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for May 2007

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Malibu dog returned safe

That dognapped German shepherd from yesterday is back with its owner, according to Here in Malibu. No word on the bleached blond Mercedes driver, except that all the signs posted...

Salladay out

The Times' Sacramento blogger Robert Salladay, who took the buyout, signed off this afternoon. Political Muscle will continue in some guise, he writes. From his farewell post: The Political Muscle...

Leland Wong charged again

The former city comissioner, already waiting trial on bribery and other charges, will be arraigned tomorrow on a new conflict of interest felony that stems from his time on the...

Willow Bay to Huffington Post

The former CNN and ABC Good Morning America/Sunday anchor will be a HuffPost editor at large overseeing the site’s new Living Now section and help shape overall content. Release after...

LAT: 'Pressing need to change our business'

Times publisher David Hiller says the revenue picture is dire. Sounds like he's looking to restore the suburban zoning that his Tribune predecessors did away with, plus he announces a...

Adande's farewell column

J.A. Adande, the only Times sports columnist who went to Crossroads, writes that he took the buyout and is exploring other options. He sends a shout-out to a roundup of...

Package on smart growth

The L.A. Weekly's David Zahniser is out with a cluster of stories on one of the least talked-about big stories in Los Angeles: the push by planners, pols led by...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 5.31.07

Day's first cut at the news after the jump....

O'Brien to be U.S. Attorney, says DJ

The Bush Administration has settled on Thomas O'Brien, chief of the criminal division for the U.S. attorney's office here and a former gang prosecutor in the district attorney's office, to...

Mercedes-driving dognapper of Malibu

Veronique de Turenne at Here in Malibu says signs are posted everywhere about the year-old German shepherd taken by a 50-ish overweight woman with bleached blond hair who drove a...

KinseyGram is no more

The Kinseygram, the L.A. Times blog by Calendar editor Kinsey Lowe that offered a morning roundup of entertainment news, has been quietly killed and the evidence obliterated from the LAT...

Mercer keeps her college seat

The vote counters finally called it a day and proclaimed Georgia Mercer the winner in the March 15 runoff election for the L.A. Community College District. She edged challenger Roy...

New Hollywood reporter in town

Brooks Barnes is leaving the Wall Street Journal's television beat to cover the business of Hollywood in the New York Times bureau here. He is replacing New York-bound Laura Holson....

Kobe asks out (or not!*)

After mincing words for a few days, Kobe Bryant went all the way today on ESPN radio and said the Lakers should trade him. "I would like to be traded,...

Backfilling after buyouts at LAT

The Metro staff at the Times will lose fifteen reporters and editors on Friday, spurring a couple of internal moves and plans to hire some replacements. Three staffers — Jenifer...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 5.30.07

Today's Buzz lurks below the fold — just click the link to get there. There are also some new letters at We Get Email....

Actors or astronomers?

There has been a lengthy discussion at Asymptotia, one of L.A.'s smarter blogs, about the burning issue of whether or not the narrators at the Griffith Observatory planetarium shows should...

Canned responses on Al Martinez

Readers sent along these form emails they are getting from the Times in response to complaints about Al Martinez being pushed out. Editor Jim O'Shea, perhaps hearing a public backlash...

Send-up of Huell Howser

Look at this Louie — we're on YouTube: Link...

You never know what people want

For reasons known only to the Internet gods, an LA Observed post from 2005 peeking into the backyard of the Playboy mansion has suddenly started getting hits again. More than...

Flunking the Lohan test

Or did the LAT pass? Mickey Kaus of Slate compared Times coverage of the Lindsay Lohan crash and arrest with the same-day coverage in the New York Post. Guess which...

Huffington Post splits into sections

"Still the same place, with the same address, the same mission, and the same attitude that has always made HuffPost such a great read," Arianna Huffington says in this morning's...

Police union makes suggestions

The L.A. Police Protective League acknowledges "missteps" by the LAPD during the May 1 melee at MacArthur Park and yesterday proposed more and better training for offices and commanders —...

Al Martinez mail keeps rolling in

Does it seem like reader email over the Al Martinez shove is getting more mean? Check out the new stuff. Martinez himself is scheduled to guest on KPCC's "Patt Morrison"...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.29.07

OK, the holiday is over. Click below for the Morning Buzz....

