LA Observed archive
for July 2003

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Good recall news site

Recall Watch keeps a running tally of cash flow into the various committees pro and con on the recall, and links to news stories. It should link to more, today's...

Arnold's film career not so hot either

Claudia Eller and Michael Cieply in the L.A. Times say Schwarzenegger's got issues if he wants to eschew politics and remain a film star. In particular, "how to become a...

'Let me tell you about DeMille...'

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A feature in the Washington Post Style section on the colorful inhabitants of the Motion Picture home in Woodland Hills reveals some tough rules. You must have worked in the...

Cooper reports from Brentwood

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Marc Cooper attended the weekend strategy session at Arianna Huffington's house and thinks she is running for real, as an independent, but with a solidly left team. Bill Zimmerman, who...

Remembering the other Hope

Writing at FilmStew.com, columnist Richard Horgan goes for the contrarian take on Bob Hope and talks with Arthur Marx, author of an unauthorized biography a decade ago that detailed numerous...

Kaus profile now online

The Los Angeles media column about the blogging life and political demons of Slate's Mickey Kaus got the L.A. Observed treatment awhile back here (with some reaction here) and is...

'Surprise Me'

Yes, that hearse and motorcade winding through the Valley this morning carried Bob Hope to his final resting place. Hope's daughter Linda says her father was recently asked where he...

L.A. Story of the Day

Where else would this happen? Two LAPD cops, officers Zine and Smith, are on night patrol in the Valley in a department black and white. Both happen to also be...

Newhan and Dodgers say no deal yet

The Dodgers are still talking with Malcolm Glazer about buying the team, but there has been no change in status for several weeks, sources tell L.A. Times baseball writer Ross...

Madonna wants the sequel

The new J Lo & Ben movie "has single-handedly disproved the maxim that there's no such thing as bad publicity," John Horn writes in a dishy Calendar piece. Revolution Studios...

He likes it but he hates it

Rob Long of The National Review complains about KCRW's slant in a piece the L.A. Times op-ed page titles "Morning Becomes Apoplectic." Why do I voluntarily send in my money...

New book from Edward Humes

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Edward Humes' eighth book, out in September, chronicles life inside California’s best public high school, Whitney High here in Cerritos. He spent a year at...

So that's how they do it

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Host Alex Chadwick is offering a glimpse behind the scenes of the first week of NPR's new Culver City-based live midday show "Day to Day" in the Diary at Slate,...

Finke wins a round vs Disney

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LA Weekly columnist Nikki Finke's lawsuit charging Disney with libel and unfair practices can go forward. A panel of three appeals judges found she has a "reasonable probability" of winning...

Glazer on top of Dodgers deal

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Malcolm Glazer has a tentative deal to buy the Dodgers and Dodger Stadium from News Corp., reports Reuters and CBS Sportsline. The price is said to be between $400 and...

Going for those Emmys

Some solid examples of investigative journalism run on L.A. television -- we'd highlight them if the stations will email us about them -- but now good local pieces will get...

They know his name now

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Michael Ramirez has gotten pretty good mileage out his Bush cartoon a week ago. The L.A. Times editorial cartoonist got a bit more attention over the weekend as a guest...

Rad idea: more cops where the crime is

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Today on "Airtalk" Larry Mantle plans to discuss how the LAPD deploys homicide detectives. A story by Jill Leovy and Doug Smith in the L.A. Times Monday showed that detectives...

Will we see Dick run?

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For those of us who don't care strongly either way -- and who remember voting on all this less than a year ago -- the recall better at least be...

Editor gets a book deal

Michael Walker, a former editor at the L.A. Times Magazine and at Los Angeles, has sold a book on the city's place in 1970s pop music. Lions in the Street:...

Weintraub: Arnold out, Riordan in

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The recall calculus is altered if what Dan Weintraub of the Sacto Bee reports on his blog is true: that Schwarzenegger has opted not to run, meaning that former mayor...

Valley boys make good

Rick Orlov points out that Tony Cardenas has been on the L.A. city council for less than a month, and already is planning a fundraiser. At the harbor, 30 miles...

KNBC news boss out

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Kim Godwin, the news director at channel 4, has been abruptly replaced by a former managing editor at the station, Robert Long. Ron Fineman reported the news Friday on his...

