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LA Prepares for Michael Jackson Memorial Service

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jackson's former wife Debbie Rowe has decided not to attend Tuesday's memorial for Jackson after all.

An attorney says her presence there would be an "unnecessary distraction."

Meanwhile, the ticket hand-off for Michael Jackson's public memorial service in Los Angeles has been going smoothly at Dodger Stadium.

Winners of an Internet ticket lottery began exchanging vouchers for tickets in a drive-through process Monday in the stadium parking lot.

Each winner gets two tickets, and are free to give anyone their second one.

Assistant police chief Earl Paysinger says about 1,500 cars had passed through by midmorning.

Jackson's memorial is planned for Tuesday morning at the Staples Center sports arena. Organizers made tickets available free of charge for 11,000 seats in Staples and 6,500 in the adjacent Nokia Theatre.

Police say anyone caught scalping the tickets faces arrest.

Jackson died June 25. He was 50.

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