Next record store to go

The House of Records on Pico at 33rd Street claims to be — despite its Santa Monica location — "Los Angeles' oldest record store," founded in 1952. Don't know about...

McGreevy leaving City Hall

Patrick McGreevy, a fixture at City Hall for the L.A. Times, is transferring to the buyout-impacted Sacramento bureau. Memo after the jump....

Holiday break

Unless something startles me out of my stupor, News & Chatter will be taking off until after the holiday. Keep an eye open for fresh posts on the other great...

L.A. scene: the waiting room

Lisa Napoli came home from the doctor's office so annoyed she typed up these notes. The Boobs As overheard by Lisa Napoli Scene: The very crowded, very small waiting room...

Free music anyone?

LA Observed subscribers are being offered tickets to another musical premiere, this one the debut performance of composer Peter Schickele's new work Three Cellos with the Pacific Serenades chamber ensemble....

O'Shea's buyout message

Times editor Jim O'Shea emails the staff to report that 57 editorial staffers will be leaving, some voluntarily and some given the Al Martinez treatment. The Los Angeles Times Poll...

See ya later, alligator

Our long reptilian nightmare is over — they caught Reggie this afternoon. The alligator dumped in Machado Lake way back in ought five — and originally thought to be a...

Adding insult to Martinez' injury

Al Martinez just sent a second email to his L.A. Times colleagues, informing them that the newspaper will de-activate his email address tonight. He included a personal email address, but...

(Tomorrow's) Correction o' the Day

OK, if I ran Times Sports I might try to hide my connection with T.J. Simers too. But since his mug is all over newsboxes and even inside the Times...

Spector trial as theater

The LA Weekly's Steven Mikulan has been covering the Phil Spector trial like a theater performance, observing the development of characters and scenes. Hey, you may as well. I just...

DA who slept with a witness *

Curtis Hazell, the third-ranking official in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office and college roommate of DA Steve Cooley, says he did not begin dating stripper Donna Novarro until...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 5.24.07

The news is hidden after the jump for aesthetic reasons. Click to go on in....

Book notes *

How's this for a tangible book prize? Charles Rappleye, formerly of the LA Weekly, won the $50,000 George Washington Book Prize, "honoring the most important new book about America's founding...

Pfc. Joseph Anzack found shot

Anzack's family in Torrance was notified by the Army that his body had been found floating in the Euphrates river near Baghdad. The 20-year-old was one of three soldiers who...

Writers at the gates

Real Talk LA may claim they will be out with a second issue soon and all is cool, but in addition to emails from magazine higher-ups informing customers and friends...

Al Martinez pushed out by Times

Columnist Al Martinez has been with the Los Angeles Times more than 30 years and, despite being exiled to the back of the features section several years ago, is one...

New crime blog

Four Daily News reporters — Jason Kandel, Brent Hopkins, Rick Coca and Rachel Uranga — are contributing items to It's a Crime, with a Valley bias to the mix. Roll...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 5.23.07

Mid-week buzz after the jump....

On to the final

The most successful and most entertaining pro team in Southern California isn't the Lakers or the Dodgers. And it certainly isn't the Kings. SoCal Sports Observed Photo: AP/Chris Carlson...

Dollars well spent?

Staffers at the Los Angeles Times were more than a bit shocked when they got to work Tuesday. Posted on the elevator walls were large photos of selected sports columnists...

City vs anony-blog, part 2

This time it's the city of Claremont getting all umbraged up about the Claremont Insider, recounted on the blog of San Garbriel Valley Tribune city editor Edward Barrera. Previous: Foothill...

We have another winner

The L.A. Phil is treating another LA Observed subscriber to this weekend's late-night premiere of Pravda. Daniel Evans and a guest will be in the audience at Disney Hall, probably...

Dr. Laura 'takes a break'

The only writer for the Santa Barbara News-Press that anyone has heard of is stepping away from the keyboard after what the Santa Barbara Independent calls "a particularly rough week."...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.22.07

How about a little Buzz with your coffee? Click the link to join in....

Human touch in the courtroom

Before this morning's parade of defendants began at the LAX courthouse on South La Cienega, the court reporter in Department B sat down at her station and lovingly placed a...

