Here are twelvish of the smartest, scoop-iest or most insidery posts from the past week here at LA Observed. Click here if you want the entire week of News & Chatter in condensed form.
- Yes, the Times confused William Buckley and Buckminster Fuller and confused Brian Grazer with a man respected for his intellectual ideas. It also lost top-notch science writer Robert Lee Hotz to the Wall Street Journal. At least a Pulitzer seems headed toward L.A. — but not the one Times editors wanted. And what's ex-Tribune design guru Tony Majeri doing in the newsroom?
- Chief Bill Bratton was the official roastee at the Los Angeles Political Roast, but it was ex-chief Bernard Parks whose ears were burning.
- Now that the former Mr. KABC doesn't have to toe the conservative line, his radio show dishes pretty good on Fox shouter Bill O'Reilly.
- Disney buries the news about back-dated options at Steve Jobs' Pixar Studios on a Friday afternoon when Wall Street reporters are fleeing a blizzard. But Mark Lacter was on the job. Lacter also examines the Viacom lawsuit against Google-You Tube and finds a yawning generation gap.
- All those OC Weekly refugees plan to start up a new paper in Long Beach.
- ABC 7 anchor Phillip Palmer donated a kidney to a colleague and friend.
- Orange County readers get ugly on the Register's comment board about an obese woman giving birth — and Register staffers demand the boards be cleaned up or shut down.
- Doug Dowie was observed in the Sacramento Bee, and didn't much care for the sight.
- For St. Patrick's Day, Denise Hamilton goes in search of Los Angeles novels with Irish themes and characters.
- Jenny Burman's trip to New York included some Los Angeles putdowns and a parking attendant's nervous breakdown.
- New blogs from the LA Weekly's Celeste Fremon and ex-LAT food writer Barbara Hansen.
- Former Fox News and "Good Morning America" producer Claudia MacMahon follows in the footsteps of Jennifer Forkish as communications deputy for Councilman Dennis Zine.
Also: Denizens of LA Observed tower are all happy to hear that Veronique de Turenne's 1949 Plymouth sedan has been revived and can be spotted cruising the Malibu again.