In today's LA Weekly, David Ehrenstein argues against journalists' use of unnamed sources in a piece that begins with a scene from the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and ventures into Lucian K. Truscott the Fourth speculating at length about the identity of Bob Woodward's Watergate Deep Throat. Harold Meyerson takes off from the latest Woodward book to hope that Bush might lose, and Amy Alkon recounts how she rebuked somebody else's child at the Rose Cafe in Venice (a scene that also went national this week in her pal Cathy Seipp's column in the National Review Online).
The covers of CityBeat and Pasadena Weekly have a piece on the risks posed by the compound chromium 6 in local drinking water. Inside CityBeat, Seipp helps ex-women's magazines editor Myrna Blyth push her media bias book, and Ed Rampell interviews John Dean. Also, L.A. Alternative Press congratulates itself on two years of publication, starting as the Silver Lake Press...The Beverly Hills Weekly says the the city is divided again over plans for a hotel...and the San Fernando Sun reports on northeast Valley residents who complain the city's Bradley landfill is making them sick.