Breakfast with Chicken Corner

Jenny Burman was invited out this morning by Dodgers VP Howard Sunkin. They had a good chat at the Rodeo Grill on Sunset about baseball, the fan experience and neighbor...

Times goes on hiring binge

Nothing punctuates buyouts under the threat of layoffs like some new hires. While the top suits contemplate how many of last week's rush to the exits to accept, two additions...

Real Talk LA still breathing *

So many local media sources emailed me last week with reports of the impending demise of Real Talk that I mentioned the scuttlebutt while trying to reach founder Jay Levin...

Disturbing Griffith Park photos

Colin Brown's Flickr stream of the burn area includes several scorched animal skeletons, including this deer that looks to have gotten snagged in a tree. Not for the squeamish. Via...

Morning Buzz: Monday 5.21.07

Come on in by clicking the link. Also: Last week on News & Chatter Last week on LA Biz Observed Recently on Native Intelligence...

LA Observed on KCRW

KCRW has invited me to join the roster of commentators that air in the afternoons during NPR's "All Things Considered." General manager Ruth Seymour, who has been mentioned here more...

We have a winner

Phew, there was quite a rush to claim the free tickets to the Saturday, May 26 world premiere of Pravda at the Walt Disney Hall. I had to wait to...

Richardson changes venue

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson won't announce Monday at the L.A. Press Club after all. His campaign sent out an urgent notice that the Millennium Biltmore downtown is where he'll...

Friday desk clearing

Rumors are rampant that Real Talk LA, Jay Levin's new magazine, missed payroll this week and has shut down after one issue that hasn't been widely seen. Queries are...

Morning Buzz: Friday 5.18.07

Some light Friday fare below the fold....

Joel Grover goes to EZ Lube

KNBC's undercover camera has caught more car repair scammers. This time, Grover's web snared EZ Lube, "California's fastest growing lube and tune chain." Says the Channel 4 website: Under the...

LAX Terminal 1 evacuated *

A suspicious item in checked baggage has closed part of the airport for the second time in less than 24 hours. The LAPD says its bomb squad is en route....

Foothill Cities up close

Today's San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports on the rise of the anonymous Foothill Cities Blog (note new name) and the controversy over its coverage of politics in Pomona. City officials...

Richardson to announce in L.A.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will formally declare his candidacy for president on Monday at the Los Angeles Press Club. Not many newsworthy announcements made there any more. Aides say...

Fuentes deal trimmed *

That consulting contract we exposed on Tuesday that would have given newly elected state assemblyman Felipe Fuentes $20,000 in city funds for services to the 7th district, where he had...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 5.17.07

Click for a first cut on the news......

Los Angeles mag next month

The June issue of Los Angeles has John Powers' first Open City column since he left LA Weekly and LA Biz Observed's Mark Lacter on salaries around town, from Vin...

Correction o' the day

Fans of "The Sopranos" spent all day Monday comparing notes on what an exultant Tony Soprano screamed at the end of Sunday night's intense episode. The LAT's television writer Paul...

Back to MacArthur Park

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Speaker Fabian Núñez and radio host El Piolin are billed as participants in a Thursday procession and candlelight vigil for immigration reform at MacArthur Park. They gather...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 5.16.07

Election results, media moves and a lot more Wednesday buzz after the jump....

Tix: Late night at Disney Hall

The L.A. Philharmonic is again making two tickets available free to LA Observed Insiders for a special performance at Disney Hall. On Saturday May 26, starting at 10 pm and...

Cussler wins — and loses

Author Clive Cussler owes Crusader Entertainment $5 million in damages over the film Sahara, but the jury also ruled that Crusader owes Cussler about $8.5 million for the rights to...

How things work, pt. 393

Felipe Fuentes, the former chief of staff to 7th district councilman Alex Padilla, is on today's ballot running in the special election in the 39th assembly district to replace Richard...

New editor at LA.com

Memo out of the Daily News building in Woodland Hills: We're pleased to announce that Jason Middleton is joining LA.Com as Editor. Jason came to the Daily News in January...

Buyout chatter at LAT *

* Updated with later information; names will be underlined as I get confirmations, but all of these are on lists circulating in the Times newsroom. Senior Calendar Editor Lennie LaGuire,...

New job at KCET

Bret Marcus, displaced by the cancellation of "California Connected," becomes Vice President of Programming, Publicity and Promotion at the local PBS station. Release after the jump....

