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for May 2004

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Loving the purple haze

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The month or so each spring when the jacarandas are blooming is my favorite time in Los Angeles. The splashes of color have seemed exceptional this year, at least on...

Vet's backers claim vindication

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There's a new twist in the convoluted saga of Michel Thomas, the aging Beverly Hills language school operator who sued the L.A. Times for libel (and lost) over a 2001...

Holiday weekend catch-up

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Notable stuff (to me) in or about the local media this Memorial Day weekend: • Tim Rutten calls the New York Times' admission that its pre-war coverage of Iraq was sloppy...

Treasures in the attic *

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Imagine looking through some forgotten files of your late father's and discovering a valuable work of art or two — or 50. Saturday's Ventura County Star has a piece on...

Saturday blogging panel *

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The organizers of that joint L.A. Press Club-American Cinema Foundation event on Saturday night — the one with all the brouhaha over Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs — have...

Deanna Maran

More tears than usual were spilled tonight at Santa Monica High School's last choral concert of the year. It would have been the final performance with the class of 2004...

Fleeing local morning TV

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Los Angeles TV's two local morning news and gab shows plummeted in the May sweeps ratings book, Variety reports. KTTV's "Good Day L.A." was down 32% from last May and...

Evening news logged

Kausfiles found a link at ABCNews.com where they summarize each day the lead items and main political stories on the three big TV networks' evening news programs. Could be more...

Rating Los Angeles (the mag)

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Jon Friedman, media editor of CBS MarketWatch, was in town last week to have breakfast with Los Angeles editor Kit Rachlis (pictured) and to ponder the magazine (where I contribute)....

Hitting the wall in Iraq

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The L.A. Times' Tony Perry had been embedded with the 1st Marine Division in Iraq for nine weeks when the heat, the stress and being four years older than the...

What an inspired idea

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The people who put on the annual San Fernando Valley Fair have decided that this year, the fair will actually be held in the Valley. Last year, when they held...

Mindy Herman says her piece*

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The all-but-gone E! Networks CEO explains her sudden resignation to TV Week, but claims she didn't read the Times scoop that foretold her removal -- and insists she was not...

LAT lifts a graf from Kurtz

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Slate magazine's eagle-eyed media critic Jack Shafer noticed earlier this week that a paragraph mentioning him on the subject of the New York Times read too similarly in both the...

What's up at Entertainment Today?

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An emailer says that publisher John Salazar is out and that the paper may not publish this week for the first time in 37 years. Stay tuned....

Drafting Antonio

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Harold Meyerson uses his LA Weekly column to call on Antonio Villaraigosa to run for mayor again. Villaraigosa admits that, while he is co-chairing the Kerry campaign (and by most...

'My California' project

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Angel City Press in Santa Monica and CaliforniaAuthors.com collaborated to produce an anthology of essays about California to benefit the budget-starved state arts council. All of the pieces in My...

Say it ain't so

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Freelance writer Nancy Rommelmann is shutting down "Leaving Los Angeles," the blog about her wilder years in L.A. and her final year before moving to Oregon with her new husband....

'Never lie to the Queen of E!' *

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Sallie Hofmeister reports in today's Times that Mindy Herman, CEO of E! Networks, could be dumped as soon as today (with a $20 million severance package), "accused of abusing her...

Escort as blogger

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"Lindsey" writes on her blog that she is a Los Angeles escort -- and no, she doesn't take email or business calls off the site. The blog is her private...

Cerrell still matters

The Los Angeles Independent is out with a profile of Joe Cerrell, the Democratic political campaign and PR macher who got his start with John F. Kennedy. At age 68,...

Tomorrow's story(ies) today*

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With reaction and commentary flying around about today's editors' note in the New York Times admitting the paper's role in hyping the pre-war Iraq threat, ex-editor Howell Raines sent off...

Patterico in the news

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The latest Online Journalism Review column by Mark Glaser explores the impact that bloggers are having on mainstream media. One of his main examples is the case of the Los...

More Kinsley & Brooks*

Today's New York Observer "Off the Record" column offers some background on that Michael Kinsley review of conservative pundit David Brooks' new book that was excerpted here yesterday, eight posts...