Slow weekend

I won't be adding much, if anything, between now and Monday. An outbreak of major L.A. news could change that, but I need to devote some time this weekend to...

Jerry Brown for Governor

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Replacing his old chief of staff. Too rich. Also the other Huffington. The ballot could be crowded with Huffingtons....

We're all unconvicted felons

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At least most of us are, writes Matt Welch in a new Reason article that argues against denying the vote to 4.6 million Americans with a rap on their sheet....

It'll be a Jill Stewart weekend

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The Capitol Punishment columnist will be doing a special "Live from Sacramento" radio show about the recall on KFI Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 7 PM, says L.A. Radio....

Just for recall junkies

I've put together a new grouping of links to sites on California news and politics, high in the right-hand sidebar. It's just a start, will add more soon....

No parking any time

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Bob Morris at Politics in the Zeroes has the visual evidence for why Los Angeles drivers sometimes go insane. It's worth a click....

A tale of two media columns

Which to lead with: Howard Rosenberg's television column -- since most people watch TV, and it has Kobe Bryant and Jessica Lynch in it -- or Steve Carney's radio column,...

Tom Hayden in conversation

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He tells Dean Kuipers at CityBeat that he still can't believe he lost the West Side city council seat, he grasps why L.A. voters would never send him to Congress...

New comments ethic at L.A. Observed

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Stand behind your words, stay on topic and don't be abusive. As the note says on the new comments window, this is not a bulletin board. Signed, and I hope...

Offending Kobe site is by USC grad

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Eliot Javdan, class of 2002, was the stand-up guy secretly behind the website pushing the home phone, address and email and even satellite photo of the house where Kobe Bryant's...

Ramirez gets his say on cartoon

In Editor and Publisher, Michael Ramirez laughs off the Secret Service reaction to his Bush cartoon. "It makes you wonder about our so-called 'intelligence' services," the Los Angeles Times staffer...

'Calendar Live' going pay Aug. 4

Come August 4, the Calendar Live section of the L.A. Times website will start charging for access to users who don't subscribe to the newspaper. Steve Outing (scroll down) at...

Time to link a Jill Stewart column

In honor of the first-ever recall moment. Stewart plays it down the middle in her new Capitol Punishment column, referring to "the dopes trying to recall Gray Davis and the...

Could Davis beat the recall?

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Mickey Kaus takes what I think (not being a recall junkie) is the contrarian view and suggests it is likely that Gray Davis beats the rap. He also predicts it...

Welcome to 'L.A. Innuendo'

Haven't seen it -- so the welcome is conditional -- but anything that calls itself "L.A.'s scrappiest satirical newsmonthly" sounds good to me. L.A. Innuendo is being launched by Stacey...

Fleeing L.A. for Rarotonga

Mark Frauenfelder, cofounder of bOING bOING magazine, and Carla Sinclair write in the LA Weekly about chucking their house in Studio City and moving to a speck in the Cook...

Good reporting on Distinction in...

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...Women's Wear Daily. Distinction is the high-end magazine that the L.A. Times is launching in September via a new company that reports to the paper's ad department. (Past L.A. Observed...

Finke on the NYT and Hollywood

Nikki Finke pops back into the LA Weekly with a "website-only exclusive" on Comcast expressing real interest in buying Vivendi Universal, and a long Deadline Hollywood column on New York...

Rutten sees baloney in Kobe treatment

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Finally got a moment to read the 'Regarding Media" column in this morning's L.A. Times. Tim Rutten, who reported extensively on legal issues during the O.J. Simpson trial, takes the...

Taken in by the Bambi hoax

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Susan Estrich, USC law professor, member of the L.A. city ethics commission, author, former campaign manager and syndicated columnist. Her column. Some background at Romenesko's letters page and at the...

Secret Service wrong to probe cartoon

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Rep. Christopher Cox says that the Secret Service used "profoundly bad judgment" this week in trying to question L.A. Times cartoonist Michael Ramirez -- and owes him an apology. Cox...

Clear Channel good for LA radio?

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On Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the CEO of Clear Channel says that his network's buying up of stations has increased the format diversity of Los Angeles radio. He cites...

