Morning Buzz: Monday 10.2.06

The new Observatory order
You'll need a timed reservation to get into the expanded Griffith Observatory when it reopens this fall, there will be no general parking at the top of the hill — and the city wants to charge $5.50 a head for the shuttle bus. Besides being elitist, the city attorney has found a legal problem with that: Griffith J. Griffith's deed said the park shall be free.
Antonio vs. Jon Stewart
The mayor and the fake news meister will have a conversation on stage at the Geffen Playhouse on Nov. 17. It's a benefit for the Westwood Village theater with tickets priced at $250 and $500.
NYT Travel visits Sawtelle Avenue
Janelle Brown checks in on Orris, Mizu 212, Kiriko and Karaoke Bleu.
Dream doc can't keep going
Radio's Charles McPhee has Lou Gehrig's Disease and says he will have to leave the air this month.
AFTER THE JUMP:Who's on the flight manifest for Villaraigosa's Asia trip, checking in with the Daily News union, remembering Ralph Story and a pretty chock-full Buzz for Monday. Click to come on in.
Politics
Asia travelers named
It's just a partial list of the local officials and others who will join Mayor Villaraigosa in China, Korea and Japan later this month, but an interesting list. It includes longtime friend and labor leader Maria Elena Durazo, Kent Wong of the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, former state Treasurer Kathleen Brown, secession leader-turned-Villaraigosa man David Fleming, AEG executive Ed Cunningham and city council members Jack Weiss, Dennis Zine and Jose Huizar. Seven mayoral aides are making the trip as well.
Monday column
Steve Hymon does the subway math in the LAT.
Newton's book arrives
LAT City-County Bureau chief Jim Newton's biography, Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made, gets a thumbs up from Karl Fleming in the Times' Sunday Book Review. He's heading to New York on a bit of a book tour this week. Ed Humes' new book, 'Over Here: How the G.I. Bill Transformed the American Dream, gets a good review as well.
Blaming the Supes
King-Drew is called a result of the Board of Supervisors' lax oversight in an LAT Sunday piece.
Media
Union check on Daily News
2.25% raises last paycheck and no layoffs: "I know it'll never be enough to pay you all for the important work you do, but it's still the best contract we've seen in years. In times when many of our counterparts in the industry are laying people off and trying to keep a lid on expenses, we've got more of a sense of stability and more money in the bank....Our staff is so lean, everyone's gotta pitch in, but it feels good to look around the newsroom and see a talented bunch of people every day."
Art Linkletter still writing
He has a new book coming at age 94.
Get the whole picture
The online version of West magazine's home issue comes with a 360-degree viewer of selected homes.
KRLA host misses her brother
Lores Rizkalla blogs about her his moving to Nashville.
New LAFD historical blog
The LAFD Historical Society has launched the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial website.
They stand corrected
The New York Times corrected its misstatement that Warren Christopher is the head of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and president of the local Urban League.
Rather than review it
Sunday's New York Times quoted the recent Deborah Vankin review in the L.A. Times of Mark Danielewski's Only Revolutions.
Personal takes
Val Zavala on Ralph Story
Noted
Credit where credit is due
The San Bernardino Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin launched daily news webcasts three weeks ago out of the Sun newsroom, ahead of their sister papers in the San Gabriel Valley that go online with a morning newscast today.
Clemens denies report
Pitchers Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte both say they did not use human growth hormones while on the Yankees. Their names came up in affidavits reported Sunday by the L.A. Times.
Today
Bob Miller gets a star
The Kings' TV announcer will be feted on Hollywood Boulevard near the Wax Museum at 11:30 am. He also has a book coming on the Kings this month.
Koretz gets personal
Assemblyman Paul Koretz found a murder victim in an alley ten years while on the West Hollywood city council. The victim was a gay rights activist from Chicago. The crime is still unsolved and Koretz has offered to fund a $10,000 reward for information, says a City News Service story by Steve Herbert.

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