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Morning Buzz: Thursday 2.3.11

Egypt violence goes after the journalists, chief justice on Prop. 8, stadium and bus lane follows, plus the end of the Women's Conference in Long Beach.

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The Egyptian government broadened its crackdown on Thursday to the international news media and human rights workers, in an apparent effort to remove witnesses to the battle with antigovernment protesters. NYT


Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye told reporters that the California Supreme Court may decide "as soon as next week" whether to weigh in on the federal Proposition 8 appeal and expressed hope that a Southern California Latino would be chosen to succeed departing Justice Carlos R. Moreno. LAT, AP

Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to eliminate community redevelopment agencies throughout the state is overkill, argues CRA commissioner Madeline Janis. LAT op-ed

Some members of the City Council, led by Paul Krekorian, were cool to the AEG stadium project at the first discussion around the horseshoe on Wednesday. The council formed a working group including the Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Legislative Analyst to look deeper at the project. LAT, DN/Kerry Cavanaugh

Los Angeles city officials should be acting as dubious representatives of the city of Los Angeles, not the stadium's biggest fans. DN editorial put up a list of Anschutz and AEG-related contributions to incumbent lawmakers between 2003-2009: $92,582 led by Republican Tony Strickland and Democrat Alex Padilla. MapLight

Republican Jon Fleischman suspects that Speaker John Perez and other Democratic leaders have already reached out to Phil Anschutz about giving him the enviro relief he wants for the stadium. Fox & Hounds

Overall price tag of the Downtown stadium and replacing the West Hall of the Convention Center: upwards of $1.35 billion. SGV Tribune

A Pew Charitable Trusts study says the Los Angeles City Council has the nation’s highest average salary for such a body -- $178,789 -- and that its members represent the most people at about 255,000 each. Pew

City Council members called on transit officials to study a shorter bus lane option for Wilshire Boulevard, but they refused to officially support the 5.4-mile option, which would eliminate the Westside leg of the planned route. LAT, KPCC

City Controller Wendy Greuel announced Wednesday that her office had collected more than $5.3 million in delinquent taxes over the past year. DN

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge today determined that Americana at Brand developer Rick Caruso and the city of Glendale were liable for effectively driving a recording studio out of business during the construction of the outdoor mega-mall. News-Press

Media and media people

Shearlean Duke, former L.A. Times staffer in Orange County and boating columnist, died after a battle with brain cancer in Bellingham, Washington. She had recently retired as chairman of the journalism department at Western Washington University.


The Women's Conference that Maria Shriver spearheaded in Long Beach won't continue there, if at all. Press-Telegram

Music producer and lifelong friend of Michael Jackson Frank Cascio sold a memoir "My Friend Michael: Growing Up with the King of Pop," said to be about "Cascio's relationship with Michael Jackson over 25 years, promising a candid, moving, and detailed portrait of the pop icon." Sold to William Morrow for publication in fall 2011. Publishers Lunch

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