New on the literary scene

As Spoken Interludes closes in on its final event in Los Angeles, June 6 at the Skirball Cultural Center, a couple of new online literary venues have launched. Fresh Yarn,...

Agents for la vida loca

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Suspect Entertainment, the Los Angeles talent and production company that provides gangbanger actors and street thug atmosphere for Hollywood movies, videos and TV commercials, is profiled on the front page...

Liberal blogger added to panel*

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Some L.A. Observed commenters were concerned last week by the ideological makeup of Saturday's L.A. Press Club panel on bloggers and politics. Panel organizer Cathy Seipp heard the cries and...

Magers still likes the Timberwolves

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Before coming to L.A. to anchor the Channel 2 News, Paul Magers was the top-rated TV newsman in Minneapolis-St. Paul. He confesses his bias to the St. Paul Pioneer Press...

Final event at Midnight Special

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The "Goodnight Midnight" party is Friday, May 28 at 7 p.m. at the soon-to-close bookstore at 1450 2nd Street in Santa Monica. Pilar Perez and David Warshofsky of Perceval Press...

Bakewell has plans for Sentinel *

Real estate developer and community activist Danny Bakewell talked to Michael T. Jarvis in the LAT Magazine on Sunday about his new role as publisher of the oldest black-owned newspaper...

Bernie gets invited

City councilman and former police chief Bernard Parks is said to be close to announcing if he will be a candidate for mayor against Jim Hahn next year (officially, Parks...

Reading Kinsley

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With Michael Kinsley soon to become a half-time Angeleno and fulltime overseer of the L.A. Times op-ed and opinion lineups, what he writes is being read for clues to his...

Beach smoking bans all the rage

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Malibu gave the final OK yesterday to its ban on beach smoking, joining the cities of Los Angeles, Santa Monica, San Clemente and Solana Beach. Malibu's ordinance takes effect in...

Girls' book on L.A. real estate

Novelist and food critic (LA Weekly) Michelle Huneven and L.A. Times literary critic Bernadette Murphy have sold Bloomsbury a book to be called The Tao Girl's Guide to Real Estate....

Wolfesden shuts down

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The Wolfesden Actor Exchange was a bulletin board run by actor Sterling Wolfe where actors could post complaints and questions about casting directors and Hollywood practices. Wolfe closed the site...

Loh and R.J. Smith

Matt Welch details his take on the Sandra Tsing Loh-KCRW affair in a piece at Reason magazine and in a lengthy post on his blog taking to task the recent...

Recruiting bloggers as authors

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Kate Lee is a 27-year-old assistant at International Creative Management in Manhattan who pals around with some New York bloggers. The New Yorker's Ink column this week also credits her...

Fleishman checking on itself *

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L.A. Observed has learned that former staffers in the Los Angeles office of Fleishman-Hillard have been getting friendly calls from the St. Louis home office, requesting their cooperation in an...

Probes look at port figures

The grand juries investigating possible City Hall corruption have grown interested in contracts between the Port of Los Angeles and a Shanghai-based consultant, William Wong, the L.A. Business Journal says....

Ken Reich done at LAT

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After 39 years, the former political writer, Atlanta bureau chief and lead reporter on the 1984 Olympics has written his last story for the Los Angeles Times. Reich, 66, most...

L.A.'s richest

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The Los Angeles Business Journal's annual tote of the richest Angelenos is out. The paper counts 28 billionaires living in the L.A. area, up from 23 a year ago --...

Wonkette meets Washingtonienne

If you've followed the scandalette of the week in D.C., catch the end as Wonkette's Ana Marie Cox has a drink with the most famous (now ex-) anonymous sex blogger...

Inside baseball

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Blogads, the people who sell and serve up the ads that run on the right side of L.A. Observed and several dozen other blogs, collected an unscientific survey this week...

'Grande dame' of L.A. literary salons

My favorite obituaries are of people I never heard of but wished I had. Claudia Luther did a nice job in the Times today with Edna Lillich Davidson, who hosted...

New owner for California Journal

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The Sacramento Bee reports that the 34-year-old magazine of state politics and issues has been transferred (in a no-money deal) to the new California Journal Foundation for Research and Education...

