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Cox• Wonkette Ana Marie Cox comes to town Tuesday to chat at 7 p.m. with Mickey Kaus at the Central Library. It's part of the Zócalo lecture series that L.A. Observed co-sponsors. Zócalo also hosts a conversation on California with the living ex-governors—Gray Davis, Pete Wilson, George Deukmejian, and Jerry Brown—on July 26 at the Music Center. On August 9, Times columnist Joel Stein and Hollywood Reporter editor Robert J. Dowling chat. You need to RSVP through the website to attend any of the events.

• An ad in today's Times (pg. B5) for this weekend's Home Remodeling and Decorating Show promises autographs by "Dodger pitching great Maury Wills." Uh, Wills was a shortstop.

• A video shot by Steve Schachlin at the opening night of OutFest shows LAT film reviewer Kevin Thomas reenacting an argument between Zsa Zsa Gabor and her daughter, Francesca Hilton. In the video, author and journalist David Ehrenstein points out the sights.

• Greg Johnson, one of the Times editorial writers reassigned in the wave of change last May, begins Monday on the business-of-sports beat in Sports. Also, veteran Times desk editor Debbi Goffa starts August 1 as Assistant Sports Editor.

• Gawker wonders if the next round of LAT ethics guidelines will recommend that "puppies be considered adorable, apple pies delicious, and Hitler a very, very bad man."

• Jason Calacanis of Weblogs Inc. talks about blogs with the Los Angeles chapter of the Public Relations Society of America on July 28.

• In his first appearance in the Jewish Journal, author Daniel A. Olivas writes about growing up Chicano and becoming a Jew. Also, JJ Managing Editor Amy Klein looks into the new Dennis Prager column in the Times' Current section, and in turn has her piece dissected blog-style by Luke Ford.

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