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August 31, 2010
Paddy Hirsch, senior editor in Los Angeles for American Public Radio's "Marketplace" program, is heading to Stanford on a John S. Knight fellowship.
According to a Twitter post from Conan O'Brien, Wednesday is when he'll reveal what his TBS talk show will be called.
Appearing tonight on David Letterman's show, actor Michael Douglas said his throat cancer has advanced to stage IV, the most advanced form using that rating system.
The number of American households that have a TV set on at 4:30 a.m. has doubled, to 16 percent, since 1995.
The Wrap has posted a story saying that an announcement on former Disney CEO Michael Eisner "becoming the chairman of the Tribune Co., is imminent."
With Mannywood a thing of the past, artist Stuart Rapeport suggests a new use for the left field corner seats. Jamiewood! Day 2 of McCourt vs. McCourt: Law student Josh...
Child fatality failures, big fundraising week in Sacramento, Batman and Yoda coming to the City Council and not for laughs, and more inside.
August 30, 2010
Photographers Jonathan Alcorn (top) and Ted Soqui (bottom) were both out waiting for Frank and Jamie McCourt to come and go from court on Monday..
Last month when the Grim Sleeper arrest broke, the LA Weekly's Christine Pelisek wrote about her background in the case for the Daily Beast. Now she'll join their LA bureau.
Perusing the baseball media reaction to Manny Ramirez leaving the Dodgers via ejection and waiver claim, after three trips to the disabled list this season and being unofficially benched by manager Joe Torre.
Nice piece by writer Steve Oney on the memories evoked by the city covering the old concrete pavement of Outpost Drive, with its embedded paw prints of a long ago...
The story of the day in Los Angeles is the opening pitch of the Frank and Jamie McCourt divorce trial. It's not OJ, MJ or Phil Spector big, but it...
August 29, 2010
For some (OK, me) the highlight of the Emmy awards broadcast was Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Lea Michele and a bunch of other actors — even the heavyset guy from "Lost" — running through the Nokia Theater in an homage to "Glee.
A new email from KPFK management says no programmers answered a call to help the station, so now cuts in the schedule have to be made.
The mayor of Los Angeles should go to the Emmys, but given Antonio Villaraigosa's recent controversy over freebies the question will be asked this time: was he gifted, did he perform some vaguely official function, or both?
ESPN and the Times are reporting, based on an unnamed baseball source, that the Dodgers will send Manny Ramirez to the Chicago White Sox on a waiver claim Monday. If...
As Paris Hilton gets older and more experienced at this getting busted thing, she's learned to really work the booking camera.
August 28, 2010
The vacant former home of the Long Beach Press-Telegram was damaged by a fire Saturday afternoon that started near the old pressroom.
August 27, 2010
When Judy Flagg of Irvine looked at her photos of a sunset from Laguna Beach, she saw a pair of small green flashes just above the sun on the horizon. Mystery solved, via the Orange County Register's science blog.
Frank McCourt brought more than himself when he accepted an award from the Los Angeles Police Protective League’s charitable Eagle & Badge Foundation.
The stretch of state route 60 from Monterey Park to Rosemead has been designated by the Legislature as the Roberto "Bobby" Salcedo Memorial Highway, in honor of the El Monte...
Related Cos. said this week that it plans to request a two-year extension of its current February 2011 deadline to begin construction on the big Grand Avenue Project, citing the economy.
Three bodies were found in an apartment shortly after "shots fired" calls came in from the 600 block of North Kings Road, just off Melrose, about 9:15 p.m. West Hollywood...
Visiting blogger Frank Sotomayor, an adjunct professor at USC Annenberg, argues that it's time for Sheriff Lee Baca and other officials to end the mysteries about what happened to Ruben Salazar in East Los Angeles.
August 26, 2010
Every summer the boat captains say this is the year the blues are amazing. But this year the numbers are staggering, says outdoors writer Pete Thomas.
Douglas Kmiec, the Republican law professor at Pepperdine who endorsed Barack Obama for president and became U.S. ambassador to Malta, was seriously injured in a one-car crash near Calabasas that killed a nun.
Orange Coast magazine comes up with 52 reasons why life in Orange County is better than life in Los Angeles.
Arellano ascends from staff writer at the OC Weekly.
