Randal Simmons funeral and burial
See last night's post for details and street closures.
Burke makes Parks endorsement official
Retiring Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke said at a Thursday news conference, "Bernard is a person known for his integrity and not afraid to make a tough decision if it is in the best interest of his city and its people. He understands that it's the little things that often make the difference." LAT, DN
Nahai defends DWP's hiring of $50,000 lactation expert
Commissioner Nick Patsaouras says, "It's absurd. At a time when we're asking ratepayers to increase the rates, we're going for lactation." But General manager David Nahai says, "This program has resulted in an overall 27 percent reduction in absenteeism, and a 36 percent reduction in health-care claims by new mothers who use the service." LAT, DN
Spears' conservatorship extended until March 10
There will be a hearing then and a psychological report on Britney Spears. Her friend Sam Lufti still cannot be served papers. AP
Russ Stanton with Larry Mantle
The new L.A. Times editor is scheduled to guest on KPCC's "Airtalk" at 10:30 am.
Media book deals
KCRW host and writer Elvis Mitchell and photographer Timothy Greenfield Sanders sold "The Black List" to Atria. Called "a book of portraits and interviews, in which twenty-five prominent African Americans of various professions, disciplines and backgrounds...offer their own stories and insights on the struggles, triumphs and joys of black life in this country...,' it will be timed to the fall 2008 release of an HBO film. Also, International Herald Tribune reporter Doreen Carvajal, formerly of the L.A. Times, has sold "Sharp Notes," which chronicles "her search for her Sephardic roots in a small Andalusian town whose charming facade hides a history of violence and oppression, probing both her own family's past as well as the larger history of Spanish Jews during the Inquisition." That went to Riverhead, says Publisher's Marketplace.
Register talks with MediaNews about sharing
Details of what the publisher told staffers in Orange County detailed in OC Weekly.
Dios Marrero, Bob Hope Airport official was 57
The executive director of the airport in Burbank had brain cancer. DN
Added item: Sipchen speaks in L.A. today
Bob Sipchen, the Pulitzer-winning former editor and writer at the Times, speaks today at a FarmLab Public Salon downtown on "Is it possible to cover the environment without annoying, scaring, befuddling, or depressing people?" He is the editor of Sierra magazine. Info