Afternoon news and notes

  • Longtime entertainment reporter Claude Brodesser-Akner will be West Coast Editor of Vulture, which New York magazine wants to become "the ultimate destination for obsessional entertainment news, commentary and community."
  • Mayor Villaraigosa named Celine Cordero as deputy mayor for legislative and intergovernmental affairs. she had been associate director of the mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Public Safety.
  • LACMA's Unframed blog has a Q&A with longtime L.A. Times arts writer Suzanne Muchnic.
  • Zocalo launched what it's calling a web magazine that will be "a non-partisan, non-biased space for broad-minded readers to absorb and engage with compelling ideas from a wide range of fields."
  • Failing to consider that few may ride the California high-speed train is a big flaw in the project's "incomplete and inappropriate" business plan, the state Legislative Analyst's office says.
  • Former L.A. Times foreign correspondent Richard Boudreaux's byline is now appearing from Moscow for the Wall Street Journal.
  • Eugene Volokh of the Volokh Conspiracy and UCLA talks to the Bitter Lawyer blog.
  • Google News quietly stopped adding stories from Associated Press, possibly as a contract negotiating tactic.

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