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for October 2004

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Love that 'Dirty Water'

Bill Plaschke in today's Times reconstructs how the Standells, an L.A. garage band from the 1960s, showed up at Fenway Park before the second game of the World Series playing...

More trouble for Hahn *

Developer Mark Abrams helped channel $300,000 to the mayor's campaign accounts, got a seat on Hahn's political executive committee and successfully urged him to appoint Abrams' attorney to the planning...

South Bay, A to Z

From Garrison Frost in his online "journal of arts and ideas," The Aesthetic: American Martyrs Church: You can't understand the South Bay until you understand Manhattan Beach, and you can't...

Romer sues over fake site

Los Angeles schools chief Roy Romer and the school district have sued that disgruntled ex-student who posted gay pornography on a website and claimed it was connected to Romer. As...

Editor: "Sorry, dad"

Will Swaim, the editor of OC Weekly, explains in an open letter the outpouring of love he got when he was misquoted recently in the Register. Now that the record...

Only in L.A.

After a City Hall panel voted Thursday to take over Hollywood's Florentine Gardens and build a new fire station, fans of the club began shouting "Shame! Shame!" then adjourned to...

Deaton move greased

The city's Chief Legislative Analyst, Ron Deaton, could be voted on by the Department of Water and Power board on Tuesday, and swiftly get city council confirmation to the $311,362-a-year...

Today on non-shout radio

It turns out that, despite his group photo with the rest of the gang, Byron York is not the new conservative on Left, Right and Center. KCRW is still seeking...

Rethinking the film classics

In the new Classic Hollywood issue of Los Angeles magazine (not yet online), Steve Erickson nominates ten classic films that don't belong in the pantheon, and ten that aren't regarded...

5 days to go

The late Richard Avedon's portraits of the election season run for 32 pages in this week's New Yorker. They are great. A slide show can be entered at this page,...

McCourt tinkers again

The Dodgers owner has decided to remove players' names from the back of uniform jerseys. Frank McCourt cites "tradition" as the rationale; I guess something else justified curtailing the Dodger...

City Hall stunner: Deaton to DWP *

Mayor Hahn today announced that David Wiggs, on medical leave as general manager of the DWP, has resigned. In his place Hahn has asked his DWP commissioners to appoint Ron...

Fashion Week

LA.com is making the rounds of Fashion Week shows and parties, and has a blog item up about a clueless designer trying to stop the L.A. Times writer Booth Moore...

Times circ down a bunch

To be precise, the drop in Sunday circulation compared to last September is 6.3%, for the daily paper 5.6%. The daily circulation, once well over a million, is now 902,164....

Villaraigosa targeted *

Five residents of Antonio Villaraigosa's 14th district say they will try to recall the councilman for jumping into the mayor's race after pledging he would not run. "We believe Mr....

The LAT's non-endorsement *

Howard Blume at the LA Weekly asked Kerry voter Michael Kinsley why his L.A. Times editorial page didn't take a stand on the presidential race. Kinsley is up-front about his...

Bell tolls for writers building

On Radford just north of Ventura in Studio City, the offices near CBS where John Wayne hung out when the studio was Republic Pictures, where MTM writers turned out sitcoms...

Interesting 24 hours at Tribune

After the markets closed, Tribune Co. announced that Jack Fuller will retire as head of the publishing group at the end of the year. He had a newspaper editorial background...

Variety adds a blog

It's been awhile since I checked in on Variety's experiment with free weblogs outside the trade's online subscriber wall. The newest, called Stylephile (spotted at Franklin Avenue), is about shopping...

Flaw in Gourmet's cookbook

The Washington Post has a piece today on a problem with the long-awaited Gourmet cookbook produced by Ruth Reichl, who was the L.A. Times food editor before heading off to...

Roth cracks

Philip Roth will promote The Plot Against America on "The Today Show" Thursday morning. Liz Smith says the taped interview with Katie Couric will be his first television appearance since...

