Los Angeles does in fact have a daily newspaper other than the LA Times. It’s the Daily News and its alarming front page today reports that the city was about to be eaten by a mysterious blob. That was a fate first foretold in a 1958 movie, but assumed to be a fantastical, mostly implausible scenario. We live downtown and you’d think we’d have been aware that yesterday “a mysterious black blob” was on the attack “with a tar-like goo that oozed from manholes, buckled a street and unmoored a Raymond Chandler-era brick building.” LAFD Captain Al Gonzales said, “The street looked like it was about to pop. Everybody sort of stepped back and said, Whoa.” Turns out, though, it was simply the St. James Oil Company on a nearby petroleum drilling job that got out of control.