstip for Linking L.A.? Email newstips@latimes.com.