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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, sports columnist J.A. Adande, environment editor Frank Clifford, Sacramento reporter/blogger Robert Salladay and West magazine writer Shawn Hubler lead the list of confirmed buyout applicants who put in by yesterday's deadline. Also confirmed: Orange County staffer Roy Rivenburg, photo editor Iris Schneider.

Others said to be on the list, but unconfirmed, include former foreign editor Simon Li, former business editor Bill Sing, Moscow correspondent David Holley, West writer J.R. Moehringer and managing editor Ann Herold, Pulitzer winners in business Nancy Cleeland and Evelyn Iritani, Sacramento reporter Jenifer Warren, Metro investigative reporter Ralph Frammolino, national reporter Glenn Bunting and Dodgers writer Steve Henson. Some have already been informally assured they will be accepted, but officially the paper has a week to decide who can leave. This list will change as my information gets better. The strong rumor inside the Times is that LaGuire will remain in some consulting role or, perhaps, be recruited as editor of the Hollywood Reporter.

Also noteworthy but as yet unconfirmed: Mai Tran, the paper's only Vietnamese speaking reporter; L.A. Then and Now columnist Cecilia Rasmussen; Gary Cohn, lead writer on the Schwarzenegger groping stories in 2003; environment writer Gary Polakovic; feature writer Mimi Avins; auto business writer John O'Dell; assistant city editor Laura Greanias; former foreign correspondent J. Michael Kennedy; Washington bureau correspondent Joel Havemann; real estate writer Gayle Pollard-Terry; state reporter Rone Tempest; Metro reporter Nancy Wride; national projects editor Don Woutat. Former School Me blogger and Current editor Bob Sipchen is believed to be on the list and said to be headed for a post with the Sierra Club, and Metro reporter Jean Guccione is reported to be taking a job with District Attorney Steve Cooley. Seattle correspondent Sam Howe Verhovek, also rumored to have applied, would I think be the last of the New York Times reporters who came to the LAT under John Carroll and Dean Baquet.

Notably not applying: Mark Arax, the West magazine staffer engaged in a public fight with his editors. The betting is that he wouldn't want to sign the waiver of future legal action required of buyout takers.

Previously:
NYT grabs another: the memo
School Me goes into hibernation
Times Sacto bureau could take hit
Here's the LAT buyout deal
LAT ax falls Monday


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