Arnold meets the (foreign) press

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Friday was International Media Day for Gov. Schwarzenegger, who spent several hours sitting in his Los Angeles office relieving the backlog of requests by the foreign press to interview our...

Kerry's FBI file

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The L.A. Times Magazine has posted this Sunday's cover story on the John Kerry FBI files by Gerald Nicosia, the author of Home to War: A History of the Vietnam...

Garcetti's diary, day 5 (the end)

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Eric Garcetti closes his week on Slate with a tribute to his city council district staff, which includes speakers of Spanish, Tagalog, Armenian, and Russian. He does an interview with...

Babs loses a costly round

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Remember when Barbra Streisand sued that guy who flies down the California coast in a helicopter (with his wife at the controls) taking environmental photos, claiming he violated her Malibu...

Blogs are for grieving too

Hollywood screenwriter Robert J. Avrech (Body Double, The Devil's Arithmetic) has started a publishing company, Seraphic Press, to encourage novels written for religiously observant Jewish children. The project is in...

What are the odds...

Some of you may remember last year when Michael Schneider of the blog Franklin Avenue wrote about his parked Honda being crashed into on Franklin near the Shakespeare bridge—for the...

Kevin and Bean Day in L.A.*

Mack Reed of LAVoice.org listened to Mayor Jim Hahn this morning on the Kevin and Bean show and was not amused. The chitchat reads to me like the kind of...

Schwarzenitems

The deputy governor and senior confidential adviser/media image consultant to Arnold Schwarzenegger -- and by that I mean Maria Shriver -- guests on Jay Leno tonight. Also, the Sacramento Bee's...

Sunday on "Deadline L.A."*

Greg Mitchell, the editor of Editor & Publisher, will be the guest on "Deadline L.A." on Sunday at 1 p.m. (KPFK, 90.7 FM) to discuss with Barbara Osborn the four...

Garcetti's diary, day 4

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The Tree People, a committee meeting, a press conference, a council meeting, a reception at Getty House and the Hollywood Entertainment Museum, then home at 8:30 p.m. (Each of councilman...

Other KCRW changes

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Besides the addition of Rob Long, reported earlier today, KCRW's new program grid makes room for what the station calls the first broadcast show devoted to obituaries. "Final Curtain" preempts...

Reporter 86'd from press conference

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The OC Weekly's Steve Lowery writes that the paper's reporter Gustavo Arellano was barred by Chapman University from covering a press conference with Spain's ex-Prime Minister, Jose Maria Aznar. Lowery...

LATimes.com is offline back *

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Six AP wire stories are all that shows, plus this alert: "We are experiencing technical difficulties on latimes.com and calendarlive.com. We are working to fix the problem. Thank you for...

Rob Long joins KCRW lineup

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The forthcoming KCRW program guide will show writer/producer Rob Long with a new slot in the commentary lineup during "All Things Considered." His four-minute spot on Hollywood to be called...

Percival Everett interview

USC creative writing professor Percival Everett is profiled in the May/June issue of Poets & Writers magazine, the CaliforniaAuthors.com blog notes. His newest novel is American Desert....

Alt Press & 'Dangerous curves'*

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The current L.A. Alternative Press cover story, Dangerous Curves Ahead, explores the SuicideGirls web phenomenon that began in the Pacific Northwest and now is based in Los Feliz. Is it...

Warren Wilson steamed at KTLA

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Veteran Channel 5 reporter Warren Wilson has hired civil rights attorney Melanie Lomax to press claims that the station is discriminating against him in salary and assignments, the Wave newspapers...

Boot: Right can't win on gay marriage

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Today on the Times op-ed page, Max Boot advises his fellow conservatives to quit wasting energy against gay marriage and move on to more important, and more winnable fights. Basically,...

WSJ passing on Carter story

Nikki Finke reports in the LA Weekly that Wall Street Journal media editor Rich Turner decided not to bother chasing the L.A. Times and New York Times on the Graydon...

Garcetti's diary, day 3

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In which the councilman from the 13th district tells the readers of Slate about the Los Angeles housing crunch, council chamber gadflies, the day's legislative agenda, office manager Sally's birthday...

