Sorry, big deadline looming. No time for more this morning.
- Mayor Villaraigosa tells interviewer Michael Eisner that he had a conversation with Sen. Hillary Clinton about his extramarital affair.
- Help from gang leaders is credited with helping to sharply reduce homicides in Los Angeles so far this year.
- KTLA will air a documentary called "Planet L.A.," "about the past, present, and future of the city" and executive produced by station director of marketing Jymm Adams and GM Vinnie Malcolm, on Saturday night at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Shirley Jahad of KPCC provides the voiceover. It's getting a big marketing push by the station's PR firm.
- Boxer Oscar de la Hoya is the latest client of the Sitrick crisis PR operation. Hmm...
- Gustavo Arellano at OC Weekly describes "the stupidest accusation of plagiarism ever:" a guy left him a long phone message claiming to have first called little restaurants "holes-in-the-wall."
- Choire Sicha at Gawker makes a good point: newspaper websites should stop grouping their dozens of blogs with the other blogs, thus organizing by form rather than content.
- Melissa Grego, former managing editor of TV Week, starts Oct. 8 as web editor at the Hollywood Reporter. Cision
- The Village Voice loses its managing editor after less than six months. Cision's The Navigator calls it "the latest in an influx of exits from the newspaper."
- El Jarrito had been on Olympic since 1950, long enough for an LAO emailer to call it "venerable." But now the Koreatown landmark is closed, replaced by a Korean place. Chowhound.
- Suddenly the plummeting Dodgers are just one game over .500 for the season.
- Real estate columnist Robert J. Bruss died at age 67.
Also: This afternoon at 4:44 pm on KCRW's LA Observed segment, I'll talk about the Phil Spector case.