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 n.— «Sgt. Lou Cruz said the boy, whose name was not released, was being driven home by friends just before 4 a.m. Saturday when they were caught in the middle of a sideshow at 90th and Bancroft avenues and someone shot at the vehicle. […] Cruz said there were “dozens and dozens” of vehicles and observers at the sideshow, which he said have become “playgrounds for the lawless.” Sideshows are notorious for erratic, dangerous driving and have become increasingly violent. There have been several killings and other shootings linked directly to sideshows and some gangs frequent them looking for rivals, police said.» —“Police: Teen “innocent kid” of sideshow violence” by Harry Harris Oakland Tribune (California) July 19, 2009. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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