Famous L.A. court trials

In the comments to Cello returned with damage, below, blogger "A Fly in the Wall" asks if the incredibly relieved Stradivarius-forgetter Peter Stumpf spoke up for Kato Kaelin during the...

Pawel lands

The Times has figured out what to do with soon-to-be-ex assistant managing editor Miriam Pawel. She will join the never-larger ranks of reporters who write at-large about California, with a...

Seipp on Carroll *

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Writing "From the Left Coast" at National Review Online, Cathy Seipp criticizes Times editor John Carroll's recent "pseudo-journalism" speech and defends her friend Jill Stewart, who was left unnamed in...

Carter as nasty, mutating germ*

The New York Observer editorializes today against its former editor, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, disagreeing with the notion that his ethical lapses in Hollywood are minor: The star-struck bon...

Garcetti's diary, day 2

Today in Slate, councilman Eric Garcetti reveals that while he represents Silver Lake (and lives in Echo Park), his roots are Val. He grew up in Encino and hung out...

Comments deleted

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I rarely delete non-spam comments, but have killed two that were posted late last week in the April 28 entry about the Hertzberg child support court dispute. One claimed to...

Catching up with Reason

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The June issue of Reason magazine with a customized satellite photo of each subscriber's home on the cover is starting to arrive in mailboxes. The New York Times (and L.A....

Blogger rates L.A.

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UCLA law prof and blogger (mostly about law, wine and religion) Professor Bainbridge tells the group blog Crescat Sententia what he sees as Los Angeles' best pluses: Woody Allen famously...

Hearing more police sirens?

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I've noticed more speeding police cars with wailing sirens parting traffic around the city. That's usually a rare sight, so I wondered if something was up. The Daily News asked...

Cello returned with damage

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A woman told police she was driving in Silver Lake, saw the 320-year-old Stradivarius in its case near a dumpster, and loaded it in her car with the help of...

Granger, Horowitz, sacred L.A. spaces

Esquire editor in chief David Granger, whose magazine just won four National Magazine Awards, will be on "The Treatment" with Elvis Mitchell on KCRW, Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Speaking of...

LAT hires in Washington

The memo to the staff today from L.A. Times Washington bureau chief Doyle McManus: Colleagues: We're delighted to announce two additions to the bureau: Walter F. Roche Jr. will join...

Double deal for David Rensin

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The author of The Mailroom and the forthcoming The Little Stuff Matters Most (with Bernie Brillstein) has had a good week. Rensin's latest project All for a Few Perfect Waves:...

Note to Nieman hopefuls:

If you haven't gotten the good news already, it isn't coming. The 2004-2005 Nieman fellows....

Garcetti, his underpants and Slate

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City Councilman Eric Garcetti is writing the Slate Diary this week. In his first entry, Garcetti begins his Saturday helping to paint over some graffiti in Historic Filipinotown then moves...

LAT features design director

The memo is out on Christian Potter Drury, hired recently to be the L.A. Times' design director for the features side of the paper. The spot had been open for...

NBC: Disclose disclose

Now that NBC and Universal have joined, keeping the players straight can be a bit of a challenge for employees. The following policy memo sent to staffers at NBC News...

Kipen on literary journals

David Kipen, the San Francisco Chronicle book critic and KCRW commentator, takes a look at the growing scene of West Coast literary journals. He spends a lot of time with...

Q-A with Stanley Gold

Business Week L.A. bureau chief Ron Grover interviewed Disney dissident Stanley Gold on Friday for BW Online. Gold predicts that, even with Disney's recent 71% jump in earnings, Eisner will...

Grading the Graydon stories

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Fox News gossip Roger Friedman thinks that Michael Ovitz somehow spurred the L.A. Times to investigate Graydon Carter, and calls the story about the Vanity Fair editor's Hollywood links that...

The Robb Report explained

L.A. Business Journal media reporter Pat Maio interviews William Curtis, owner since 2001 of the Malibu-published Robb Report and other wealthy lifestyle magazines. Curtis says the average Robb Report reader...

Just when you thought it was safe...

