Morning Buzz: Thursday 1.3.08

Leno, Letterman et al are back

Watch video of all five late-night hosts returning to the air. HuffPost

Whole lot of rain on the way

Three storms lined up over the Pacific could drop five inches in the urban area, as much as ten in the mountains, with high winds. LAT

Villaraigosa back to Iowa

The mayor has headed east again to resume his campaigning for Hillary Clinton. On his last trip, there was dinner with the Garcettis. DN, LAT blog

Bratton ties drop in crime to utility tax

Chief Bratton threatened Los Angeles voters that "all bets are off as to what's going to happen to this city" if they don't vote to continue the telephone tax on the Feb. 5 ballot. The preliminary stats show that the homicide count dropped last year to 392, lowest in L.A. in 37 years. LAT, DN

Police informant scared after assailant released

Kamran Mashayekhi, a 66-year-old limo driver in Orange County, was told he'd be killed if he went to the police. The cops called the other day to let him know his attacker is out on bail. LAT

Feds sued over greenhouse gases

California joined 15 other states in suing the Bush administration to overturn the EPA's rejection of state moves to reduce greenhouse gases from cars and trucks. The states say they have the power to act alone, the fed disagree. LAT, AP

Bhutto sure knew lots of journalists

Add Peter Landesman to the list of writers who remembers his friend Benazir. LA Weekly

Missed it by that much

A tree that toppled in Beachwood Canyon just missed the original Hollywoodland realty office. LAT

Defamer adds an editor

Mark Graham, who blogs at Whatevs and used to be at VH1, joins Defamer as managing editor. That makes three on the masthead. Also, here's a primer on how the Gawker blog empire now pays its people.

La Opinión goes to Iowa

Four reporters from La Opinión here are joining two journalists from sister paper El Diario/La Prensa to form an ImpreMedia team on the road covering the presidential primaries leading up to Feb. 5. The Spanish-language coverage is based at VotoLatino08.

He walks the walk

Dr. Martin Vosseler, a 59-year-old Swiss doctor and environmental activist, left San Pedro planning to walk 3,000 miles to Boston. Breeze

Bruins assistant will stay

DeWayne Walker, the defensive coordinator for the UCLA football team, agreed to stay on the staff of new head coach Rick Neuheisel. LAT, DN

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Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
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