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• Dawson's Books, the oldest bookseller in Los Angeles, celebrates its 100th anniversary this month with an exhibit at the store and Michael Dawson Gallery on Larchmont. The photo (right) is from the 35th anniversary in 1940, when the bookstore was at Grand Avenue and Wilshire downtown.
• One of the free front-page stories in the new L.A. Business Journal looks into how local General Motors dealers are handling the parent company's decision to pull ads from the Times. There's also an inside piece on labor troubles at the local CBS stations.
• I will be on KPFK's Deadline L.A. show Sunday at 1 p.m. to talk with co-hosts Barbara Osborn and Howard Blume about coverage of the mayor's race, GM's yanking of ads from the L.A. Times and Times staff writer Eric Slater.
• Cathy Seipp wrote a commentary off the Judith Regan-to-L.A. news in Friday's Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal. In Sunday's LAT Opinion section, David L. Ulin is skeptical.
• Mayor Hahn picked up the endorsement of former DA Robert Philibosian and criticized councilman Antonio Villaraigosa's earlier opposition to anti-gang injunctions.
• Monday's Daily Journal has a profile of former City Attorney Burt Pines, who went from being the judicial appointments secretary for Gov. Gray Davis to the L.A. Superior Court.
• The Society of Professional Journalists handed out Sigma Delta Chi awards Friday to the L.A. Times King-Drew series, LAT photographers Wally Skalij, Robert Gauthier and Kirk McKoy, and Daily News photographer Tina Burch.
• Authors Harold Evans and Neal Gabler and KNBC executive producer Ty Kim have been added to next Friday's L.A. Press Club event at USC, “Who Can Be Trusted – A Seminar On Sourcing."
• Columnist C.W. Nevius in Saturday's San Francisco Chronicle calls the Eric Slater story on Chico "a textbook case of bad reporting," and the Cal State Chico president says, "It is certainly beginning to look like much of it, if not all of it, is a fabrication."
• Patterico wants to know why the Times has yet to report on the serial killer cases that we mentioned last week out of the Daily Journal.
• Regarding that 18-point Villaraigosa lead, Hertzberg campaign consultant John Shallman tells the Daily News, "I've seen bigger leads disappear in shorter amounts of time. Just look at Howard Dean in last year's presidential race....Politics is like a basketball game. Everyone has their hot streaks. The question is, what is the score at the end of the game." Also, tension at City Hall in the Times.
• High-quality Dodgers-centric blogger Tom Meagher (The Fourth Outfielder) signs off suddenly.
• Hugh Hewitt, author of the new book Blogs: Understanding the Information Reformation That's Changing Your World, will speak at a Press Club event April 26 at the L.A. Athletic Club.

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