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That spat between Sandra Tsing Loh and KCRW boss Ruth Seymour from a couple of months ago is back on the media radar, in the form of a piece by...

How it works

While Mayor Hahn culls lucrative PR deals from the City Hall budget, the big bucks are being made in contracts handed out to law firms. The city paid $18.9 million...

Carroll redux **

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The Sunday Opinion section of the Times did publish, on its front page, the "rise of pseudo-journalism" speech that the boss John Carroll gave May 6 in Oregon. It includes...

Super-collectors

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The New York Times on Sunday surveys the world of L.A.'s super-collectors of art, wealthy buyers "who are, not altogether quietly, reconfiguring the social face of Los Angeles." Those named...

Correction o' the day

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From the L.A. Times: Colonoscopy — An article in Section A on April 14 about virtual colonoscopy said that conventional colonoscopy used a flexible tube about the thickness of a...

NYT does the coffee house story

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In the New York Times on Sunday (according to the date on the website), Janelle Brown does L.A. trend story #376A: screenwriters who write in coffee shops. Free publicity for...

TV-blogger poll: Rummy should stay

Channel 2 morning anchor Kent Shocknek asked his blog readers on Monday if Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld should resign over the Iraqi prison abuses or stay on the job....

Stick around long enough and...

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There are 2,255 stars for tourists to scuff their shoes on along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, including as of today one for longtime TV host Steve Edwards. Richard Horgan...

Z Channel fondly remembered

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Before HBO or Blockbuster came along, selected parts of Los Angeles could see movies that were no longer in theaters on the legendary Z Channel. In the 1970s and '80s,...

Hope it's a joke...

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The anony-blog A Fly on the Wall posts that UPN is considering a new "reality" series from Nash Entertainment in which real families would be shown grieving after being tricked...

'America's Queerest County'

That would be Orange County, the OC Weekly proclaims in a not-entirely-serious cover story that stretches the data a bit. Evidence presented for the claim of superlative gayness includes the...

Ink for blogging.la*

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The Los Angeles group blog started in November by programmer Jason DeFillippo and designer Sean Bonner gets a nice feature (sub. required) in today's LAT Weekend Calendar. The early posts...

Finke was right on NYT and LAT***

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LA Weekly "Deadline Hollywood" columnist Nikki Finke predicts via email that the New York Times will publish a first story on Graydon Carter and his supposed Hollywood conflicts Friday or...

Blocking foreigners

Dahlia Lithwick, the Slate senior editor who writes on legal affairs -- and who is herself a U.S. green card holder -- writes at length and with pointedness about the...

Air America blew it

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Media blogger Jeff Jarvis on the botched opportunity that was Air America: It's too damned bad that Air America came out in the hands of such incompetents. We do need...

City scandal a witch hunt?

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Criminal-defense attorney and former county prosecutor Steve Meister used to be an aide to L.A. City Controller Laura Chick, she who passed along audits and allegations to DA Steve Cooley...

Patt reads the magazines

For the cover feature in the Times' Weekend Calendar today, Patt Morrison peruses and critiques a small sampling of the magazines published in and (more or less) about greater L.A....

Strad still missing

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And the cellist, Peter Stumpf, feels bad about it. He must be a good guy because most of the musicians who talk about him in a story in today's Times...

New Millennium to liquidate

Michael Viner and Deborah Raffin's New Millennium Entertainment, the Beverly Hills publisher of Jayson Blair's book, was ordered liquidated by a bankruptcy judge, the New York Daily News says. The...

Hertzberg gets a big bill

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Candidate Bob Hertzberg still doesn't know if he will be allowed to reduce his sons' support payments because his income will drop as he runs for mayor, but he found...

Palast still in town *

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CityBeat's Ed Rampell reports on BBC investigative reporter Greg Palast, who drew a crowd when he appeared last week at Immanuel Presbyterian Church and who gets the ACLU's 2004 Upton...

The Valley as cultural marker

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After reading a Washington Post roundup of the DC party scene, Wonkette writes that the capital no longer qualfies as "Hollywood for ugly people." Her revised dis: "It's more like...

Yet more website awards

Editor & Publisher, the print newspaper trade mag, and Mediaweek today handed out the 2004 EPpy awards to honor "the best new media work by media companies." "California Connected," the...

