Morning Buzz: Friday 11.13.09

Tough situation in the mid-city area, Susan Kennedy's future with Schwarzenegger, Playboy's possible sale and more after the jump — including a Larchmont shop trying to change the rules it agreed on.

Also see today's Mark Lacter morning headlines at LA Biz Observed, and follow Mark and Kevin on Twitter.

  • Pretty horrible situation on South Cochran Avenue where a woman was killed in her apartment by a former boyfriend while the LAPD officers protecting her were watching for him outside. LAT, Witness LA
  • The Schwarzenegger administration is denying rumors that chief of staff Susan Kennedy is preparing to leave for a job with Mercury Public Affairs leading the water bond campaign. Political Blotter
  • Gov. Schwarzenegger quietly spiked an effort last month to win $1.1 billion in federal high-speed rail stimulus funds for commuter train projects, choosing only to seek money for the proposed bullet train between San Francisco and San Diego. LAT
  • Those ads by the California Milk Advisory Board touting the benefits of drinking California milk are going to be filmed in New Zealand. LAT
  • Political writers Carla Marinucci and George Skelton and Steve Maviglio, former press secretary to Gov. Gray Davis, discussed AG Jerry Brown taping reporters on last night's "Which Way, L.A.?" on KCRW.
  • Brand management firm Iconix Brand Group and a group led by Jim Griffiths, Playboy's former entertainment president, are both in talks to acquire Playboy Enterprises Inc. and take it private for more than $300 million. LAT
  • State Sen. Gilbert Cedillo, chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, issued a statement on the resignation of Lou Dobbs saying in part, "“I commend CNN for responding to the millions of Americans who, over nearly a decade, have requested accountability for the hate speech, falsehoods, and personal political rhetoric that Dobbs has presented as news." Via release
  • Some background pulled together on the legal dispute between First AME's pastor and an estranged pastor, involving allegations of sex and stolen documents. Wave
  • The operators of a new Larchmont take-out shop agreed to not have tables or be a restaurant, and now are getting ink for flouting the law. LAT
  • There was enough rain last night to trigger a small mud flow in La Canada-Flintridge. LAT, DN wires
  • Former local talk show host Larry Elder plans to launch a podcast in December, says radio columnist Gary Lycan. OC Register
  • TMZ was caught posting court documents it stole uncredited from RadarOnline. NY Post
  • CNN laid off its four Web anchors and said it had stopped producing continuous live video for CNN.com, "curtailing one of the Internet’s biggest news experiments." NYT
  • Twitter’s use in the U.S., stalling since summer, actually declined eight percent in October. Tech Crunch
  • YouTube will start running high-definition videos at 1080p with the same ten-minute limit as before, and will re-encode existing video that was uploaded at 1080p. Yahoo
  • Former LAT reporter Bob Salladay is now senior editor of California Watch, and will be the primary editor of the soon-to-launch California WatchBlog.
  • Larry Mantle explores the new Eastside Gold Line extension on "Airtalk" with MTA blogger Steve Hymon and two others from the agency. 10:40 a.m., KPCC

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