Afternoon shorts

  Barack Obama and former president Bill Clinton both called in to El Cucuy de la Maņana's radio show this morning.

  A suspicious device ignited a fire at a home owned by UCLA researcher Edythe London. The home was seriously damaged by animal rights vandals last year. After the previous incident, London published an essay explaining her work on nicotine addiction. LAT

  Actress Rebecca DeMornay pleaded no contest to a drunk driving misdemeanor and got probation, a $350 fine and a three-month DUI program.

  The Federal Transit Administration awarded $23 million to the construction of Metro bus lanes on Wilshire between Santa Monica and Downtown, but not including the Beverly Hills bottleneck.

  An ex-LAPD cop surrendered to SWAT officers after a nine-hour standoff over a child custody battle. CBS2

  The full City Council will vote on whether Los Angeles should continue processing an annexation application from Las Lomas, the proposed new big development in Newhall Pass. DN

  Former editor Jim Bellows will attend a March 27 reunion of Herald Examiner alumni organized by Alex Ben Block at the Los Angeles Press Club's Steve Allen Theater.

  My election commentary on KCRW runs today at 2:44 pm and 4:44 pm.

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