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What if Mexico were a movie?

mexico-hands.jpg That's the mildly provocative premise of three observations commissioned by Zocalo.

'God of Carnage' a hit at the Ahmanson box office

God of Carnage Photo 8.jpg Before the eight-week run closed Sunday at the Ahmanson Theatre, "God of Carnage" sold 97,567 tickets and grossed $7,794,941. Those are all-time highs for a play at CTG.

KCET's Japan benefit raises $90,304

kcet-japan-benefit.jpg CET says that all of the money raised during the three-hour telethon it aired on May 24 will go for Japanese tsunami relief efforts.

Freelancer admits she talks too much

In one of Salon.com's Mortifying Disclosures features, Los Angeles journalist Taffy Brodesser-Akner reveals herself to be a blabbermouth who doesn't listen enough. Her description, not mine.

Endeavour a go to land tonight in Florida *

It would have been fitting and delightfully cinematic if the space shuttle Endeavour concluded its final flight with a weather diversion to Southern California. Alas, those NASA guys have no sense of story.

Book note: Driving Mr. Yogi

Harvey Araton's February column in the New York Times about the spring training friendship between Yogi Berra and former Yankees pitcher Ron Guidry is heading to bookshelves.

Mike Brown: Lakers are still Kobe's team

Bryant is "one of the best ever" and his role will not change under the Lakers new offense, coach Mike Brown said at his introductory presser today in El Segundo.

More testing tonight on the Expo Line

A three-car train is due to be tested on Metro's new Expo Line between today and Thursday.

Follow us on Twitter

We crossed over the 8,000 followers barrier at Twitter this weekend. Plus: Parking and politics on LA Observed on KCRW.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.31.11

The FBI's probe at City Hall grows, Newton on the Republican vote for mayor, unhappy white folks, Waldie on The Atlantic's look at local cities, interesting chefs of Downtown and Mike Brown is introduced later today as the Lakers" new coach.

Reading L.A. freeways

405-looking-north.jpg In his quest to read 25 books about Los Angeles this year, LAT architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne is up to David Brodsly's slim 1981 work "L.A. Freeway: An Appreciative Essay."

U.S. Attorney op-eds for the first time

Andre Birotte, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Los Angeles district, made the first op-ed piece of his term about the importance of respecting civil liberties in the fight against terrorism.

French journalist tortured in Bahrain

Nazeeha Saeed, the Bahrain correspondent of France 24 and Radio Monte Carlo Doualiya, was summoned to a police station, blindfolded, beaten on her back and feet with flexible plastic tubing and questioned about her reports.

Lowry: Pictures not getting smaller, the journalism is

Variety columnist Brian Lowry has a bad reaction to Sunday's Calendar story in the L.A. Times about the current cycle of action heroes in films being more impressively muscled than in previous rounds.

Trailer posted for 'Girl with a Dragon Tattoo' *

Marketing slogan: "The Feel Bad Movie of Christmas." Tag line: "She's coming." Watch the video.

Holiday weekend reads

janice-min-thr-nyt.jpg Janice Min's THR makeover, Farrah Fawcett's death, Sheriff Baca's special recruit, how L.A. County cities fit together plus some quotables.

No fireworks show in Marina del Rey this July 4

The county's Department of Beaches and Harbors website blames "budget curtailments" for the cancellation of the traditional beachfront fireworks show.

Jim Buss: we wanted Phil Jackson to stay

Jim Buss, the son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, sat down with the Times' T.J. Simers to do damage control about the hiring of Mike Brown as coach.

Dodger bats fiddle as stadium burns

dodger-stadium-fire-donna.jpg When a fire broke out tonight at Dodger Stadium, fans joked about Frank McCourt burning the place down for the insurance.

Weekend obits

Gil Scott-Heron, Jeff Conaway, Margo Dydek, Irene Gilbert, Don Kubly, Dana Brand, Tom West.

James Kang, media manager at CBS LA *

At the end of the news at 11, Channel 2 anchor Pat Harvey's voice was thick with emotion as she announced the unexpected death of colleague James Kang.

Details of the 405's weekend closure in July: it's Big

405detailsmap1.jpg When was the last time you saw a news release issued jointly by Caltrans, Metro, the California Highway Patrol, the Los Angeles Police Department and the L.A. Fire Department?

Q: How badly is the Lakers' choice of Mike Brown going over?