Kobe's accuser getting death threats

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You knew it was only a matter of time. The woman who accused NBA superstar Kobe Bryant of sexual assault received death threats after her name, home address, phone number...

'Distinction' makes a hire

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It looks like Distinction, the upcoming magazine from a newly created arm of the L.A. Times advertising department, is signing up actual editorial types. From the Daily Dish in the...

D.J. Waldie salutes the Gold Line

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The author, "a transit-dependent Angeleno" who actually lives in Lakewood, likes that his fellow citizens vote to tax themselves for light rail trains that few of them will ever use....

Issa makes the big time

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On the front page of the New York Times today are two dead Husseins, one Private Lynch and congressman Darrell Issa. The money man behind the Gray Davis recall jokes...

OK Luke can stay

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Fully half of this site's unique visitors for the month of July have come by in the past 48 hours. Searches for "Kobe" and related terms have also shot up,...

WSJ reporters earned this book

The book on Enron's demise by a couple of prize-winning Wall Street Journal reporters in the Los Angeles bureau will be officially released August 5. 24 Days: How Two Wall...

He doesn't love PCH

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Writing in The Aesthetic, Garrison Frost acknowledges the glorious image of Pacific Coast Highway but also disses it as "the most disappointing street in the South Bay." Views of the...

Ozzy for Guv'nor

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If Arnold Schwarzenegger can run for governor, then what about Ozzy Osbourne, says the LALATimes....

Rating the (TV) reporters

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KCAL-9 did the best job of covering the Kobe Bryant story on the day charges were filed, says Ron Fineman. The worst single effort he spotted was a people-in-the-street piece...

Siegel item pulled

I'm taking down the Barry Siegel item -- it was bad information. If and when it becomes appropriate I'll repost something. My apologies all around. The mistake was mine....

LAT runs story on Bush cartoon

The Secret Service dropped in on cartoonist Michael Ramirez on Monday. The agent only got as far as Karlene Goller, the L.A. Times attorney. Here's a couple of letters to...

Coming on 'Bookworm'

For those who like to plan way, way ahead, here are the guests scheduled to be on Bookworm with Michael Silverblatt on KCRW (Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:00 PM )...

Kobe's home address, phone & email aren't on the Web

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But his accuser's are now, and so is her name, her photo and where she goes to college. Some L.A. bloggers, including Luke Ford, are linking to the site that...

Bush execution cartoon explained

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L.A. Times editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez today issued a statement that explains the point of his Sunday sketch depicting President Bush with a gun at his head. (Cartoon is here,...

LAT photog in Liberia a good call

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Staff photographer Carolyn Cole is making the L.A. Times decision to post her in Liberia pay off, sending home fresh photos daily of the deteriorating situation. A gallery of the...

Kaus irks them on the left

Our report last night on the Mickey Kaus profile in Los Angeles magazine is fueling some robust comments among the liberals over at CalPundit....

Kobe circus like old times

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Jack Dunphy, the National Review mole in the LAPD, predicts that for the media it will be the OJ trial all over again: For those in the news trade, those...

How is the recall like secession?

The Daily News front page banners a story on lessons for the recall folks to take from last year's Valley secession fight. The connection is -- how should we put...

Conversation with 'Today's Papers'

Eric Umansky took the place of the late Angeleno Scott Shuger doing the popular Today's Papers feature for Slate. He's 30, has never worked at a newspaper, and though he...

DA had a friends list too

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Bad news for Orange County DA Tony Rackauckas, the guy who is trying to manipulate coverage by boycotting the L.A. Times and OC Weekly. He fired his media relations rep...

Is Rosenberg going to the dogs cats?

Howard Rosenberg has been slipping his strong animal protection feelings into his L.A. Times television columns for some time now. In today's he skips the TV content altogether, except for...

LA Mag parses Mickey Kaus

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The Mickey Kaus cachet, writes R.J. Smith in the August issue of Los Angeles magazine: ...comes from being a liberal willing to attack liberals...He's an elite journalist speaking to the...

I must get to Opinion earlier in the day...

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Click here for the full cartoon. The Michael Ramirez cartoon on the L.A. Times op-ed page today is creating a stir. The image evokes the famous Vietnam War photo...

