Morning Buzz: Monday 3.7.11

John Bogert writes about his cancer, political jostling for Tuesday and 2013, free parking near polls, HuffPost hires six — plus Rashida Jones, Tate Donovan and the Dominator anniversary.

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Daily Breeze columnist John Bogert writes about his battle against cancer. Breeze

Politics and politicos

Newly promoted chief deputy DA Jackie Lacey admits that one reason she moved to Porter Ranch from Ventura County was to establish residency in case she runs for the top job. Orlov also looks at the mayor's race and more. DN/Tipoffs

In school board races, Villaraigosa looms. LAT

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is blasting a campaign mailer sent out by an independent political action committee that listed more than a dozen dead community and religious leaders as endorsing Councilman Bernard C. Parks' reelection campaign. LAT

It's an insider vs. five outsiders in the CD 12 race. DN

Parking restrictions within a mile of polling sites will be lifted tomorrow for Election Day, according to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. This means that drivers will not need to pay parking meters or adhere to the listed time restrictions. Also, street cleaning restrictions will not be enforced, nor will preferential parking districts. City Maven

It's a three-way race among Democrats for the Jane Harman seat in Congress. Plus: Hermosa Beach Councilman Patrick "Kit" Bobko announced Sunday night he is running as a Republican. Dan Walters, PolitiCal

Three meetings of the mayor's commission on the Farmers Field NFL stadium proposal are scheduled this week. City Maven

Majestic Properties will call its stadium location "Grand Crossing" from now on because the NFL doesn't like the implications of "City of Industry." AP

D.J. Waldie offers some backstory on how Los Angeles County came to have 88 cities (possibly soon to be 87.) SoCal Focus

Bell candidate Miguel Sanchez may have died of complications from swine flu. LA Weekly

Media and media people

AOL filed papers completing its purchase of the Huffington Post and the site announced six new editorial hires, including Yahoo's Michael Calderone. The Wrap

Arianna Huffington scoffed at the notion of a strike by her site's volunteer bloggers. The Wrap

A Q&A on what's happening with Tribune's bankruptcy, possibly heading into a final chapter. Chicago Tribune

Since its switch to Facebook comments, Tech Crunch has been getting many fewer comments on its articles — but most of the comments are coherent. Tech Crunch


More than 8,000 participants raised money and took part in Susan G. Komen's 15th annual Los Angeles County Race for the Cure on Sunday at Dodger Stadium. DN

More than 90 percent of nursing homes employ at least one person with at least one criminal conviction, and nearly half of facilities have five people on staff with a criminal conviction, according to a report by the federal Health and Human Services Inspector General. California Watch

Wilacre Park in Laurel Canyon is getting more and more crowded, to the chagrin of neighbors. DN

The Daily chats with Santa Monica resident Tate Donovan about his new play on Broadway.

Rashida Jones' guest DJ set list at KCRW.

Tokyo grandfather and travel agent Shigeo Tokuda is 76 and the hottest thing in Japan's emerging adult movie genre known as "elder porn." LAT

Planning ahead

Anniversary alert: On March 13, 1961, the freighter Dominator bound for San Pedro from Vancouver ran aground at Palos Verdes. The wreckage has delighted divers and sailors ever since.

More by Kevin Roderick:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
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