Friday desk-clearing

There's no LA Observed segment on KCRW this afternoon due to the pledge drive.

  • The Los Angeles Philharmonic added a Gustavo Dudamel concert on April 25, a repeat of his initial Disney Hall performance from October. Tickets go on sale Feb. 6.
  • Salary and pension concessions by city unions could avert layoffs, Mayor Villaraigosa said today.
  • A Superior Court judge ordered an Eagle Rock medical marijuana dispensary to stop selling and, in a first for a California judge, ruled that retail sales are not permitted under state law.
  • Ron Burkle has made an offer to take a controlling stake in Barneys New York, the storied but troubled luxury retailer.
  • L.A.-based PBS correspondent Saul Gonzalez has a story this week on California groups that minister to sex offenders.
  • Rielle Hunter wants her John Edwards sex tape back.
  • Daily News Friendly Fire blogger Rob Ashgar has a new book out on his background "in both conservative Islam and conservative Christianity--with an eye on how both religions have been compromised by their roles within contemporary politics and nationalism."
  • Night work has resumed on the I-405 widening project on the Westside, including full closures of the freeway after midnight.
  • California High Speed Rail Commission President Curt Pringle, Superior Court presiding judge Charles McCoy and director Ben Goddard of the documentary "Nuclear Tipping Point" guest with Conan Nolan on KNBC's "News Conference," Sunday at 9 a.m.
  • "David Hume Kennerly A Forty Year Photographic Retrospective, 1970-2010" opens Sunday at the Frank Pictures Gallery in Bergamot Station.

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