Highlights from the past week of News & Chatter and the rest of LA Observed:
- Times publisher lays out the future, invites Dean Baquet out of it. National buzz ensues, plus questions about new editor James O'Shea.
- After secret overtures from LAT editors, Broad and Burkle submit a bid to buy Tribune — without details. Geffen makes known his plans.
- The war between Chicago and L.A. goes national and is far from over. There's war of another sort going on too.
- Hiller doesn't cotton to the term Latino.
- Sharon Stone makes an impression in Beverly Hills, leave it at that.
- Reality sets in for Griffith Observatory visitors.
- Ah, the sweet smell of Los Angeles in November.
- Wendy Werris's love letter to literary L.A.
- Even the Daily Breeze's building is for sale.
- Mourning the end of Malibu's Dume Room, everything a hole-in-the-wall bar should be — "loud and crowded and unpredictable."
- Anita Busch decides to sue Mike Ovitz.
- The California Sports Hall of Fame is a good idea, even if the selections raise some questions.
Also noted: LA Biz Observed's Mark Lacter gave his weekly Business Update on KPCC (it airs every Tuesday morning.) I was interviewed about the Times situation by Karen Grigsby Bates on NPR's Day to Day, Warren Olney on KCRW's Which Way, L.A.? and Andrew Murr on Newsweek's website.