New LAT column: entertainment

It's going to be on the op-ed page or in whatever the reinvented Sunday Opinion section is to be called, written by Time (and ex-Entertaiment Weekly) columnist Joel Stein. In...

Times picks a TV editor

A post-election newsroom ritual at the L.A. Times is figuring out what the editors and reporters who staffed the campaign coverage will do next. Some land at their old jobs,...

Cancellations...

Darcy Cosper writes that if you were planning to attend the LA Lit party tomorrow night, don't. "Circumstances have arisen...," she says. Cynthia Ozick's appearance on Thursday evening at the...

Getting there faster

The time it takes for the LAPD to respond to emergency calls has dropped by several minutes since this year's policy change directing more use of sirens. The Daily News...

Port deal scrutiny

DA Steve Cooley's Public Integrity Division is interested in the harbor commission's controversial awarding of a lucrative contract to the former executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, Larry...

Westwood loses another theater *

The Mann Plaza on Glendon Avenue, once a Laemmle house known for its art films and midnight shows, has closed, says the website Cinema Treasures. The single-screen Plaza survived previous...

Entertainment Today changes

Back in May we passed along a report that the publisher was out at Burbank-based Entertainment Today. Now comes word that the editorial team's last day was Oct. 18, and...

Reading L.A. blogs

Metrofeed LA is a new website that does nothing but use RSS to pull together postings from various Los Angeles-centric blogs that actually "create content," as the techies say. Today's...

Hahn's Valley strategy

After saying she would sit out next year's campaign, former Rep. Bobbi Fielder announced last week that she is backing Jim Hahn again, Rick Orlov notes in the Daily News....

Sportswriter murder

Today's Times has the paper's first staff story on the death here of sportswriter Sam Kellerman and the charging of a professional boxer known as the Harlem Hammer. James Butler,...

In the weekend email

• The website of the city-landmark El Rey Theatre on Wilshire's Miracle Mile has a page of photos out of the past, showing both the interior and (more interesting to me)...

Running with the story

The Los Angeles Business Journal continues to give bigger play than other media to the various official investigations keeping the denizens of L.A. City Hall gossiping these days. In this...

Gardener as L.A. protagonist

Mas Arai, "a diminutive man in his late 60s with a dwindling number of regular customers whose yards he tends with loving care and a practiced eye," is the center...

Daily News goes Kerry *

The Daily News of Los Angeles backed George W. Bush in 2000 and praises the president for his guidance after 9-11, but says "for all the leadership Bush showed in...

First Taschen, now Dutton's

Dutton's celebrates the opening of its new Beverly Hills store on Sunday. It's at 447 N. Canon Drive, around the corner from Taschen's Beverly Drive showroom, and is said to...

Dodgers make it official

Ross Porter is out after 28 years, and the radio booth will get an as-yet unhired play-by-play announcer and the team's first baseball analyst....

Hoy cuts 20% of staff

The Spanish-language papers, caught up in the inflated circulation scandal at Tribune Company, say that "eliminating positions is part of Hoy's effort to ensure long-term success-both journalistically and as a...

Noelia Rodriguez to Univision

The former Deputy Mayor for communications under Richard Riordan—and then press secretary to First Lady Laura Bush—inked a deal to become Vice President of Corporate Communications here for Univision, reporting...

Byron York may be on KCRW *

It appears that KCRW's Left, Right and Center has quietly added Byron York, White House correspondent for the National Review and author of next year's The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy,...

New NYT book reviewer

William Grimes, the former New York Times restaurant critic, will focus on nonfiction books. He joins Janet Maslin and Michiko Kakutani as full-time reviewers....

KFI newsman retires *

Ken Gallacher, a 20-year KFI guy who does the news during the morning show with Bill Handel, is retiring from the station at the end of the month, says LARadio.com....

