(From Guardian Unlimited)
Hundreds of thousands of fans were descending on downtown Los Angeles today to bid their final goodbyes to Michael Jackson outside a celebrity-packed memorial service to the singer.
Stars including Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie and Jennifer Hudson were due to perform before 18,000 people at the LA Staples Centre sports stadium. Among these will be some of the 8,750 fans who won tickets in a lottery which attracted 1.6 million bids, with others watching in an overflow theatre, where the memorial will be broadcast on a giant screen.
Police estimate that more than 250,000 people will crowd the streets …