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Gehry's Bilbao Guggenheim voted #1 by VF architecturians

guggenheim-bilbao.jpg Vanity Fair asked architects and those who circulate among them, such as critic Paul Goldberger, to nominate the five most important buildings, bridges or monuments built since 1980. Plus their pick for the "greatest work of architecture" in the 21st century.

Gail Goldberg out as L.A. city planning chief *

They're calling it retirement, effective July 16.

'Today' show gets the access to Abby

NBC's "Today" show packaged footage of Abby Sunderland at home in Thousand Oaks with a lengthy interview this morning at the studios in New York.

Why Hitchens cancelled book tour: cancer

chris-hitchens-wp.jpg Christopher Hitchens has announced that doctors have advised him to undergo chemotherapy for cancer in his esophagus. "This advice seems persuasive to me," the 61-year-old author says

PR stunt o' the week: In the Heights flash mob at Citywalk

I caught In the Heights last night at the Pantages and saw what all the fuss is about, both for the 2008 Tony winner for best musical and the fans'...

Want Larry King, look first at Nate & Al's

king-rubin-nateal.jpg Sam Rubin wanted to talk to Larry King on the KTLA morning show about his forthcoming exit from CNN. So Rubin guessed right and sent a couple of interns over to Nate & Al's in Beverly Hills.

Trutanich special powers bill fades away

The Senate bill that would have made Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich the state's only city attorney with the power to make mischief via grand jury has quietly died in committee,

Gene Gleeson, Mark Coogan hang up their mikes

gleeson-coogan-party.jpg A couple of Los Angeles television news veterans retire from their stations this week. Gene Gleeson leaves Channel 7 and Mark Coogan departs Channels 2/9. They were feted by colleagues...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 6.30.10

Services for CHP officer Ortiz, child welfare lets another child die, a Mitrice Richardson lawsuit, a library parcel tax vote maybe, and Alhambra's gateway.

Paul Johnson, KNBC reporter was 75

Johnson had been battling brain cancer and underwent surgery in January. He died Tuesday evening at age 75.

Larry King to vacate later this year

At the start of tonight's "Larry King Live" on CNN, King made it official. Before I start the show tonight, I want to share some personal news with you. Twenty...

Diana Nyad going back to sea at 60

diana.nyad.pic1.jpg The host of the weekly column The Score on KCRW plans to swim from Cuba to Florida in August.

Architecture awards for LAPD, L.A. Live

The Los Angeles Business Council handed out its architectural awards today. The top prizes went to the new Los Angeles Police Department administration building across from City Hall and to...

Next up for Abby: driving *

Abby Sunderland told her news conference in Marina del Rey this morning that, now that she's home, she'll concentrate on school and getting her driver's licen

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 6.29.10

Five officers lost by the CHP, the budget-less legislature leaves town, which campaigns Hollywood is giving to, the politics of free tickets and a weak editorial, plus much more inside.

L.A. blogs get some kudos from Time

boingboinglogo.jpg Time magazine's online team rated a bunch of blogs again this year, and for the Los Angeles-based blogosphere the results are mixed.

Freebies came to the mayor tonight

sabrina-in-the-heights.jpg Getty House, Mayor Villaraigosa's official residence in Windsor Square, played host tonight to a party for the cast of "In the Heights," the touring Tony winner for best musical on Broadway that's now playing at the Pantages.

Abby Sunderland sleeps at home tonight

The teenaged sailor arrived home in Thousand Oaks late Monday evening.

Young Hollywood femmes cover a bust for Vanity Fair

VF-hwd-cover2010.jpg The March cover that featured Kristen Stewart, Amanda Seyfried, Carey Mulligan, Anna Kendrick and a bunch of other young, thin, white actresses has been the worst selling of the year so far for Vanity Fair.

L.A's NFL aspirations dissed by...Jacksonville?

Fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars have reacted to talk of their team fleeing west by launching a website called No Way L.A.

Neighborhood councils to get a radio slot

Talk host Kevin James on KRLA is moving to the 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. slot to make room on the station schedule for Glenn Beck (mornings) and Dennis Miller (8 to 11 p.m.) and says he will start doing reports on neighborhood councils all over L.A.

Consultant Shallman sues Councilman Parks

The suit filed Friday by John Shallman and Shallman Communications reportedly says they are owed nearly $150,000 by Councilman Bernard Parks for work on his 2008 race for county supervisor.

LAT staffers warned about Facebook 'friends'

ashton-aracely.jpg A number of Facebook "friends" have surfaced recently claiming to be employees of the Los Angeles Times, but with little other info on their profiles — and always a young woman's photo.

Jack Nicholson flies his Yankee colors

jack-dodgers-yankees.jpg For Yankees weekend the Dodgers began plying media and blogs with photos of celebrities in the field-level seats.

Morning Buzz: Monday 6.28.10

Whitman's campaign staffing, Villaraigosa's taste in music, Usher not running, Broad takes out a permit for his museum and Scott Turow speaks tonight with Dustin Hoffman. Plus more inside.

When in doubt, go for the media stunt

lopez-antonio.jpg Mayor Villaraigosa took a step toward toning down the controversy over his practice of taking free tickets from companies with major business before City Hall, compliments of Steve Lopez and the L.A. Times.

