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   • Former LAT publisher David Laventhol is writing the history of Times Mirror for Public Affairs. The company's former chief exec, his working title is A Family's Will, a reference to the Chandlers, who sold the company to Tribune. (NYDN)

   • Reporter Pat Maio has left the L.A. Business Journal. His media beat is, as yet, unfilled.

   • L.A. Times Olympics reporter Alan Abrahamson will appear regularly on MSNBC during the Athens games.

   • Columnist T.J. Simers gets his hair cut in a big photo on page 2 of today's Times sports section.

   • Six members of People's L.A. bureau (plus two staffers in New York) get credit lines on this week's story about Paris Hilton's bruises.

   • Jeff Kearns of the Sacramento News & Review guests Sunday on KPFK's "Deadline L.A." to talk about the governor's use of the media.

   • The Times is said to be at work on another profile of Doug Dowie, the ex-head of Fleishman-Hillard in Los Angeles. Tina Daunt is the reported writer.

   • Los Angeles Magazine contributor David Davis has inked a deal with Angel City Press to write Play by Play: A Century of L.A. Sports Photography, 1889-1989. The book's release will coincide with the October opening of an exhibition of photos at the Central Library downtown.

   • City controller Laura Chick guests on KNBC-4's "News Conference," Sunday at 9 a.m. Laurel Erickson hosts.

   • The New York Times Sunday Styles section is working on a story about literary L.A., Cathy Seipp learns.

   • The LAist blog has lost its founding editor. Tom Berman is leaving to "work in the political realm," but might be back. Adrienne Crew will be co-editor with Marleigh Riggins.

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