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 online traffic than any other Hollywood news source. More inside.
- A sharp dispute is brewing in the Capitol over a plan pushed by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to ease new state rules over the way power plants use ocean water to cool their engines. Capitol Weekly
- The Times editorializes today on the canard of President Obama being a Muslim, and urges the White House to stop protesting too much. LAT
- Of the 700,266 same-sex unmarried partners counted by the U.S. Census Bureau, one in seven of them reside in California. California Watch
- The Engineers and Architects Association, which represents 5,000 city workers, ratified a contract that would have the employees pay about five percent of their monthly health-care premiums, up from zero. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will hail the pact at a noon poresser. LA Weekly
- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the appointment of Jonathan Weedman, senior vice president of the Wells Fargo Foundation in greater Los Angeles, to the Cultural Affairs Commission.
- Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne was given exclusive access several weeks ago to the design competition for the new eli Broad museum and gives his opinion today on the selected design by the New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro. LAT
Plus: Who the Heck is Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Anyway? Curbed LA
- More people got their entertainment-industry news online from The Hollywood Reporter than any of its competitors last month, the trade said citing stats from comScore's Media Metrix. Next was Nikki Finke's Deadline, way ahead of Variety and The Wrap. THR
- The future of "Tilda," the HBO project loosely based on Finke, is said to be in doubt after showrunner Cynthia Mort was removed during a tense pilot shoot in which she clashed with top producer Bill Condon and got into scuffles with star Diane Keaton. Entertainment Weekly
- Ron Shelton's dpcumentary "Jordan Rides the Bus," for ESPN's 30 for 30 series, airs at 5 pm Pacific time. The documentary examines Michael Jordan's 1994 season in the minor leagues with the Birmingham Barons.
- Mel Gibson has been linked to another woman at "the very lowest rungs of the porn star, nude model, paid escort ladder," says Mark Ebner. Hollywood, Interrupted
- Web headline o' the day: 'Earthquake off Malibu coast felt by hundreds.' (That many?) L.A. Now
- KPCC is running a five-part series by Julie Smal, called Prison Affliction, on medical care inside California's state prisons.
- Poynter Online, home of Romenesko, invites readers to comment on a prototype for their upcoming new website remake.
- Edward Kean, the original head writer for "The Howdy Doody Show" on NBC credited with coining the term "cowabunga," died in Michigan at 85. LAT