Boyarsky, Greenberg honored by Press Club *

Bill Boyarsky picked up the Online Journalist of the Year trophy at Sunday's awards dinner for the Los Angeles Press Club. Steve Greenberg won best cartoonist for a series in the Ventura County Reporter.

Is Joe Torre a reluctant Dodger?

joe-torre-sitting.jpg With the Yankees in town this weekend a much better team than the Dodgers, the LAT's Bill Plaschke observed that Dodgers' manager Joe Torre looked a little older.

'Airplane!' at 30 taken seriously, surely

27airplane-span-articleLarge.jpg When they shot "Airplane!" on the Universal backlot, it's unlikely that the Zucker brothers (Jerry and David) and Jim Abrahams expected the spoof would be analyzed and immortalized in the New York Times thirty years later. But here we are.

Mexico, England eliminated from World Cup *

Argentina sent Mexico home with a 3-1 win this afternoon, after Germany had taken care of England 4-1.

Abby had privacy & slept a lot, says Osiris captain

osiris-captain.jpg While Abby Sunderland was on his boat chugging toward Reunion for more than a week, says Jacques Deshayes, the 16-year-old had her own cabin and access to a phone and mailbox. She sat up on the bridge sometimes, but she also slept a lot and after dinner would return to her room and they wouldn't see her again until 8 in the morning.

Mayor gets A for sentiment, D for spelling

Mayor and UCLA alumnus Antonio Villaraigosa (or one of his young web functionaries) posted to Twitter after the John Wooden memorial service.

Landon Donovan ties it at 1-1 for U.S. **

ktown-game.jpg Ghana scored five minutes in. Then in the 61st minute, Landon Donovan comes through again, on a penalty kick. Match is tied at the end of injury time. Now into...

John Wooden memorial at UCLA

Lots of dignitaries from the city and sports around, including some Yankees and Dodgers. The ceremony goes live on Prime Ticket and the UCLA website at 11 a.m....

Men killed in pot clinics includes son of labor leader

Matthew Butcher, who was shot during a robbery at a marijuana clinic in Echo Park, was the 27-year-old son of Julie Butcher. She is a longtime leader of the Service Employees International Union in Los Angeles.

Abby Sunderland reaches La Reunion *

zac+and+abby+2.JPG Sailor Abby Sunderland arrived on the French island of Reunion a few minutes ago. She was greeted by her brother Zac then met the media briefly before the two teenagers...

Memorial plans for CHP officer Phillip Ortiz *

A memorial service for Phillip Ortiz will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown.

Was Brackpool on mayor's $120,000 European trip?

Reporter Eric Spillman at KTLA hounded the City Controller's office until it gave up 95 pages of receipts from Mayor Villaraigosa's 9-day trip last year to Berlin, London and Copenhagen. Possibly along: Friend-of-Antonio Keith Brackpool.

Abby Sunderland to reach land Friday night *

abby-sunderland-pete-thomas.jpg News out of Reunion tonight is that the French vessel carrying 16-year-old Abby Sunderland will dock at 8:30 Saturday morning local time. (Reunion is 11 hours ahead of Los Angeles.)

My favorite of the Michael Jackson hoax videos

This one at least is a little creative. The fabricated paramedic calls were OK too. In the end, though, you have to ask: why? Check the image box in...

405 project, $1 billion, one bidder

I-405-logo-color.jpg That $1 billion project to mess up traffic across the Westside and Sepulveda Pass for years — oops, I mean add a carpool lane to the 405 freeway and modernize...

Welfare recipients withdrew $1.8 million at casino ATMs

This morning's L.A. Times story didn't know how much cash was obtained in casinos and gaming rooms using state-issued debit cards. Now they know.

Hey, could you get a little more in that headline?

evening-herald-hed.jpg Posted to Twitter from the Evening Herald in Dublin, Ireland....

Pressroom blogger reinstated at L.A. Times

Ed Padgett posted on his blog a bit ago: "I return to the Los Angeles Times at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon and will meet with management tomorrow to discuss or clarify what content can be published online."

Villaraigosa says he'll provide ticket accounting

Mayor Villaraigosa told reporters today that his office will be disgorging documents on Friday about the official duties he claims to have performed at dozens of events.

Meet your tennis marathon blogger

xanpic_bigger.jpg Xan Brooks, the Guardian's associate editor who made a new name for himself live-blogging yesterday's mega-match at Wimbledon, is making his mark today in Los Angeles media.

LAT's Matea Gold moving to Washington

matea-gold.jpg Gold, the former City Hall reporter, now covers media, primarily television, in the Los Angeles Times New York bureau.

Faye Dunaway peels and eats a hard-boiled egg

Just because. It's a commercial by Japanese photographer Kazumi Kurigami.

Value of Villaraigosa's tickets: $50,000, maybe more

The LA Weekly calculated the possible value of the free tickets that Mayor Villaraigosa's office acknowledges he accepted and came up with $50,000, "and perhaps as much as $100,000" depending...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 6.24.10

Long Wimbledon match ends, controversies over county probation and welfare recipients in casinos, overlooking the Arizona boycott if it helps revenue, the earth moves and more.

