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Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Toys unchained

Whips and chains sold separately: Los Angeles black community leaders are calling for the removal from stores of action figure toys based on characters from Quentin Tarantino's latest "revenge fantasy" flick, "Django Unchained," about a former slave who hunts down the plantation owner holding his wife. The action figures, one activist said, "trivialize the horrors of slavery."

A toy company spokesman said the action figures are meant for adult collectors, who, after they've had their bath and are in their jammies, stage scene-for-scene recreations of the movie on their family room floors.

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Can I get that coffee to go? A man who had been hit by a bus in downtown Seattle got up and walked a block to a Starbucks, still bleeding from his head and speaking incoherently.

The man had obviously sustained a concussion, Starbucks baristas said, because all he tried to order was a cup of coffee, black, no sugar.

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How much is that in Roman numerals? CBS, which will broadcast Superbowl XLVII on Feb. 3, is charging as much as $4 million to run a 30-second ad during this year's NFL championship, up from $3.5 million last year.

Advertisers are having to pay so much up front to run the ads, they're cutting back on ad production costs. For example, this year's Bud Bowl will feature cans of Schaefer vs. Pabst Blue Ribbon.

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