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Get your pet cactus at the L.A. Flea Market

July 19, 2010 | 11:23 am

Opening day for the new L.A. Flea Market at Dodger Stadium was packed Sunday and featured everything from pet cacti to a food truck court, KPCC reports:

Emmit Bynog, a first-time flea market vendor, sold "Pet Canned Cactus", a creation made from a succulent planted in an aluminum can. These cacti are sold dressed in googly eyes, hats, bandannas, or even a rosary.

Other goings-on around Web L.A.:

Teen barters his way to a Porsche: The San Gabriel Valley Tribune has a great story about a teen who bartered his way from a cell phone to a Porsche on Craigslist:

He traded that phone for a better phone, which he then traded for an i-Pod touch. He traded that for a series of dirt bikes, a MacBook Pro, and a 1987 Toyota 4Runner.

Medallion center to open Downtown: Los Angeles Downtown News reports on the progress of the Medallion project -- a residential and shopping center at Fourth and Main streets:

The development at Fourth and Main streets with 96 apartments and 200 retail spaces is in the final weeks of construction. The bigger question is how the project, in particular its 85,000 square feet of retail space, will look and sound six months or a year from now.

http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2010-01/51432302.jpgCoastal mapping project: The San Jose Mercury News reports on a high-tech laser mapping project which will produce detailed, 3-D renderings of the California coast:

The $3.3 million effort will begin with researchers in an airplane flying back and forth along the coast shooting thousands of laser pulses per second at the rocks, beaches and cliffs along the 1,200-mile shoreline from Mexico to Oregon, generating ultra-detailed 3-D images of the contours of the land in huge computer files.

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