LA Sketchbook: Maywood


Yay, we're not the only sports goons

violence-in-paris.jpg lgerians (apparently) in Paris rampaged after today's U.S. victory in the World Cup, smashing windows and igniting or flipping over 20 cars.

That will teach a reporter to live-blog a tennis match

Xan Brooks began blogging for The Guardian from Wimbledon at 10:45 a.m. His last post of the day went up at 9:25 p.m., showing definite signs of distress: Last thoughts...

More turnover in the NYT bureau here

Randal C. Archibold, who has been in the New York Times bureau in Los Angeles, is moving to Mexico City as bureau chief this summer.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 6.23.10

Landon Donovan scores a big one for the U.S., Meg Whitman goes after Jerry Brown, L.A.'s most popular filming site, Yvonne Burke as lobbyist and Glenn Beck's turgid first novel. Plus more.

Schwada stays on tickets story

Fox 11's John Schwada is riding the Mayor Villaraigosa ticket story hard.

Random splash of World Cup humor

On Twitter from Matt Garrahan, the Financial Times bureau chief in Los Angeles, regarding his home team:

Phillip Ortiz, CHP officer was 48 *

405-crash-ktla.jpg The California Highway Patrol is confirming for media that Officer Ortiz died at 5:50 p.m.

Who smokes and where in L.A. County

Some 19% of men in Los Angeles County smoke cigarettes compared to 10% of women, according to new estimates by the county Department of Public Health. African Americans smoke at a 25% rate compared to 15% for whites, 12% for Latinos and 11% for Asians, the study says. College educated and higher income? Lower smoking rates.

You want architecturally modern restaurants?

101-coffee-shop.jpg You've got them. Chronicler of all things modern Chris Nichols has put together a quick web guide to 33 local eateries that fit the criteria.

Three new mountain lion kittens in Santa Monicas

lion-kittens.jpg Three new mountain lion kittens are being tracked in the Santa Monica Mountains.

L.A. Times punishes pressroom blogger

Ed Padgett says he has been suspended for writing about the production problems that the Los Angeles Times had last week — and is waiting to hear if he has been fired.

Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer retires

The leader of the Ducks' Stanley Cup winning team just announced he's done. Nice 20-year hockey career.

Los Angeles Mag celebrates women in power

LAMAG-WomensReception.jpg Roz Wyman, elected to the City Council at 22 in 1957 — and a key player in getting the Dodgers here from Brooklyn — was one of the featured guests last night at Los Angeles Magazine's Women's Leadership reception.

White House fellows comprised of [sic] a local

The White House just emailed the news that Dr. Sunny Ramchandani of Rowland Heights is in the new class of White House Fellows.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 6.22.10

Mexico loses but advances at the World Cup, who might carry on Eli Broad's role of architecture patron, Sarah Palin and Fiorina, a relic from "Emergency!" and Steve Lopez on the air. Plus Kristina Ripatti rides her bike across the U.S.

LA Observed on KCRW: What a trip

sfv-the-onion.jpg My weekly column on LA Observed tonight talks about my visit to the Valley to talk to Los Angeles Conservancy folks at The Onion, the Unitarian church where the first Los Angeles acid test was held in 1966.

Oops - at least they were half right

On page 12 of today's Lakers special section in the L.A. Times, J.C, Penney congratulates the Lakers and offers a free replica of the championship trophy to customers who make a $50 purchase of NBA merchandise.

Morning Buzz: Monday 6.21.10

Good luck getting in or out of the Lakers parade zone, GQ's story on Christine Daniels, the 405 project and why is L.A. so uninterested in the BART officers' trial here?

Eli Broad considered, architecturally speaking

eli-broad-art.jpg Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne considers the record as Eli Broad prepares to cause another museum to be erected in Los Angeles, probably Downtown on Bunker Hill.

Lakers fans versus taxicab

This unedited and graphic video released by the Los Angeles Fire Department shows the crowd in Downtown attacking that taxi after the Lakers championship victory.

New site presents news from multiple angles

Qewz is a technology-driven slice on the day's news, vowing to gather various angles on big stories and include left, right, middle, upper, lower, etc.

Rafael Furcal's father dies in the D.R.

furcal-jumps.jpg The reason Rafael Furcal left the Dodgers a couple of days ago was to be with his father, who had suffered serious injuries when kicked by a horse on the family farm in the Dominican Republic.

The Wrap relaunches its look

amanda-bynes-140.jpg The Wrap has now been around long enough to reach that point in every website's life where it had to start over with a new design and back-end infrastructure.

LA Sketchbook: PG&E recoups

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Heading to North Hills

sfv-the-onion.jpg I'm the keynote speaker this afternoon at the Los Angeles Conservancy's annual meeting.

L.A. Times un-kills OC printing plant, for now

With the Downtown Los Angeles pressroom overworked, the Los Angeles Times has quietly sent crews back to Costa Mesa to fire up the recently shuttered Orange County presses. There are...

KPCC looking to name new Madeleine Brand show

mbrand-crop.jpg For now, they're just calling it Madeleine Brand's New Show, but they want your suggestions.

Hartenstein apologizes for L.A. Times delivery snafu *

Publisher Eddy Hartenstein made a statement this morning about the production problems at the Los Angeles Times lone-remaining printing plant that led to most papers being delivered late today — and some being delivered without a Sports section or news of the Lakers championship.