A new study out of JPL concludes that the El Niño readings in the western Pacific have become more intense and moved westward — over time, not currently.
Jennifer Gould, the freelance GA reporter for KTLA Channel 5, says the news coverage of Donald Bren and former lover Jennifer McKay Gold has brought her some unwanted calls from the media — for interviews.
Ackerman, chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency board of commissioners, died today of cancer.
That's the analysis of The Atlantic politics editor Marc Ambinder, who took Ken Mehlman's announcement that he is, after all, gay.
The Orange County bazillionaire does not owe his out-of-wedlock children any money, a jury decides. Mark has been following the case at LA Biz Observed....
Traffic disruption in Century City, Metrolink offers to settle with Chatsworth victims, Steve Cooley's campaign contributors, plus Keith Brackpool, Robert Rizzo, Tim Mangan, Will Forte, pot shops and today's Bookworm guest.
August 25, 2010
Why, I think that's a Kaufman and Broad home.
The inquiry that Councilman Bernard Parks' office blames on Wave columnist Betty Pleasant has been dropped and will not result in criminal charges, according to David Demerjian, who heads the District Attorney's public integrity division.
Rebecca Schoenkopf, the former CityBeat editor, begins writing about checking out the upper-deck crowd at Dodger Stadium, but the piece veers into more substantial turf, including her enrollment in graduate school at USC "after this last awful year and a half."
Henry Rollins, the refugee from Indie 103 who landed with a Saturday afternoon show on KCRW a year ago, is now also a music columnist for the LA Weekly.
The native Angeleno and KCRW show host who's now living in New Orleans has directed a documentary on the failings that led to the Hurricane Katrina disaster in his adopted hometown.
Tani Cantil-Sakauye was unanimously confirmed today by the Commission on Judicial Appointments as the next chief justice of the California Supreme Court....
Elin Nordegren broke her silence on the end of her marriage to Tiger Woods in an exclusive interview that runs in Friday's People magazine.
Both ESPN and the L.A. Times have confirmed with baseball sources that the Dodgers have asked waivers on Manny Ramirez.
The Los Angeles County Probation Department's chief deputy says in "a searing critique" that his agency has been plagued by weak management, poor communication, entrenched perceptions of favoritism and staffers who would never have survived a rigorous background check.
Seventy two bodies found at a ranch in the northern Mexico state of Tamaulipas, another area plagued by drug violence. * Media note: Randal Archibold, recently of the New York...
Is the county Department of Children and Family Services hiding child deaths, plus Obama's pitch crashes Brown's website, Fox's bipartisan donations in California, CBS' bad week, the new THR and...
August 24, 2010
Sports has posted a gallery of photos spanning the career of Vin Scully, who the magazine notes was the youngest announcer to work a World Series at age 25 in 1953.
This mass email just went out from the Democratic National Committee's Organizing for America project.
Deborah Vankin has been the editor of Brand X, the L.A. Times weekly section on stuff to do.
DWP and the ocean, the Obama is a Muslim canard, EAA ratifies health care contributions, a look at Diller Scofidio + Renfro plus The Hollywood Reporter claims it has more...
My KCRW column this week talked about the border settlement between Koreatown and Little Bangladesh, and got into the fun we've been having with Google Maps over "Sandford" and other...
August 23, 2010
A preliminary autopsy found nothing about the cause of death for those two infants whose remains were found wrapped in 1930s newspaper in a Westlake district basement.
All that theater last week about Eli Broad not having decided to build his art museum Downtown? Theater.
California Republicans feeling pretty good, Whitman says she would defend Prop. 8 in court, Willie Brown on Schwarzenegger, Metro's bungled turnstiles program, plus audio of Vin Scully's press conference and more.
Achois was the name that Europeans and, later, Americans thought more or less reflected the pronunciation that the local Tongva used for their settlement at the north end of the...
Los Angeles Magzine editor Mary Melton's child has autism. So do an increasing percentage of Angelenos, as the magazine's September cover package explores.
August 22, 2010
A round-up from the weekend's email and media.
August 21, 2010
He wouldn't say on Saturday what he will announce, but the 82-year-old voice of the Dodgers since the Brooklyn days dropped a hint to TJ Simers: "I know what I...
