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Morning Buzz: Thursday 7.19.07

Big sale at the Archdiocese, Babydol Gibson shows up at the criminal courts building and a first review of Harry Potter — plus Victoria Beckham in the Valley, Matt Groening at the beach and more. Click to head on in.

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How the Archdiocese will pay
Liquidated investments, bank loans and selling as many as 50 property holdings, including its administrative headquarters at 3424 Wilshire Boulevard. The Archdiocese share of the $660 million settlement could be up to $373 million. LAT
Spector trial as photo op
Convicted Hollywood madam Jody "Babydol" Gibson shows up and is ordered by the judge not to mention Lana Clarkson in her romps through the media. LAT, AP
Victoria Beckham as Valley soccer mom
Watches her son play at Pierce College, with paparazzi in tow. DN
Sheriff Baca blocks union website
Deputies have to check it from home because he's irked by how the site treats him. LAT
Densifying suburbia
Stories on the vanishing Valley of big lots in the Times and LA Weekly.
Emmy nominations are out
Whole bunch of TV shows are up for awards, including some that are no longer on. Variety and the list
Reporters make plans to flee Wall Street Journal
Resumes freshened up as Rupert Murdoch appears inevitable. NYT
Virgin America to fly to San Francisco
Five roundtrips a day from LAX starting August 8. LAT
NYT reviews final 'Harry Potter'
"So, here it is at last," writes Michiko Kakutani. Rachel Sklar is really mad about the broken embargo at the Huffington Post.
Visit with Matt Groening
Dave Shulman chats him up about life at the beach house. LA Weekly Also, City Hall gadfly Zuma Dogg returns to the Weekly's pages as a reporter on the Grand Avenue project.
Hey, forget Ralphs
South Park is also getting a Cold Stone Creamery and other chains. LAT
Noteworthy San Francisco rain
Rain fell there on July 18 for the first time in recorded history. AP
Why people keep National Geographic
Shrinks have some theories for why all those issues pile up in dens across America.

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