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/Blogging.la and Gothamist/LAist are having a spat in the comments at B.la, 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."

More by Kevin Roderick:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
Recent Media people stories on LA Observed:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
Shelby Coffey, LA Times editor then, on the night the riots erupted
20 years since the riots with Warren Olney and 'Which Way, LA?'
Morning Buzz: Wednesday 4.25.12

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