The Palomar Ballroom, billed as the largest dance hall on the West Coast, was at 3rd Street and Vermont Avenue on Aug. 21, 1935.
Google Maps' label on a section of the Wilshire district as Sandford is a typo, but a bigger mystery remains.
Just came across this piece with NBC 4 News Conference host Conan Nolan talking in some depth with Doug Smith, the data analysis editor who led the Los Angeles...
August 20, 2010
At the mailbox today was the newest by James Ellroy. "The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women" came billed as a "raw, brutally candid memoir" that draws on the infamous...
The search for Sandford out of the earlier Koreatown post led me to this 1918 map of city of Los Angeles annexations. It's a beauty, with abundant detail.
At a City Council committee gathering today, leaders from Koreatown and the newly nascent Little Bangladesh agreed on official boundaries of their respective communities.
New memo on how the time clocks idea is going to work at the Los Angeles Times.
Obledo, a co-founder of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and sometimes called the "Godfather of the Latino Movement," was Gov. Jerry Brown's health and welfare secretary from 1975 to 1982.
Sam Zell's plan to emerge from bankruptcy "has unraveled in the wake of an independent report concluding that talks leading up to the company's 2007 leveraged buyout bordered on fraud," the Chicago Sun-Times reports today.
Jerry Crowe's Text Messages From Press Row column in the L.A. Times Sports section.
A detailed and long-awaited study of the fault found that earthquakes along the fault were more numerous than previously believed, adding to evidence that we are overdue for a very, very large and potentially catastrophic event.
That review is already several months old without turning into an Alarcon-style investigation.
August 19, 2010
You may remember last week's item on Edwards needing help for a medical airlift home from Denver. He got home to Santa Barbara and died there yesterday.
Eli Broad insists that Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's news website misquoted him saying that his art museum will definitely be built Downtown on Grand Avenue.
In her column at The Wrap, editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman invites arch-rival on the web Nikki Finke to come speak at the Wrap's first entertainment industry leadership conference.
Well, we know he hasn't been violating the city's watering ordinance.
Superior Court Judge Hilleri J. Merritt committed "an unconstitutional prior restraint on speech" violating the First Amendment when she blocked the L.A. Times from publishing a courtroom photo of a murder defendant, the state Court of Appeal ruled.
In a brief filed today, Jamie's lawyers produce a version of the famed marriage agreement that specifically says the Dodgers were not to be solely owned by Frank in the event of divorce.
More on the mystery woman whose name swirls around the mummified remains in Westlake, plus Whitman's upcoming weekend, an outrage worse than Bell, the Ruben Salazar files and more.
"Scar" Lopez co-founded Cannibal and the Headhunters at Lincoln High School, helping give birth to the distinctive Eastside sound.
I'm happy to announce that LA Observed is the new home of Gary Leonard's long-running series of Los Angeles street photos, still under the banner of Take My Picture Gary Leonard.
August 18, 2010
The Orange County Register is going all the way, decreeing that reporters and columnists shall have new mug shots taken that will run with every story.
Lewis has been in management roles at KCRW for 32 years, coming in with Ruth Seymour at the station's inception as an NPR powerhouse.
It's not new, strictly speaking, but Hatfield's is in a new space on Melrose.
Ripped from the annals of noir L.A.: mummified remains of two infants from the 1930s found in Westlake district steamer trunk. Plus more inside on two days of Obamajams, the county tries to kill the messenger on child deaths, and more.
August 17, 2010
After taking flack for insulting her listeners with a string of n-words, radio talker Laura Schlessinger told Larry King tonight that she'll leave her show when her contract expires at the end of the year -- because she wants her rights back.
The Board of Supervisors today approved its part of the deal to lure Eli Broad's art museum to Downtown. After the vote, Broad called it a done deal despite the formality of another vote scheduled Monday by the Grand Avenue Authority.
Speculation continues about Manny Ramirez packing his bags even before the Dodgers are officially out of the pennant race. Today: Buster Olney of ESPN.
Amid all the talk about the American actress who will replace her as Lisbeth Salander in the remake of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," the real thing is in town this week launching a Hollywood career.
Board of Education member blasts the story, while a nationally respected author has praise.
One thing about all the newsrooms in town having blogs now is that when reporters leave, they have some place to say farewell.