Story about the new ad

The website selling the Schwarzenegger bobblehead doll via the new Blogad over in the right-hand column isn't very informative; here's a Sacramento Bee story from September with some background....

Ross Porter's end may be near *

KSPN-AM reports that the Dodgers could announce Ross Porter's disinvitation from the broadcast booth as early as Friday, the same day he begins co-hosting a sports talk show on the...

New LAT Mag column

The Times found a way to get Pulitzer-winning auto critic Dan Neil's name into the paper more. He's going to pen a column on art and pop culture called "800...

They like their Cheesecake

Both LA.com and LAist have items today announcing that Madame Wu's has closed in the Grove and will be replaced soon with a Cheesecake Factory. The latter blog likes CF...

Nick Nolte not

The blog Nick Nolte's Diary isn't by the actor, and he's pissed. E! Online News reports that aspiring screenwriters Christian Newton and Casey McAdams came up with the site. They...

Long Beach P-T goes third-party

The Long Beach Press-Telegram editorial page today endorses Orange County judge Jim Gray, the Libertarian Party candidate in the U.S. Senate race. The paper cites his vocal opposition to the...

Hope she got expenses *

Freelancer Nancy Rommelmann may be living in Portland these days, but she has the cover feature in today's LA Weekly on a hard-working L.A. gardening crew. These are two of...

4th Floor shutting down **

The anonymous City Hall blogger has decided the job risk isn't worth it. After some lengthy discussions, and a few cocktails, it has been decided that the now infamous blog...

Cleaning up Santa Sue

One of the odd things about growing up in the San Fernando Valley (there were many) was hearing the nighttime roar of rocket engines and seeing a yellow glow light...

Obscure deal of the week

The Greek rights to Steve Hodel's Black Dahlia Avenger were sold to Patakis Publishers. (Via Publishers Lunch)...

Thursday on KPCC

The Pasadena NPR station manages to work alot of journalists into the week's news programming. Today at 10:30 a.m., during Larry Mantle's Airtalk, the subject will be Orange County. Guests...

NY in LA to talk about Iraq

The New York Review of Books is co-sponsoring a panel of journalists this Sunday at Occidental College on "The Media and Iraq: What Went Wrong?" The Review's co-editor Robert B....

Did Parks threaten a blog?

Councilman Bernard Parks let the 4th Floor know by email tonight that he was not pleased with a recent item. After dishing out some (gratuitous to me) insults, Parks concluded...

He took my title: Gary Leonard

L.A. freelancing fixture Gary Leonard claims that the title of ex-DA Gil Garcetti's Washington, D.C. photography exhibit on Disney Hall—"Symphony in Steel”—is taken from the title of Leonard's competing book...

Citywide WiFi? *

Mayor Hahn just created a new telecom panel to study the possibility of providing wireless Internet access everywhere in Los Angeles. From the release: Chairing Mayor Hahn's advisory panel will...

In bed with the Schwarzeneggers

Both Steve Lopez and Patt Morrison write columns in today Times playing off the governor's quip about getting no sex from Maria for two weeks after his speech at the...

Airport fight gets interesting *

With the first stage of approval expected today for Mayor Hahn's compromise LAX makeover, airport commissioner Miguel Contreras—whose more relevant day job is head of the Los Angeles County Federation...

Getty reverberations *

Christopher Knight writes in today's LAT Calendar that the internal rancor at the Getty is a Big Deal and has prompted museum directors around the country to wonder just how...

Monetizing the election

The Sacramento newsletter Political Pulse has found a new way to generate income from its election coverage. On Thursday, editor and co-publisher Anthony York will moderate a conference with Republican...

Doth he protest too much?

Mayoral candidate Bob Hertzberg's campaign has a curious take on those endorsements that Antonio Villaraigosa picked up yesterday from Jewish elected officials on the Westside and in the Valley, reputed...

Anschutz gets another tax break

The 26 acres of mostly parking lots north of Staples Center where Phil Anschutz and partners want to build a mega-hotel and entertainment complex is some of the most high...