Bernie Parks turns power broker

A nod from Bernard Parks, the ex-LAPD chief turned city councilman, decided the derby for council president, Howard Fine reports in the lead story in Los Angeles Business Journal. If...

The new KPFK, in a word

The two-hour daily news program that was called The Morning Show has been cut to an hour (8-9 am) and renamed "Uprising."...

Sunday Blogs etc

A few more worthy L.A. based blogs have come to my attention: The Juxtaposition is by two young guys in the South Bay, writing about freeways and other aspects of...

Donnell catches a break

He still hasn't gotten a review of his Los Angeles-centric book here in L.A., but Donnell Alexander got a break today -- his Deadline L.A. appearance ran for an extra...

Arianna-for-Guv goes legit

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There's a website pushing Arianna Huffington to join the mini-race to replace Gray Davis if he is recalled, and some Democratic activists are talking her up. We first heard about...

'Remo' makes the NYT again

A little more than a month since the New York Times did a nice interview with author Leslie Epstein, his novel partly set in 1940s Pacific Palisades, San Remo Drive:...

Really bad case of writer envy

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Northern California writer Kathryn Chetkovich confesses a major case of jealousy over the literary success of her former lover, who she loved most of all because he was struggling. She...

She has another take on Santa Monica

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A Los Angeles woman, Maryann Gray, had a deeply personal response to the Santa Monica Farmers' Market tragedy -- 25 years ago she was driving a car that struck and...

You get used to it, NYC

The New York Times reports that Democrats are all riled up about New York mayor Michael Bloomberg's suggestion that city offices -- from his on down -- be elected on...

Sunday on Deadline L.A.

Donnell Alexander, the former LA Weekly and ESPN Magazine writer -- and long-ago intern at the L.A. Times -- will discuss his new book, Ghetto Celebrity. Remember that as of...

Why The Economist has no bylines

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Well it has a few, on special stories, but very few. In his media column in this Sunday's L.A. Times, David Shaw explores the Economist's success -- circulation is soaring...

Telling your parents to stop driving

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Don Barrett, who operates the L.A. Radio website, writes on the L.A. Times op-ed page about making the wrenching decision to take the car keys from his aging father --...

Kobe watch is on

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TV stations in Los Angeles are planning to go live at 2 o'clock this afternoon when the Eagle County (Colorado) prosecutor announces whether charges will be filed against Kobe Bryant....

L.A.'s canal to nowhere

In a piece on the restoration of public murals in Los Angeles, the National Geographic website states the most famous one is Judy Baca's "The Great Wall," painted in the...

LAT's Casden story strikes out

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Rip Rense didn't toil in the media for 25 years without learning how to work the news hacks like me. Yesterday, he slipped word of his book signing, and I...

Scientology holding back on taxes

The Church of Scientology owes $94,625 in back taxes on its Hollywood properties, the second time in recent years it has fallen behind, reports Kevin Butler in the L.A. Independent....

KCRW adds new show from L.A.

They are juggling the lineup a bit at KCRW (89.9 FM) to make room for Day to Day, the first news magazine show to be produced at National Public Radio's...

Roger L. Simon takes questions

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At the Writers Guild of America website, Ross Johnson's interview with L.A. author-blogger-screenwriter Roger L. Simon contains this painful admission: Simon lost $1 million of his own scratch on an...

'Jack Dunphy' sees OT in his future

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Jack Dunphy, the cyber pseudonym of the LAPD cop who writes provocative missives for National Review Online, predicts a riot if a jury acquits the Inglewood officer caught roughing up...

Swarming Santa Monica

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The death toll at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market rose to nine late Wednesday night. Here is some of the overnight and morning reporting: L.A. Times mainbar, scene sidebar, driver...

No commenting on this Foxblog

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Fox Searchlight Pictures, the 20th-Century Fox unit behind the Internet marketing hit 28 Days Later, launched a Blogspot site over the weekend. The blog is "covering" media reports friendly to...

The three book amigos

Get this -- legendary newspaper editor Jim Bellows, L.A. Times columnist Al Martinez and former Her-Exer Rip Rense have all written books in the last three years with titles that...

Warren Olney shifts for Blair

KCRW will move Warren Olney's 1 p.m. national show To The Point up to noon today so that NPR can go live with Tony Blair's speech to Congress. Standoff with...