Good Samaritans on Burbank Boulevard in Van Nuys used a crowbar and guts to free an older man trapped in his burning 1932 Ford after a four-car accident on Sunday. Watch the video.
The museum invokes the LAPD to cut down on scalping. An email warning to a ticket buyer.
Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown, school scores are up, Villaraigosa and the cyclists, a Heal the Bay mockumentary and more.
Well it could happen, right?
The Dodgers surprise a lot of people and give a young prospect the team's biggest signing bonus ever.
August 16, 2010
Adam Nagourney's first piece as L.A. bureau chief: traffic on the 405.
Ray Bradbury tells fans about his upcoming 90th birthday in a series of exclusive videos shot in his home for UCLA, where he wrote "Fahrenheit 451."
Those of us who didn't take part in the celebration of Los Angeles literary goodness at last year's Guadalajara book fair have a new reason to be envious. A new book, edited by Veronique de Turenne and J. Michael Walker, celebrates the scene all over again.
From the Beverly Hilton to Hancock Park and back they go, compliments of the feed by Jonathan Weisman of the Wall Street Journal to the White House press corps.
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has extended the stay-pending-appeal of the recent Proposition 8 decision until at least December....
I was wrong: there's still life in the Lisbeth Salander topic. American actress Rooney Mara has been tapped to play the heroine of Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy in the English-language version of "The Girl with the DragonTattoo."
KTLA entertainment anchor Sam Rubin is executive producing and hosting a new weekly talk show for Reelzchannel they're calling "Hollywood Uncensored With Sam Rubin" and billing as "'The McLaughlin Group' meets 'Real Time With Bill Maher' with a Hollywood spin.
Carolyn Jensen Chadwick, who died here yesterday, "created sound-rich, evocative stories that once defined the NPR listening experience," writes Current. org. She also was NPR's first employee and the husband of former host Alex Chadwick.
Obama will be in Hancock Park for fundraisers this evening, so plan traffic accordingly. Plus more inside.
Dan Avey, a longtime KFWB anchor, co-host of the KABC morning show with Ken Minyard, professor at USC and Cal State Northridge and former radio voice of the Los Angeles Kings, died over the weekend at Cedars Sinai.
Kerry Cavanaugh, Al Martinez, Mariel Garza plus Doug McIntyre.
August 15, 2010
Alan Abrahamson, who covered the Olympics and international sports for the Los Angeles Times and NBC, has started 3 Wire Sports in Los Angeles.
It turns out that the Frank and Jamie McCourt Dodgers, which own the stadium and parking lots and pay their property taxes under various company names, charge themselves $14 million in annual rent.
Chase, the author of several books on urbanism and Los Angeles, died Friday of an apparent heart attack. He was the godfather to the daughter of Frances Anderton, host of...
August 13, 2010
For me, anyway. My finger joints hurt, and it's a summer Friday....
Rep. Maxine Waters held a press conference in Washington this morning, appearing with her chief of staff and grandson, Mikael Moore, to deliver a presentation complete with a PowerPoint slide show.
Radio talker Laura Schlessinger was counseling an African American caller the other day and somehow found a way to use the n-word 11 times.
August 12, 2010
On a bad day all around, the story is in the ledes.
Big crowds — possibly the largest yet — with dozens of food trucks and many familiar faces.
KTLA staffers on Emmy-winning coverage have to pony up $250 if they want a plaque — and prove they worked on the shows.
Edwards, a longtime session player in L.A. who was a member of Linda Ronstadt's band The Stone Poneys in the 1960s, needs a medical airlift from Denver to Santa Barbara...
U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker kept his temporary hold on gay marriages in effect until Aug. 18 to give supporters of Proposition 8 time to appeal last week's ruling invalidating key parts of the voter-approved measure.
City Council President Eric Garcetti posted this childhood photo to his Facebook wall: "Nice mustache, Dad!"
There's so much talk about the cooler-than-usual temperatures that the National Weather Service put out a statement yesterday titled What has happened to summer in Southern California. The explanation is...
Sacramento Democrats' new tax plan, Hewlett-Packard people seem to prefer Boxer, new watering rules and more.
Sheriff Lee Baca and coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter will hold a 9:30 conference and haven't commented yet, but the Los Angeles Times reports via news alert that the remains found this week in Malibu Canyon are the missing woman.