Pretty badly. Mark Heisler, the L.A. Times' longtime NBA writer, isn't impressed by the growing role of Jerry Buss' son, Jim, or his pick of Brown to coach Kobe Bryant.

Conan wants an L.A. street named after him

Inspired by Oprah Winfrey's street in Chicago, Conan O'Brien calls on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to get it done. Video.

Meghan McCain at home in WeHo in NYT Magazine

meghan-mccain-weho-nyt.jpg The New York Times Magazine has a little feature where it looks at interesting people's homes.

Morning Buzz: Friday 5.27.11

School board race decided, saga of Streisand's Malibu compound, McCourts talk settlement, the Brattons send off Elaine's, and a new baby in L.A. media land. Plus more.

Big day at the Metro board meeting

Crenshaw-route-map-mta.jpg The MTA board passed its largest annual budget ever, held fares at current levels, gave support to — but declined to fund — a Crenshaw rail station at Leimert Park, and approved 7.7 miles of interrupted peak-hour bus lanes on Wilshire Boulevard.

Former Vernon poobah pleads guilty

ruce Malkenhorst Sr., at one time California's highest-paid public official — while employed by one of the state's least populated cities — pleaded guilty today to a charge of misappropriating public funds.

Real Angelenos don't fawn over celebrities

brecht.jpg Times columnist Hector Tobar offers his "guidelines" for qualifying as a real Angeleno.
garton-bike.jpg Andrew Garton, 44, a seven-year veteran of the Hawthorne Police Department, was escorting the procession for Manhattan Beach officer Mark Vasquez when his motorcycle was involved in a crash with another officer.

City parking chief to step down, NBC 4 says

Jimmy Price will officially retire on June 4 from the LA Department of Transportation, several years ahead of his planned exit, Joel Grover reports.

Morning Buzz: Thursday 5.26.11

Briefly: LAPD "satisfied" with lineup involving suspect in Bryan Stow case, but still no charges filed. LAT Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas urges that the Crenshaw light-rail line stop at Leimert Park...

405 update: What's going to happen at Wilshire

wilshire-loops-as-finished.jpg It's going to get a lot worse before it gets better — and be prepared for two years of disruption near the busiest intersection in Los Angeles.

Demo work ordered to halt at KCET studio

A city inspector from the Department of Building and Safety showed up at the KCET studios on Sunset Boulevard on Wednesday.

McCourt says he will make Dodgers payroll

McCourt needs to pay out about $9.8 million to avoid baseball stepping in. The bill goes up next month when Manny Ramirez has to be paid.

Jaime Chambers swims from Alcatraz to land

jaime-chambers-alcatraz-setup.jpg KTLA reporter Jaime Chambers does the swim in 38 minutes.

Something not seen before: a train over La Brea

An Expo Line train being tested on the new bridge over La Brea Avenue.

Bob Dylan at Hollywood Bowl, 1965 *

dylan-hwd-bowl.jpg The Hollywood Bowl is celebrating its 90th year by posting a Twitter-sized nugget from the archives on the web each day.

Traffic officers behaving badly, part 2

ladot-traffic-officer-knbc.jpg Good lede from Channel 4 investigative reporter Joel Grover on his latest story about L.A. traffic officers behaving badly.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 5.25.11

Lakers close in on Mike Brown, LA's vanishing children, housing commissioners living the good life, CNBC anchor Mark Haines dies and a local TV anchor tweets her lunch with political analysts. Plus much more.

John Cassavetes drives Mulholland, 1965

In a clip taken from the 1968 documentary "Cineaste de notre temps," the actor and filmmaker cruises through the Hollywood Hills in a convertible — with the Beach Boys singing "California Girls" on the radio — and complains there aren't enough people in L.A.

LA Sketchbook: Prisons

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Case against Stow suspect needs more time

Authorities are using a parole hold to keep Giovanni Ramirez in custody, without criminal charges, while the police investigation continues.

Inside the ranch home of "The Biggest Loser'

BL-signs1.jpg Where is this place: The Ranch? Turns out it's actually the historic former home near Malibu Canyon of razor heir King Gillette, one of the more interesting Angelenos of yore.

Here's what goes when a college library cuts 30,000 books

Ronald Macaulay, an emeritus professor of linguistics at Pitzer College, is the author of last year's "Seven Ways of Looking at Language." When he heard that the Claremont Colleges Library...

Big move at 'Here in Malibu'

veronique-home-vacant.jpg Veronique de Turenne breaks some personal news today on her blog.