Reverse Cowgirl does fiction

Susannah Breslin -- the Reverse Cowgirl -- returns to the pages of Nerve.com with Mannequins, a short sex story more twisted than smutty. Her short story collection, You're a Bad...

Weekly regrets market tragedy

The LA Weekly that comes out tomorrow has an unfortunately timed cover feature on the 22-year history of Santa Monica's farmers market, with a photo essay by Anne Fishbein. The...

Santa Monica carnage

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Channels 2, 4, 7 and 9 (but not KTLA 5 or Fox 11, which are staying with regular programming) are all live from the Santa Monica farmer's market. The L.A....

L.A. likes Riordan, it seems

The prospect of Richard Riordan being on the ballot helps the Davis recall's chances in Los Angeles, Dan Weintraub analyzes based on the latest Field Poll. The poll found that...

DA argues his anti-LAT case

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Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, who is waging a high-profile battle with the L.A. Times OC edition, details his complaints in a letter to the Register. It's on his...

Left, Right and then some

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Michael Kinsley, Max Boot and Arianna Huffington on the L.A. Times op-ed page this morning. Read them, then guess which one is a Berkeley grad who did a reporting stint...

Michiko not too hot on 'Kate'

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Michiko Kakutani's review in the New York Times of "Kate Remembered" blames author A. Scott Berg for too few revelations and too much hyperbole. A strange hybrid: part biography, part...

He predicts the LAT - or is it she?

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LAT-Early is a website that makes a game of trying to predict what the L.A. Times coverage of Israel and Palestine will say before it appears. Unfortunately, the blogger is...

'Dems Grow Spine from Stem Cell'

The lead story in The LALA Times -- "all the news that's fit to be tied."...

Hewitt unhappy with LAT story (again)

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Hugh Hewitt is on the L.A. Times' case again, this time over a story on asbestos litigation. An aside: giving out the editors' email addresses every time smacks of that...

A Volokh conspirator moves up

Oren Kerr, one of the regular writers on the UCLA-based Volokh Conspiracy blog, has to stop contributing because he is now a clerk to Supreme Court justice David Kennedy. The...

Hahn's 'airhead' plan for LAX

"Airhead" is the Daily News' term, not mine. The DN editorial page calls Mayor Hahn's plan to modernize LAX either a bad idea or a boondoggle, and also predicts that...

Scheer uses the "I" word

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Robert Scheer's L.A. Times op-ed column posits a "firm basis for bringing a charge of impeachment against the president who employed lies to lead us into war." By the way,...

KFI's liberal gets noticed

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Having a liberal voice on KFI (640 AM) is apparently so unusual that Channel 28's Life and Times is doing a feature tonight on new talk host Johnny Wendell. Patt...

Two Keller stories on LAT.com

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The L.A. Times some time ago reassigned veteran editors to make sure staff-written pieces flow to the LATimes.com website earlier in the day, and it shows on the site today....

New book on Diller coming

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Former L.A. Times entertainment reporter William Knoedelseder worked for Barry Diller at Fox and USA Broadcasting -- and now has sold a book on the media mogul to Perseus Books....

What would Mickey do?

Kevin Drum at CalPundit wonders out loud how long it will be before pundit blogger Andrew Sullivan turns on new NYT editor Bill Keller. I have been wondering the same...

Scott Berg gets the Elvis treatment

Pulitzer-winning Los Angeles author A. Scott Berg will discuss his new book about Katharine Hepburn with Elvis Mitchell on The Treatment (KCRW 89.9 FM). The show will air Wednesday at...

Donnell Alexander at Book Soup

Former LA Weekly (and ESPN the Magazine) writer Donnell Alexander is back from a seven-city book tour and will read from his memoir Ghetto Celebrity at Book Soup next Monday...

Another reason to like the Valley*

Erik Himmelsbach, who writes the Valley Boy column every two weeks (I think) for Valley Beat, is my new favorite interpreter of the lore and lifestyle that prevails on the...

Did Weintraub hit the wall?

After a furious month of posting on his Sacramento Bee blog, Daniel Weintraub hasn't added an item on the Davis recall -- or anything else -- since 7:34 Sunday morning....

