Weekend reads

  • Councilman Tony Cardenas told Controller Laura Chick Friday to "get out of my face." DN
  • LAT reporter Martha Groves describes in first-person detail (plus slideshow) the ordeal of recovering from a serious knee injury she suffered on last summer's South America ski trip with ex-mayor Richard Riordan.
  • New York Times shouldn't have been fooled, again, by "Love and Consequences," says the paper's public editor in a column.
  • Steve Lopez discovers that the Craigslist free ads are a forum for prostitution. LAT
  • Need a primer on the Las Lomas controversy that isn't too deep or challenging? Here it is.
  • Robert C. J. Parry argues against the LAPD's plans to make the SWAT unit less of a brotherhood. LAT Opinion
  • 36 hours in Pasadena with the bureau chief for the New York Times. NYT Travel
  • Blogger Carolyn Kellogg in Istanbul. Pinky's Paperhaus
  • Caitlin Flanagan says the trend of teenagers driving less and staying close to their parents more is a good one. NYT Op-Ed
  • The newest Valley street is Costco Drive. Here in Van Nuys
  • Enjoying an unexpected silence in the city, "Not absolute, deafening silence, but that the usual background urban noise orchestra took a tacet for a few measures and allowed the sound of a gentle breeze to take a solo." Militant Angeleno
  • Shana Ting Lipton enlightens her blog readers on "the smell," that "perhaps thrice-in-a-lifetime sexual chemistry that is SO intense that you practically want to devour each other."

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