Where else do you get Tom LaBonge, O.J. Simpson and Sally Field in the same blog post?
Tom LaBonge, globetrotter
The L.A. councilman has gone abroad four times this year for a total of 32 days, taking at least one deputy along. Two trips have been to Berlin. He's head of the local sister cities group. Steve Hymon's column in the LAT. Also: Rick Orlov's column in the Daily News.
No bail for O.J. Simpson
He's in custody in Las Vegas awaiting felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon, robbery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit burglary and burglary with a firearm. He says he was just retrieving sports memorabilia that belonged to him. LAT, AP
Fox bleeps Sally Field
LAX theme building in worse shape
The Encounter restaurant reopens in a few weeks, but the building exterior has been stripped to the ribs after more damage than expected was found. LABJ
Downtown Ralphs a hit
Boosters' hype aside, the new Ralphs is doing enough business to rank as one of the chain's top stores. LABJ
Dutton's designation comes up Tuesday
Historical-cultural monument status for the Brentwood building that houses Dutton's Books will be before a City Council committee. Sounds like there is neighborhood distrust of the developer who promised to save the bookstore. LAT
25 players, 25 cabs
LANG sports columnist Paul Oberjuerge says the Dodgers are a joyless team and don't really like each other.
Watch this team interact. On the field and off. Ask people who spend time with them on a daily basis. And the analysis is pretty much the same. The Dodgers have an unhappy clubhouse.
They are a team in only one sense: They wear the same uniform....All you need do is spend a few hours in the dismal and dreary cellblock that is the Dodgers' clubhouse to pick up the energy-sapping vibe. Is there any team with a winning record in baseball that seems to enjoy itself less than the Dodgers?