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Bing Crosby's Valley estate on the market

bing-crosby-estate.jpg Bing Crosby's old Toluca Lake estate is up for sale: just $6.595 million for almost two acres, a main house with 6 bedrooms and five fireplaces, plus pool, cabana and tennis court.

Giants get a shutout from 21-year-old

With a 4-0 win pitched by rookie lefthander Madison Bumgarner, the Giants are one victory away from their first World Series championship since coming west with the Dodgers in 1958.

Election Sunday *

meg-bus-burbank.jpg Meg Whitman's bus pulled into the Burbank Marriott (after circling Bob Hope Airport) for a quick rally this afternoon before a few hundred supporters. Plus more notes.

LA Sketchbook: Bike hazards

qqBike Hazards.jpg Here's Steve Greenberg's final election-related cartoon before voting ends on Tuesday.

L.A. Zoo to get two elephants from San Diego

The female Asian elephants, called Tina and Jewel, are coming on open-ended loan from the San Diego Zoo.

WSJ does the L.A. art patron scene

The high-end Los Angeles art scene is "an art world with its own unique structure and rules," a Wall Street Journal story says today, backed up by an on-line list of everyone who sits on the boards of directors of the Getty, LACMA, MOCA, the Hammer and the Norton Simon.

Media and Hollywood group ankles Yamashiro

yamashiro-front.jpg After 11 years, the monthly gathering of media and Hollywood types started by TV writer Scott Kaufer, blogger Mickey Kaus and journalist-author Steve Oney is leaving Yamashiro.

Jonathan Gold softens on Paula Deen *

paula-deen-kpcc.jpg In an open letter he posted at the LA Weekly's food blog, Jonathan Gold never quite apologizes to Paula Deen for blasting her selection as Rose Parade grand marshal. But he does explain how his words came to be printed, and allows that "our mutual friends say that you are delightful."

Morning Buzz: Friday 10.29.10

AEG talks about football stadium plans for Downtown, Boxer goes up by eight points, Villaraigosa is in Lu Parker's home state and KTLA's Eric Spillman catches a bad guy.

Prop. 19, the Jewish angle

jj-prop19-cover.jpg The Jewish perspective on pot "is ambivalent, and observant Jews could plausibly take either side of Proposition 19," a rabbi says in the Jewish Journal. Plus: Allison Margolin.

Dems favorite brand: Google
Reps favorite brand: Fox News

The number one most favored brand among Democrats appears nowhere among the top ten most favored brands among Republicans. Same for the reverse: Republicans' favorite brand is not among Democrats' top ten.

Backstory: Tyrus Wong

TMPGL_LAO_12Tyrus.jpg This week's photo by Gary Leonard, as writer Rip Rense rightly suggests via email, might benefit from some background on Tyrus Wong.

Call it the Westside subway

wilshirechapel.jpg Today's MTA vote approving the Wilshire subway route leaves out the West Hollywood detour and the politically sensitive Crenshaw station, leaves undecided the dicey political question of just where the tunnel will go under Century City and Beverly Hills, and should put to rest for now Mayor Villaraigosa's inoperative "subway to the sea" meme.

Travel day

I'll be in the Bay Area on business all day.

Zell-era sculpture quietly leaves Tribune building

tribune-shuffle.jpg A hideous piece of art that arrived in the Tribune Company lobby soon after Sam Zell used employee money to take control of the company has quietly vanished.

Ebert: Lisbeth Salander must continue

lisbeth-salander.jpg "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest," the third and ostensibly final film with Noomi Rapace playing the part of Swedish hacker-punk-heroine Lisbeth Salander, opens Friday to the approval of Roger Ebert.

New health reporting model 'has legs'

The California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting at USC Annenberg has been around for a year now as a new model for health news.

SEIU investigation names health charity

An SEIU union investigation concludes that the chief executive of Central City Community Health Center has secretly used the charity's money to pay expenses of his own for-profit businesses.

NPR discovers the Ansel Adams stash at LAPL

ansel-adams-burbank-lapl.jpg Every so often, somebody rediscovers the Ansel Adams photos of the Los Angeles area on the Los Angeles Public Library website and gets excited. This time it's NPR's photo blog.

Times responds to sheriff's watchdog

An L.A. Times editor disputes that the paper mischaracterized watchdog Michael Gennaco regarding Sheriff Lee Baca helping a donor.

Financial Times wants California to legalize pot

An editorial in today's Financial Times urges California voters to pass Proposition 19: "the Golden State should vote to legalise dope."

