News and media shorts

  • Mark Ridley-Thomas will resign his Senate seat on Sunday, in time to allow for a March 3 special election. Sausage Factory
  • Russ Parsons returns as food editor at the L.A. Times after a hiatus of several years. LAT
  • Former Daily News reporter Rachel Uranga is the latest ex-journalist to land in the communications department at the ACLU of Southern California, joining her former Copley bureau chief Gordon Smith.
  • Another mainstream media blog goes on hiatus: the Daily News' Mean Streets crime blog.
  • L.A. Film Festival director Rich Raddon resigns over his support for Proposition 8. Defamer, LAist, Anne Thompson, Fishbowl LA
  • The Sentinel held a town hall forum on blacks and Proposition 8. KPCC
  • The USC marching band serenaded outgoing county Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke. LAT
  • Sean Penn interviews Cuban leader Raul Castro about Barack Obama and other topics. The Nation
  • TMZ the TV show was renewed for two years. Variety
  • The Waldorf hotel measure leads by a nose in Beverly Hills as vote counting continues. Curbed LA
  • Edward Goldman discusses MOCA's leadership vacuum on today's "Art Talk." KCRW

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