There were two prominent stories at the top of Sunday's Los Angeles Times front page, but only one of them was reported by Times staffers. The other — the one given top billing by LATimes.com — was by former Times reporters Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein, who left the paper in August to join the non-profit reporting organization ProPublica. Through the magic of the new disguised bylines, it's only at the end of the story that readers are told the affiliation of the reporters. The sixth paragraph of the story does disclose that ProPublica and the Times both worked on the report, which found lax regulatory oversight by the California Bureau of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.
Return of Morning Briefing, sorta: A collection of sports notes by staff writer Mike Penner ran Sunday on page 2 of LAT Sports, and on the LAT's Fabulous Forum blog, under the Totally Random label. Another is on the blog tonight. They move on the wire to papers around the country, though, as "Morning Briefing." So, readers in Minneapoolis (where I head from) still get Morning Briefing, but Times readers get Totally Random.
Previously on LA Observed:
Nation mourns for Morning Briefing