Morning Buzz: Wednesday 3.31.10

L.A.'s homicide rate headed back up, Burbank PD's shooting at pursuit suspect, which sports Republicans watch, a court date for Frank and Jamie and more.

  • The DWP board could vote today on the rate hike proposed Tuesday by the City Council.
  • A recent surge in homicides — 19 people killed in 11 days — has brought the murder rate in Los Angeles almost up to last year's. LAT
    Plus: L.A. County courts sent more convicts to death row last year than the entire state of Texas, an ACLU report said. DN
  • The Burbank Police Department and Los Angeles County DA launched investigations into the actions of officers who fired shots amid rush-hour traffic at that driver who led them on a high-speed pursuit Monday that ended in Universal City. LAT
  • Dedicated watchers of TV sports lean Republican, especially golf and NASCAR viewers. NBA is the sport with the most Democratic watchers, a study found. Hotline
  • District Attorney Steve Cooley filed a challenge to one of his opponents in the Republican race for AG, state Sen. Tom Harman, appearing on the June ballot as “Prosecutor/Attorney/Senator.” Met News-Enterprise
  • After this week's hearing, the Frank and Jamie McCourt divorce trial was set for August 30, just about the time the Dodgers either will or won't be contending for a playoff spot.
  • Did KNBC's 5 p.m. news really devote "at least 6-7 minutes" to the Sandra Bullock-Jesse James marital spat? Variety
  • Univision Interactive and impreMedia Digital announced a deal to exchange content. Via release
  • Yahoo has recruited nearly a dozen journalists from traditional and online media outlets and opened a bureau in Washington to increase its news presence. NYT
    Plus:Michael Caledrone is leaving Politico for Yahoo News. Huff Post
  • Karen Tumulty, the former L.A. Times correspondent in Washington, is leaving Time after 16 years to be national political correspondent for the Washington Post. Politico
  • How LAPD motorcycle officer Joshua Sewell may have saved the 21-year-old man who collapsed of a heart attack while running the Los Angeles Marathon. LAT Booster Shots
  • L.A. Times film critic Kenneth Turan talks about his book "Free for All: Joe Papp, The Public, and the Greatest Theater Story Ever Told" with Elvis Mitchell on "The Treatment" at 2:30 p.m. on KCRW.

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