Michaels and Abrams, the Hitler spoof

Hitler finds out that Randy Michaels and Lee Abrams are out at Tribune over some naked breasts, after surviving much worse in radio...including the Macarena

Boyle, Heimann win SoCal book awards

Father Gregory Boyle won the nonfiction category of the Southern California Book Awards for "Tattoos on the Heart."

Daily Breeze looking for an online editor

Here are the qualifications, just tweeted by the managing editor.

Paula Deen in Rose Parade doesn't please Jonathan Gold

The Rose Parade's choice of food author and TV host Paula Deen as grand marshal gives LA Weekly food critic Jonathan Gold indigestion.

Why one former LAT staffer dropped the paper

Robert Niles, a former editor at the Los Angeles Times who also was editor of USC's Online Journalism Review, writes at OJR that he has canceled his print subscription because continuing to pay for a copy "was an act of co-dependence for sick and troubled organization."

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 10.27.10

Whitman charges the media double what Brown does, Fiorina still in the hospital, the DA wants to get rid of Vernon, new websites, Joe Torre at the White House and more.

At home with Jeffrey Deitch

The latest L.A. centric video from Nowness goes inside the Los Feliz home of Jeffrey Deitch, the New York art dealer who took over this year as director of...

Glendale has good taste in books

DeniseHamilton.jpg The city of Glendale's choice for this year's One City/One Book reading selection is Los Angeles Noir, the collection edited by LA Observed author Denise Hamilton. She will be the...

Singer from Tecate has fans at KCRW

carla-morrison1.jpg The music staff at KCRW has fallen in love with Carla Morrison, a young singer from Tecate, Mexico.

Sheriff's watchdog says he was misquoted in Times story

Read the email from Michael Gennaco claiming that a Times reporter mischaracterized his position and his words.

When Fernando owned L.A.

Here's the trailer for ESPN's Fernando Nation, the 30 for 30 documentary directed by Cruz Angeles that debuted tonight.

Skeletons in this particular closet

body-skeletons.jpg The gift store at the Los Angeles County Coroner's office has been open for 17 years now (at least) and written about often. I even did one of those stories....

Back to the beach for the Spirit Awards

No actual knowledge of what happened, but I'll assume L.A. Live lured Film Independent's last Spirit Awards Downtown with a special deal — then didn't offer it again for next...

Obama on with Piolin

obama-piolin.jpg On Monday, the national audience for Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo’s morning radio show heard President Barack Obama answer questions for 21 minutes.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 10.26.10

Sheriff's watchdog won't investigate Baca's help for a donor, but wait until you see why. Plus women prefer Brown and Boxer, Whitman goes the litmus test route, Soros to help Prop. 19 and the county's new bike-commuting health director.

Free tickets: Michael Caine *

caine-jacket.jpg LA Observed helps to sponsor the Live Talks Los Angeles series of conversations around town, and producer Ted Habte-Gabr is offering tickets to LAO readers who want to take in Thursday night's session between actor Michael Caine and Sharon Waxman of The Wrap.

Why Los Angeles leans to the right

la-maps-book-cover.jpg We're talking cartographically, not politically. D.J. Waldie, who wrote the foreword to Glen Creason's new book, Los Angeles in Maps, explains in a Times Op-Ed piece how Downtown Los Angeles...

LA Sketchbook: Prop. 25

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Pedestrian killed, 16 students hurt when car hits school bus

The bus was carrying 54 students from the East Los Angeles Skills Center.

LA Observed on KCRW: Lu Parker, activist

My column tonight on KCRW comments on the L.A. Times giving KTLA reporter Lu Parker a pass on probing questions about her animal activism.

Daily News, LANG papers say circulation is up

That does buck the industry trend, as they say in the story, but the overall numbers are nothing to cheer about. The Daily News' Sunday circulation sits at 97,000; the daily average is 89.093.

Morning Buzz: Monday 10.25.10

Sheriff Baca's unusual investigative help for a political donor, Dems beat Tea Party in the Valley, poll numbers, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and more.

Heading to L.A. Archives Bazaar at USC

I'm on a panel at 3 p.m. called Blogging L.A.

USC says 37,500 turned out for Obama rally

President Obama's remarks at the public rally, as released by the White House, are after the jump.

Tribune acts late Friday again: Michaels done as CEO

As expected, Randy Michaels has resigned as CEO of the Tribune Company and L.A. Times Publisher Eddy Hartenstein is part of the replacement team.