Lakers, city cheap out on Coliseum party this year

Here's how the mayor's press release glosses over that the Coliseum won't be opened at the end of Monday's Lakers championship parade. The Coliseum party, open free to anyone who could get in — the place filled to capacity — was the high point of last year's celebration.

Layoffs at the library: one blogger's story

While the politicians and unions haggle over whether the next round of city worker layoffs will actually happen, at the Los Angeles Public Library they already are happening.

Big problems at L.A. Times this morning **

Many problems with the Los Angeles Times presses last night and early this morning — with numerous breakages of the pressroom web — and some papers are still just being delivered.

Ron Artest news conference: 'I've got Wheaties!'

Best part of the NBA Finals, says ESPN's J.A. Adande....

Bradley ties it for U.S. 2-2, ends in a draw *

U.S. earns a draw with Slovenia.

Here's the toll the morning after

At least 38 were arrested, an LAPD officer and a sheriff's deputy were hurt, an unknown number of others were injured, three vehicle fires were set, and some shops and restaurants had their windows broken or stuff stolen.

Lakers victory parade will be Monday

This year's parade to celebrate the Lakers' NBA championship is scheduled to begin Monday at 11 a.m. at Staples Center, according to media reports.

Lakers win the title! *

Ron Artest handled the first three quarters, then Kobe and Gasol took over. Rough, intense game.

Lakers fans lined up '200 deep' at L.A. Live sports bar

espn-zone-lakers-linder.jpg So much for the LAPD's threat to check tickets as a measure to keep Lakers fans from crowding the Staples Center neighborhood.

Ulin shifts to new role at L.A. Times

Book editor David Ulin moves to book critic. No successor immediately named.

Those cheers you heard? Yeah, Mexico won.

Geez, a guy can't even go to lunch in this town without Mexico beating France 2-0.

Charges added to Reserve Lofts suspect's tab

Brian Alexik, the 34-year-old New Jersey man arrested a month after he fled unit 701 of the Reserve Lofts in Downtown's South Park area just ahead of the law, faced some new charges today.

Manny talked about exemption for testosterone drug

mannyjg120.jpg The New York Times reports today that Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez and his representatives twice approached baseball last season about permission to use a banned drug that would boost his testosterone levels.

Morning Buzz: Thursday 6.17.10

Bynum is in Game 7 and Perkins is out, VP Biden coming to California to campaign, regulating food trucks, cops being bad, plans for All Saints in Pasadena and politics notes.

City Hall layoffs plan moves ahead

Officials and union officials were unable to come to any agreement Wednesday that would avert layoffs of about 278 city workers on July 1. Video of Mayor Villaraigosa's remarks to the media.

Whitman buys on Mexico-France match

meg-whitman-finger.jpg Meg Whitman's first general election campaign ads targeting Latinos will run later today during the Mexico-France match at the World Cup.

Where in L.A. Anthony Bourdain ate tonight

The book-touring chef and TV host praised L.A. food culture (and endorsed the Lakers over the Celtics) and revealed where he ate before taking the stage at Royce Hall.

Mayor: I'll be at Game 7 — 'officially' *

Mayor Villaraigosa just met the media under the stands at Staples Center and confirmed he will attend Game 7 of the NBA Finals, but declined to say in what official capacity he would perform.

Abby visited by Child Protective Services before she sailed

abby-sunderland-pete-thomas.jpg A representative, presumably from Ventura County, met with Abby Sunderland at home for two hours before she sailed from Marina del Rey on her attempt to circle the world. More from blogger Pete Thomas, who sailed with Sunderland.

Relive 'one of the wildest days' in L.A. history

ESPN tonight airs June 17, 1994, a 30 for 30 documentary by Brett Morgen on the day O.J. Simpson went fugitive in his friend's white Ford Bronco.

Rihanna's backstage demands are rather diva-ish

The Smoking Gun runs the contract rider for singer Rihanna's upcoming Last Girl on Earth Tour arena appearances.

Industry stadium effort loads up on PR

Ed Roski Jr. and Majestic Realty Co. have hired Ben Porritt, who was a spokesman for John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, to help work on the project to build an NFL stadium in the City of Industry.

Huffington Post adds arts vertical

The editor of HuffPost Arts is artist Kimberly Brooks, a habitue of Arianna Huffington's Brentwood salons who is married to actor Albert Books. The bloggers-for-free will include Suzanne Muchnic, the...

Lakers title worth $2 million to Phil Jackson *

If the Lakers grab the NBA championship in Thursday's game 7 TV ratings extravaganza against the Celtics, coach Phil Jackson will get a $2 million performance bonus, ESPN says citing "NBA coaching sources."

Arax says story about Jews and genocide ended his LAT career

With some Jewish leaders now acknowledging the 1915 Armenian genocide by Turkey, former Los Angees Times reporter Mark Arax recounts how his story on the subject led to his 2007 exit from the paper.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 6.16.10

Cardinal Mahony's deposition, the Obamas see the Getty, the City Council delays on Arizona, Gov. Schwarzenegger comes to the Press Club Awards, plus Joel Kotkin, Jeanie Buss, Glenn Beck and more.

