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New M.E. at Biz Journal *

Two months or so after assistant managing editor Jonathan Diamond left to work for City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, the L.A. Business Journal has clarified the masthead. The other A.M.E., Tony Palazzo, is becoming managing editor and number two to editor Mark Lacter. Laurence Darmiento is the new A.M.E.; Lacter's memo to the staff, which also mentions plans to "overhaul the look and feel" of the weekly paper, follows.

And: Jennifer Radcliffe is the latest staffer to leave the Daily News. Her last day was Friday; she begins June 8 as an education reporter at the Houston Chronicle. In recent months, the paper has lost, at least, James Nash to the Business Journal, Ryan Oliver to the Daily Journal and night cops reporter Andrea Cavanaugh. * And one two more: DN government and politics editor Michael Comeaux is leaving to be an assistant county editor at the Ventura County Star. Business reporter Candice Choi departed recently for Associated Press in Albany, N.Y.

To staff:

I am pleased to announce two important promotions.

Tony Palazzo will be moving to managing editor, the number two position in our newsroom. As you all know, Tony has been a pillar for this newspaper, an integral part of our operations for more than two years, when he became assistant managing editor. In this new role, his management responsibilities will be enlarged to include many of the paper's newsdesk operations, including photos, research, standing features and the Web site. That will be in addition to his current role as line editor for half the reporting staff. As we begin to overhaul the look and feel of the Business Journal over the next few weeks, Tony's role will become especially critical.

In addition, Laurence Darmiento is being named assistant managing editor. For two months, Laurence has been enthusiastically serving in the role left vacant by the departure of Jonathan Diamond. And he's done a terrific job in handling the many challenges of that position. In this new role, Laurence will be working as line editor for his half of the reporting staff, in addition to other newsdesk functions. As all of you know, Laurence had done outstanding work as the paper's health care reporter and I'm delighted that he will have the opportunity to take on a new challenge.

Please join me in congratulating both Tony and Laurence.


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