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Weekend reads: Christine Daniels and more

With a GQ piece said to be in the works, the L.A. Times was first into print with a reconstruction of Mike Penner's painful transformation into Christine Daniels and back again. Christopher Goffard's Column One has lots of details and friends speaking who I hadn't seen before, despite Penner's ex-wife and brother (both Times staffers) declining to talk. Noted: Vanity Fair spiked its planned profile after writer Evan Wright said in 2007 he feared Daniels/Penner might commit suicide. That's what happened last November.

Also on the reading list this weekend:

  • As deaths of children in the L.A. County system have mounted, the Board of Supervisors has wrung its hands but not much else.
  • Guess what: the city's red-light camera program actually costs the general fund $1.6 million a year, despite generating about $3.8 million a year.
  • The City Council, in its first at-bat on the DWP fare hikes issue, sent the raise back to the DWP board but takes it up again this week.
  • Supervisor Gloria Molina named former Villaraigosa administration official Cecilia Estolano her district's woman of the year.
  • Sheriff Lee Baca's program to release non-violent jail inmates early hit a snag: there aren't that many who qualify.
  • One obituary of former Carter Administration official Midge Costanza did not avoid indentifying her as a lesbian.
  • L.A. Times film critic Kenneth Turan breaks with a personal rule and comments on a movie starring actress Zoe Kazan, a family friend.
  • Los Angeles couple gets married after meeting at the baggage claim carousel in Newark.
  • Modernist architect Edward Fickett's papers go to USC.
  • KPFK's spring fund drive lasted 26 days, says the L.A. Times, which discovers the Pacifica station is rather fractious.

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