Morning Buzz: Thursday 6.5.08

Villaraigosa scampers over to Obama side

National co-chair of the Clinton campaign announced his acceptance that Obama is the party's nominee. "Americans said it's time for change," the mayor said. "We all have a lot of work to do to make sure that that change comes to fruition." Fox 11
Also:
South LA celebrates Obama LAT
Peter Dreier likens Clinton's speech to Nixon's Checkers speech. HuffPost
Clinton could accept losing, but not quitting. WashPost


Gearing up for the Parks and Ridley-Thomas fight

"The race took a fundamental shift" on Tuesday, said political consultant Kerman Maddox. "Mark Ridley-Thomas was the pursuer, the underdog. Now he's the front-runner." LAT


Governor declares statewide drought

Get used to more water limits and higher food costs. LAT, DN, Fresno Bee


Delgadillo to sue Time Warner Cable

""Hundreds of thousands of Los Angeles residents were ripped off," the city attorney says. LAT


Medical care after Killer King

The closure of King-Harbor hospital, says the New York Times, "was less a seminal moment than another episode in the continuing health care ordeal among this cityís sickest and poorest residents. South Los Angeles is one of the most difficult places in the nation to both receive and give medical care. Family doctors are few and far between, and the area is one of the hardest to draw new doctors to, physician recruiters say." NYT


Phone calls from County jail

They cost more than calls from many hotels: $3.54 the first minute, then ten cents a minute. Sweet deal, eh? Witness LA


Los Angeles River declared non-navigable

Designation by Army Corps of Engineers could affect protections of the river's tributaries. LAT


Justin Timberlake drops his crazy demands

"Ladies and gentlemen, the power of the Internet," Sharon Waxman says. WaxWord


L.A. weathercasters get love

Cover story goes down the list and observes "weathercasters in Los Angeles take a lot of flack....Yet L.A.ís weather personalities also get a lot of love." LA Weekly


RFK memories

Boris Yaro, the Times photographer who took one of the iconic photos of Robert F. Kennedy lying wounded on the floor of the Ambassador pantry, will guest on KPCC's "Patt Morrison" this afternoon. In her Times column, Morrison says the demolition of the pantry is still a sore point with her. LAT


Ex-LAT reporter joins ProPublica

Robin Fields is among seven investigative journalists joining the non-profit reporting operation. Romenesko


Blogger Mark Sarvas Q-&-A'd

He talks about his new novel and The Elegant Variation. LA Weekly


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