Afternoon snacks

  • Downtown's residential population has grown 21% in two years, is mostly single and has a median age of 31, according to a study by the local Business Improvement District. Households in newer buildings have a medium income of $99,000. Downtown News
  • Willow Bay is one of five finalists for dean of USC Annenberg. LAist
  • Britney Spears checked into rehab in Malibu, paparazzi rent a helicopter for the assault. TMZ
  • Blogger lives next door to the mob scene that formed while Britney got her tattoo in Studio City. Hollywood Thoughts
  • Paramount boss Brad Grey may have attended a fundraiser and said he would help Rudy Giuliani's presidential bid, but he ponied up for the Obama fundraiser tonight. Deadline Hollywood Daily
  • Obama squeezed in a public rally between today's four Beverly Hills fundraisers. Political Muscle
  • LAT homicide blogger Jill Leovy chatted about her beat with Brooke Gladstone at On the Media, while op-ed columnist Joel Stein phoned in an email interview with Kate Coe at Fishbowl LA. [Ay: Coe was on the same On the Media, talking about coverage of the Long Beach hate cases.]
  • What's odder than one L. A. Times blog post about my headline use of Variety's verb ankled? Two.

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