More on Getty tensions

Tuesday's L.A. Times story on the abrupt resignation of Getty Museum director Deborah Gribbon (reported by L.A. Observed yesterday morning) says she received a standing ovation when she announced the...

Maria defends Maria *

On the Times op-ed page, journalist/First Lady Maria Shriver defends her role in pushing the California State History Museum to become the California Women's History Museum. She says she's happy...

Around L.A. Bloggerville

• Will Campbell at blogging.la called out councilman Eric Garcetti in a Monday morning post that complained about getting no answer to his plea for help to clean up a homeless...

Math-challenged weather babe

This is so lame it hurts to even hear about it. Ron Fineman.com reports that Jackie Johnson, the new weather reader (bio) on KCAL-9, gave the rain totals tonight as...

Hotties in City Hall

The City Hall insider blog 4th Floor is on a distinctly unwonkish roll. Yesterday the blog speculated that Mayor Jim Hahn has a new sweetie (he's separated but not divorced,...

Questions for Laurie Pike

The Editor-in-chief of LA.com is the subject of today's LAist Interview by Jessica Ritz. 9. What's your favorite LA-based movie or TV show? Mildred Pierce. LA is all about reinvention,...

Car dealer snit

Neda Shahrokhi sold about 6,000 BMWs in her years at Beverly Hills BMW then jumped to a rival dealership in the Valley, taking her client list along. Her ex-employer sued,...

Dissing the Conservancy

Buried at the end of today's Downtown News story on the Ambassador Hotel controversy, school board member David Tokofsky flings a stinging barb at the Los Angeles Conservancy. They are...

Waxman vs. Russell

The New York Post's Page Six got hold of an email from Sharon Waxman, the New York Times' Hollywood reporter, to I ♥ Huckabees director David O. Russell. The pair...

Trouble at the Getty

The J. Paul Getty Museum just announced that its director, Deborah Gribbon, who is also Vice President of the Getty Trust, will resign from both posts on October 31. It...

Miller gives up his guns

LAPD chief Bill Bratton's anti-terrorism commander, John Miller, has turned in the handguns he was caught with while boarding at LAX a few weeks back. Miller, the ex-ABC newsman who...

Counting votes

While everyone else is consumed with the current election, the L.A. political establishment is increasingly caught up in the next election. In today's Times, Patrick McGreevy counts noses and finds...

'Corrupting' Union Station

The 1939 train depot is one of the city's signature buildings, and its locale across from the historic Old Plaza could be exploited to add some charm to downtown. So...

Is outing journalism?

Prompted by the gay media speculation about Rep. David Dreier and other recent events, the local chapter of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association will hold a panel discussion...

Rutten on O'Reilly's sex scandal

In most news organizations, Tim Rutten writes in his Times media column, the allegations about a network star like Bill O'Reilly—accused of sexually harassing a younger, junior network producer—would prompt...

Where is Arnold?

The governor has "left the state," the late Friday email advised Sacramento reporters. Well, where did he go and when might he be back? "It's personal, private," said Margita Thompson,...

'It's the new polio'

West Nile Virus has caused more serious health problems here and around the nation than the flu-like symptoms experts had expected, "especially among an alarming number of healthy, young and...

Evacuating Century City

If you got caught up in some disruption in Century City and Beverly Hills today, it was just an evacuation drill. Some 6,000 workers in the twin, 44-story Century Plaza...

Jennifer York flies into sunset

This was the longtime channel 5 traffic reporter's last day up in the helicopter. She is leaving the station. Fans of her spots on the KTLA Morning Show are flooding...

Clifford May out at LR&C *

After last week's tension, Clifford May is not on today's "Left, Right and Center" on KCRW, and no explanation was given on the air. The show website mentions that regular...

Mother Jones editor out

Roger Cohn has quit as editor of the San Francisco-based magazine after five years. Dan Fost reports in the San Francisco Chronicle that Cohn blamed a decision by the board...