Treating the ad man right

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A photo on page six of today's Daily News shows publisher Tracy Rafter sharing a laugh with—why, it's Daily News über-advertiser Bert Boeckmann. The Galpin Ford meister is thought to...

A visit with Denise Hamilton

Nice splash in the Times Calendar section today for author Denise Hamilton, the ex-LAT reporter whose main character in her Los Angeles-based mystery novels, Eve Diamond, is (as she was)...

L.A.'s perfect storm

Michael Walker's story in last Sunday's L.A. Times Magazine goes back and recreates the freak meterological conditions that caused heavy hail and five inches of rain to pound on Compton...

Air America closes L.A. office

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With no station here to sell ads for, there's no reason to keep a presence, Radio&Records reports. The trade reported yesterday that the staff in L.A. had not been paid....

Now DWP rate hike is official

Water bills will go up 11% next month, bumping the average household's monthly nut by $2.40 (LAT) or $2.94 (Daily News). The Times story by Patrick McGreevy credits the influence...

La Opinión ends home delivery

The Spanish language daily, in a battle with the new paper in town Hoy, decides to stress single-copy street sales and has increased the sites where La Opinión is available...

Finke: LAT onto Graydon Carter*

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In advance of the LA Weekly's Thursday publication, columnist Nikki Finke has posted a web-only scoop reporting that the L.A. Times and New York Times are investigating Vanity Fair editor...

Explosive full text of Carroll talk *

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The full text of L.A. Times Editor John Carroll's speech last week at the University of Oregon on "the rise of pseudo-journalism" is more hard-hitting than previously reported. He praises...

Scientology better than porn?

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LAVoice.org has a neat little counter that lets visitors know just how many times a blog entry has been read in its entirety. Last week's item on the Midnight Special...

Another journo nabbed at LAX

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Elena Lappin, a Brit -- you know, the allies -- got off her plane from London and made the mistake of telling U.S. officials she would be mixing a little...

NY Press scribe rips LAT

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New York Press contributor J.R. Taylor rips into Sunday's front-page LAT story "Hollywood Rediscovers Grown-ups" by Elaine Dutka, calling it sycophantic and breathless. (Movie City News agrees, terming the Dutka...

Dueling for Bob Edwards

Bob Edwards continues to seem more celebrated in his ex-host phase than when he was at the mike for NPR's "Morning Edition." He'll be in town this weekend to push...

LAT health writer to NYT

Benedict Carey is leaving the L.A. Times to write about psychology and human behavior for the NYT's weekly Science Times section. He follows by a bit more than two months...

Feel Good news at KCBS

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Kent Shocknek of Channel 2 News sent an email memo recently suggesting that the early morning show he anchors choose stories, then write and edit them, not to inform but...

Counting the LAT's letters *

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Blogger Patterico, who contributes to the Oh, That Liberal Media website, counted 30 letters to the editor in the L.A. Times this weekend that mentioned or dealt with the war...

Flu$h time$ at NPR

There must have been some smiling faces around the National Public Radio studios in Culver City when the memo from COO Ken Stern arrived. Regular staffers are getting a one-time...

New tabloid boss here

Bonnie Fuller's Star has a new West Coast bureau chief, Mary Ann Norbom -- she's the third in eight months, Page Six says. "It's kind of a mess," sighed one...

Beware the Loeb finalists site

UCLA's Anderson School of Management announced the finalists for the Gerald Loeb Award financial journalism prizes today, but unfortunately made it unpleasant for many Net users to get the info....

Carroll on O'Reilly*

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The editorial board of the student-run Daily Emerald at the University of Oregon has posted a commentary praising John Carroll's "pseudo-journalists" speech that L.A. Observed put the word out about...

KCRW to air Gen. Taguba

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Tuesday's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the abuses at Abu Ghraib will be aired live on KCRW starting at 6:30 a.m. Gen. Antonio Taguba, who wrote the Pentagon report...

More Mike Connelly

The LAT scribe-turned-successful novelist was the subject of a Bruce Weber profile in Sunday's New York Times magazine. The piece opened with Connelly sitting with a bunch of LAPD homicide...