One local Nieman Fellow gets the call

Journalists love being tapped by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

Bryan Stow family to sue the Dodgers

bryan-stow-kids.jpg The beating victim's family will sue today in L.A. Superior Court, the Daily Journal says in a story.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.24.11

What the SCOTUS ruling on prisons means, searching for more Dodger Stadium suspects, Antonio and Zev face to face, a new NYT columnist and more.

Champion of the healthy firehouse kitchen

Firefighter-Paramedic-Sheila-long.jpg Sheila Kelliher, a firefighter-paramedic at the county's West Hollywood fire station, won a cooking contest with clean, healthy chili.

LA Observed on KCRW: Scrubbing Arnold

The L.A. Times' groping stories about Arnold Schwarzenegger were the right thing to do in 2003, and they look even better now that his secret life has come out.

KCET to air benefit for Japan relief

KCET is devoting the 8 to 11 p.m. block on Tuesday night to a live show raising money for Japan. All proceeds will go to tsunami and quake relief efforts...

Pomona is no. 7 and not happy about it

Pomona had apparently gotten used to being the fifth most populous city in Los Angeles County. Falling behind Palmdale and Lancaster hurts.

New editor in the Valley

The San Fernando Valley Business Journal has a new editor. Plus: The story of ValSurf, and the band She Wants Revenge really loves the Valley.

Correction o' the day

The Robert Redford myth that refuses to die, this time in the Los Angeles Times.

Morning Buzz: Monday 5.23.11

County jail for two, Greuel's fundraising lead, Caruso's next speech, Ricky Jay's book of KCRW commentaries and more.

Cooley aide: Trutanich not 'up to the job'

Here's an explanation for why DA Steve Cooley did not encourage the City Attorney to run for his job.

Martin Singer, man in the news

“We’re one of the few firms that sue; we don’t just send a letter,” Singer says in a NYT mini-profile of Hollywood's guard dog to the stars.

L.A. journalist turned Cincy blogger

state-route-013.jpg Gordon Smith, the former Los Angeles bureau chief for Copley News Service, resigned last year as chief spokesman for the local ACLU to movie with his wife to a farm...

Pete Noyes and "The Big News" on KNXT

real-la-confidential.jpg A little follow to Saturday's post about the Channel 2 alumni who are burning up Facebook.

Arnold paid $65,000 for fling's house — last year

TMZ posts the documents showing that Gov. Schwarzenegger paid the down payment on Mildred Baena's house in Bakersfield.

Armstrong grand jury 'may change history of sports'

Actually, tonight's "60 Minutes" says it's the testimony of Lance Armstrong's former teammate and confidante, Tyler Hamilton, that threatens to rewrite the story of bike racing and its biggest American legend.
OK, the statement shapers got their work done in time for the LAPD to announce this afternoon they have formally arrested a 31-year-old man in the Bryan Stow beating.

Police detain suspect in Bryan Stow assault*

stow-suspects-lapd.jpg A suspect was extracted from an East Hollywood apartment building in a SWAT operation this morning, the LAPD says.

Barbara Stuart, actress in six decades was 81

STUART-obit-nyt.jpg Stuart worked in episodic television during almost the entire run of the genre, starting with "I Led Three Lives" in 1954 and concluding with the Showtime series "Huff" in 2006.

Kareem calls himself an ex-Laker

kareem-sportingnews.jpg Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says he's moved on from the Lakers. At least one letter writer has moved on from him.

Channel 2 alumni flock to Facebook

alvera-hill-facebook-crop.jpg If you worked at Channel 2 in Los Angeles any time back to "The Big News" years with Jerry Dunphy and Bill Stout, there's a Facebook group you might like.

Lovely downtown Canoga Park, not

A YouTube videomaker who doesn't care for the grittier realities of life in the Valley has made a series of "tourism" videos on Canoga Park and Van Nuys.

Hancock Park's House of Davids for sale

house-of-davids.jpg The streetscape landmark on 3rd Street "exists outside the normal boundaries of space, time, and interior decorating," says Curbed LA.

Anti-circumcision vote could be coming to Santa Monica

A Notice of Intent to Circulate a Petition that would make most circumcision a misdemeanor was filed with the city of Santa Monica this week.
When Controller Wendy Greuel was on the City Council, her office made use of the special desk to handle, um, delicate requests from elected officials for special handling of parking tickets.