'North Mission Road'

That's the title of Court TV's new show based on access to the files of the Los Angeles County Coroner's morgue, located at 1104 N. Mission Road. I haven't watched...

Christians at Israel rally

An opinion piece in today's Jewish Journal complains that fundamentalist Christians who actively try to convert Jews have been invited to take a prominent role in a big pro-Israel event...

Author to testify in Blake case

Miles Corwin, who accompanied police to Robert Blake's home while researching his book, Homicide Special: A Year With the LAPD's Elite Detective Unit, was ordered to testify at a pre-trial...

Patt Morrison goes PM

KPCC is giving Times op-ed columnist (and regular station fill-in) Patt Morrison a two-week run with her own talk show at 7 p.m. "PM with Patt Morrison" will air for...

Media diversity

Competing views of Anaheim and the Angels, first from Red Sox loyalist Jeffrey Anderson in the LA Weekly: The Angels play before red-clad, suburban boobs who act as if they...

L.A. publisher takes eBay to court

Metropolitan News-Enterprise publisher Roger M. Grace's lawsuit for defamation against eBay is going to the California Supreme Court. Xbiz.com fills in the backstory: The libel claim against eBay was initiated...

Remembering the HerEx *

Cathy Seipp writes in her "From the Left Coast" column at the National Review Online that she misses the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, which the Hearst company folded 15 years...

Keller pushback

Nine members of the city council objected Thursday to the Port of Los Angeles giving a contract to former executive director Larry Keller, whose marketing deal could earn him more...

Arnold flailing

William Bradley, who filed scoop after scoop out of the Schwarzenegger camp during and after the recall campaign, contends in the LA Weekly that the governor "is beset by political...

Media get to park at City Hall

The Radio and TV News Association and councilman Dennis Zine have negotiated 20 parking spaces for media vehicles around City Hall and Parker Center. RTNA president Steve Kindred tells LARadio.com:...

Nick Nolte's blog

He says that journals are for sissies but Hemingway kept a diary, so that's what his website is called. He writes about being at home in Malibu and getting into...

He wants undercover traffic cops

Steve Rosen, writing in The Canyon News, is fed up with discourteous drivers who steal a couple of car lengths in congested traffic by using the merge and parking lanes....

Writers and producers reach a pact

The Writers Guild of America (both coasts) has announced a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract. The official view: "It's been a long five months since we walked away...

Montorio closes the loop

The Times' John Montorio has finally named his panel of top editors for the features sections of the paper. As expected, Michalene Busico and Lennie LaGuire get the new title...

Bringing in the dough

Mayor Jim Hahn's reelection campaign still leads in the money race, but the rivals are moving closer. Bob Hertzberg filed reports yesterday showing he had raised more than anyone elese...

Begin last rites for Ambassador

Supt. Roy Romer's plan for razing nearly all of the historic Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard squeaked through the school board on a 4-3 vote. In its place will be...

Gawker blogout explained *

Gawker Media's troubles staying online Tuesday (affecting the blogs Defamer, Gawker, Wonkette et al at various points in the day) were due to a credit card snafu at Network Solutions....

Grosso v. Miramax

Anne Thompson in the New York Times weighs in on the case of ex-magazine writer Jeff Grosso, who sued Miramax for allegedly stealing his screenplay idea about a high-stakes poker...

Writers writing, selling & talking

• John Gabree, the author and former Newsday book reviewer who created Santa Monica's late L.A. (The Bookstore), writes a wide-ranging blog that he calls Impractical Proposals. He noted yesterday that...

How would Bush look in a dress?

I guess we can suppose that Michael Ramirez' cartoon in today's L.A. Times didn't intend to suggest that George W. Bush is a crossdresser. But that's where the Monty Python...

Now we know

Larry Keller's departure as executive director of the Port of Los Angeles last month seemed remarkably clean and free of acrimony. Well, David Zahniser reports in the Daily Breeze that...

