Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 2.2.11

Cairo turns violent, Anderson Cooper attacked, Carolyn Cole photos, more stadium aftermath in L.A., plus Tim Rutten, Joe Frank, Rob Neyer, Doyce Nunis and more.

Top of the news

Street protests in Cairo turned violent today as allies and foes of Hosni Mubarak have begun clashing. NYT, AJE


Mayor Villaraigosa scheduled an interview this morning with the "Peter Tilden Show" on 790 KABC-AM about the proposed Farmers Field.

Councilman Paul Krekorian said today he's worried the city is going to "extraordinary lengths" to approve the stadium on an accelerated time line. L.A. Now

DA Steve Cooley has opened an inquiry based on a citizen complaint that contributors to the campaign of CD 14 candidate Rudy Martinez were illegally reimbursed for their donations. LAT, City Maven

The City Council whittled $16 million from the Los Angeles budget Tuesday, but avoided ordering more employee furloughs, although it faces the prospect of having to cut $30 million more by July. DN

Residents of Beverly Hills and the MTA are still at odds over the location of the future subway station in Century City. Neon Tommy

At least 15 local government agencies across California paid top executives more than $300,000 in 2009, the state controller's office reported Tuesday. LAT

Los Angeles Unified will delay the launch of its "early start" calendar until 2012-13 because of uncertainty about the state budget. DN

Media and media people

L.A. Times photographer Carolyn Cole has made it into Egypt. Audio slide show

CNN's Anderson Cooper says he got roughed up by thugs in a pro-Mubarak crowd in Egypt. Romenesko

New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller explained why the paper decided to publish the classified dispatches and cables from WikiLeaks, and talked about the paper's discussions with Julian Assange. Fresh Air

Tim Rutten says "we ought to be outraged, and somebody should be ashamed," that Simon & Schuster allowed "O: A Presidential Novel" to be published anonymously by former McCain speechwriter Mark Salter. LAT op-ed

Radio dramatist Joe Frank talks to James Rainey. LAT

The Los Angeles Times updated and republished its ethics guidelines. Readers Representative

Rob Neyer, a protege of baseball analyst Bill James and a "gateway drug" to a generation of online baseball writers and bloggers, has left after 15 years for SB Nation. His move beat our Halle Berry, Rihanna and Mubarak as a Google Hot Topic. Craig Calcaterra, Will Leitch, Dave Cameron

Authors Michael Tolkin and David Corbett write about judging a literary competition inside San Quentin Prison. Mulholland Books

Director David O.Russell talks about "The Fighter" with Elvis Mitchell on "The Treatment" at 2"30 p.m. on KCRW.


The LAPD has temporarily dismantled anti-gang units in some neighborhoods because officers refused to comply with a controversial financial disclosure rule that they view as misguided and invasive. LAT

Griffith Park was the busiest local location for filming in 2010. LAT

Doyce Nunis Jr., an educator, author and historian who edited the Historical Society of Southern California's respected journal Southern California Quarterly for 43 years, died Jan. 22 at County-USC Medical Center from complications after abdominal surgery. He was 86. LAT

Planning ahead

The first Downtown Movie History Night will be held at Metropolis Books on Saturday from 6-10 p.m. with the authors of "Location Filming in Los Angeles" and the location managers for "Spiderman" and "(500) Days of Summer."

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