Wednesday news and notes

  • I thought my daughter's snowed-in-at-Heathrow story was bad enough: eight days late coming home and missing Christmas. But the experience of UC Irvine professor Ngugi wa Thiong’o was even worse and more costly.
  • Lisa Pearson's Siglio Press in an Eagle Rock garage figures into a David Ulin exploration into the future of the printed book in the age of e-books.
  • Winners and losers of 2010 as chosen by the staff of The Wrap.
  • Rachanee Srisavasdi, a court reporter for The Orange County Register for nearly 14 years, is moving to communications director for the Los Angeles-based Asian Pacific American Legal Center.
  • Jonathan Lethem, the author who has taken over for the late David Foster Wallace at Pomona College, turns up on New York magazine's Reasons to Love New York issue as #59: Because Our Most Notable Recent Exile Can’t Stop Thinking About Us.
  • L.A. Olympics movement journalist Alan Abrahamson pays tribute to his friend Bud Greenspan, the documentary filmmaker who died Saturday at 84.
  • The family enclave of Vernon is fighting efforts to strip its cityhood status.
  • How to get reimbursed (maybe) for damages caused by an L.A. street pothole.
  • Fox 11's Gigi Graciette on Twitter: "Dealing with Chase Bank is the most frustrating thing I have ever had to do. HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE. #FAIL - #EPICFAIL #CHASE"
  • Gerry Spector, whose career has been tied to Sam Zell since he was a 25-year-old accountant (he's now 63), is no longer Tribune's chierf operating officer.
  • Robert S. Chandler, the National Park Service veteran who was the first superintendent of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, died at age 74.

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