Morning Buzz: Friday 5.20.11

A quickie round-up today.

Bowen concedes, race now set in 36th district

It will be Democrat Janice Hahn and Republican Craig Huey in the July 12 runoff to succeed Jane Harman in Congress.

Ex-basketball phenom roams Hollywood streets

Lewis Brown played high school ball for Verbum Dei and starred for the UNLV team in Las Vegas. The 6-11 former center has been living on the streets of Los Angeles for ten years.

Morning Buzz: Thursday 5.19.11

A quick roundup this morning.
The LAT explains why it didn't, the NYT says why it did, plus revelations on how the L.A. Times got the story in the first place.

When LeDuff met the mother of Arnold's secret son

arnoldharley.jpg Charlie LeDuff, then at the New York Times, remembers Mildred Baena as well-endowed but not much of a cook. It's the backstory that's amusing, however.
A snippet from the press conference in Cannes where the director of "Melancholia" admits that Hitler "was not one of the good guys," but someone he understands and sympathizes with.

Yaroslavsky, Ridley-Thomas go at it over county CEO

On tonight's "Which Way, L.A.?" on KCRW, the Times' Jim Newton came on to lay out the calm outsider's view of why the county Board of Supervisors is all torn apart over the work of CEO William Fujioka. Then the Supes came on.
The only real surprise is that Craig Huey, the unknown Republican businessman who finished second in the 36th congressional district, didn't get more votes. Here's why.

Jamie McCourt expected to ask for immediate sale of Dodgers

She will apparently send her lawyers to court tomorrow to argue that ex-husband Frank McCourt has endangered the value of the Dodgers, and set her up for a big loss should Commissioner Bud Selig seize the club.

LA Sketchbook: The Satyrminator

qq-satyrminator.JPG See more by Steve Greenberg in the LA Sketchbook archive.

Taking the train to Dodger Stadium is possible

Inland empire columnist David Allen got to Monday night's Dodgers game in the second inning and left in the eighth, but he can say he successfully took MetroLink and the Union Station shuttle.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 5.18.11

Arnold follows, Cooley follows, Fujioka follows, a marriage engagement in L.A. media land and more.

Well look at that: Republican may be in the 36th CD runoff

With 100 percent of precincts counted, Craig Huey looks to have edged his way into the runoff with Janice Hahn while Debra Bowen and Marcy Winograd peeled off Democratic votes.

Daily Journal has openings again

Editor David Houston announced another exit with a pitch to come use his paper as a steppingstone. Read the memo to staff.

Iran releases missing Al Jazeera reporter

dorothy-parvaz.jpg Dorothy Parvaz called her fiancee tonight from safety in Doha, Qatar. The first words she said to him were: "I'm so sorry."

Reporter recalls investigating Arnold's groping for the LAT

Tracy Weber details getting some of Schwarzenegger's victims to talk days before the election in 2003, but wonders if it mattered.

Names, pictures of Arnold's secret family hit the web

The housekeeper that bore Arnold Schwarzenegger's child is Mildred Patricia Baena, according to TMZ and Radar Online in separate reports.

Stieg Larsson and Scandinavian crime fiction at UCLA

lisbeth-salander.jpg Lisbeth Salander is all over the agenda for a two-day symposium in Royce Hall on the late Larsson's works and the larger genre.

Play based on Marichal & Roseboro opens here tonight

marichalroseboro.jpg We first told you about Roger Guenveur Smith's one-man show, which traces its roots to the summer day in 1965 when San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal conked Dodgers catcher John Roseboro's head with a bat, back in 2009.

Hunting for Osama in the Hollywood Hills

Funny, I didn't realize Pakistan's terrain is chapparal.

Chris Matthews in Exposition Park

MSNBC's lineup much of the day has been beamed from a stage set up in Exposition Park. Here's a clip.

DA Cooley finally says it: won't run again

District Attorney Steve Cooley says this term, his fourth, will be his last and he endorsed chief deputy Jacquelyn Lacey to succeed him.

Cartoon and Daily Mail mentioned Arnold love child in 2003 *

arnold-love-child-cardow.jpg An Ottawa cartoonist may have just gotten lucky, but the Daily Mail had details before Arnold was governor.

'Levitated Mass,' behind the scenes

rock-photo-w-figs1.jpg LACMA is beginning prep work for a major new art installation that will open to the public in November.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.17.11

Election day, Brown's budget, those FlyAway buses to LAX run up a huge deficit and a bunch of media and politics notes.

