- L.A. Times writer Thomas Curwen's and photographer Allen J. Schaben's series on Ana Rodarte, 3½ years in the making, has award contender all over it: "Ana Rodarte had given up on marriage and even finding a job seemed impossible — and all because of her face. Then a chance meeting gave her reason to hope." Part two runs Monday.
- FBI analysts are tracking more than 500 murdered and missing women who may have been victims of truckers who kidnap and kill: "The pattern in roadside body dumps and other evidence has prompted many investigators to speculate that the mobility, lack of supervision and access to potential victims that come with the job make it a good cover for someone inclined to kill."
- Forty-five years ago this week, Canadian pianist Glenn Gould walked off the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and renounced live public recitals, but became "the prophet of a new technology," says Michael Hiltzik in the LAT: "I thought this milestone of Southern California cultural history worth revisiting not only because Glenn Gould happens to be one of my personal heroes, but also because his vision of music and the music business has been so thoroughly validated over the years."
- Rachel Ashwell is closing the Shabby Chic era, as a store and website. Here in Malibu
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