Jake Jacoby, reporter was 89

The LAPD press room at Parker Center is named for Norman "Jake" Jacoby, who reported on the cop beat from 1935 to 1991 for City News Service, the Los Angeles Examiner and the Los Angeles Herald-Express. He covered the sensational Black Dahlia murder case in 1947, and I imagine about 10,000 others. Jacoby died of natural causes at his home in Vista. LAT obit.

Also while I was away from the blog:

Tribune troubles: The Chicago Tribune reports on its parent's potential $915 million tax bill, acquired along with Times Mirror and the L.A. Times. The "wild card" in Tribune Company's future has Wall Street concerned, and if the Street is worried so are Tribune execs. A federal trial begins next month. (LAT log-ons work at the Tribune). Also, Tribune's Spanish-language Hoy is not denting the dominance of La Opinión, the L.A. Business Journal reports this week.

Shout Radio: KFI's John and Ken were the big losers in the election, Gregory Rodriguez argues in the Times Sunday Opinion section: "L.A.'s own media bullies...all blather, no impact. That's why they call it talk radio."

Nancy Griffin: The writer's Venice home was featured in the cover story in the Sunday L.A. Times Magazine.

Cutting comments: Blogger Justene Adamec has had it with reader comments at CalBlog and cuts them off. What's in the air this week? Marc Cooper blasts his comment trolls, Tony Pierce feels moved to explain how he puts up with the hate that comes his way, and Matt Welch takes on gloating red state commenters and fellow L.A. blogger Professor Bainbridge as the post-election shakeout continues.

Out of the closet: Patterico's emergence is complete. The once-anonymous blogger has put up a photo of himself.

LAPD online: The department has a new, easier to use website.

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