Correction of the day

Let the other blogs be intrigued by the New York Times' "corrective article" on TVT Records and Steven Gottlieb. My favorite correction for today is this one, also in the...

NYT picks an executive editor

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Bill Keller gets the top job at the New York Times, as many expected. No official word yet on #2, but Marty Baron -- formerly of the L.A. Times, now...

Jill Stewart sighting in DN

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As reader "la s'nooze" points out, Jill Stewart's latest syndicated Capital Punishment column -- naming a bunch of big-money contributors to Gov. Gray Davis -- ran in the Sunday Viewpoint...

Chief Parks toasts Larry Flynt

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Patt Morrison has an "only in L.A." item in her political notes column: city councilman Bernard Parks, the ex-police chief, helped roast Hustler magazine founder Larry Flynt last night at...

KPFK stories all over the place

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The situation at KPFK -- where sweeping on-air changes take full effect tomorrow -- makes the cover of today's Los Angeles Business Journal and is the subject of Michael Hiltzik's...

Howard strikes a nerve

A Howard Rosenberg column in the L.A. Times last month about the way network news programs produce their stories irked ABC News president David Westin, he tells Howard Kurtz in...

Ex-L.A. journo finds love

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Perusing the New York Times compilation of "Weddings & Celebrations" today -- they take up four pages in Sunday Styles -- a familiar L.A. journalism name popped out. Terry Pristin,...

A Sunday trip through the blogs

Michael at Franklin Avenue called directory assistance to get the number for Wahoo's in the mid-Wilshire area, and the voice from somewhere else in the country politely asked: "Sir? Can...

Atlantic's literary editor L.A. bound

Tim Rutten reports in the LAT today that Benjamin Schwarz, who has changed the profile of The Atlantic book section in his three years as literary editor, is moving to...

LAT finally mentions KPFK furor

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Steve Carney, the freelancer who writes about radio for the L.A. Times Calendar, weighs in today on the KPFK brouhaha that broke more than a week ago. It's buried in...

Sunday on Deadline L.A.

At noon Sunday on KPFK (90.7 FM), Barbara Osborn talks with Jason Salzman, author of Making the News: A Guide for Activists and Nonprofits, a sort-of PR primer for progressive...

Form Zero Books flees downtown's boom

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We're late on this one, but last week's Downtown News carried the news that Form Zero Books has given up on the Arts District and will relocate to Mid-Wilshire. The...

Savage back on the L.A. air

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KRLA (870 AM) has ended its suspension of Michael Savage, says L.A. Radio.com. Earlier: KRLA yanks Savage...

LAT photo editor named fellow

L.A. Times senior photo editor Gail Fisher has won a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. She gets a $10,000 stipend to produce a documentary, using video and still...

Baquet officially staying in L.A.

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L.A. Times editors and managers were informed in a memo that managing editor Dean Baquet won't be leaving for the New York Times or anywhere else, Paul Colford reports. The...

KPFK keeps the Car Show!

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The Car Show hosted by John Retsek and Art Gould is apparently back on the Saturday lineup at KPFK -- at least for now. Retsek emails that the show (on...

KNX to air expose on women abused by priests

Tonight at 6:30, KNX Newsradio (1070 AM) is airing a documentary by reporter Kari Moran on Catholic women, including nuns, who have been sexually abused by priests. The station calls...

Downtown boom is not all lofts

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The new Caltrans office building going up in the downtown Civic Center "owes its existence to earthquakes, union muscle and a tincture of politics," writes Chip Jacobs in the Pasadena...

So who's buying Coulter's books?

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James Pinkerton, the former White House aide to Reagan and Bush senior, rips into Ann Coulter in his L.A. Times op-ed column. Not only does she fail to bring the...

Why a short campaign hurts Davis

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It'll be nasty on both sides, but Davis has no goodwill left to spend. Says John J. Pitney, a professor of government at Claremont-McKenna: "He will need to attack his...

Ruining LAX for $9.6 billion

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I actually spent an enjoyable hour at LAX recently. I wasn't flying, just picking up my co-Observers. Getting in and out was painless (it was 9 at night). Got a...

He took the job and shoved it

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He doesn't blog often, this Joseph at joyrides without maps -- subtitle "notes on a reprehensible way of life" -- but I'm wishing he would. I read every word of...

