Morning Buzz: Wednesday 2.4.09

  • Tim Rutten suggests an anti-trust exemption to let newspapers collude on charging for web content. LAT Op-Ed
  • A string of street robberies and attacks in Silver Lake and environs could be the work of an Echo Park gang initiating new members. Curbed LA, Fox 11, The Eastsider LA
  • The Board of Supervisors is talking about withholding tax payments to Sacramento until the state gets its act together. LAT, DN
  • A gunman shot and killed two gang members at a South L.A. street shrine for a previous murder victim. LAT
  • MOCA's board has nine recent vacancies, on top of the 20% staff layoff announced last week. Culture Monster
  • Joe Francis emailed around a statement announcing the Girls Gone Wild CEO's release from custody, saying a miscommunication led to his arrest for showing up late to court while sick.
  • Steve Lopez's readers like the idea of a debate between Mayor Villaraigosa and challenger Walter Moore, but campaign strategist Ace Smith doesn't. LAT
  • Villaraigosa is meeting today in Washington with Obama Administration officials and congressional leaders on the federal stimulus package.
  • City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo has a 10 a.m. media date to demolish the Drew Street headquarters of The Avenues gang in Northeast L.A.
  • A new supergraphic went up along the Santa Monica Freeway, this time at Robertson. Ban Billboard Blight
  • Mickey Kaus suggests churlishly that Huffington Post staffers should organize a union. Kausfiles
  • Photographer Scott Varley has posted a slide show of the Daily Breeze move from its old offices in Torrance.
  • Robert Evans will write a sequel to "The Kid Stays in the Picture" for Phoenix, to be published next winter.
  • San Francisco Chronicle raises home delivery price substantially, essentially charging readers for the convenience. SF Weekly
  • The new Sports Letter from the LA84 Foundation is out, with an accompanying blog.
  • David Beckham's lawyers are reportedly in talks with the Galaxy to secure his release. Nick Green/100% Soccer
  • Frances Kavanaugh, the "Cowgirl of the Typewriter" who wrote more than 30 western movie scripts in the 1940s and 50s, died in Encino at age 93. LAT
  • Rimshot: Steve Julian quipped today on KPCC that there's a 60% chance of rain tomorrow, so gather ten people and six of them will get wet.

Plus: Mark Lacter on the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger and California's worst-in-U.S. credit rating.

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