Schwarzenegger admits love child...with household staffer *

At least there was no groping, eh?

The 11 C's that hook the news media

Capt._Mike_Parker._cropped_bigger.jpg Capt. Mike Parker, the public information officer for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, boils down what reporters want to eleven elements.

Roseanne: fame's a bitch and so am I

roseanne-nymag.jpg Roseanne Barr writes a piece in New York magazine that covers a lot of ground from Charlie Sheen to the cruel illusions of fame to the treatment of women in Hollywood.

Checking in on L.A. parrots

A contributor at Leimert Park Beat posted a brief video of the parrots in his coral tree.

Cooking with Julia and Suzanne

suz-marques-julia.jpg Channels 2 and 9 reporter Suzanne Marques blogs that she's been reading Julia Child's autobiography — and woke up Sunday morning with an insatiable craving to make Julia's Boeuf Bourguignon recipe that had a starring role in the movie "Julia and Julia." So she did.

LA Observed on KCRW: The freeway that ate summer

I-405-logo-color.jpg Tonight's KCRW column, airing at 6:44 p.m. talks about the massive I-405 freeway makeover and the plans to close the freeway for a weekend in July.

American media gradually leaving Tijuana behind

vicente-calderon.jpg Reporting on Tijuana is not as dangerous as it looks, says TijuanaPress.com co-founder Vicente Calderón, but it's still like covering a conflict zone.
The Northern California paramedic severely injured in a beating at Dodger Stadium in March was flown from Burbnank today.

Morning Buzz: Monday 5.16.11

Endeavour launches as Exposition Park awaits its arrival, state Democrats smell a two-thirds majority, the bungling of high-speed rail, more analysis of Caruso's speech, a gay CNN anchor plus books and authors and a bunch of media notes.

Pabst Blue Ribbon returning to L.A.

pabst-ribbon.jpg The company that makes Pabst Blue Ribbon beer is moving its headquarters from the Chicago area to Los Angeles, where the name has local roots.

Capitol Records towers, the street view

capitol-records-towers.jpg Here's how the developer foresees the streetscape of Hollywood miraculously changing if approval is forthcoming for high-rise towers around the Capitol Records building on Vine Street.

Happy 65th birthday, Tommy's

cupidsnr.jpg Original Tommy's rolled back prices Sunday at the founding location at Beverly and Rampart boulevards — 65 cents for a chili cheeseburger and a Coca-Cola. Limit five per customer. (No comment.)

LA Sketchbook: UC tuition

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405 project: No more playing nice

I405-East-View-of-Mulholland-Bridge-5501.jpg All lanes of the freeway will close in Sepulveda Pass for an enitre weekend in July. You've been warned, but you will be warned again.

Morning Buzz: Friday 5.13.11

Interrogating LAUSD librarians, Sean Clegg on Caruso's speech, Drudge Report hires, Al Martinez on the "assassination" of bin Laden, plus Phil Jackson and more.

Misty Copeland takes NYC

The most famous dancer (I think) from San Pedro is profiled in the current New York magazine as the first black female soloist at American Ballet Theatre in decades and as the muse to Prince in a recent video. Copeland, a prodigy after she took up dance as a teenager,
Rick Caruso continued to play coy about his plans to run for mayor, but in the luncheon speech at Town Hall Los Angeles we told you about this morning he got in some jabs at the city's politicos.

Ventura Star editor giving reader comments one last chance

Editor Joe Howry is tired of doing battle with the anti-social idiots who comment on the Ventura County Star website.

Jim Lehrer leaving the anchor chair at PBS NewsHour

Lehrer will continue to appear on Friday broadcasts, moderating the weekly analysis of Mark Shields and David Brooks.

Morning Buzz: Thursday 5.12.11

Brown back at work appointing Democrats, no charges against ex-EAA chief, where Maria Shriver might be living and more.

Caruso to give speech on city leadership

rickcarusocrop.jpg I guess we'll get some clues about the mayoral aspirations of developer Rick Caruso this afternoon.

Tom Bradley documentary wins $50,000 grant

ss11-tom-bradley-august-1973.jpg The research and development grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for "Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race" is the only such grant in the state, Rep. Karen Bass said.

Bin Laden's journal mentions Los Angeles as a target

The snippets reported in the media sound more like ideological encouragement than operational orders, but the mention of Los Angeles and other cities came in the context of calls by Osama bin Laden to kill as many Americans as possible.

