Scary talk about bird flu, a third deputy sheriff dies, Cecelia Estolano for CRA chief, Los Angeles lawyers breaking away and a little online dust-up between CBS and the Times' television blog...those and more after you turn the page.
♦ Avian flu: Birds infected with the avian virus could be in California within two months. From the Daily News:
If the virus transfers from birds to humans - which officials say is very likely - the pandemic is likely to start in California and spread across the country in two to four weeks.
[And in the LAT:] "Even if there were enough beds — which there won't be — there won't be enough people" to staff the hospitals, added Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Los Angeles County's public health director. "We have trouble with getting enough nurses now."
♦ Horrible week:
A third Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, Paul Wilms, died after shooting himself by accident
inside the station.
♦ She's back:
The Times says that Mayor Villaraigosa will tap
former coastal commissioner and ex-senior deputy to Rocky Delgadillo, Cecilia Estolano
, to be the head of the Community Redevelopment Agency. She served on the mayor's transition team and is at Gibson, Dunn. It's to be announced officially today at 2 pm.
♦ Odd couple?: Villaraigosa holds a media availability at 10:15 am with Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, on the subject of gang violence.
♦ Feels late:
At the end of the week of protests, the LAT weighs in
with a look behind why and how some students decided to walk out.
♦ Los Angeles lawyers on the move:
Howard Weitzman and eight other lawyers at Greenberg, Glusker, Fields, Claman, Machtinger & Kinsella are expected to leave and start up a rival firm. The triple-byline Times story
links it to the Pellicano case.
♦ CBS vs. LAT:
CBS blogger-in-chief Vaughn Ververs and Times blogger Scott Collins have a difference of opinion at Channel Island
♦ Catchy lede: From the L.A. Daily Journal:
Call it poetic justice. A famous 350-pound Venice Beach beat poet who was jailed for having sexual contact with a teenager, fell ill and finally expired when the medical staff was unable to lift him out of his own excrement now has scored a legal victory in death. A federal appeals court has ruled that the widow of John Thomas can move ahead with a federal wrongful death suit after Thomas died of cardiac arrest while serving a 120-day sentence at the Los Angeles County Jail in 2002.
♦ Media brief:
Former LAT reporter and editor Jim Schachter is the new magazine development editor at the New York Times (via Gawker
♦ For political junkies:
The other Michael Berman
talks about all the weight he has gained and lost during Democratic campaigns.