NPR does Defamer

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Monday on "Day to Day" from the show's website: "America's shallowest Online 'blog' launches a new site about what some consider America's shallowest city -- Los Angeles. We'll talk to...

Hugsberg explains it all

The Monday roundups of political items in both the Daily News and the Times look ahead to the coming race for mayor. Rick Orlov leads with Bob Hertzberg's mission to...

Time weighs in on LAT

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Time magazine's Los Angeles bureau chief, Terry McCarthy, has a piece in the current issue on John Carroll and the Times under the headline "Left-Coast Makeover." It profiles Carroll as...

Grass roots book editing

J.D. Lasica, the Bay Area-based senior editor at USC's Online Journalism Review, has put online the introduction and first four chapters of the book he is writing and asked for...

LABJ's media report

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A front-page story in the new L.A. Business Journal raises ethical questions about a Daily News ad executive's email overture to "mend fences" between the paper and a frequent target...

Carroll slams Fox in speech **

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L.A. Times Editor John Carroll, on a roll in the industry after picking up five Pulitzers this year and a big award from his fellow editors, gave a lecture Thursday...

Hot news night?

Ron Fineman's screen grab caught Hal Fishman opening a recent KTLA "News at 10" show with his coat on (left), then coming back from a break coatless (right). The odd...

Last Kinsley item this week

Michael Kinsley spoke with Alex Chadwick on "Day to Day" this morning about his impending job with the L.A. Times. I didn't hear it, but here's the audio link....

Last bit on hosting woes

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Thanks to Mack Reed at LAVoice.org for commiserating online over my troubles in moving to a new and better computer host. It's of particular interest to Mack since he too...

OK, this is just getting sad

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Air America Radio's chairman Evan Cohen isn't talking big plans any more. In fact, he quit today, along with his vice chairman and investment partner Rex Sorensen. The network also...

Going and coming

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Ubiquitous L.A. freelancer and personally revealing blogger Nancy Rommelmann is now about six weeks from Leaving Los Angeles. She's been coming to peace with her impending move to Portland on...

Midnight Special doesn't make it

The venerable Midnight Special bookstore tried to make a go of it after moving off the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, but it didn't work out. The store has...

A week late and...

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L.A. screenwriter Andrew Leigh complains at National Review Online that the Times book festival had too many left-identified books on sale and writers on panels, and not enough right-identified panelists...

He left it outside??

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Musicians were stunned and saddened when Peter Stumpf, the principal cellist with the L.A. Philharmonic, revealed that the orchestra's 320-year-old Stradivarius cello had disappeared from his home in Los Feliz....

Headline in need of an editor

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For reasons unknown, the Daily News likes to hype ordinary traffic congestion as gridlock (pronounced Gridlock!) It's worst in the headlines. Lisa Mascaro doesn't use the term in her story...

LAT hires in Tokyo

Bruce Wallace is the new Tokyo bureau chief. His background is in the memo from Foreign Editor Marjorie Miller:...

Memo: Must pay the interns more

Switching L.A. Observed to a new computer turned out to be one step more complex than anyone here at LAO Central realized. But the crack staff muddled through. The site...

Turning down the NYT

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In a New York Observer piece today about the pending demise of the NYT's Saturday Arts and Ideas section, LAT Book Review editor Steve Wasserman reveals he had discussions in...

L.A. writers writing

Matt Welch speaks up for online scandal mongering in Reason, Cathy Seipp finds another Hollywood Republican to embrace at the National Review Online, Christopher Lisotta busts black homophobia in The...

* Lots of Press Club finalists

The L.A. Press Club, which is putting on a panel discussion on journalism schools tonight, has posted the finalists for awards to be given out at its annual dinner on...

Toasted news van

In honor of the heat wave and the year's first brush fires, Franklin Avenue links to the classic video of Channel 4's Chuck Henry watching the station's expensive truck --...

So which is it?

The headlines disagree on what happened yesterday when the city council took up the DWP's request for an 11% rate hike. Times: 11% Water Rate Hike to Get More Study...