Lakers take 20-point lead into the half **

Game 6 began with a rafter-shaking Star-Spangled Banner from Christina Aguilera, then the Lakers began sinking everything and getting to most of the loose balls.

Obamas in town without dad, eating well

First lady Michelle Obama was spotted last night leaving Osteria Mozza with one of the children, and they stopped today at Pink's before heading to Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Deborah Marrow named interim president of Getty Trust

Marrow, director of the Getty Foundation, fills on an interim basis the position of President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, left empty by the death of James Wood.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 6.15.10

Charlie Sheen's car does it again, Meg Whitman buys $20 million more chips, Beutner plans our future, Pierce O'Donnell back on the hook, a $105,000 cell phone and more.

KCRW and NPR to partner on cultural events in L.A.

catherine-keener-2002.jpg The series of conversations starts with Catherine Keener and Elvis Mitchell and will take place before an audience at NPR West in Culver City and be posted later on the web.

First issue of Slake is at the printer *

Slake-1-cover.jpg Slake, the quarterly literary journal being launched by former LA Weekly editors Laurie Ochoa and Joe Donnelly, is scheduled to arrive in bookstores by the first week in July.

LAT's ex-number two takes post in Bakersfield

John Arthur, who left last summer as executive editor at the Los Angeles Times, begins in July a three-month stint as interim editor of the Bakersfield Californian.

Villaraigosa obtains restraining order against caller

LAPD officers arrested Daniel Molnar last week after a Mayor Villaraigosa staffer said he called in a threat to "tell [Villaraigosa] that I'm going to take him out."

Doug Kriegel reporting...again

It was just in November that KNBC Channel 4 bid adieu to veteran reporter Doug Kriegel. Now he has shown up reporting for KEYT 3 in Santa Barbara. In...

5.7 quake at border widely felt up here

imperial-quakes-61410.jpg Tonight's earthquake at 9:26 p.m. struck near Ocotillo, in the same region of the Imperial Valley near the U.S.-Mexico border where the quakes have been a-swarming for months.

Afternoon radio notes *

In my Monday afternoon column on KCRW, I admit to being pleased there is a game 6 (at least) of the NBA Finals so we can see who makes it...

Channels 2 and 9 off air for more than an hour *

Both CBS-owned TV stations in Los Angeles were knocked off the air at 3:20 p.m. by a "severe power hit," remain off the air more than an hour later.

Tonight's 405 closures

Thumbnail image for I-405-logo-color.jpg Lane closures after 10 a.m. at Sunset Boulevard.

Ernest Fleischmann, retired L.A. Phil leader was 85

Ernest Fleischmann, who died Sunday, ran the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra from 1969 to 1998.

Morning Buzz: Monday 6.14.10

SCOTUS to review California prison order, Villaraigosa paid for his U2 tix, Jack Kyser to retire, Roy Ashburn discusses secret life, John Wooden's funeral plus a whole bunch of weekend and media notes.

Dr. Demento leaves the airwaves

Dr-Demento.jpg After nearly four decades on radio, Dr. Demento will be spinning his discs in the future only on the web. But he promises a new episode every Saturday.

LA Sketchbook: USC's bowl chances

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HBO documentary tonight on killing of Neda

neda-still.jpg June 20 is the one-year anniversary of the videotaped shooting death in Tehran of Neda Agha-Soltan.

Joe Torre refuses to talk about the McCourts' psychic

Times beat writer Dylan Hernandez had an amusing exchange with the Dodgers manager about Vladimir Shpunt, the Russian healer who may have been paid six figures by Frank and Jamie McCourt to beam good vibes toward Dodger Stadium from his TV room in suburban Boston.

Correction o' the day

What is it about real estate items and the Los Angeles Times?

Abby thanks rescuers, was prepared to drift for weeks

In her latest blog post from the French fishing ship Ile de la Reunion, Abby Sunderland said she's in awe of the efforts undertaken to rescue her in the southern Indian Ocean.

Now Scarlett wins a Tony award

scarlett-tony.jpg "Memphis” won the Tony Award for best musical on Sunday night, “Red” won for best play, and Hollywood actors Catherine Zeta-Jones, Denzel Washington, Viola Davis and Scarlett Johansson all won in their categories.

Why does the LAT employ an anti-Obama blogger anyway?

andrewmalcolm-lat.jpg In case you were wondering why the Los Angeles Times is the only big newspaper that pays a full-time staffer to blog partisan attacks on Obama and the Democrats — and not exactly sophisticated attacks — you're not alone.

Celtics bring series lead back to L.A.

The Lakers missed nine free throws, including two by Ron Artest in the final minute with the Celtics guarding a five point lead.

Les Richter, ex-Rams linebacker was 79

After an All-Pro career in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams, Richter went on to run Riverside International Raceway and Auto Club Speedw

James N. Wood, Getty Trust CEO was 69

The Getty has just announced the death of James N. Wood, the institution's president and CEO.

England takes early 1-0 lead. Real early. **

Over in Rustenburg, South Africa, Liverpool FC captain Steven Gerrard scored in the fourth minute of the big World Cup showdown between the U.S. and England. "It's not good to fall behind that early -- in any game let alone the first game of the World Cup," ABC's announcer said.