Diana Nyad back in town: no swim this year

diana-nyad-banner-crop.jpg KCRW commentator Diana Nyad had to make the difficult call last week and postpone her plans to swim from Cuba to Florida.

Obamajam extended to Glendale *

Crowds are already forming, and streets already closing, in the USC area for President Obama's campaign rally this afternoon. But some new plans to be aware of: the White House...

Morning Buzz: Friday 10.22.10

Whitman up to $163 million, Steve Cooley is leading but somehow portrayed as a victim of Roman Polanski, Ridley-Thomas and Antonovich on the hyping of child deaths, plus Lindsay Lohan sent back to rehab.

Read Obama's USC message the night before

obama-newsom-sfc.jpg What President Obama talked about in the Bay Area tonight, in advance of Friday's rally at USC.

Democrats winning the registration tally, at least

Democrats have risen to 51.4% of L.A. County voters, with Republicans at 23.6%.

USC Annenberg announces new fellowship for journos

Applications are being accepted until Dec. 17 for the Knight Luce Fellowship for Reporting on Global Religion.

Thanks, Village Voice, I guess we're flattered

best-of-nyc.jpg A Brooklyn blogger says that the cover image on the Best of NYC issue of the Village Voice is of Downtown L.A.

Lu Parker opens up, but isn't asked very much

luparkerdogchon2.jpg KTLA reporter Lu Parker decided to finally talk to the media a little about her high profile as the girlfriend of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The Times sent over Calendar reporter Greg Braxton, but it appears from the story they didn't talk about very much.

Fox News gives Williams a contract and big raise

Roger Ailes throws a three-year deal worth $2 million at Juan Williams after he's fired by NPR.

Pretty big quake in Mexican waters

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 struck this morning toward the southern end of the Gulf of California, about 85 miles from La Paz.

Rizzo charged with two more counts at arraignment

This brings Robert Rizzo, the former city administrative officer in Bell, to 55 felony charges, mostly of misappropriation of public funds.

Downtown Art Walk posts director job

The next executive director of the Art Walk will be expected to meet a lengthy list of skill and experience requirements.

NPR memo to stations: why we fired Juan Williams

NPR president Vivian Schiller's note to stations says that the network had been concerned about commentator Juan Williams' positions before he said on Fox News that the sight of airline passengers in Muslim dress makes him a little nervous.

See the 'Glee' photos people are supposedly upset about

glee13_628.jpg So, people are bothered that actors who unconvincingly play high school kids pose for a sexy photo spread in a glossy fashion magazine for men?

Morning Buzz: Thursday 10.21.10

State Sen. Jenny Oropeza died overnight at age 53, new PPIC poll numbers have Brown and Boxer ahead, plans for Obama's USC rally and more.

And in tonight's food news...

My favorite tweet of the day, from former New York Times restaurant critic (and author) Frank Bruni.

Bob Guccione, Penthouse founder was 79

caligula_bob.jpg Guccione, the onetime New Jersey artist who gave the world Penthouse, the movie "Caligula" and the late Omni magazine, died Wednesday in Plano, Texas after a long battle with cancer.

LA Sketchbook: Oil nods on Prop. 23

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Brown and Whitman both like the Giants

The designated tweeters for the candidates for governor have weighed in on tonight's playoff game. Note the subtly different styles.

Can't do any worse than the McCourts

magicdodgers.jpg With the McCourts wearing out their civic welcome, Councilwoman Janice Hahn's public ownership idea being possibly the worst idea in the history of municipal ideas, and a certain ex-jock in the market to buy something, artist Stuart Rapeport has a suggestion for a new owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Los Angeles does L.A. Mexican food

la-mag-nov10.jpg Los Angeles magazine's Ultimate Guide to Mexican Food in L.A. in the November issue is heavy on tacos, apparently, but also has more — including critic Patric Kuh’s selections of the city’s top 10 Mexican restaurants.

L.A. version of Jon Stewart rally moves to MacArthur Park

Organizers of an L.A. event to coincide with the Oct. 30 Rally to Restore Sanity being put on in Washington, D.C. by Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" say they have a new venue.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 10.20.10

City traffic officials promise there will be fewer jams with Friday's campaign visit by President Obama, plus more inside.

Joshua J. Cullins, LAPD officer killed in Afghanistan

Cullins, 28, was a Marine reservist with the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment in Marja, in Afghanistan's Helmand province. He was killed Monday by a roadside bomb.

Caressing L.A.'s hottest new celebrity, up close

zenyatta-with-ellen.jpg Ellen Alperstein writes at Native Intelligence that the world is in love with Zenyatta, the mare featured inside the same issue of W Magazine that has a naked Kim Kardashian on the cover.

