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Patrick McDonnell, the LAT's Baghdad bureau chief, is finally getting out of the war zone after about a year and a half. He'll be moving this summer to become Buenos Aires bureau chief. The incumbent in BA, Hector Tobar, is moving to the Mexico City bureau. Also headed to Mexico City is former city editor Sam Enriquez. This morning's announcement from Foreign Editor Marjorie Miller reads:

Sam Enriquez, who has been has been with The Times since 1985 as a Metro reporter, assignment editor and city editor, has joined Foreign. He will spend the next couple of months working on our desk and learning his way around immigrant communities in Los Angeles before moving to the Mexico City bureau. Enriquez is a talented editor, according to many who have worked with him in Metro, and he is excited about returning to reporting and writing when he becomes a correspondent. He has a BA in economics from Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Tobar, by the way, is the author most recently of Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States.

In other moves: Via Mediabistro, Kevin Leap has been named publisher of Angeleno magazine and divisional president for the western region for Modern Luxury Magazines...Ally Dawson has been named a beauty and health editor and a columnist for The Los Angeles Independent Newspaper Group [Well actually: The Independent says Mediabistro got it wrong, she remains a freelancer for the paper.]...Mediabistro this morning also posted this item saying that Richard Rushfield of LA Innuendo and Vanity Fair was named "editorial director" at the LAT, but it's not on the main Revolving Door page and nothing has been announced to the staff at the Times. Premature, mistake or hoax? * Update: The answer is A and B. Rushfield advises that, just this afternoon, he has been named a senior editor of, a much less-sweeping title and role than Mediabistro first thought.

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