August 11, 2010
Apparently even many at KTLA don't know that Stan Chambers is a Knight Commander of the Pontifical Order of St. Gregory the Great, knighted by the pope for his service to the Catholic church and the community.
The Beverly Hills PD cracked down on drivers failing to yield to a plainclothes officer crossing Wilshire Boulevard at Palm Avenue, the intersection where the city says it gets the most complaints.
Keith Olbermann on MSNBC just ran a personal tribute to Channel 5's Stan Chambers. I missed most of it, but the sentiment was similar to a couple of tweets Olbermann...
Jay Leno last night asked people on Melrose Avenue some questions about places around the world. First question: In what country are the Hawaiian Islands? Everybody failed, of course.
In all the media stories about his acquisition of Newsweek, Sidney Harman has been invariably given billionaire status. But not in Forbes.
Wolper also produced "L.A. Confidential" and the children's classic "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," as well as the opening and closing ceremonies at the 1984 Olympic Games in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Angel Stadium announcer David Courtney just posted this photo.
Steven Slater, the Jet Blue flight steward who quit so dramatically after being hit on the head by a passenger's bag, has been posting over the past year about the trouble caused by the increasing number of bags in airliner cabins.
They're holding the event for Stan Chambers right now at KTLA. Here's a photo.
Actor and Howard Stern announcer George Takei takes listeners through his Japanese-American family's internment during World War II in a radio documentary airing in Sirius XM Radio.
Chris Gulker, long established in Silicon Valley since the Los Angeles Herald Examiner folded, has been blogging about the progression of his rare, fast-growing glioma.
Great white sharks making a comeback off our coast, LAT staffers who sued Sam Zell lose a big round, prior restraint of Times allowed to continue, plus more US staffers follow Janice Min the Hollywood Reporter and notes on Lisa Leslie, David Beckham, Rick Neuheisel, Lady Gaga, Susanna Hoffs and a new food blog.
August 10, 2010
KCET President and CEO Al Jerome has posted a message to viewers "to start a conversation with you" about whether the station should stay with PBS or break away to become an independent station.
The dean of Los Angeles television reporters — and it's not even close — turns 87 tomorrow and is expected to hang up his mike at an 11 a.m. party on the KTLA lot.
Bennet Kessler, the dean of Eastern Sierra journalists, has covered more than her share of crashes on U.S. highway 395. "A horrible scene of death, fire and suffering," she wrote in today's story.
Yesterday, Sheriff Lee Baca was refusing to let the L.A. Times see eight boxes of documents on the killing of Ruben Salazar, the former Times columnist who was the news director at KMEX when he was killed by a sheriff's tear-gas projectile fired into a bar during East L.A. protests in 1970.
Coming up on "Which Way, L.A." plus Jennifer Ferro's pledge drive and Lou Adler on KPCC's "Off-Ramp."
Before we leave the subject of Lisbeth Salander, this video from ABC's Nightline: author Stieg Larsson's girlfriend talks about how the character came to be introduced in "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."
Jon Fairbanks joined the staff of Councilman Bill Rosendahl today.
The Times cites an unnamed law enforcement source saying the skeletal remains brought out of Malibu Canyon yesterday appear to be female, and women's clothing was found nearby.
Best take I've seen on the whole flight-attendant-quits story is this tweet from @funnyordie.
Joe Hicks, the former ACLU spokesman and executive director of the L.A. Human Rights Commission who's made a new career of dinging the left, is taking his lefty-turns-right shtick to a new show he's hosting called The Minority Report at Pajamas Media's video channel.
Bell's big problem isn't high salaries but that it's controlled by gangs, says veteran southeast reporter Jeffrey Anderson. Plus Steve Cooley's gifts, Broad and Saban give to Brown and Whitman, the report on Maxine Waters, LAX north runway may be moved and that judge is slapped down for prioor restraint of a Times photo.
August 9, 2010
In his Great Movies series for the Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert says there are basically two kinds of people when it comes to the 2003 film "Lost in Translation." Those who get the subtle relationship of empathy and loneliness between Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, and those who "want to know what it's about."