L.A. Times presses in Orange County go dark

lat-oc-presses.jpg The giant printing presses off the 405 freeway in Costa Mesa that were a key part of the Los Angeles Times' failed plan for West Coast domination have run for the last time.

Abby now on board French ship

abby-vcstar.jpg Sixteen-year-old sailor Abby Sunderland was rescued this morning by a French fishing vessel, in a delicate operation that included overhead aircraft and the French captain falling into the sea.

Gustavo Arellano's graduation speech at UCLA

The author and OC Weekly "Ask a Mexican!" columnist gave the keynote address at tonight's main UCLA commencement ceremony.

LA Sketchbook: Meg and Carly


McCourts hire phrenologist to evaluate Dodgers

Everyone who works for us should have their heads examined, say Frank and Jamie, by way of eTrueSports.

Sailor answers the radio: 'This is Abby'

abby-adrift.jpg Abby Sunderland's blog carries an update from her team, passing along the account of Australian Search and Rescue volunteers who flew over the Indian Ocean today and found her...

Mexico gets 1-1 tie in first match of the World Cup

Rafael Marquez scored in the 79th minute to tie South Africa.

Fox 11: Mayor's tickets now an ethics investigation

John Schwada follows up his original report on Mayor Villaraigosa's free tickets with a story last night saying the ethics commission has requested records from the mayor's office, including emails

Morning Buzz: Friday 6.11.10

CHP officer killed in Redlands, Barbara Boxer's hair, Ryan Seacrest's TV future, the down side of Trutanich's power grab, plus what Gustavo Arellano plans to say at UCLA's graduation later today. And more, after the jump.

Abby found adrift but safe in her boat

The Qantas jet spotted Abby Sunderland about 11:30 last night (PDT) and made radio contact.

Zac Sunderland speaks, but not parents

A family spokesman did most of the talking at today's briefing in Thousand Oaks about Abby Sunderland, who's sending distress signals from the south Indian Ocean.

Child killed by driver fleeing LAPD pursuit *

The suspects' car struck and killed a child who appeared to be five years or under in Lake View Terrace.

Celtics tie up the series

Game 5 is Sunday in Boston. The Celtics bench outscored the Lakers bench two to one.

Things that aren't here anymore 3

Tonight at 8 p.m. is the debut on KCET of "Things That Aren't Here Anymore 3," the reprise I've mentioned a couple of times of the station's popular Ralph Story shows on vanishing Los Angeles (well, really SoCal.)

Closest boat to Abby is 40 hours away

abby-vcstar.jpg Abby Sunderland's mother tells the Ventura County Star that the emergency beacon signals from the Indian Ocean give them hope she is still on her boat, and that a third beacon that would indicate the boat is submerged has not gone ofF.

Greuel: DWP held city hostage 'unnecessarily'

City Controller Wendy Greuel's said Thursday, in releasing her financial audit of the Department of Water and Power, that that the agency had enough money to make its budgeted $73.5-million transfer to the city treasury even without a rate increase.

World Cup kickoff concert on live

Jump over to to watch the concert live from Soweto/Johannesberg.

Rescue efforts underway for Abby Sunderland *

abby-sunderland-face.jpg Abby Sunderland, the Thousand Oaks teenager who is sailing around the world, set off her emergency beacon in the Indian Oce

Salma Hayek's snake freakout *

I'm not sure how this stunt helps flack their movie, but Salma Hayek's reaction on the set out in Malibou Lake is memorable. "Somebody do something!" could be a pop...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 6.10.10

Greuel audits DWP finances, Whitman's cost per vote, Rutten on a "wretched" book by Chuck Barris, an LAPD officer arraigned and more, plus some media notes.

Five journalists in May Day Melee get city settlements

The City Council approved settlements totaling $450,000 to Ted Garcia, then of KTLA, KCBS-KCAL camerman Carl Stein and Telemundo crew Carlos Botifoll, Fernando Mejia and Elisa Rojas.

No practice tomorrow, guys *

blackhawks-tribune.jpg The Blackhawks' winning the Stanley Cup doesn't quite leave the Los Angeles Kings as the NHL team that has has gone the longest without a championship. Just close.

McCourts paid good vibes guru to think blue for Dodgers

frank-jamie-mccourt-star.jpg Frank says it was Jamie's idea. She says it was Frank's idea. Doesn't matter!

LAT source: USC gets bowl ban, loses 20 scholarships

The NCAA has given USC a two-year bowl ban and stripped more than 20 football scholarships after a four-year investigation into allegations involving Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo, the L.A. Times' Gary Klein reports.

Disputed Calabasas area land saved as open space

calabasas-land-aerial.jpg Nearly 200 acres of grassland and oak trees at the junction of the Ventura Freeway and Las Virgenes Canyon Road have been acquired by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

Fiorina's unguarded moment: open mic on CNN

Carly Fiorina was caught on an open microphone laughing at Sen. Barbara Boxer's hair — "so yesterday" — and voicing surprise that Fiorina's fellow Republican, Meg Whitman, began the general election campaign today by going on Sean Hannity.

Susanna Hoffs helps a friend

susana-hoffs-fb.jpg Susanna Hoffs, the throaty former lead singer and guitarist of the Bangles by way of Palisades High School, is raising money for a friend in need of a liver transplant by selling her costumes from the band's heyday on eBay.

