Afternoon shorts

I'm spending Monday on the freeways, but meanwhile here are a few items from the stack...

♦ Peter Tomarken, actor and host of the 1980s game show "Press Your Luck," and his wife Kathleen were killed when their light plane crashed in the ocean after taking off this morning from Santa Monica Airport. There might have been a third person aboard.
♦  Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa awarded $50.6 million from the city's Affordable Housing Trust Fund to fourteen projects in five council districts. He also named Stephanie G. Klasky-Gamer, executive vice president at Chrysalis, to the final spot on the Affordable Housing Commission.
♦  Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky endorsed Alex Padilla for the state Senate race in the Valley.
♦  A Defamer correspondent reports running into Villaraigosa Saturday at a 9:45 pm showing of Capote at the Arclight. Thirty minutes in, snoring was heard...
♦  Nick Zinner of NYC trio the Yeah Yeah Yeahs doesn't really care for the people who go to the kind of Los Angeles parties where the band is invited.
♦  LAist begins three days of interviews with the founders of the Fallen Fruit Project.
♦  Cathy Seipp gets catty again with Nikki Finke, sparked by the new Deadline Hollywood Daily blog.
♦  OOPS: 20 Life Lessons From the Fiascoes That Shaped America, by West magazine senior editor Martin J. Smith and Patrick J. Kiger, hits bookstores tomorrow.


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