The main ingredients of American counterculture formation all guest-starred in last night's "Mad Men" episode: abortion, Berkeley, Vietnam and, most ominously, young people, says Natasha Vargas-Cooper.
Longtime California political writer John Marelius, lately at the San Diego Union-Tribune and previously at the Daily News for 15+ years, has been appointed to a state Fair Political Practices Commission task force to reform and simplify the Political Reform Act. Plus other media notes.
The sheriff's department is taking great pains to point out that there's no evidence at all linking the remains to the missing woman, but they are checking.
Hitchens, recently diagnosed with lung cancer, talks to The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg.
What's riding on Boxer-Fiorina, another Downtown developer wants a tax break, plus Dana Goodyear, Joel Kotkin, Stefano Tonchi, Gustavo Arellano and more....
August 8, 2010
Noomi Rapace is so perfect as sulky, brilliant hacker-heroine Lisbeth Salander that it seems like a waste to spend any time trying to cast the part for the English-language version of "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."
Broadway theaters in WSJ, McCourts try to settle, Bell's $1.5 million city manager, Pau Gasol in scubs and more.
August 7, 2010
In the afternoon I parked on Wilshire, between Grand and Hope — so it was easy to spot that block in "Inception" a few hours later.
Great, creepy, kind of disturbing story this weekend on This American Life by Starlee Kine, who grew up with SoCal kids who, as she says, were all jaded about going...
His house in Santa Monica Canyon sold to a producer of "Doctor Who," but isn't the 1957 photo of Venice Beach interesting?
Add KPCC to the list of websites offering a searchable database of city of Los Angeles employee salaries, built from the file that Controller Wendy Greuel made available.
Hugh Hefner will be on from the Playboy Mansion, and there's a California politics panel that includes the LA Weekly’s Jill Stewart and legal analyst Roger Cossack.
I thought Michael Linder had made a real impact covering City Hall since he joined KABC in March, 2009 and opened a bureau in the civic center.
August 6, 2010
Email about one of the city's cinema treasure from owner Roebert Bucksbaum, who saved the theatre from closing once and has been trying to sell it since 2008.
The freeway alert sign on the 10 West approaching Santa Monica is warning people this afternoon that parking in downtown Santa Monica is full. It's because of today's opening of...
Los Angeles police on horseback raided a long-standing homeless encampment under the 210 freeway in Big Tujunga Wash and used ropes to rip down shelters.
Controller Wendy Greuel has unveiled an online searchable database of salaries for most City of Los Angeles employees.
What Maxine Waters had to say, what Jerry Brown did say, what legal analysts are saying about the Prop. 8 ruling, Jack Shafer's advice on what Sidney Harman shouldn't say...
August 5, 2010
How Bell's city hall and the police department tried to quash dissent by residents who wondered where all the money went.
Conde Nast has named Margaret Russell the new editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest, succeeding Paige Rense. But the bigger news is that the magazine will move from Los Angeles to New Yor
Superior Court Judge Hilleri G. Merrit upheld her order barring the L.A. Times from publishing a courtroom photo of a murder defendant whose picture has already been in the media.
Rep. Maxine Waters talks about the ethics charges against her on "Which Way, L.A.?" at 7 p.m. on KCRW. Also: Tavis Smiley talks to Garry Shandling tonight on his PBS...
Here's how Los Angeles doesn't measure up to Santa Monica in the eye of luxury hotel reviewer Melanie Nayer, writing at the Huffington Post.
Mary Hart has done enough ET, Meg with John & Ken, a judge chills the Times, LoGrande confirmed, Sean Penn as Max Perkins and a whole bunch of media notes.
August 4, 2010
The Dodgers are playing about as well as you'd expect from a team that devotes three of its lineup spots to Jamey Carroll, Ryan Theriot and Scott Podsednik — and...
The president and partner of The Rogers Group died last night. Eric Moses, president of the Public Relations of Society L.A. chapter, has put out a nice statement to his board.
Councilman Richard Alarcon has put out a statement saying he's innocent of the charges and that he lives at the house on Nordhoff Street where the district attorney says he fraudulently registered to vote.
The KFI bad boys haven't been kind to her in the past, so there's some newsworthiness to Whitman's appearance.
Federal judge Chief Vaughn Walker in San Francisco has ruled California voters' ban on same-sex marriage is invalid.