How juvenile was the Tribune under Randy Michaels?

Well, there's this from tonight's Chicago Tribune story. Brown described an incident in 2008 when she had been given the task of organizing a Mardi Gras lunch for people on...

Magic Johnson sells his Starbucks too

A day after selling his 4.5% share of the Lakers to L.A. billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, Magic Johnson reportedly has divested his interest in 105 Starbucks franchises.

Angels franchise better than Dodgers, says LAT's Dwyre

This sentiment from L.A. Times columnist (and former Sports Editor) Bill Dwyre would have been unthinkable before the McCourt era at Dodger Stadium.

East Coast praise of Sunset magazine

sunset-cover-1933.jpg On the occasion of a new cookbook from Sunset, the New York Times heaps praise on the former booster publication of the Southern Pacific Railroad as the ultimate definer of California cuisine and the California image.

LAT publisher part of Tribune succession plan for Michaels *

The Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times are reporting that embattled Tribune CEO Randy Michaels has decided to resign, and that LAT publisher Eddy Hartenstein will be one of four executives tapped to run the company.

San Gabriel's mayor resigns

San Gabriel mayor Albert Y.M. Huang said he would resign from the City Council following his arrest on suspicion of robbery, assault and battery, citing the pressure on his family.

Letter grades coming to food trucks

The county Board of Supervisors today gave unanimous final approval to rules that will let health department inspectors inspect and assign letter grades to food trucks.

Whitman stiffs Daily News, paper endorses Brown

Sounds as if Jerry Brown playing ball with the editorial board, and Meg Whitman declining, mattered in the end.

Tribune's Abrams defends himself, hits at his critics

Lee Abrams, whose goofy tenure as the Tribune company's in-house innovation advocate ended over that sluts video last week, sent an email that calls the video parody "brilliant" and suggests he's the victim of a cultural fight for control of Tribune and of newspaper dinosaurs who just didn't get his style.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 10.19.10

Obama on the air for Boxer, Daily News endorses Brown, Laura Richardson's house in the news again, more on KCET's big move and a new hire at THR.

26 children died last year after being under county care

More children have died in each of the last two years from abuse or neglect after being under the eye of Los Angeles County's Department of Children and Family Services despite assurances by county officials that the problem was getting better, the LAT finds

HuffPost gets out of the investigative reporting game

The Huffington Post Investigative Fund brand will disappear and its staff and $2 million in grants are being absorbed by the Center for Public Integrity, based in Washington.

Bob Kholos, former Bradley press secretary was 67

Kholos began volunteering with Tom Bradley's campaign for mayor in 1969 and became the first press secretary after Bradley was elected in 1973.

Deft defensive use of Twitter

Earlier today, Milken Institute communications director Jennifer Manfre reported on Twitter that her refusal to give a media pass to the institute's State of the State Conference had at least one repercussion.

Michaels headed out as Tribune CEO, reports say

Both the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune are reporting tonight that the Tribune company board is expected to seek the resignation tomorrow of CEO Randy Michaels.

Car culture vs. urban culture

My KCRW column tonight wades into the big divide in Los Angeles between those who see L.A. as a car culture city and those who crave a more transit-fed urban culture. There are no winners in the debate, only a need for co-existence.

The old days of car racing in L.A.

Harry Pallenberg, longtime producer for Huell Howser and the director of "Shotgun Freeway," is making a documentary on the racing years in Southern California, based in part on Harold Osmer's book "Where They Raced."

Morning Buzz: Monday 10.18.10

Weekend campaigning in the state races, last day to register to vote, Yaroslavsky will only say he's thinking about a run for mayor, Neon Tommy on NPR and the new Hollywood Reporter website launches.

Daily News turns 100

dn-centennial.jpg The Daily News is celebrating next year's 100th anniversary with a series of centennial stories on the paper's and the Valley's history.

City Hall spending: still over budget

City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana warned the City Council on Friday that spending is running $63 million more than expected.

Wooden, Kemp and Jon Weisman

jon-weisman-young.jpg ESPN's Dodger Thoughts blogger, Jon Weisman, ties together his adoration of John Wooden, his mixed feelings on the play of Matt Kemp since becoming Rihanna's boyfriend and some self-reflection on his life into a readable closer on the Dodgers season.

Rainey agrees: KCET needs to up its game

Jim Rainey's media column in the weekend LAT agrees with my KCRW column from a week ago that KCET needs to come up with kick-ass programming — and fast — to give the station's newly declared independence a chance

36 hours in Santa Monica

The New York Times Travel section checks in on the Bay City with an update on what's interesting since Santa Monica Place reopened.