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.15.07

Today is election day in Los Angeles, though you wouldn't know it. Besides the big expensive school board runoff in the Valley that could give Mayor Villaraigosa the bloc of...

Steve Lopez as grad speaker

Video of the columnist addressing journalism graduates at today's USC Annenberg commencement, at LAist....

Lit bloggers in the news

L.A. bloggers Mark Sarvas (The Elegant Variation) and Callie Miller (Counterbalance) were quoted in a weekend LAT story on the rise — to a point — of books blogs as...

Ace Smith up close

Ace Smith, the strategist behind Antonio Villaraigosa's win in 2005, is now working on the presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. The weekend San Francisco Chronicle called him a...

New kind of public service

County Supervisor Don Knabe blew out his usual politician's website and turned it into a running news blog on the Catalina fire after finding that no government agency was gathering...

School Me goes into "hibernation"

The L.A. Times education blog pioneered by former Current editor Bob Sipchen is going away, but not necessarily permanently. "School Me is going into hibernation for a while...while the folks...

Morning Buzz: Monday 5.14.07

Today's first draft on the news is below the jump. For the review-minded, here are links to last week's entire run of News & Chatter posts and LA Biz Observed...

Villaraigosa in the New Yorker

After the sad, infuriating video footage from May 1, Connie Bruck topped her in-the-works profile of Antonio Villaraigosa for this week's New Yorker with a scene of the mayor walking...

Weekend shorts

Some stuff that caught my eye over the weekend... Chief Bratton is in treacherous waters trying to satisfy both the police union and the people of the city in the...

NYT grabs another: the memo

Kevin Sack was one of the New York Times veterans who came west to LAT territory in the Dean Baquet wagon train, and it was a no-brainer that he would...

Los Angeles Auto Show, 1939

Inside the Pan-Pacific Auditorium in October 1939, from the Changing Times: Los Angeles in Photographs, 1920-1990 online exhibit at the Department of Special Collections at UCLA. Full size. Also:...

City goes after Foothill blogger

The anonymous Foothill Cities news and gossip blog pulled its recent posts on goings-on at Pomona city hall after receiving a cease-and-desist threat from the Pomona city attorney. The city...

Times Sacto bureau could take hit

Daniel Weintraub reports on the Sacramento Bee's Capitol Alert website that Robert Salladay, who writes the LAT's Political Muscle blog from Sacramento, plans to take the buyout. Here's the item,...

Avalon evacuated

About 3,000 visitors to Catalina were moved off the island last night as the wildfire approached Avalon. More than 4,000 acres have been burned, but conditions are looking better this...

Morning Buzz: Friday 5.11.07

Get a little Buzz after the jump....

Paris' reality: maybe 21 days

The L.A. County Sheriff's department now says Paris Hilton won't be treated any differently than other low-risk inmates when she turns herself in next month to begin a 45-day term....

Pasadena news site outsources to India

Pasadena Now publisher and editor James Macpherson justifies the move as a cost-saver that could significantly improve local reporting. "Whether you’re at a desk in Pasadena or a desk in...

Internecine spat

Nikki Finke, apparently a main generator of traffic to LA Weekly's website, seems a mite upset that today's issue credits David Poland's Movie City News with a million visitors a...

New toy for L.A. buffs

UCLA's Department of Special Collections owns about three million news photos from the original Los Angeles Daily News and the L.A. Times, covering more than seventy years. Now some 5,700...

Univision's voter drive

Since January, KMEX here has been blanketing its Spanish-language audience with encouragement for green card holders who are eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. Now the project is going nationwide...

Running for mom's seat

Valerie McDonald, daughter of the late Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, added her name to the list of candidates in the 37th district special election and picked up the endorsement of Rep....

Weekly's people

Today's issue of the LA Weekly is the annual People number, featuring an eclectix mix of a hundred Angelenos that includes LAPD renaissance cop Sunil Dutta, media gathering maven Scott...

Reggie puts on show

Machado Lake's alligator in residence could be seen a lot yesterday, drifting along the surface, sunning and ignoring the audience of onlookers and photographers. "Reggie was doing everything but the...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 5.10.07

Light day this morning after the jump....