Magazine Awards like Esquire

The prizes for general excellence at today's National Magazine Awards went to Newsweek, Popular Science, Gourmet, Budget Living, Chicago Magazine and Aperture. There were 39 awards given in all, including...

Porn goes A1*

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The L.A. Times went to Montreal to talk with HIV positive porn actress Lara Roxx and put the story (and her photo) on today's front page. The paper agreed not...

LAT rewards Cole

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Pulitzer-winning L.A. Times photographer Carolyn Cole got a plum new assignment today. She will be the paper's first shooter officially dedicated to foreign and national news, based in New York....

Edwards: It was time

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Now that he's off "Morning Edition," NPR's Bob Edwards tells Terry Gross on today's "Fresh Air" that on balance he's happy they "pried" him out of the host's chair after...

It's the challengers' time

We're at the point in the news cycle where the contenders and would-be challengers to Mayor Jim Hahn get most of the attention. Today on the front page of the...

Ex-deputy mayor lands

Former deputy mayor Joy Chen, who left the Hahn Administration in April, has turned up with a big job at the international headhunting (oops, I mean executive search) firm Heidrick...

Email tells staff to read email

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Ron Fineman.com (pay only) has the memo from KTLA Channel 5 general manager Vinnie Malcolm directing staffers to pay attention to memos--like his. Dear Fellow Employees, It has been brought...

New website in town*

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Gawker Media's long-rumored L.A. blog Defamer joins the party Tuesday morning. It's said to be mostly about Hollywood. The company run by online veteran Nick Denton is also behind Gawker...

Seattle? No problem...

Franklin Avenue points out that Michael Kinsley won't be the first major L.A. media figure to do his job from the Pacific Northwest. KROQ morning DJ Gene "Bean" Baxter, of...

He thought about it a loooong time

Karl Fleming, the former Newsweek bureau chief in L.A. and editor at Channel 2, has sold a book called Nothing to be Ashamed Of: The Memoir Of A Civil Rights...

TV Guide editor quits

Mike Lafavore resigns after just fifteen months with a little knock at reality programming. Romenesko has the memo....

Comments switched off back on

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I've turned off the comments function for a few hours to see if that stops a spam attack that began last night. Robots drop spam into the older comments on...

Talking about Elvis*

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Elvis Mitchell never fit in at the New York Tmes, writes Carl Swanson in a New York magazine piece. The paper had to bring in a freelance editor to help...

Harry Bosch is back

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Janet Maslin in the New York Times gives a glowing review to Michael Connelly's latest Harry Bosch mystery, The Narrows, which takes its name from a portion of the L.A....

How important is California?

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Pretty important, the Economist thinks. The May 1 cover of the London-based weekly is devoted to a big photo of a tight-lipped Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the headline Is California...

May calendar

Think Los Angeles's history only goes back to the '84 Olympics? The Historical Society of Southern California holds its 120th anniversary gala dinner on May 13. Awards will be given...

Pawel ponders her LAT future

Miriam Pawel, the L.A. Times assistant managing editor who will be moved from her job overseeing state and local coverage in June, has told the L.A. Business Journal (subscription or...

Holes in Hahn PR ban *

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Mayor Jim Hahn's directive to city officials last week to end expensive outside public relations contracts appears to exempt many services, the L.A. Business Journal reports (free) on the front...

New L.A. books blog

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The Millions, by Max Magee. He works at Book Soup and blogs daily, but catch him fast. He's moving to Chicago this summer to attend the Medill School of Journalism...

They got permission, right?

Someone emails to ask if it's a little ironic or something that the Writers Guild of America, West negotiations website has posted the full text of stories from Variety, the...

New L.A. events blog

L.A. Brain Terrain: "A SoCal-based blog recording upcoming intellectual activities for Angelenos interested in more than just driving, f*cking and (net)working!"...
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Fauna observed
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Australian Ballet and more
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The Australian Ballet's recent visit reviewed, plus Mahler's Fifth by Dudamel and the LA Phil. Donna Perlmutter
Streetscape: East Hollywood
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Al Satterwhite's photos of Muhammad Ali
ali-satterwhite-secret.jpgDavid Davis talks with the photographer about shooting a key chapter in Ali's career and a Kickstarter campaign to put out a book. Interview