Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 12.8.09

More excessive radiation from CT scans, delays on the Expo Line, surviving six months on a bus bench in the Valley, and voting ends today in the 2nd district — plus more after the jump.

  • Add Burbank's Providence St. Joseph Medical Center to the growing list of hospitals that appear to have delivered excessive radiation in CT scans. LAT
  • Good story by Susan Abram about a mentally ill homeless woman who lived for six months wrapped in blankets on a bus bench at the corner of Ventura and Topanga Canyon boulevards in Woodland Hills. DN
    Plus: An editorial asks "Do we have a responsibility for the homeless?" DN
  • Cardinal Roger Mahony argues that health care reform should include immigrants "who live in our midst but who do not yet have legal standing" in an Op-Ed piece in today's New York Times.
  • DWP Commission president Lee Kanon Alpert and Ports director Geraldine Knatz are among the dozen city officials going with Mayor Villaraigosa to Berlin and Copenhagen. DN
  • The Arroyo Seco was running black yesterday with the ash from the Station Fire. Watershed News
  • The Expo Line from downtown L.A. to Culver City is $220 million over budget and a year behind schedule. LAT
  • Polls are open until 8 p.m. in the 2nd City Council district runoff in the Valley. More than 9,800 vote-by-mail ballots have been received.
  • Councilwoman Jan Perry said that AEG probably will not help defray the $3.2-million cost of police and other city services for the Michael Jackson memorial until the city attorney resolves his "criminal investigation" into the spending. LAT, DN
  • Politicians are rushing to dump campaign donations from Elliot Broidy. LAT
  • Some Republican officials are asking state Sen. Jeff Denham to consider dropping out of the lieutenant governor's race in order to run for the state Assembly. Fresno Bee
  • Fewer than 100 readers and invited guests attended a conversation with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck at the Los Angeles Times on Monday night.
  • The California Supreme Court's Los Angeles clerk office will close at the end of the year for "budgetary reasons," Chief Justice Ronald M. George announced. Daily Breeze
  • Author and publisher Dave Eggers is releasing a 300-plus-page Sunday-style broadsheet newspaper called the San Francisco Panorama "to luxuriate in print and maybe remind people of everything it can do." LAT
  • Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions is going to remain in Chicago. Chi Tribune
  • Bryant Gumbel revealed today on "Live! with Regis and Kelly" that he recently had surgery for lung cancer. Dish Rag
  • At the Guadalajara book fair, organizers dispatched columnist Hector Tobar to speak at a high school in Jalisco's rural interior. LAT
  • Richard Branson and Burt Rutan displayed their VSS Enterprise passenger spacecraft at the Mojave Air and Space Port. LAT, NBC, Jonathan Alcorn
  • The FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are assisting authorities from Bermuda in an investigation into the disappearance of an Italian chef who may have gone overboard from a cruise ship now docked at the Port of Los Angeles. Daily Breeze
  • Bill Boyarsky speaks tonight at the holiday dinner of the Los Angeles City Historical Society at the Police Academy.
  • Edward Sanders, lawyer and Jewish community leader, died at age 87. LAT

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