City Councilman Richard Alarcon has informed city officials that he expects DA Steve Cooley's grand jury will issue an indictment today charging him in connection with his residency issues, the Times says.
"Off-Ramp" this weekend talks to Michael Q Schmidt, 57 years old and about 300 pounds, who has made his career as an actor and nude model.
KCET's financial struggles, Prop. 8 ruling's timing, Tribune troubles redux, Tim Rutten on Anne Rice quitting the Christians, and will Los Angeles County cost the Democrats the election?
August 3, 2010
During a 10-year period beginning in 1984, multiple serial killers targeted young, poor, African American women across the south side of the city and county, the Los Angeles Times says.
The New York Times food critic wangled his way into LudoBites 5.0 twice last week, in the Downtown location that's in use this summer.
A whole lot of you watched — and by the sound of your emails, tweets and Facebook comments really enjoyed — the USC student film of 1956 Bunker Hill by Kent MacKenzie.
The federal court in San Francisco says that tomorrow is the day for the much-anticipated ruling on the constitutionality of the measure banning same-sex marriage in California.
As the video says, before "Dinner for Schmucks, " "I Love You Man" or even "Clueless" Paul Rudd did the bat mitzvah for Gabrielle Birkner.
Jeanie Buss, the longtime girlfriend of Lakers coach Phil Jackson, tweeted just now about a text message from her man.
An important figure in the Los Angeles book world has died. Marylin Hudson co-founded the legendary and long-running Round Table West book and author program.
Bobby Hebb, who wrote the 1966 hit "Sunny," died today in Nashville at age 72.
"Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal this afternoon asked his listeners, via Twitter: "Okay, so if Jon Stewart grows a goatee, can I?"
Blogger El Chavo at LA Eastside has started a series of short videos just showing an ordinary two minutes at an ordinary corner in Los Angeles. And it works.
Patrick Goldstein admits he was left confused by "Inception," though he liked the film, and he devotes a post at The Big Picture to why the older people are, the more they hated "Inception."
Melanie Polk writes that "I can still remember the look on my mother's face when my father came home one day in the '70s and said, 'We're in the newspaper business.'"
Greuel on a jury, Garcetti for Echo Park lake crackdown, Whitman's amazing spending, Lakers playoff tickets for lawmakers and more.
August 2, 2010
LA Observed columnist Bill Boyarsky's latest book, "Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times," has been nominated for this year's Southern California Independent Booksellers Association awards.
This Hollywood Reporter story with a "Glee" tie-in isn't a spoof, but it could be. Commenters at the THR site are brutal.
City Controller Wendy Greuel issued a letter to Mayor Villaraigosa and the City Council tonight saying she is taking steps to post the salaries of all city employees on line.
President Obama will return to Los Angeles in two weeks for a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser at the home of John Wells, says Ted Johnson at Variety.
Last week's video of the future Expo Line route across part of the Westside is the starting point for tonight's LA Observed column on KCRW.
Lohan is out of jail, Bell's cops got paid well too, Gregory Rodriguez on "white racial anxiety" and affirmative action, plus rules for political tweets and media notes.
Channel 4's news shows picked up six statues at the Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards on Saturday night.
August 1, 2010
Marc Lacey, the New York Times' new Southwest bureau chief, is coming up from Mexico City and in Sunday's Week in Review section he observes that the border is especially nasty these days.
The actress is said to be getting out of the Lynwood detention center sometime after midnight.
The Los Angeles Democrat's lawyers have said she made appeals to the Treasury Department not on behalf of OneUnited Bank, where her husband had been on the board, but on behalf of the National Bankers Association.
enice photographer E. F. Kitchen has a new book out, Suburban Knights: A Return to the Middle Ages, exploring the activities of the Society for Creative Anachronism, whose members recreate the arts and battles of the Middle Ages.
A reference to a Gold Rush miner in a Los Angeles Times column hot-links to a topic page on the metal band Rush.
Clifford V. Johnson, the blogging and bike-commuting USC professor, speaks up for bicycle sharing after seeing it in London.
In the San Fernando Valley secession election in 2002, state Assemblyman Keith Richman received the most votes and would have become the first mayor of the newly formed sixth-most populous U.S. city if voters had allowed the split.
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