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Morning Buzz: Tuesday 4.29.08

Big LAX deal for DMJM questioned

Art Marroquin at the Daily Breeze has been reporting that the L.A.-based firm was selected to run the LAX modernization project, even though Bechtel was rated higher and ranked #1 by four of five selection committee members. Marroquin says city airport chief Gina Marie Lindsey overruled the selection of Bechtel and asked for a second round of competition, which led to DMJM (and a former colleague of hers in Seattle) getting the contract. Councilwoman Janice Hahn demanded a meeting today with Lindsey. Breeze, LAT

Bratton vows to keep Special Order 40 intact

The chief met Monday with the Times editorial board, which now posts transcripts on its website. "Special Order 40 is not changing one word as long as I'm chief, and I have no intention of changing it, and the Police Commission is pretty adamant about that it's worked for almost 30 years." LAT/Primary Source

Feature on female SWAT candidate

Officer Jennifer Grasso, 36, has been allowed to enter the intense 12-week training course for the LAPD's ultimate boy's club. NPR

Markham Middle School AP accused of more molestations

Assistant Principal Stephen T. Rooney was charged with having sexual contact with another girl at Markham and with a student at Foshay Learning Center, where suspicions had gotten him transferred out. LAT

County workers blocked Times access to nurse at public hearing

Reporter and photographer were not allowed to talk to or photograph a county nurse as she appealed her suspension from Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital. LAT

New beats for two Times reporters

Former City Hall reporter Jessica Garrison returns from maternity leave to cover housing "from the standpoint of what it actually means for people and communities, rather than from a focus on institutions or policy." Bill Lobdell returns from book leave and foot surgery to "produce profiles large and small of Southland residents. These people will be famous and obscure, and some will be once-familiar figures with whom we will be catching up." LAT memo

Canoga Park upset about street 'work'

Work crews hired by the CRA tore up Sherman Way three weeks ago for a beautification project, but didn't have the right cement and tools to finish the job so went on vacation. "I am livid. This is absolutely inexcusable. ... This is the city at its worst performance," Councilman Dennis Zine said over the weekend. Monday, work resumed. DN and DN

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