Abrams resigns from Tribune. Note timing.

It's late Friday afternoon, and Tribune CEO Randy Michaels sent a note to the far-flung Sam Zell empire notifying everyone that Lee Abrams era at Tribune is over.

L.A. Times adds two film writers

Rebecca Keegan and Nicole Sperling are joining the L.A. Times movie staff, writing for print and online. Read the memo.

Morning Buzz: Friday 10.15.10

Brown and the death penalty, Whitman on KABC, Props. 23 and 26, lowest homicide rate since 1975, and rough sex in the Jewish Journal. More inside.

LA Sketchbook: KCET

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Sheriff catches up with rape kit testing backlog

The L.A. County sheriff's department, under fire since 2008 for having more than 4,000 untested rape evidence kits, says it now has sent its entire backlog of kits out for testing.

Still time to get on Saturday's Neon Cruise

f you were thinking of coming on the Neon Cruise this Saturday night, come on down.

Art Walk goes on, mostly unscathed

With all the notoriety, of course people were going to show up.

Now that's a presidential motorcade crowd

fdr-motorcade-1935-ucladn.jpg President Obama returns Oct. 22 for a Democratic rally at USC. Here's what it looked like when FDR motorcaded through Downtown in 1935.

Bruce Lisker's story on '48 Hours'

The show's Bruce Lisker segment airs Saturday night.

Morning Buzz: Thursday 10.14.10

NOW says it never demanded a "whore" firing, why so many restaurants don't post letter grades, Barry Minkow in the news, and Carmen Trutanich too. Plus much more after the jump.

Q: Where are the most gibbon apes in the Americas?

Tuk & Domino food sharing.jpg Answer: in Santa Clarita at the Gibbon Conservation Center in Bouquet Canyon.

Newspaper actually adding a Sacramento reporter

The Mercury News in San Jose has stopped cutting for now and is looking to even add a Sacramento reporter and a Silicon Valley reporter.

Get your jewelry checked for lead — free

California Watch, the Northern California investigative reporting outfit, will be in Echo Park on Thursday conducting free tests for toxic lead in jewelry.

Abrams' 'sluts' video

Here's the The Onion's "sluts spill" spoof that Tribune's Lee Abrams called "pretty inspirational or at least interesting."

Enjoying 'Chicano Rock'

chicano-rock-dvd.jpg I finally saw "Chicano Rock" tonight thanks to KOCE, the Orange County PBS station hoping to grab more of the post-KCET Los Angeles audience.

Couple of LAT scribes up for National Book Awards

Barbara Demick and Megan Stack, who are both staff correspondents in the Los Angeles Times Beijing bureau, have each picked up nominations in the non-fiction category of the National Book Awards

Tribune suspends Lee Abrams

Note to the troops company-wide just now from Phi Zappa Tribune CEO Randy Michaels: From: Tribune Communications Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 11:29 AM Subject: Message from Randy Michaels/Lee Abrams...

If you think Starbucks is slow now...

Starbucks baristas are being told to take their time even more, according to company documents seen by the Wall Street Journal.

Morning buzzless

I have a bunch of early meetings today. No Morning Buzz forthcoming. Check out Mark's morning headlines at LA Biz Observed....

LA Sketchbook: Arnold's kick

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Two porn houses shut down after male actor tests HIV +

Wicked Pictures and Vivid Entertainment stopped production after a performer identified by one industry source as a male who does gay and straight films tested positive for HIV.

L.A's happy teeth, the slide show

happy-teeth-spiegelman.jpg Eric Spiegelman noticed that a lot of dentists east of La Brea advertise with a happy, smiling tooth. So he made a slide show.

KPFK to launch 24/7 Spanish language stream

Pacifica station KPFK is making plans to put up a full-time Spanish language stream of programming on the web that will move onto the AM radio dial.

Great day for a hockey game in L.A. *

kings-opener.jpg In the 90s inland, 80s at the coast — the kind of day when some fans attending tonight's Los Angeles Kings home opener will likely show up in shorts and flip-flops.

Abrams does the mea culpa

With his latest missive generating adverse reaction and more bad PR for Tribune, Lee Abrams has sent out an apology.

Live streaming from Chile

bbc-feed-chile.jpg BBC is streaming live from Copiapo as the rescue capsule is being readied to lower a medic into the mine and remove the first trapped miner.