Savage yanked from KRLA here

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Don Barrett at LARadio.com reports that KRLA (870 and 590 AM in Southern California) has pulled Michael Savage off the air indefinitely. Savage earlier was fired from his MSNBC cable...

Remembering the HerEx

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In the forum at the Herald Examiner alumni site, Saul Daniels has posted a link to a sad but interesting window into Los Angeles newspaper history -- the L.A. Times...

He'll get more Brentwood invites

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There's a new name floated for the recall ballot just about every day now. Steve Lopez re-endorsed himself today, the L.A. Examiner guys are riding the Modesto town drunk and...

RAND's world is a scary place

RAND, the original Cold War think tank, thrives no matter which party is in the White House or controls Congress. A gleaming new headquarters is under construction to replace its...

Return to Venice High

Regular Wednesday blogger Rip Rense this week recalls his days as the student newspaper editor (and campus punching bag) of Venice High School. He opines that back in his day,...

Arnold not only has a chance...

Dan Weintraub blogs: "If he runs, he wins."...

Speaking of the Lakers...

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The aftermath of the Kobe Bryant arrest in Colorado (including Jay Leno's jokes) is being followed at SportsbyBrooks. The fan site LakersGround.net is also compiling the stories from all over....

Fans cover summer's coolest free show

For the next two weeks, the best young players for the Los Angeles Kings will practice drills and play pick-up hockey every morning at HealthSouth Training Center in El Segundo....

Thanks Pacoima, but get your own lights

During last year's secession campaign, local officials promised to look at why Los Angeles is the only major city that requires homeowners -- even in high-crime areas -- to pay...

Savage & Coulter "rhetorical terrorists"

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That's Tim Rutten's take. His Regarding Media column in the L.A. Times today looks for an upbeat note, saying that the recent coolness toward Michael Savage and Ann Coulter on...

An Iran-geles romance

On NPR's "Morning Edition" tomorrow, and currently on the NPR website, Renee Montagne interviews Diana Abu-Jaber about her book Crescent, set among the community of Iranian and Arab immigrants in...

At the races with Bruce McNall

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The New York Times' Rick Lyman goes to Hollywood Park with Bruce McNall, the wunderkind of coin collecting and sports who turned con man, and finds that everybody knows his...

Magazines observed...

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Business Week's L.A. bureau is out with a cover story in the July 14 issue on film piracy, in which the money men of Hollywood fret that "it's all too...

Intriguing book deal of the week

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From Publishers Lunch Weekly: Staton Rabin's DR. MIRACLE, a time-travel adventure about an African-American teenage science whiz from South Central L.A. whose best friend is killed in a gang fight...

Postrel on Coulter and Calif.

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Virginia Postrel, the former editor of Reason who has moved on to write books and commentary from Dallas, still keeps up with Los Angeles and has this to say about...

Sages of the city council

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Two young'uns, Alex Padilla (age 30) and Eric Garcetti (32), are not only the president and assistant pro-tem of the L.A. city council, they are the second and third-longest serving...

KUSC in bed with Clear Channel (really about KPFK...)

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The "Evil Empire" of big radio, Clear Channel Communications, will help the USC classical music station find sponsors. Steve Carney has the story in the L.A. Times -- but let's...

'Charlie's Angels' actually has a message?

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The Media Action Network for Asian Americans is upset that John Cleese plays the father of Lucy Liu's character in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Writing in the L.A. Times' Monday...

Go now if you like Joshua trees

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Joshua Tree National Park's trees are dying off, the L.A. Times reports. "The short-term prognosis is that a large percentage of the Joshua trees will die in the park," says...

Bad week for 'Hot Property'

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Phylicia Rashad renting a Santa Monica condo for $2,000 a month is the lead item in Hot Property in the L.A. Times real estate section. Why even bother....

Proof that Angelenos are smarter?

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Treason by Ann Coulter shoots to #2 on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list (behind Hillary Clinton's Living History), but doesn't crack the top 15 in today's L.A. Times...

KPFK: 'Change is difficult'

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"KPFK now moves towards the further diversification of programming as we do so in the area of political consciousness, cultural awareness and the empowerment of all communities that contribute to...

