Morning Buzz: Thursday 10.30.08

  • Now a McCain supporter has hung a Halloween effigy of a lynched Obama in Redondo Beach. Daily Breeze
  • Proposition 8 leaves unclear what would happen to the estimated 16,000 same-sex couples who have gotten married in California since June 17. LAT
  • The City Council approved 3% pay increases for department heads, including top-paid executives David Nahai of DWP (to $324,428) and LAPD chief William Bratton (to $320,736.) DN
  • A state appeals court on Wednesday overturned a $1.5 million jury verdict against City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo for firing a former prosecutor who claimed the dismissal was in retaliation for a sexual discrimination suit she filed against the city. The court ruled that Delgadillo was justified in his firing of Lynn Magnandonavan in 2003 for poor conduct while dealing with judges, court staff and other attorneys. LAT
  • Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's office is sending around a note that he has not endorsed Bernard Parks (or Mark Ridley-Thomas) for Supervisor, as reported some places.
  • The second Phil Spector murder trial has opened. Linda Deutsch, LAT
  • L.A.'s five most powerful cult leaders through history. LA Weekly
  • The Army Corps of Engineers biologist who got in trouble for kayaking on the Los Angeles River defends her honor in an Op-Ed piece. LAT
  • Conde Nast is cutting 5% at its magazines. NYO
  • The funeral is today for Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Randy Hamson, who died four years after being hit by a car while on duty and left comatose. DN wires

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