Forest Lawn should ignore this trend

The Sunset Hill Memorial Park in Apple Valley, where cowboy movie legends Roy Rogers and Dale Evans are buried, is replacing its grass with artificial turf. Being in the Mojave...

Marks of 'The Beast'

Los Angeles filmmaker, playwright and web presence Brian Flemming, who created the Slumdance film festival in 1997 to promote his Hang Your Dog in the Wind, (and who has scored...

Phil didn't like Kobe either *

It turns out that Phil Jackson told the Lakers in January that he didn't want to coach the team any more if Kobe Bryant was on it, saying "he won't...

Grounding Hahn's LAX plan

All four major reelection challengers to Mayor Jim Hahn have come out against his compromise plan for the redesign (call it modernization or expansion, if you prefer) of Los Angeles...

Inside blogball **

LAist, one of the local New York-owned city blog offshoots, has found a new way to generate buzz about itself. Publisher Jake Dobkin (Gothamist) posted a chart showing LAist has...

Interviews around town

• In the Downtown News, Anschutz Entertainment Group president Tim Leiweke suggests that more upheaval is coming in the local sports scene. With the Clippers' lease to play at Staples Center...

St. Louis Kardinals? *

Now that the Dodgers have lost, Mayor Jim Hahn owes a sweet treat to his counterpart in St. Louis. He promised something from "a legendary L.A. institution, Cobbler King," but...

Ambassador vote coming up

This is the week the school board might decide the fate of the Ambassador Hotel. On Sunday, board member David Tokofsky offered a new plan that he says could spare...

Stern owes this guy

Ross Johnson profiles Scott Greenstein, the ex-Miramax exec and Barry Diller protégé who brokered Howard Stern's lucrative deal to move onto pay radio, in today's New York Times. Greenstein sounds...

Malibu diary

"Life and Times" has a segment slotted in tonight on Penny Grenoble O’Malley, author of Malibu Diary: Notes from an Urban Refugee. She is the ex-upstate New Yorker who escaped...

Finke scoops Reeve death

LA Weekly columnist Nikki Finke bypassed the paper (which shutters on the weekend) and broke the news of actor Christopher Reeve's death of cardiac arrest in an email blast to...

Tension at LR&C

I only caught the end of their exchange on Friday, but it didn't sound like the new guy on KCRW's "Left, Right and Center" panel was playing nice with station...

Patt on the Coultergeist

The Times picked liberal columnist Patt Morrison to review Ann Coulter's newest book, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must). She begins by calling Coulter "the Miss Mullah...

Milton and Jason make up *

Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley and Times beat reporter Jason Reid spoke before yesterday's game, and the writer declared the previous day's confrontation over. "He apologized for the slur he directed...

The Cos endorses Parks

Bill Cosby announced Thursday that he's backing ex-LAPD chief and current councilman Bernard Parks for mayor in next year's election. Rick Orlov has a few grafs in the Daily News....

Book deals

Publishers Lunch brings word that Stacey Grenrock Woods (of Esquire, Oprah, "The Daily Show" and L.A. Innuendo) has signed a book deal. I, California will be "a memoir of being...

'Make' the magazine

Local author and illustrator Mark Frauenfelder is now the editor of Make, an upcoming magazine on applying do-it-yourself skills to technology. It's from O'Reilly Media. Frauenfelder is co-founder of Boing...

'Ask a Critic' returns

The Times' Calendar section has quietly brought back the feature where readers can ask a question of the paper's critics. On p. 66 of today's Weekend Calendar, and online, rock...

Regarding Beverly Theater

In September I posted about plans for razing the vaguely Moroccan-themed Beverly Theater and about the Art Deco office building next door, originally California Bank. I included a so-so photo,...

ONA finalists

The contenders in the Online News Association competition I helped judge over the weekend are now posted. Local finalists include the L.A. Times Outdoors section, the Orange County Register's series...