Wall Street Journal also looking at L.A. edition

The New York Times isn't the only big newspaper publisher looking at the perceived weakness of the Los Angeles Times in its home market and thinking hmmm.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 6.9.10

Election result updates, closing L.A. libraries two days a week, the City Council gets involved in Arizona again, Mayor Villaraigosa on the Critical Mass video, Yaroslavsky on his John Wooden dinners, plus Lindsay Lohan and some media hiring notes.

Election results at a glance

Little matters less on election night than early results; since the statewide count is still at about 36% I won't bother with numbers. But in many races we know what...

Lakers hang on to take first Boston game

Kind of touch and go there at the end, but the Lakers regain the series lead 2-1.

Stephen Rivers dies of cancer at 55*

steven-rivers.jpg Longtime political activist and Hollywood public relations strategist Stephen Rivers died Monday after a long battle with cancer.

John Wooden cover of Sports Illustrated

wooden-si-cover.jpg The issue goes on sale June 9.

Internet connection issues

Not a good start to election day at LA Observed Tower.

New to my blog world: Newstalgia

chicano-moratorium.jpg Newstalgia is a sister blog of the politics site Crooks and Liars, putting up audio links from current news events, distant events and popular culture with a Los Angeles bias.

French consul in L.A. is a blogger

hopper-martinon.jpg If you're French, he'll watch the World Cup with you. And he remembers Dennis Hopper.

Antonio and Lu host a party for Pride week

lu-antonio-ocamb.jpg For the 40th anniversary of Christopher Street West and LA Pride, Mayor Antonio Villarigosa opened Getty House to a Sunday afternoon soiree attended by Speaker John Perez, Councilman Bill Rosendahl and other gay community leaders from politics and beyond.

Scratch one City Hall reporter

Phil Willon has covered City Hall for the L.A. Times, with an emphasis on Mayor Villaraigosa, for two years. He's going back to Riverside.

Catching up on some radio notes

KUSC begins broadcasting from new studios in the AT&T Center in Downtown on Tuesday and will move everyone over from 5th Street and Figueroa through the rest of this...

Marvin Isley, one of the brothers was 56

Marvin Isley was the youngest member of the Isley Brothers — he came along in 1973 after his brothers had been performing since 1954.

Impromptu Wooden shrine shows up at UCLA

wooden-memorial-bear.jpg Flowers and messages honoring John Wooden were piled up this morning at The Bruin sculpture on campus at UCLA.

Helen Thomas retires, effective immediately

Yeah, that's 30 for Helen Thomas, who is 89.

Morning Buzz: Monday 6.7.10

Yahoo's desire to buy Huffington Post, five myths about California politics, would Reagan be conservative enough for today's California GOP, yet another story on Mickey Kaus, fear of Carmen Trutanich, plus Alycia Lane, the Entryway Project and more.

Caffie Greene, South L.A. activist was 91

Caffie Greene was part of a group of Watts mothers who became a formidable community force after the Watts riots in 1965, and a former deputy to Supervisor Kenneth Hahn.

L.A.'s most popular gym is the city itself

nyt-exercise.jpg New York Times bureau chief Jennifer Steinhauer has some fun with L.A.'s propensity for public exercise.

Lakers go to Boston tied

Tight game until the end, but the Celtics managed to deal the Lakers their first home loss of this postseason.

John Delloro, labor leader, reportedly dies

I noticed quite an outpouring of grief and and surprise on Facebook from friends, labor activists and colleagues on today's death of John Delloro, reportedly of a heart attack.

Baryshnikov dances in L.A. on Monday

mikhail.jpg Proceeds benefit the Cunningham Dance Foundation (CDF) and REDCAT.

Fugitive porn actor goes over cliff in the Valley *

Stephen Clancy Hill, apparently known in the adult video business as Steve Driver, has been wanted since an attack Tuesday night porn warehouse in Van Nuys.

L.A. Times misses 175,849 papers with Wooden coverage

L.A. Times stops the presses on John Wooden but misses almost a third of papers.

LA Sketchbook: The Wizard of Westwood


John Wooden, 1910-2010

UCLA's legendary coach dies of natural causes at age 99.

LA Sketchbook: Antonio's memo pad

AntonioNote.jpg Editorial cartoonist Steve Greenberg at the confluence of the stories about Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's free tickets and his boycott of Arizona. See more LA Sketchbook....

John Wooden update: 'resting comfortably...peaceful night'

UCLA's statement this morning says "Coach John Wooden is resting comfortably at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and spent a peaceful night.

Joseph Strick, filmmaker was 86

Joseph Strick brought James Joyce's "Ulysses" to the big screen, won an Oscar for his documentary on My Lai veterans, made noteworthy documentaries on L.A.'s Muscle Beach in 1948 and an L.A. divorcee's life in 1960, and also commissioned a Santa Monica Canyon home that is the only North American residence by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.

John Wooden hospitalized at UCLA

The news has been full of reports about legendary UCLA coach John Wooden since mid-afternoon, some of them grossly erroneous. Here's what UCLA can say.

Lakers cruise in game 1, 102-89

Lakers fans had some fun tonight.