That arundo is tough stuff

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Twelve years ago I used this lede on a story about California's meanest weed: "What is three feet tall, armed with sharp needles, loiters in the grass and kills a...

LAT radio scribe skips KPFK story

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Instead of reporting on the unfolding disarray at KPFK, the L.A. Times radio beat reporter, freelancer Steve Carney, has a nice little feature in Calendar today on the institution of...

Valleywood to get a Walk of Fame

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It's OK to place granite tiles in the sidewalk along Ventura Boulevard with the names of stars who strutted their stuff at Studio City's lone studio, the city cultural heritage...

Dillow called dishonest war reporter

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The OC Weekly's Anthony Pignataro gets in the face of Gordon Dillow, the Register columnist who was embedded with the first Marines to cross into Iraq. Dillow didn't exactly uphold...

New John Carroll memo: grammar

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Los Angeles Times editor John Carroll -- having already given his view on liberal bias at the paper, and having gotten a huge outside reaction -- now wants to do...

KPFK axes The Car Show

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The longest running program longest running non-music show on Los Angeles radio will come to an end on July 12. KPFK's schedule revamp has claimed The Car Show, hosted by...

And in upstate media news...

Page Six says that actress Sharon Stone and hubby Phil Bronstein, top editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, have split up. He, famously, was the guy bitten on the bare...

Big changes coming at KPFK

Producers and program hosts at KPFK, the Pacifica station at 90.7 FM, are getting phone calls informing them of new show times, curtailed hours and apparently some cancellations. It's the...

In the weeklies...

Since it's Thursday, here's a quick scan of the weekly papers...The LA Weekly looks at the state of liberty in America, updates the anti-trust action that arose over the closure...

Times promos 'Distinction' mag

Jane Kahn will indeed be the publisher and Laurie Pike the editor of Distinction, the new luxury magazine to be run by a division that reports to the L.A. Times...

Bearak drops NYT book proposal

Barry Bearak, a New York Times staffer familiar in these parts from his many years as a star writer at the L.A. Times, quietly circulated a three-page proposal asking for...

Recall on KPCC at 1 p.m.

Fresh off a live broadcast from the state capital on Monday, Kitty Felde is teasing to a debate on the Gray Davis recall on 'Talk of the City' (KPCC 89.3...

More on leaving Hollywood

Soon the last TV stations left in Hollywood will be KTLA (Ch. 5) and KCET (Ch. 28), Franklin Avenue points out. The blog made a survey with pics of the...

Welch: Gay issue dooms Bush

L.A. writer Matt Welch (of L.A. Examiner.com and Reason mag) set off a comment frenzy at his personal website (58 and counting, and not all pretty) by boldly predicting that...

'The Terminator's Tease'

Ronald Grover bets that Arnold Schwarzenegger won't run for governor if Terminator 3 has a good holiday weekend at the box office. "For all the coyness, his obvious enjoyment of...

Couple of LAT vets leave

George Ramos, a reporter, editor and columnist at the L.A. Times for 25 years, is departing to become the chair of the journalism department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo....

Rutten: Get TV out of trials

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Tim Rutten's Regarding Media column in the L.A. Times blames the Laci Peterson frenzy on the hunger of the cable networks for summer programming, and opens with a good line:...

The Times of 'Distinction'

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Tongues were already wagging down at the L.A. Times on Tuesday morning over the Patt Morrison column in which she proudly accepts an invitation from councilman Tom LaBonge to do...

Scott Berg's Hepburn secret is out

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Twenty years ago, award-winning Los Angeles author A. Scott Berg began talking with his friend Katharine Hepburn about her life. Four years ago, he began writing a combination biography and...

The architecture of L.A.'s schools

Demand for new schools is consuming land and historic locales all over Los Angeles. On Wilshire alone, the old Otis Art Institute is already a construction site -- though the...

L.A.'s Sex in the City?

Playboy contributor Katie Moran has sold a book on her travels through the sexual culture of Los Angeles to Bonus Books. The 'On' Position, says Publishers Lunch, is a "sexy,...

Locals shut out of Loeb Awards

UCLA's Anderson School gives out the Loeb Awards each year to recognize the best in business journalism. At the banquet last night in New York, none of the L.A. finalists...
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