Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Monday 5.4.09

  • NBC picked up four dramas and two comedies for its fall lineup but "left several questions unanswered until later this month." Variety, The Wrap, Finke
  • Rep. Jane Harman went before the annual policy convention of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to rail about the wiretap and leak that caught her talking to a suspected Israeli agent "about two AIPAC lobbyists accused of illegally passing classified information to foreign officials and reporters." WashPost
  • Amazon plans to introduce a larger version of the Kindle designed specifically for reading newspapers and magazines. NYT
  • There's no $235,000 reward or non-stop media coverage over the death of Agapito Gaspar Nicolas, killed by a hit-and-run driver the same day as USC student Adrianna Bachan. Joel Rubin and Ari B. Bloomekatz /LAT
  • Tavis Smiley sent a producer to do a radio feature on the blogs of Leimert Park. LP Beat
  • All California prison visits are cancelled due to the swine flu hysteria, but inmates are being fed meals with a 2007 sell-by date? Witness LA, Sacto Bee
  • The Times editorial board endorsed Carmen Trutanich for City Attorney and David Vahedi in CD5. Meanwhile, the city attorney race has devolved. DN
  • Regarding the unique dance that usually surrounds the L.A. city budget this year "the music is off-key and the dancers are bumping into one another. Orlov/DN
  • Today's the last day to register for the May 19 elections.
  • Here's a link (registration required) to this week's New Yorker story on Green Dot Public Schools and Steve Barr, who is called The Instigator by Douglas McGray. TNY
  • Poets from the real Eastside are staging a ''Where You From?" reading in Boyle Heights on May 7 to respond to the yuppification of the Eastside name. Patt Morrison
  • Carne asada with Andre Ethier of the Dodgers, who are now 10-0 at home for the season. LA Eastside
  • The London Evening Standard has launched a publicity campaign that apologizes to readers for the newspaper losing touch with them. Guardian
  • Interested in "becoming a videographer, reporter, journalist? We need a handful of Interns for a new LA Times youth and high school sports website" in Orange County, reads an ad on Craigslist.
  • "Out of My Skin," a new novel by John Haskell, is about "a journalist [who] leaves New York in the wake of a failed love affair and heads to Los Angeles, hoping to write about movies. He winds up interviewing a Steve Martin impersonator and is inspired to try 'being Steve' himself—not as a paid gig but as a daily incarnation." The New Yorker
  • Erika Schickel reviews ex-stripper Lily Burana's new book "I Love a Man in Uniform: A Memoir of Love, War, and Other Battles." LAT
  • Sunset Magazine features The 99 Cent Chef guiding the writer to cheap eats such as Carney's, Ciudad for happy hour mojitos with carnitas tacos, Edison's 35 cent cocktails. 99 Cent Chef
  • Rebecca Isaacs is the new president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. Via release

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