Reverse Cowgirl back online

Xeni Jardin reports at Boing Boing on the return to the web of writer-about-sex Susannah Breslin. Her new website, The Invisible Cowgirl, offers an excerpt of her forthcoming semi-autobiographical novel...

Mr. Darcy fans come to town

The Jane Austen Society of North America sweeps into the Biltmore downtown today for a weekend-long conference. Among the day's events are a subway outing to Phillipe's, a guided tour...

Times asks: 'Is Bush a dope?'

The lead editorial in today's Times tries to somewhat delicately approach the subject of the president's mental prowess. It admits that even asking the question may seem "snooty and elitist,"...

One more 'Best of L.A.'

The LA Weekly organizes this year's rendering of the annual "Best of" by the seven deadly sins. It works....

Making a connection

Rip Rense reconnects on his website with Dave Lindorff, his onetime colleague at the Daily News when the paper was still just the Valley News and Green Sheet. Lindorff covered...

Here comes Antonio

Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa was late to get started raising money for his latest bid to become mayor, but he's catching up in a hurry. He has collected nearly $650,000 since...

Bradley's got a ways to go *

Inner peace still eludes ill-tempered Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley, who agreed just last week to take anger management classes after going postal on the field. Today he got into it...

Director of immigrant affairs

Nora E. Vargas was named today as the first director of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, a newly created fiefdom within Mayor Jim Hahn's staff. From the release issued...

Press Club confab *

The L.A. Press Club annual meeting that was originally scheduled the night of last week's presidential debate will be held tonight. This is the one where they elect new board...

Howard Stern meant it

He's been threatening to move off plain old on-air radio to escape the FCC's crackdown, and today Howard Stern confirmed that he'll take his show to Sirius Satellite Radio in...

Cubs born and tagged

The last known female lion to roam the Santa Monica Mountains gave birth this summer to a litter of four cubs—which were promptly tagged with abdominal transmitters so scientists can...

Zagat goes Val

In local politics, the Valley has a reputation for voting in higher numbers than many other areas of the city. I guess it's true in restaurant rating contests too. The...

Hirsch spat goes national

The nasty fight between Hollywood lawyer/celeb wedding presider Barry L. Hirsch and his ex-partners made today's New York Times. The piece by Ross Johnson details the hurt feelings, mean words...

Fleishman goes Hollywood

Hayley Sumner, who has represented the William Morris Agency, screenwriters and actors (among others), has joined the Los Angeles office of Fleishman-Hillard as a senior vice president. After jettisoning much...

Tightening up in Calif

Sacramento Bee opinion blogger Dan Weintraub passes along two new polls that pick up a slide in Kerry's lead over Bush among California voters. In one, the Democrat's edge is...

Three months of agony

On his other blog, Mack Reed exorcises the pain that devoured his summer. A sample: The most horrible, vicious, ice-pick pain of my life rips slowly across my skull, and...

Still working out some bugs

A potential supporter of Bob Hertzberg for mayor signed up through his website to receive email updates on the campaign. The first offering to hit her In Box did not...

Bravo!

Caltech's H. David Politzer won the Nobel Prize in Physics for a discovery he shared with two other scientists while a grad student at Harvard—in 1973. The version that is...

Stanley Allison, LAT journalist was 53 *

The reporter for the L.A. Times Orange County bureau was found dead today in his home in Cypress. Allison had previously worked as a Times copy editor and in the...

Similar yet different

Michael Ramirez' "Mount St. Kerry" in today's L.A. Times:   Steve Benson's "Mount St. Kerry" in Sunday's Arizona Republic:...

More tinkering at Calendar

In this latest installment of the ongoing serial The Montorio Files, the Times' Daily Calendar editor Alice Short gets new responsibility for the Thursday Weekend section. This means that current...

