Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.4.10

Times Square suspect in custody, Tony Awards nominations, Webby Awards for locals and more, including a question for our times: is comedian Paul Rodriguez on the state water commission or not?

  • The suspect arrested in the attempted Times Square bombing is Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan taken into custody at Kennedy Airport on board a flight to Dubai that had begun to pull away from the gate. NYT
  • The Tony award nominations are out. NYT
  • Twitter won the Webby for best practices on the web, Truthdig for best political blog, the Huffington Post the people's voice award for politics blog, Mashable for best business and cultural blogs, and the New York Times for news website. Roger Ebert was dubbed Webby Person of the Year for "using his blog as a platform for thoughtful discussion on film, media, politics, and life itself." Webby Awards
  • And another thing about Arizona: its state budget, in percentage terms, is in much worse shape than ours. Joe Mathews/Fox & Hounds
  • Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger withdrew his support for new oil drilling off the Santa Barbara coast with that massive oil spill still fouling the Gulf of Mexico. Sacto Bee
    Also: Schwarzenegger vetoes a bill that would would have outlawed smoking on state-run beaches. LAT
  • Was comedian Paul Rodriguez recently appointed to the California Water Commission? He says yes, but Schwarzenegger says no. Capitol Weekly
  • Three years after the Los Angeles Archdiocese agreed to the largest priest abuse settlement in U.S. history, a key element of that agreement — public release of accused priests' personnel files — has yet to happen. LAT
  • A tale of two crashes illustrates the slowness of LAPD to update its approach to bicycles. Streetsblog
  • The DWP doesn't have a city permit for its public parking lot and apparently hasn't been paying the ten percent parking tax either, says Ron Kaye.
  • Layla Rosetta Trawick, 34, of Antioch, was arrested for stabbing at least four people in the Target store at Santa Monica Blvd. and La Brea in West Hollywood. LAT
  • Newly launched website at The Nation includes a blog from editor Katrina vanden Heuvel and a daily media blog by Greg Mitchell, former editor of Editor & Publisher. Media Fix
  • And another L.A. angle to this week's New Yorker: Dagoberto Gilb's story "Uncle Rock" is "set in the Fernando Valenzuela past, but it's recognizably close to home. For a certain subset of Angelenos, that is, who will be able to triangulate between Dodger Stadium and 'the corner where black Cubans drank coffee' (Tropical Bakery.)" Jacket Copy
  • Jane Usher from the City Attorney's office is scheduled on KPCC's "Airtalk" with Larry Mantle at 11 a.m. to discuss the shut-down letter going to about 400 medial marijuana shops in Los Angeles.
  • The people behind Black Clock, the literary journal at CalArts, have launched a blog of the same name.

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