Editor's Dozen: Feb. 11-17

Here are some of last week's best and most talked-about posts. If you prefer the unabridged version, here's the archive of the entire week here on News & Chatter.

  1. Mayor and ParisL.A's two most voracious camera hogs shared a lens at a Grammy party, prompting the LA Observed audience to offer many amusing captions and coin a new last name: Villarahilton. Mayor V told LAO exclusively what he and Paris were chatting about.
  2. Eli Broad's sheep fell into line on the Grand Avenue project, but Steve Lopez rues they went for a glorified shopping center instead of a cultural heart for downtown.
  3. The Charlie LeDuff experiment at the New York Times' Los Angeles bureau came to a close, while the LAT Metro staff lost its investigations editor to Philadelphia and some Register readers didn't care to read about Mayrav Saar''s husband's schlong.
  4. Nikki Finke exhorted the LAT not to report on the gambling habit of Universal Studios chief Ron Meyer — if they are. She's quite vehement about it, but it's anybody's guess why.
  5. The gloriously pink Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Boulevard has a lot of jobs to fill — I mean a lot of jobs — and decides that CityBeat's readers are the desired ones.
  6. Jenny Price tries looking on the bright side now that Cigna has bumped her health insurance premium up to $12,268 a year. She doesn't have the money, but hey, it could have been worse. In consumer week at Native Intelligence, TV writer Eric Estrin takes on BMG Music over a billing issue.
  7. The RonettesThe next great televised (circus) trial: Phil Spector's. Wouldn't it great if there was a sound track?
  8. David Neiman told Yahoo's NBA columnist to get a clue about Kobe Bryant and can't believe that the Chargers fired coach Marty Schottenheimer now.
  9. It was a Valentine's Day parking massacre in the red hills of Echo Park.
  10. Hugh Hewitt urged the Times to reinvent what it means to be an L.A. newspaper, but not everyone liked his ideas.
  11. Hoy got promoted into the Times' future Hispanic strategy — too bad about that soccer match they didn't cover.
  12. Mr. KABC has a name change coming up.

Catch the whole week of Morning Buzz and LA Biz Observed.


More by Kevin Roderick:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
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