Hahn antes up ***

The mayor has made his bet on the Dodgers with his counterpart in St. Louis. He defends the honor of his team and offers up—Cobbler King? Dear Mayor Slay, Today...

Debates as mini-series

Analyzed at Cinemocracy: You’ve got a three-act structure (four if you include the vice presidential encounter), recurring characters, and a narrative line driven by the ups and downs of the...

Please let it not be true **

Ralphs has begun playing Christmas music in some stores, Franklin Avenue says. That's just wrong in so many ways, but I feel especially bad for the checkout clerks. * Pam...

Stumping for the traffic vote

Mayor Jim Hahn rode out to Victory and Sepulveda yesterday to announce another batch of steps for making traffic flow better on 35 major streets. It's nothing more innovative than...

Tad Friend tells all (or some)

The writer of The New Yorker's occasional "Letter from California" talks to the San Francisco Chronicle about his recent piece on Gavin Newsom, being the spouse of New York Times...

In honor of the playoffs... *

A couple of change-of-pace baseball items. Today, the Burbank Central Library opened an exhibition called "The Times They Were A-Changin': Baseball in the Age of Aquarius." It's about "the impact...

KCRW gets a new 'Right'

The Right seat on KCRW's Left, Right and Center is a hard spot to keep filled. Newest to try, starting with this Friday's show, will be Clifford May, president of...

Hawthorne new LAT architecture critic

The L.A. Times picked Christopher Hawthorne, currently at Slate magazine, to be the paper's next architecture critic. The frequent New York Times contributor replaces Nicolai Ouroussoff, who left some months...

An auto writer in Baghdad

The Times would love to see its Pulitzer-winning automobile critic, Dan Neil, get more exposure than he receives in the lightly read driving section. The editors sent him to Baghdad...

More LAT blues

The L.A. Business Journal has another story this week on the financial pressures at the Times. The angle to this one is that, with ads still weak, the Times drags...

'4th Floor' buzz *

Rick Orlov writes prominently about the City Hall insider blog in today's Daily News. The 4th Floor has yet to disclose much in the way of inside dish, focusing more...

A sure way to lose credibility

Some guy with a worker's comp claim against the L.A. school district emails me that in a desperate plea to push his case, he has registered web domains in the...

A conservative in WeHo

Scott at The Juxtaposition reports on his trip up to attend the Liberty Film Festival and gives a few reviews. Being conservative in Hollywood is like having your first day...

Trouble at LA Weekly

Ex-LA Weekly politics reporter Marc Haefele, writing in his regular spot at the L.A. Alternative Press, is the first to detail in print the labor disturbance rippling his old newsroom....

Give him the Golden Mike now

I've listened to Vin Scully since I was six years old, and nothing I can remember matches the mastery of his call of the ninth inning today. I was in...

Words in WeHo

I've been busy the last couple of days helping judge entries in the Online News Association awards to be handed out next month. Perusing and discussing the examples of great...

RFK kids: Level the Ambassador

Maxwell Kennedy, a son of slain Senator Robert F. Kennedy, held a news conference in MacArthur Park yesterday to say that his mother, Ethel, and six of his siblings want...

Let it be

Jon Wiener, the UC Irvine historian and KPFK radio host who has been slowly extracting John Lennon's files out of a very reluctant FBI, finally won the last round. On...
A blast from the 3-D past
garden-of-allah-model.jpgGarden of Allah model hits the market again. Details
Harvey House gets a future
fred-harvey-franklin-ave.jpgCedd Moses will take over Union Station's vacant diner space. Story
How hot was it?
bear-in-pool-monrovia.jpgWhy, it was bear in the swimming pool hot. Bigger
Don Shirley on CTG's new season
Paul_Oakley_Stovall-ctg.jpg Once again our columnist has to ask: where is LA in the upcoming schedule of the Center Theatre Group? Native Intelligence
Aon tower
aon-tower.jpgWilshire and Hope, downtown Los Angeles. Once known as the First Interstate Bank tower.