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:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
Recent Police stories on LA Observed:
Police union's take on what we've learned from the riots
Officer saves choking infant before nabbing robbery suspect
LAPD, Trutanich add more muscle around USC
KNBC 'live-tweeting' the run-up to '92 riots
MALDEF sues sheriff over withheld Ruben Salazar files

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