A roundabout answer to Westside traffic

dupont.jpg Westwood architect Jamie B. Myer has designed an innovative solution to the bottleneck that forms along Santa Monica Boulevard where it crosses under the 405 freeway.

San Fernando Valley Fair won't be held this year

devonshire-downs-flier.jpg End of an era in the Valley, which was still agricultural enough in the 1940s to launch an annual livestock and equestrian fair held for a few decades at the Devonshire Downs race track and fairgrounds in Northridge.

Kendrys Morales to miss second Angels season

kendry-moralies-goes-down.jpg The Angels' home plate celebration last May 29 of Kendrys Morales' game-winning grand-slam home run must be the most costly walk-off party in the history of pro sports.

Highlights from Phil Jackson's exit press conference

phil-jackson-exit-interview.jpg He goes out as one of the most interesting — and most successful — sports figures we've ever had in L.A.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 5.11.11

Inside the LAPD's red light photo unit, Greuel's cellphone audit, Brown's cuts, Villaraigosa's lunch at Drago yesterday, Rainey on those Schwarzenegger groping stories from '03, Hillary Swank's looks and much more.

'The Clock' to screen for 24 hours at LACMA

the-clock-lacma.jpg The West Coast premiere of artist Christian Marclay's "The Clock," a 24-hour montage of thousands of scenes from films and television depicting the passage of time, will run in LACMA's Bing Theater from 11 a.m. on Monday, May 16 until Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Supervisors vote to take over two departments

The elected county Board of Supervisors, and not their CEO William Fujioka, would run the Department of Children and Family Services and the probation department if a 3-2 vote on Tuesday holds up.

Where is the Eastside: the conversation continues *

whittier-blvd-sign.jpg Jenny Burman excerpts at Chicken Corner a lively online discussion on the identity and history of the term Eastside, as a descriptor of place in Los Angeles. Plus some past posts on the subject.

LA Observed on KCRW: Jerry Brown's informal style

qqxsgJerryBrown-Field.jpg On this week's LA Observed column on KCRW, I argue that Gov. Jerry Brown's nonchalant informality certainly works as media imagery and can be refreshing. It can also seem like lack of preparation or inattention to detail.

Tale of two marriages *

Regarding the breakup of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver's 25-year marriage, there's a his version and a her version.

Bynum suspended for five games next season

Andrew Bynum's dumb elbow to the upper body of Dallas guard J.J. Barea in the Lakers' final playoff game will cost him $702,272, including the five-game suspension and a $25,000 for taking off his jersey as he left the court.

Musicians local 47 starts Internet radio station

Professional Musicians Local 47 says its programming, which they call Pro Music 47 Radio, is the first "geared solely to promoting union musicians."

New newspaper spoof appears

the-final-edition.jpg The latest in the genre is The Final Edition, which aims at the New York Times. Tony Hendra, the former editor-in-chief of SPY Magazine, is behind it.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.10.11

More on Schwarzenegger-Shriver split, Cynthia Ruiz moves to Port job, the sheriff's own gangs problem, a Republican in the South Bay and the whale carcass in San Pedro. Plus more.

LA Sketchbook: Lakers crash

'Los Angeles' wins two Ellies tonight

ellie.jpg Los Angeles wins the American Society of Magazine Editors award for feature writing and general excellence by a specialty magazine.

Schwarzenegger, Shriver announce they are separated

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver released a statement tonight saying they are living apart "while we work on the future of our relationship."

USC establishes Kam Kuwata award

kam-kuwata-usc.jpg The Kam Kuwata USC award will be given to a student or students who have demonstrated a strong interest in campaign politics and provide them with financial support to work on behalf of a candidate or cause that inspires them.

Free tickets: Billy West and Tom Kenny

kenny_west-300x198.jpg We have some tickets courtesy of Live Talks Los Angeles for Wednesday's 8 p.m. show at Track 16 in Santa Monica: voice actors Billy West and Tom Kenny in conversation with L.A. author and journalist Kristine McKenna.

Getty Trust names new president and CEO

James Cuno will assume his position August 1. He has been president and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago since 2004.

Times re-embraces City-County bureau

The City-County bureau concept is coming back again, with longtime staff writer Rich Connell in charge.

Morning Buzz: Monday 5.9.11

New value-added data on teachers from LAT, judges like Bob Dylan, LAPD legal settlements, the Legislature dumbs down and a bow tie in honor of Kam Kuwata. Plus a lot more for a Monday.

