LA Weekly's Top 11 News Stories of 2011
9. "Lindsay Lohan Nude Playboy Photos Leak One Week Early: Oops."
Playboy Hef's little cash cow.
By Simone Wilson
Playboy recently announced that its current Lindsay Lohan-does-Marilyn issue is setting new sales records for the company. Even though we only posted two photos as a preview -- and later took them down, at Playboy's request -- this measly post on the leak of Lohan's big "classy" comeback shot into the year's top stories in a matter of weeks. Guess everyone really wanted to see Venice Beach's hottest mess without clothes on. Go figure.
The way Playboy king Hugh Hefner is Tweeting this thing up, you'd think the Lohan photo leak was orchestrated to hype the issue.
Even if this isn't a PR stunt, it's doing great things for a dying icon. Hell, Playboy hasn't gotten this much buzz since L.A. County health officials found pneumonia in the grotto.
8. "L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Wants a Six-Foot Security Wall Erected Around His Mansion"
By Simone Wilson
L.A. City Hall hypocrisy, exemplified. Political skeptics over at Drudge flocked this post to rip our elitist mayor to shreds for ordering the king's men to erect a barrier between him and the people -- after rising to office on a "bridges not walls" platform, no less. Good riddance.
Indeed, we're having trouble thinking of a single instance in which the mayor was subjected to some danger that the rest of Los Angeles hasn't been subjected to as well.
Oh right -- librarians and city workers with picket signs. Scary stuff, really: In April, the library folk went so far as to sit on the mayor's lawn, where they brought out the big guns -- BOOKS -- and read them aloud to children.
Nothing a blighty "F y'all" wall can't fix!
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