Tribune execs go off-color again *

leeabramsshow.jpg This time it's the always-entertaining Lee Abrams, the radio guy who's been drawing a Tribune Company paycheck as chief innovations guru for a few years now.

James Franco options 'Holy Land'

James Franco apparently read D.J. Waldie's memoir about growing up in the Lakewood suburbs while the actor was at UCLA. Now Franco has optioned "Holy Land" for a possible movie.

Tribune reaches tentative settlement to exit bankruptcy

Chicago's Tribune Company has a deal with several key creditors to reorganize and get closer to an exit from chapter 11, the company says. "Tribune Co. and several of its...

Bratton and Weiss talk about the security biz

weiss-bratton.jpg Ex-LAPD chief William Bratton is the new board chairman of Kroll, the security firm, and former Los Angeles city councilman Jack Weiss runs the L.A. office.

Band shuts down 101 freeway on purpose *

101-band-jam-ktla.jpg A truck parked across three lanes of the Hollywood Freeway near Sunset Boulevard and a band climbed up top to play a song, "Traffic Jam 101," that it says is about raising awareness of homeless children.

405 project gets serious again

I-405-logo-color.jpg Tonight the giant concrete muncher begins taking down the northern side of the Skirball Center Drive bridge over the 405 freeway deep in Sepulveda Pass.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 10.12.10

Obama, Palin and the Clintons all heading to California to campaign, tonight's got a Brown-Whitman debate, Guider out at THR, new gig for Laura Ling and the Daily Bruin goes to Cameroon.

LA Observed on KCRW: my take on KCET

KCET's new independence needs to include local programming that makes people mad — more Huell Howser folksiness and Sam Rubin hosting old movies won't cut it, I argue in my...

Oprah airs in Spanish by mistake on Time Warner

Channel 7 says that Time Warner aired Oprah in Spanish, so it will re-air at 1:06 tomorrow morning.

Raymond M. Taix, restaurateur was 85

Taix ran the Taix French Restaurant in Echo Park, started Downtown by his father in 1927 and among the oldest family-owned restaurants in Los Angeles.

Marjorie Miller leaves L.A. Times for AP in Mexico

Marjorie Miller, the former Los Angeles Times foreign editor and correspondent who since 2008 has been an editorial writer, will move to Mexico City as Latin America and Caribbean Editor for the Associated Press.

Morning Buzz: Monday 10.11.10

Station Fire fight hurt by cost concerns, Giuliani in town campaigning for Whitman, Villaraigosa at the White House, LA's future PBS shows and more media and book notes.

Frank Bourgholtzer, NBC newsman was 90

Frank Bourgholtzer was the first full time White House correspondent for NBC News and retired from the network's Los Angeles bureau.

NYT's writer talks about Tribune frat boy story

David Carr writes in today's The Media Equation column about the increasing lack of distinction between web and print news outlets. His thinking was prompted in part by the swift and strong reaction to his piece last week on the adolescent culture at the top of the Tribune Company.

L.A weekend scenes

zocalo-funder-10910.jpg CicLAvia on Sunday, Zocalo on Saturday, Liz Phair on Friday.

Solomon Burke, 'king of rock and soul' was 70

solomon-burke-rollhall.jpg Burke died Sunday on board a flight from Los Angeles that had landed at Amsterdam, where he was due to play a concert. His family — which includes 21 children, 90 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren — posted the news on his website.

Lisker stays free for now

lisker-with-cat-thumb-200x299-2465.jpg U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips rejected a move by lawyers for the state to return Bruce Lisker to prison because he was freed on a legal point that no...

LA Stage Times debuts

lastagetimes-shirley.jpg The website formerly known as LAStageBlog — itself an outgrowth of LA Stage magazine — is now bigger, better and design-ier.

Copy editor faces gantlet as readers throw down gauntlet

I've been receiving email all day about this. So has the L.A. Times. Now the paper's Readers' Representative blog explains why gantlet is the correct term.

CicLAvia route for Sunday in L.A.

ciclavia-map.jpg Here's the 7½ route of city streets that will be closed to cars on Sunday for the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. event.

Howser: Future at KCET uncertain *

KCET mainstay Huell Howser tweets that he hasn't been told what the future holds at the station now that it's going independent.

KCET to go independent from PBS *

KCET will become an independent public station on January 1, the station announced, citing an "inability to reach an agreement on a reduction in PBS fees and greater programming flexibility

Dodgers president is out, McCourt back in charge

Dennis Mannion had been the guy the McCourts brought in to have an actual executive in charge of the team. He came in as chief operating officer in 2007 and...

