Morning Buzz: Thursday 1.28.10

Couple of LAPD Metro officers busted, Prop. 8 testimony ends, why the mud didn't flow and how movie portrayals of female journalists are always so lame (Maggie Gyllenhaal edition.)

  • Two off-duty LAPD Metro Division officers were arrested for allegedly attacking and pistol-whipping a man in Whittier in a dispute over a girlfriend. LAT, Whittier PD
  • Testimony ended in the federal same-sex marriage trial in San Francisco, and legal affairs writer Maura Dolan says "analysts who followed the trial anticipate that Chief U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker is likely to rule for the challengers of Proposition 8." LAT
  • Foothill communities escaped potentially disastrous debris flows from fire-scarred mountains during last week's storms because total rainfall was far less than expected, the U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday. AP
    Plus: Seven county roads are still closed due to the storms. DN
  • Big losers in the proposed city budget cuts look to be neighborhood councils, libraries, El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs, the Human Relations Commission and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, according to a draft document. LAT
  • New Public Policy Institute of California poll finds Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer leading their races for governor and Senate, respectively, with Meg Whitman and Tom Campbell ahead on the Republican sides. CalBuzz, Bee
  • KTLA reporter Manny Medrano is leaving the station to start his own law firm, colleague Eric Spillman tweeted.
  • Witnesses tell a much different story than the Sheriff's Department on a bailiff's detention of Superior Court press aide Vania Stuelp. LAT
  • West Valley Park at Vanowen Street and Wilbur Avenue will become Randal D. Simmons Park in an 11 a.m. ceremony honoring the LAPD officer killed during a SWAT operation nearby. DN
  • "Onion Field'' killer Gregory Powell, now 76, was denied parole again. KNBC
  • Late-night work on the Expo Line was shut down by the Police Commission after complaints from neighbors. LAT
  • Sara Libby writes that Maggie Gyllenhaal's character in "Crazy Heart" continues the cinematic tradition of lame portrayals of woman journalists. Double XX
  • California Watch emulates freelancers and works out of coffee shops. CJR
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum announced it has accepted 52 photos by Manuel Alvarez Bravo from Los Angeles collectors Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser. LAT
  • Los Angeles editor Joel Schroeder is directing a film about Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson with funding help from Kickstarter. Here's his interview about it.
  • Jonathan Lethem, the author most recently of "Chronic City," guests with Michael Silverblatt on "Bookworm" at 2:30 p.m. on KCRW.
  • AIDS activist and actor Zelda Rubinstein died at age 86. LAT

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
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