You say El Niño, but they say La Niña

The National Weather Service officially flipped the switch today on expectations of our future rain, declaring the "demise" of our recent El Niño conditions.

Beverly Center cinemas closing

For those who remember when the Cineplex on the top level of Beverly Cinema was a pretty hot ticket, this is somewhat shocking.

Tom Hanks sends pies to KPCC staff

PIESforweb.jpg Tom Hanks will be talking to John Rabe on Saturday's "Off-Ramp" on KPCC at noon. But first, pies for everyone.

Reserve Lofts suspect arrested in Arts District

Brian Alexik hadn't even fled Downtown, it seems. The Downtown News says he was arrested without incident at 1:40 p.m. in an apartment at 303 Hewitt Street, after police cordoned off a big swath of the Arts District.

Paige Rense to retire from Architectural Digest

paige-rense-nyt.jpg Paige Rense Noland, 81, has been editor of the magazine since 1975.

Morning Buzz: Thursday 6.3.10

Lakers-Celtics at 6 p.m., Beck makes a wager, labor's political machine, Brown puts up some cash, Nate Silver and move to the New York Times, and more.

Another officer behaving badly on video

The YouTube video poster at Discarted is something of a photographer-activist, mostly in a good way, though you could read that as troublemaker too.

South Pacific takes over the Ahmanson

south-pacific-art.gif he Lincoln Center Theater's touring production of South Pacific has been previewing at the Ahmanson Theatre since last week, but tonight was the media and stars opening night.

Griffey retires — but that's not the day's big sports story

A journeyman pitcher named Armando Galarraga today pitched just the 21st perfect game ever and the first by a player for the Detroit Tigers &mdash but he wuz robbed.

LA Sketchbook: Prop. 14

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California Watch hires three more reporters

The non-profit newsroom arm of the Center for Investigative Reporting in the Bay Area has added Joanna Lin, a former reporter at the Los Angeles Daily Journal and Los Angeles Times, plus Pulitzer winner Ryan Gabrielson and reporter Susanne Rust.

Jerry Clark, journalist

Friends of longtime Los Angeles journalist Jerry Clark are saying he died yesterday, possibly of a heart attack

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 6.2.2010

More Arizona boycottishness, Trutanich wants his own grand jury, Cooley and the archdiocese, Villaraigosa's freebies and more.

Happy Birthday, Mister President

monroe-jfk-rfk.jpg One still photograph survives from that night in 1962 when Marilyn Monroe famously sang a seductive "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy. It's now for sale in West Hollywood.

Dodgers win on Kemp walk-off, no one hurt

You know the Dodgers had to be thinking about Kendry Morales when they carefully, but enthusiastically, met Matt Kemp at home plate tonight.

LAT's Hiltzik weighs in on Sitrick lawsuit

In his column in tomorrow's L.A. Times, Michael Hiltzik examines what's really at issue in the lawsuit against crisis PR executive Mike Sitrick by two former colleagues.

Irene Hirano elected chair of Ford Foundation

Irene Hirano Inouye, the founding CEO and president of the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo from 1988 to 2008, has been elected the next chair of the Ford Foundation.

Bruck and The New Yorker on Boxer race

The New Yorker's Connie Bruck weighs in this week on the U.S. Senate campaign in California, with a focus on Republican Tom Campbell.

Jerry Brown finally gets into the ad game

Jerry Brown's first TV ad of the governor's race says it's all about excessive partisanship and Sacramento not working

If nothing else Kaus is having some fun

Blogger-turned-fringe candidate Mickey Kaus has posted a couple of video spots on YouTube. Unions and Democrats are the bogeymen, but his mother and his alma mater Beverly Hills High School...

Schwarzenegger names Dan Schnur as FPPC chair

dan-schnur-usc.jpg The governor just named Dan Schnur of USC's Unruh Institute to be chair of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Boston not happy over LAT line about Paul Pierce stabbing *

paul-pierce-jersey.jpg Ted Green's post for the Los Angeles Times sports blog called Your Guide to Hating the Celtics used to say of Paul Pierce, "By the way, Pierce's idea of a fun night is going clubbing and getting stabbed. Good times."

Kim Masters to join Min at The Hollywood Reporter *

kim-masters-mug.jpg The first press release has come in from Janice Min's new Hollywood Reporter.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 6.1.10

Mexico wants Beresford-Redman for murder, Archbishop Gomez gets a rock star welcome in the Valley, Bynum has his knee drained, robbers shoot a Trader Joe's clerk and more after the jump.

Whitman & Fiorina ahead, voters split on pot and immigration

Joint LA Times-USC polling rolled out in a series of weekend stories.
Clinton fundraises in LA
kermit-la-brea-closer.jpg Jim Henson Studios on La Brea became a presidential campaign stop on Thursday.
Brown declares disaster area
porter-ranch-sign.jpgThe natural gas leak above Porter Ranch now qualifies for various government actions. Story
Wet coyote
wet-coyote-vdt.jpgSpotted between the storms at Here in Malibu.
Performing arts with cheer
guys-dolls-kevin-parry.jpgDonna Perlmutter closes out 2015 with productions downtown and on the Westside.
Junkyard down
upick-firetruck-560.jpgAfter 53 years, Sun Valley's Aadlen Brothers and U-Pick Parts cleans out. Photos