Fire half contained

The LAFD is calling the Griffith Park fire 50% encircled and some firefighters are being taken off the line. A little more than 800 acres have been blackened. Councilman Tom...

KCET wants to get more local

Turns out that the Saturday night movie showcase that KCET launched recently — and that has been advertised over there on the right side of this page — was just...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 5.9.07 *

Night-time helicopter drops are a new advance in the fight against fires here — and we like it. Pilots and ground crews saved many homes and a lot of terrain...

Fire moves toward Los Feliz (* rolling updates)

Flames jumped the ridge onto the city side of Griffith Park just before sunset and are threatening homes in the neighborhood north of Los Feliz Boulevard. Power is out and...

Arax is news in Fresno *

Times reporter Mark Arax lives with his family in Fresno and has deep roots there — his 1996 book In My Father's Name investigated the failure of the Fresno police...

New central commander for LAPD

It's Sergio Diaz, Assistant Commanding Officer of the Special Operations Bureau, says LA Weekly contributor Celeste Fremon at WitnessLA. She gives Diaz a strong personal endorsement: "One of the smartest,...

Fire in Griffith Park

It's on the Valley side and began burning north and east of the Hollywood sign about 1:30 pm. The park, zoo and Autry Museum are under evacuation, but the smoke...

Premiere.com grabs an editor

Deborah Day leaves Tribune's Metromix to become executive editor of Premiere.com, reporting to editorial director of digital media Matthew Rothenberg. At Metromix, the release says, "she oversaw West Coast operations...

Drugging and deportation

Today's Daily Journal has a front page story by Sandra Hernandez reporting on the forcible drugging and botched deportation of two men by agents for the Department of Homeland Security....

Taking home an M.F.K. award

Jesse Katz of Los Angeles magazine won the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award at yesterday's James Beard Foundation soiree. Katz won for "Wheels of Fortune," his piece last October on...

Getty arts fellows

This year's USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellows are Kurt Andersen, novelist, editor, columnist and co-creator of Studio 360; Brett Campbell, the Wall Street Journal's West Coast performing arts correspondent; Celeste...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.8.07

Come on in, the Buzz is tucked away after the jump....

Why editors always beat robots

OK, the Times claims to be getting religion about local coverage, but this isn't what the focus groups had in mind. Sunday's fashion story in the Image section on downtown's...

Traffic's going to be ugly

Scaffolding has been spotted around the vacant stores at the northeast corner of Wilshire and Barrington, alerting tipster Doug that his commute through the habitually jammed Brentwood-adjacent intersection is about...

A dog's life

For an anonymous dog blog, Skip 365 is pretty witty. Every daily post is a scene from the life of Skip, who my tipster calls a pound puppy in...

Paris and Elliot call it quits *

Although Paris Hilton might be going to jail, Elliot Mintz is now a free man. He announced last night that he has resigned as the tabloid fodder's harried mouthpiece. He...

'Changes in LAPD command staff' *

Mayor Villaraigosa, Chief William Bratton and police commission president John Mack have called a 3:30 news conference that the mayor's office bills as "to discuss changes in LAPD command staff"...

New 1947 Project bloggers

Now that 1947 has morphed through 1907 into 1927 (and spawned an L.A. Times imitator blog revisiting 1957), Kim Cooper and Nathan Marsak's original website is adding a couple of...

Kudos from the east

Today's New York Post praises our friends at Los Angeles magazine in a piece reviewing the best of city magazines around the country: Like the city it covers, Los Angeles...

Morning Buzz: Monday 5.7.07

Took the weekend off, but there's a full steaming mug of Buzz just below the fold......

Breitbart.tv arrives

The new website from L.A. online entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart launched Friday night with an exclusive interview with former Senator Fred Thompson, his first on video since the Republican debate at...

Paris gets 45 days

Paris Hilton will get no work release, furloughs, cushy suburban jail or electronic monitoring and instead must spend a month and a half locked up at the Century Regional Detention...

Catchy opening line

"I am not in prison! At least not yet, not for a few more weeks and hopefully never," John Stodder says in a Dear Friends email to city staffers, friends...

Walking in L.A.

A Jon Weisman post at Dodger Thoughts that is not about baseball inspired a long run of comments on being a pedestrian, here and elsewhere. Jon began by addressing an...

