Good morning 12.07.07

Short and sweet:

Tribune Co. uses $500 million in cash to reduce buyout loans and close the $8.2 billion deal by year's end. AP by way of Yahoo.

Evacuation of 1,000 homes in fire areas of OC due to heavy rain. Greg Hardesty, Salvador Hernandez and Mark Eades in the OC Reg.

Scientists reverse sickle cell anemia in rodents using stem cells. Therapy is "several years away" in humans. Karen Kaplan in LAT.

Governator reveals names of donors to the non-profit that funds his globe-hopping trips. Michael Rothfeld and Nancy Vogel in LAT.

Restraining order sought against man who threatened Cardinal Roger M. Mahony. Andrew Blankstein in LAT.

So what's the surf like? Like this.

LA Press Club Board election results. Check the memo after the jump.

Los Angeles Press Club Serving Southern California since 1913 PRESS RELEASE Thursday, December 6, 2007 For Immediate Release Contact: Edward Headington (Press Club Publicist) E-mail: Main: 323.669.8081, Cell: 818.720.7181 Los Angeles Press Club Board Election Results Los Angeles, CA. The Los Angeles Press Club (LAPC) is comprised of fourteen Board Members that serve two-year terms. Every other year, seats on half of the Board are up for election. The day-to-day operations are run by working international journalist and current LAPC Executive Director, Diana Ljungaeus. Current Board Member and USA Today virtuoso, Chris Woodyard, was the top vote-getter in the recent Board elections. Following are the six Board Members elected (in alphabetical order; asterisk denotes those who were re-elected); they will assume their positions in January.

* Jon Beaupre* (current Secretary and Journalism Professor/Radio Host)
* Jane Engle (Assistant travel editor at the Los Angeles Times)
* Rory Johnston* (current Treasurer and Radio Reporter)
* Will Lewis (KCRW Program and Marketing Consultant)
* Fred Mamoun (Producer at NBC 4)
* Jill Stewart (News Editor at LA Weekly)

“I congratulate the winners and thank our outgoing Board Members for their service to the Press Club,” said Executive Director Ljungaeus. “2008 is going to be a heady year for us—especially with the launch of our new National Entertainment Journalism Awards and the 50th Southern California Journalism awards coming in June.”

The rest of the Press Club Board is comprised of the following:

* Michael Collins (Investigative Journalist)
* Diana Ljungaeus (current LAPC Executive Director and International Journalist)

* Jahan Hassan (Publisher/Editor-in-Chief for Ekuh, a Bengali newspaper)

* Josh Kleinbaum (Managing Editor of Interactive for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.)

* Eric Longabardi (Investigative Reporter/Producer) (outgoing Board Member)
* Terence Lyons (Staff Writer for the Santa Monica Mirror)
* Ezra Palmer (Managing Editor for Yahoo! News)

* Anthea Raymond (Show Editor for NPR’s News & Notes)
* Linda Renaud (Freelance Writer) (outgoing Board Member)
* George White (Assistant Director with the UCLA Center for Communications & Community) (outgoing Board Member)

* Adam Wilkenfeld (LA Bureau Chief for CWK Network)


The Los Angeles Press Club stands as an organization devoted to improving the spirit of journalism and journalists, raising the industry’s standards, strengthening its integrity and improving its reputation all for the benefit of the community at large. For more information, go to and/or

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