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Millions don't buy perfection

March 16, 2008|STEVE HARVEY

With housing sales in decline, you might be surprised to hear that someone would have the nerve to ask $2 million for a house with defective materials. But that appeared to be the case in Long Beach, resident Louis O'Brien discovered when he saw the flier for the mansion (see accompanying). Oh, well, at least the seller was being honest.

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Unclear on the concept

Rich Hackenberg of Cerritos noticed an ad for a home entertainment center that has the TV situated BEHIND the seating area (see accompanying). I have to admit, though, that this arrangement would meet the approval of Mrs. Only in L.A., who, like many moms, is not a big TV fan.

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You think gasoline is overpriced . . .

Karen Paliska of Lake Forest chanced upon a fast-food joint that could have the most expensive tacos in the nation (see photo).

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Wrap song

It's hardly uncommon for businesses in West L.A. to devote a wall to photos of the stars. So why should Wishing Well Medical, which sells and rents medical equipment, be any different? One of the celebs displayed is actor Jack Klugman. Donny Albrecht of Wishing Well said he saw Klugman one day and remarked to an acquaintance of the actor how tan and healthy he looked. "He hangs out at the racetrack," the acquaintance explained. I guess so. Albrecht's friend asked Klugman to send the store a photo and the 8-by-10 glossy arrived, wrapped in Daily Racing Forms.

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A few good women?

Don't know if you've seen the YouTube promo for Hillary Clinton featuring movie lines by Jack Nicholson, who is supporting her ( www.youtube.com /watch?v=U9NUPLaoUdo). It's skillfully edited. I say skillfully because a blurb from the movie "A Few Good Men" shows Nicholson's character, a Marine colonel, saying, "There's nothing on this earth sexier, believe me, gentlemen, than a woman that you have to salute in the morning."

What isn't included in the excerpt is the rest of his speech, which descends into an X-rated tirade against a female officer played by Demi Moore. Hardly an endorsement of a female authority figure.

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Worst-Timing Award

That goes to an individual who was suspected of burglarizing several houses in West L.A. LAPD detectives visited a pawnshop to ask employees if they were familiar with the suspect, reported the Thin Blue Line, a police publication. One worker not only said he knew who the suspect was but added that the guy had just walked into the shop. He was arrested and deposited in a jail cell.

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miscelLAny

The College Football News says that if the investigation of ex-USC football star Reggie Bush for possible NCAA violations results in penalties for the school, "the balance of Pac 10 power could take a drive a few miles north." A few miles NORTH? Reader David Chan wonders where that would be. Occidental?

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Steve Harvey can be reached at (800) LATIMES, Ext. 77083; by fax at (213) 237-4712; by mail at Metro, L.A. Times, 202 W. 1st St., L.A. 90012; and by e-mail at steve.harvey@latimes.com.

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