Media people

Friday desk-clearing

  • Variety has restored that missing "Iron Cross" review to its website and says it was only down for factual vetting in response to a legal threat, not because of pressure from an advertiser. Patrick Goldstein
  • The 10 most interesting Oscar-related lawsuits ever. THR
  • The City Council reclassified internet businesses for tax purposes, responding to concerns that they were going to be leaving town. LA Biz Observed
  • Three people were shot today during a Long Beach bank robbery. Press-Telegram
  • Full-body security scanners are coming to LAX. Curbed LA
  • Gov. Schwarzenegger reappointed former actress Bo Derek and writer David Israel to the state horse racing board, says the Capitol Morning Report.
  • Newsroom buzz is that the Daily Journal is closing its Washington bureau and eliminating the immigration beat, a psychic blow that comes the same week staffers learned that the paper's chairman sent a $20,000 check to a writer for the New Yorker.
  • An emailer notes that, before Joel Grover went out with his undercover cameras, KABC Channel 7 did a story on disabled parking abusers.
  • Unofficial word from the LA Weekly is that editor Drex Heikes was not stricken after a meeting with Mike Lacey, unless meeting means a group dinner and after means the next day. Heikes was due to be released from the hospital today.
  • Why the medfly netting and other steps at farmers markets in some parts of L.A. Eat LA
  • More on the skeleton Oscar sculptures of Runyon Canyon and Mel's Diner. LA Mag
  • A special hour-long edition of "Deadline L.A." on KPFK (which aired at 3 p.m.) focused on reporting from Haiti with L.A. Times reporters Joe Mozingo, Mitchell Landsberg and Joel Rubin plus Dolores M. Bernal of Free Speech Radio News.
  • Jerry Brown and State Senator Abel Maldonado guest on KNBC's "News Conference" with Conan Nolan, Sunday at 9 a.m.

Plus: My KCRW commentary today is about the politics of supergraphics and billboards and the controversy over City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's tactics. I call it Thanks a Million.

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