Labor Day shorts

Updated all weekend, newest at top

   • In the Hat: The website that tracks Mexican Mafia killings is unhappy with the media, especially the Times.
   • James O. Page: The former L.A. County firefighter and retired fire chief in Monterey Park pioneered the use of paramedics. He has been called one of the most influential fire chiefs of the 20th century. Page died Saturday night, at age 68.
   • LAX mess: Four terminals were shut down for several hours early Saturday due to security breaches, and at 1 p.m. the drive through the airport remained closed. In one incident, a TSA worker was hurt when a flashlight battery exploded in a bag he was inspecting at the Bradley Terminal. In the other, someone ran up the down escalator and through security at United, forcing evacuation of three connected terminals.
   • Just spell his name right: Back in April, UCLA scientist Vladimir Keilis-Borok predicted a 6.4 magnitude quake on the southern San Andreas by this Sunday. He was taken seriously -- and got lots of publicity out of it. Technically there's still time, so enjoy your weekend.
   • Big Media blogger: Vanity Fair critic James Wolcott joins the blog world. Jeff Jarvis, who labors inside Conde Nast, has the backstory.
   • Evangelism pays: Novelist Roger L. Simon has parlayed his public conversion from lefty to darling of the war blogs into his first non-fiction book deal.
   • Moving up: Recent USC graduate and ex-Daily Trojan writer Arash Markazi has a new column, The Hot Read, at Sports (SBB)
   • Deadline L.A.: Vanity Fair profile writer Maureen Orth guests with Barbara Osborn on KPFK, Sunday at 1 p.m.
   • Hurricane Frances: The Times sent editors to Florida to spell staffers at sister Tribune paper the Orlando Sentinel.

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