* As usual, freshest stuff (think Laura Bush and John Kerry) at the bottom...
David Shaw lunches on a double-chili-cheeseburger at Tommy's before he samples the Dodger Stadium cuisine for a column. And Bill Plaschke finds out why his email and Marc Cooper call the new field seats the worst in the stadium.
Caltech's commencement speaker this year is Sandra Tsing Loh.
At The Elegant Variation, Daniel Olivas reviews (and likes) John Shannon's Dangerous Games.
A reader in Venice emails his shock that his Times subscription was renewed at 26 weeks for $20, or 77 cents a week. "When I voiced my astonishment at this ludicrously low rate, the guy on the phone seemed to think I was complaining. 'We can do it even lower if you like,' he said. I didn't have the heart to try and beat him down any further. I'm virtually getting the paper for free already."
David Rieff, author of the 1991 book Los Angeles: Capital of the Third World and Susan Sontag's son, is profiled in today's New York Observer.
I'm told that First Lady Laura Bush had lunch today at La Serenata de Garibaldi — not the Westside or Santa Monica branches, but at the one and only original on East First Street in Boyle Heights.
That John Kerry appearance for Villaraigosa will be at Valley College, the former Democratic nominee told his email list today.
LAist posts a pic of the Tagalog version of the sample ballot in the race for Alkalde.
The husband and wife team behind the Liberty Film Festival are now blogging as Libertas, "a forum for conservative thought on film." They are starting to provide twice-weekly commentaries on Hollywood to Newsmax.com.