Morning Buzz: Friday 10.8.10

Brown apologizes for underling's Whitman slur, she has now spent $121 million of her own money to become governor, an LAPD officer convicted, plus book and media notes.

LAT markets against bloggers *

Screen-shot-2010-10-07-at-3.23.47-PM.png This house ad for the Los Angeles Times awards season coverage is unintentionally funny, given that there are bloggers in this city with more experience and higher standards than some...

Rizzo wants severance and back pay

According to his lawyer, former Bell official Robert Rizzo is due payments from the city of Bell in a negotiated deal that led to his resignation this summer. He also wants the city to pay his legal bills.

Ari Emanuel a loser in White House shift?

ari-emanuel-wrap.jpg The departure of White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to run for mayor of Chicago is not good news for his brother Ari, says Sharon Waxman at The Wrap.

Coming and going at IndieWire

Anne Thompson becomes editor-at-large, Todd McCarthy ankles for the Hollywood Reporter.

Booo on AP proofreaders

APStylebookerror.jpg A reader sent in this screen grab from the Associated Press web page. Can you spot the mistake?

Street tension in Watts over police shooting

An LAPD tactical alert was in force for about an hour earlier this evening following the police shooting of a suspect in the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts.

Meet your new California driver's license

new-drivers-License.jpg Tony Castro at the Daily News gives the quick tour of new security features.

Morning Buzz: Thursday 10.7.10

Judge has a familiar name, teachers threaten to sue, Baca endorses Brown and more.

Media swarm books passage to Chile

miners-names.jpg Guy Adams, the Los Angeles-based correspondent for The Independent in the U.K., posts tonight on Twitter: "To save The Independent money, I am flying to Chile on an airline called Copa. It's the Panamanian Aeroflot."

LA Sketchbook: Meg's Latinos

qqxsgMegLatinos.jpg Steve Greenberg's cartoon for LA Observed on Meg Whitman and Latino voters.

Bell's Rizzo out on bail

KFI News tweeted shortly after midnight that former Bell city administrative officer Robert Rizzo had posted bail and been released from jail.

Mr. Page Six is L.A. bound

Richard Johnson, the editor of the New York Post gossip page for nearly 25 years, is leaving Page Six for a new gig with News Corp. in Los Angeles.

Hiltzik's stroll through Pom's 'World of Science'

Times Business columnist Michael Hiltzik today takes off from the FTC's recent complaint against the health and goodness claims made on behalf of Pom Wonderful, the pomegranate juice marketed like...

Want to see P.J. O'Rourke on us?

orourke_muller.jpg Actually, the folks at Live Talks L.A. are making ten pairs of tickets available to LA Observed readers to catch P.J. O'Rourke in conversation with Judy Muller.

Villaraigosa divorce now final, court says

A Superior Court spokesman said today that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's marriage to Corina Villaraigosa is now officially dissolved.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 10.6.10

Ed Rosenthal talks about the desert and god, still loots of talk about Meg Whitman's money and her ex-housekeeper, Gloria Allred again declines to say who put her up to it and the L.A. Times endorses Republican Steve Cooley.

David Carr on Tribune's bad boys, the early response

Media reporter David Carr's takeout in the New York Times on Tribune's boorish corporate culture under Randy Michaels and Sam Zell is the kind of story that gets media types across the country tweeting late into the night.

Dick Wolf has breakfast with Los Angeles magazine

lamag-bfst-mantilini.jpg The creator of "Law and Order: Los Angeles" regaled the likes of City Council president Eric Garcetti, exiting Bon Appetit editor Barbara Fairchild and NBC correspondent Josh Mankiewicz with behind-the-scenes stories from the show.

Tribune memo tries to kill NYT messenger on sex culture

Tribune Company chief Randy Michaels rushed out a memo to all the properties tonight trying to shoot down a New York Times column posted tonight by David Carr. The column alleges boorish behavior by Michaels and friends at Tribune.

Fox News falls for LAPD 'jetpack' story

The morning anchors at "Fox and Friends" reported today that the city of Los Angeles had ordered 10,000 space-age jetpacks for the police and fire departments — at $100,000 each. No, the broke city isn't actually spending a billion dollars so its cops can, you know, fly.

Howard Kurtz leaves Post for Daily Beast

Even the Washington Post's looongtime media writer has been seduced by the siren call of online fame and riches. Kurtz will be the Washington bureau chief for the Daily Beast.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 10.5.10

If Councilman Alarcon goes down for not living in his district home, it could be because he forgot to leave the water running. Plus more notes inside.

