Media people

Weekend shorts *

Getting an early start on the weekend. It is summer, you know—and I've already posted ten times today. As new shorts are added, they will be appended to the bottom.

• William Powers at the National Journal revisits David Shaw's 1990 LAT series on media coverage of abortion: "Famous inside the profession, largely unknown outside [it] dramatically shifted the paradigm of abortion coverage, overnight. And it's worth a good look-back now."

• Amy Argetsinger of the L.A. bureau remains a finalist for the Washington Post Reliable Sources column, says Harry Jaffe at Washingtonian magazine. Wonkette's Ana Marie Cox is also on the short list, he says.

• Marc Cooper takes off for Rome and leaves his blog in the capable hands of frequent LA Weekly contributor Celeste Fremon.

• Cinemocracy discovers Beverly Hills 213 and wonders what's with such a dated name— and with calling Dan Glickman the new anything.

• In the blog world, Matt Welch adds up all the times that Roger L. Simon has used the Orwellian term "objectively pro-fascist" and calls him on it. Plus, the owners of Metroblogging/ and Gothamist/LAist are having a spat in the comments at, but possibly a productive spat.

• Los Angeles music publicist Cary Baker has launched a record label specializing in reissues called Conjuroo. His first artist is the late Chicago street musician Blind Arvella Gray.

• My odd little cyberstalker has posted 2,300 fiction-filled words about me this week so far—but he's not obsessed! He got one thing right: I am rather dough-faced these days.

• Kateri Butler is leaving the LA Weekly after 17½ years as, variously, a style editor, calendar editor, news editor, managing editor, copy editor and nightlife chronicler. Last day is August 19.

• Mayor Villaraigosa will speak during SPJ's Stan Chambers Lifetime Achievement Award banquet on Saturday night at the Universal City Hilton.

• The USA Today bureau in L.A. moved down the street in Westwood this weekend. They are now at 10960 Wilshire, suite 1000.

• Manohla Dargis writes up the Autry's Sergio Leone exhibit in Saturday's New York Times.

• The NYT also reports on wedding bells for blogger Jessica Nemeroff Ritz, who married Henry Alonso Myers on Saturday at Traxx. Ritz is a preservation planner at Historic Resources Group as well as a blogger at LAist and L.A. Ritz. Myers is a writer-producer for "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

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