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Working the Polo Lounge for Hillary
The LAT's Tina Daunt goes along as Daphna Ziman, wife of real estate mogul Richard Ziman, surveys the lunch crowd to raise money for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential race.
LAPD's monitor may go for cheaper race method
The department supposedly could be faced with a $25 million bill to record the race of every motorist and suspect stopped, in an attempt to curtail racial profiling. LAT, DN
Poking fun at Carson's lady diver
Breeze columnist John Bogert says don't discount the grassy knoll theory in that Carson city council attack video.
Parks for breakfast
Councilman Bernard Parks talks about the living wage and other issues this morning at the Los Angeles Current Affairs Forum at the Wilshire Grand.
Dowie sues Fleishman-Hillard
Convicted ex-Fleishman exec Doug Dowie seeks $3 million in legal fees owed to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, plus unspecified damages for "emotional pain and suffering." Dowie says he hired Gibson, Dunn while still at Fleishman only because the company was going to cover his bills. DN
Humes sandbagged by WSJ
The Journal's explicitly conservative opinion side assigned the review of Los Angeles Magazine contributing writer Ed Humes book about the evolution wars, Monkey Girl, to a leading proponent of intelligent design without a hint of her anti-evolution activism. Not even a mention of her own book exposing science's so-called "crusade against religion."
LAO contributor news
Erika Schickel’s You’re Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom picks up a nice review from Ella Taylor in LA Weekly: "She’s a frisky, surprising writer, opinionated and blessed with a smart bullshit detector....In supple, economical and often very funny prose, she lays out the central dilemma of modern motherhood — that you can love your kids with the deep, dark inchoate love no other relationship offers, and still feel as though you’re drowning when you have no escape and no other stable identity to your name."