Jerry Brown's Castro problem

Old Cuba hand Ann Louise Bardach remembers that Jerry Brown, while mayor of Oakland, "violated U.S. sanction law during a trip to Cuba by using a CIA turncoat as a travel agent."

Brown, Whitman both cancel on debate *

Neither candidate's camp will give a reason for ditching tomorrow's scheduled radio showdown on KGO in the Bay Area, says Politico. * Added: The only real question, says the San...

Daily News endorses Fiorina

"It's time for a change," says the Daily News editorial endorsing Carly Fiorina over Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Morning Buzz: Monday 10.4.10

Spending welfare money out of state, more politics of LAFD assistants, more redevelopment scams, USC gets to keep its trademark and more.

New L.A. book of the week: L.A. in maps

la-maps-book-cover.jpg I haven't seen this book yet, but I'd still bet it will be one of my favorite books of the year. Glen Creason, the ace map librarian in the history...

L.A. Times endorses Brown, Boxer

The Los Angeles Times may have decided to be a Republican mouthpiece when it comes to political blogging, but the editorial page has endorsed Democrats Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer.

Return of the Neon Cruise: back by popular demand

We're doing another LA Observed night on the world-famous Neon Cruise on Saturday, October 16.

Deli's sandwiches no longer a work of Art *

art-at-deli-grab.jpg Art Ginsburg is leaving Art's Deli to his children, but look who reported the story for AOL Patch.

Scenes from the Brown-Whitman debate

brown-univision-debate.jpg Channel 34's website has cut up the weekend debate between the candidates for governor into sixteen bite-size video segments.

How bad was the Dodgers season?

Juan Pierre, now on the White Sox, reached base far more than any Dodger hitter — and with a better on-base percentage than Matt Kemp, James Loney or Casey Blake.

Joe Shumate, political consultant was 69

Shumate, a former deputy chief of staff to Gov. Pete Wilson, was advising both Carly Fiorina and Steve Cooley in this year's election cycle.

Downtown Art Walk gets funding, to continue monthly

Downtown property owners, i.e. some of the big beneficiaries of the monthly Art Walk's growing popularity, stepped up with $200,000 in funding to save the event and professionalize its operation.

Daily News has a new crime database too

The Daily News today unveiled Under Arrest in L.A., which it calls "a list, updated daily, of felony arrests made by the Los Angeles Police Department over a 30-day period." Searchable by name, crime and other factors.

Scully love (and L.A. love) at Sports Illustrated

Stylish blogger Joe Posnanski came to town and spent a little time with Vin Scully at the stadium, and more time listening on the radio as he rode around Los Angeles, and spins out a a nice piece exploring the origins and meaning of L.A. culture's most enduring relationship.

Stephen J. Cannell, writer-producer was 69

Cannell wrote best-selling novels and for TV shows like "Adam-12" and "Mission Impossible," then went on to produce series such as ""The Rockford Files," "The A-Team" and "21 Jump Street." He died Thursday at home in Pasadena from complications associated with melanoma.

Valley Peforming Arts Center getting ready for its closeup

sfvpac-piano-dn.jpg Sound consultants have already begun tuning the concert hall's acoustics, with the help of a single pianist at a Steinway.

Inside Robert Graham's Venice studio

robert-graham-studio.jpg Nowness.com has posted a slide show of scenes from inside the late artist's "imaginarium" in Venice, along with features on Graham and on Angelica Huston.

Broad as major player and major meddler

Eli Broad’s decision to build his art museum on Bunker Hill, and how he arrived at the decision , "illustrates how the billionaire homebuilder does business, and how he has...

Morning Buzz: Friday 10.1.10

Maids, polygraphs and vetoes, plus Rosendahl talks about being gay, calling for more memories of Tom Bradley and Lakers tickets go on sale.
Curator's guide to Huntington
Learn about the redone gallery of American art. Native Intelligence
Picture window | Voices of LA
voices-of-la-iris.jpg Kamau Daáood recites poetry backed by a klezmer jazz ensemble Sunday at Breed Street Shul. Voices of LA website. Photo: Iris Schneider
Only in LA top flag
arena-barking.jpgRemember this billboard? The latest column by Steve Harvey.
Tough history of water rationing
cascades-in-spray.jpgVisiting blogger: California has seen it worse and there's a lesson in that. Native Intelligence
Scythed chariot
Second Street, Santa Monica Place3 8-14 - Copy.JPGSpotted in Santa Monica by Ellen Alperstein. More