Morning Buzz: Monday 5.24.10

Sarah Ferguson and Bruce Beresford-Redman skulk into town, though not necessarily together. Plus a Monday assortment of media, politics and news notes.

  • Sarah Ferguson flew to Los Angeles on Sunday to attend a charity event at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel and avoided the media wanting to ask her questions (and take her picture) about the sting in which she tried to sell royal access to a tabloid. Telegraph, Reuters
  • Producer Bruce Beresford-Redman returned to Los Angeles from Cancun without the permission of Mexican authorities investigating the suspicious death of his wife Monica. LAT, ABC 7
  • Two Metrolink engineers have gotten in trouble for tampering with new cameras in locomotives after the Chatsworth 2008 crash, but the union says that the removal of sun visors to aid the cameras has made trains more unsafe. LAT
  • Is Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner laying the foundation of a run for office himself? Plus: Betty White will be the guest of honor June 19 at the Los Angeles Zoo's annual Beastly Ball. Orlov/DN
  • Ron Kaye laments that "today, our bankers and financiers can't be trusted with a dime of our money, we can't do the simplest business without a lawyer, envy celebrities their fortunes and their sexual prowess," and endorses Mickey Kaus for U.S. Senate. RonKayeLA
  • The benefits to Southern California of having an NFL team are conjectural and probably nonexistent, Michael Hiltzik argues. LAT
  • A new takeoff route for propeller planes at Santa Monica Airport has brought an onslaught of complaints from residents in the Sunset Park neighborhood. LAT
  • City sanitation workers get some love in Lincoln Heights. LAT
  • Bill Walton's ordeal with poor health and thoughts of suicide, as told to TJ Simers. LAT
  • The Hilton Checkers hotel in Downtown is changing hands in a $46 million deal. Downtown News
  • Johnny Hallyday arrived home in France on Sunday night to undergo medical tests as part of a legal case over last year's surgery that may have led to the complications that caused Hallyday to be hospitalized in Los Angeles. Reuters
  • AP theater critic Michael Kuchwara died Saturday from complications of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 63. AP, NYT, LAT

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