Christine Daniels interview

The Times sports writer formerly known as Mike Penner is scheduled to be interviewed live tonight at 11:30 on Sports Byline USA. She will chat with local journos John Woolard...

Morning Buzz: Friday 5.4.07

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Villaraigosa returning early

With the LAPD yet again giving the city a black eye, Mayor Villaraigosa cut short his trip to Latin America and will return to Los Angeles Friday morning. He broke...

What works and doesn't on the web

Meredith Artley, the new top editor at LATimes.com, sent a missive to the staff talking up new features on the website and ranking the most viewed stories of the past...

David Rosenzweig, journalist

Retired L.A. Times Metropolitan Editor Dave Rosenzweig died last night after battling cancer. A longtime investigative reporter and editor, Rosenzweig most recently had covered the federal courts downtown. I believe...

Swastika at Jack Weiss' office

Three swastikas and an anti-Semitic message were found this morning on the front door of Councilman Jack Weiss' Sherman Oaks field office. The red-and-black Nazi symbols were printed on sheets...

Burkle eyeing tabloid chain

Billionaire Angeleno Ron Burkle didn't get to buy the L.A. Times, but he supposedly now is looking at tabloid publisher American Media. This according to the New York Post, via...

Judge orders more Rocketdyne clean-up

Environmental rehab of the Santa Susana Field Lab site in the West Valley has been inadequate, U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Conti ruled. He told the Department of Energy to...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 5.3.07

It was just a few months ago that LAPD chief William Bratton argued that the department had learned its lesson and no longer should operate under a consent decree or...

Mayor on MacArthur Park

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's statement on the violence against the police, and by the police, during the May 1 rally in the park. Yesterday, across the country, we witnessed a day...

Letters to LAPD

From the Los Angeles Press Club and SPJ after the jump, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists at the link, in response to yesterdays injuries by journalists at the...

Headed to North Korea

Paul Karl Lukacs, the entertainment lawyer who chucked it all last June to travel in Asia and blog about it, has a new itinerary. He's now in Beijing but leaves...

LAPL: Wi-Fi now in all branches

The L.A. Public Library just put out a release saying that free wireless is now available to laptop users in all 71 branches as well as the Central Library downtown....

'Roughed up, to put it mildly'

Those are reporter Christina Gonzalez's words on Fox 11 after she was shoved and laughed at by LAPD riot cops while coming to the defense of the station's camera operator,...

Test case at stadium

OK, today's matchup at Dodger Stadium is an afternoon game. It won't be nearly as full as Opening Day — in fact, they're sending out email offers of deep discounts...

New York night at magazine Ellie's

Adam Moss' New York Magazine won for general excellence and in four other categories at the National Magazine Awards last night, setting off a lot of talk about the place...

War by email

The Armenian National Committee of America in Glendale is orchestrating a campaign to besiege the L.A. Times with emails demanding that Managing Editor Doug Frantz resign over his handling of...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 5.2.07

A little news, a little noting. After the jump....

Scuffles at MacArthur Park

Yesterday's number of marchers was small compared to last year, perhaps 25,000 strong, and peaceful. But the day ended with police moving in to MacArthur Park after reporting that bottles...

New arts editor at CityBeat

Natalie Nichols passes the editor's keyboard to Rebecca Epstein, announcing on her hipspinster blog that it's time to devote more time to her own writing. it is somewhat insane, perhaps,...

Sheriff's deputy killed in crash *

Raul Gama, a 20-year veteran Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy on surveillance duty in North Hollywod, died this morning when a van smashed into his unmarked parked car. The...

'Wired Science' gets green light

PBS has picked up the first season of the series to be produced by KCET in association with Wired magazine. It premieres nationwide on October 3. From the flackage: "The...

HuffPost hires political editor

It's Thomas Edsall, a professor at Columbia who covered national politics at The Washington Post for 25 years. He will write for the Huffington Post and oversee the site's 2008...

RealTalk goes live on the web

I just noticed that the RealTalk LA website has gone up with a mix of stories, brief items, holders and dead links. The blogs I can see are called...

Circulation, pt. 2

Just to finish the thought from yesterday, Daily News circulation dropped 7.3% from a year ago to 146,000. That's not good news in the already threadbare L.A. Newspaper Group empire....

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.1.07

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