Morning Buzz: Monday 4.9.07

It's Opening Day at Dodger Stadium, and instead of a stealth aircraft flyover a pair of F-16s and parachuting Navy SEALs will provide the obligatory military display. Jenny at Chicken Corner has other details given to the Echo Park neighbors — and remember that it's the first day of the new parking era so expect major screw-ups.

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Zell finally talks to the Times
Michael Hiltzik interviews Tribune buyer Sam Zell at LAX, before the mogul's dinner with David Geffen. Asked what impressed him about Tribune CEO Dennis FitzSimons, Zell snapped: "Did I say that I was impressed with Dennis? I don't think I said anything about Dennis. I think I can tell you that I don't know Dennis very well, yet. I think he really wants this to succeed, and I'm hoping that the combination can achieve that." In Saturday's LAT
Blog reactions to Zell
One says Sam Zell doesn't know what he's doing in going after Google, and another reports on a Wall Street Journal columnist who thinks there's something fishy about Zell's deal to acquire Tribune.
Who earns what at CSUN
Today's Daily Sundial at Cal State Northridge will publish the names and salaries of all employees, administrators and faculty.
Those darned Pomona College anarchists
Minutemen Project co-founder Jim Gilchrist doesn't want to speak at Pomona college because of the "anarchist mentality" — "I have no desire to speak in a place where people are going to be violent." "Just silly," says the dean of students. Daily Bulletin
Lost 'Grazergate' column has new life
Sam Hall Kaplan's piece that never ran in the issue of Current that was commissioned by guest editor Brian Grazer runs in this week's Downtown News.
Monday politics columns
Hymon/LAT: Controversy over DWP's Festival of Lights.
Orlov/DN: LAWA finalists wary about Kennard's role.
Arguing for condo conversions
Councilman Bernard Parks writes on the LAT Op-ed page.
Westwood Federal building might be razed
FBI's plans now calls for a new tower, then demolition of the original and construction of a second. LABJ
Antonio on vacation
No public schedule for the mayor until Friday, when he will travel to Washington, D.C. for a meeting with the U.S. Olympic Committee in advance of Saturday's decision on the American bid city for the 2016 games. He also has announced plans for a trade mission to El Salvador and Mexico May 1-9.
Noted
Attending her 50th Dodgers opener
Nettie Berkson is 91. DN
NYT on Los Feliz: rest of the story
Adam Baer supplements his Sunday NYT Travel piece on Hillhurst Avenue with a blog post that offers more details.
Guest host on KPCC
Terrence McNally sits in for Patt Morrison, who heads off to Opening Day at the stadium.
Griffith Park golf courses
Legendary golf architect George Thomas's 1923 designs for Harding and Wilson have been tinkered with too much and should be restored to what he intended, says Geoff Shackelford.
San Pedro's eye on a pole
Cool reception for the artwork that watches you.
Esa-Pekka Salonen's plans to leave
The L.A. Philharmonic players are said to be warming to the weekend news that 26-year-old Gustavo Dudamel will take over after the 2008-09 season. LAT

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