Other weekend stuff

Clearing the decks for the new week:

  • USC president Steven Sample announced that he would step down in August, after 19 years.
  • Honors student Melody Ross, 16, was shot and killed after Friday night's homecoming football game at Wilson High in Long Beach.
  • The L.A. Times ran another front-page story criticizing the management of the Station Fire, this one siding with firefighters who wanted other decisions made.
  • Steve Lopez weighed in on the McCourts drama, satirizing Jamie McCourt for her spending and other things.
  • Author Michelle Huneven wrote the Lives column in Sunday's New York Times Magazine, about getting her father to stop driving.
  • The politics of the Berlin Wall across Wilshire project, by Jon Wiener in The Nation.
  • Former Carson Mayor Daryl Sweeney has been transferred to a halfway house after serving a little less than five years in prison for extortion and bribery charges.
  • There are as yet no 747 area code phone numbers in the Valley, but there will be.
  • Patt Morrison interviewed former L.A. talk radio host Michael Jackson.
  • LAO contributor Denise Hamilton reviewed "The Gates" by John Connolly in Saturday's L.A. Times.
  • Travis Armstrong, the controversial opinion page editor of the Santa Barbara News-Press, has resigned.

More by Kevin Roderick:
Standing up to Harvey Weinstein
The Media
LA Times gets a top editor with nothing but questions
LA Observed Notes: Harvey Weinstein stripped bare
LA Observed Notes: Photos of the homeless, photos that found homes
Recent Police stories on LA Observed:
LA Times hires new sheriff's beat reporter
Steven Owen, Los Angeles Sheriff's sergeant, 53
Chief Charlie Beck
Silver Lake residents 'had faith in DWP's promises'
Code 7 in Sherman Oaks: A little bit of history
Feds throw more charges at ex-Sheriff Baca
Ex-sheriff Baca rolls the dice on a trial
TV meteorologist Josh Rubenstein leaving for the LAPD


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