Glendale to Jackson family: Pay for burial yourself, thanks


When the city of Los Angeles agreed to foot the bill for Michael Jackson's memorial service last month, a lot of people saw red. The city, with its $530 million deficit, was in no position to splurge on the $1.4 million the elaborate dog and pony show is estimated to have cost. The sleepy burg of Glendale, however, just up the road a bit, has no such problem.

The city of Glendale, home to the huge Forest Lawn Memorial Park, where Jackson is to be interred Aug. 29, has told the family that they will have to cough up the cash to pay for police and other services it will provide them as they lay to rest the King of Pop.