LA Crone: New blog on aging gracefully in L.A.

lacrone-thumb.jpg Adrienne Crew came to me a while ago and said she wanted to do a personal blog on growing older in Los Angeles. The topic is one that a lot of people quietly think about, but it doesn't get a lot attention in the blogosphere.

Correction o' the day: Orcrist edition

From the New York Times, posted today on a story from last weekend about baseball players naming their bats.

Can the Lakers rise to the challenge? No.

Final score 122-86. The Lakers are swept out of the NBA playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks, and manage to look unclassy doing it.

Ethier streak ends at 30

Andre Ethier went 0 for 4 Saturday night against Mets pitchers, ending his quest for the longest hitting streak in Dodgers history. They lost 4-2 to the Mets....

David Hume Kennerly gives oral history of Nixon years

david-hume-kennerly-oral-hi.jpg David Hume Kennerly won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972 (at age 25) for his combat photography of the Vietnam War and was at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles the night in June, 1968 that Robert F. Kennedy was shot.

City parking officers targeting media cars

park-at-joes.jpg About 600 photographers, reporters and others pay $100 a year for a permit that is supposed to allow them to park at expired meters and in preferential parking zones while covering news

Building inspector corruption probe expands citywide

fbi_exchange_cash_mamoun.jpg Federal grand jury subpoenas have come in, there's been a guilty plea, and a USC fraternity sues for being held up for bribes.

James Beard honors for Kuh, Gold

Patric Kuh of Los Angeles magazine and Jonathan Gold of LA Weekly are the top local winners of the James Beard Foundation media awards.

Double uh-oh: Lakers down 0-3

No NBA team has come back from a three-game deficit in the playoffs, according to the TV broadcast.

Ethier extends hitting streak to 30

ethier-streak-swing.jpg That gives him the second-longest hitting streak in Dodgers history, L.A. or Brooklyn. Former centerfielder Willie Davis holds the top spot at 31 games.

Beutner wants his friends to sell the brand

beutner-lamag.jpg In an email sent by his exploratory campaign for mayor, first-time candidate Austin Beutner asks his contacts to talk him up — and particularly to mention Richard Riordan and that Los Angeles Magazine profile.

LA Times publisher named CEO of Tribune

Eddy Hartenstein remains publisher of Los Angeles Times Media Group, but has appointed former Times executive Kathy Thomson as president and chief operating officer of the paper.

McCourt corrects Soboroff's comments on KPCC

Dodgers owner apologizes for untrue comments about Tom Scheiifer, MLB's monitor at Dodger Stadium.

Pink donkey for Cinco de Mayo makes people mad

pinktacodonkey.jpg For yesterday's celebration of Cinco de Mayo, the Pink Taco in the Century City shopping center painted a donkey pink and tied it up outside the restaurant.

L.A.'s Twitter trending: embarrassing?

Mickey Kaus compares the trending topics on Twitter in Los Angeles with those in Washington and Islamabad, and says ours are "embarrassing."

Arthur Laurents, playwright-director was believed to be 93

Laurents wrote the books for "West Side Story" and "Gypsy" and the screenplay (from his own novel) for "The Way We Were."

Bryan Stow needs new brain surgery

The Giants fan who was beaten into a coma in the Dodger Stadium parking lot has been experiencing major seizures.

LAT blog switches to Facebook comments

L.A. Now commenters now have to sign in via Facebook. It's part of the battle to contain comment trolls and racists and raise discourse to at least the fourth-grade level....

Beethoven at the bowling alley

The cocktail lounge at the Canoga Park Bowl features classical music on Wednesday nights.

Soboroff gets feisty with Larry Mantle

It's not very often that you hear a guest on KPCC's "Airtalk" get almost snarky with host Larry Mantle, but these are desperate times at Dodger Stadium.

Morning Buzz: Thursday 5.5.11

A top baseball official starts making the case against McCourt, plus Dianne Feinstein, Herb Wesson, Steve Lopez, Truthdig, Jackie Cooper and more.

Uh-oh: Lakers go down 0-2 in NBA playoffs

Final score tonight: Dallas 93, Lakers 81.
When you're local, you know where the best hot weather ski run lets you get wet at the bottpm.

Awards for Los Angeles Mag from city magazines group

Los Angeles Magazine usually does well in the National City and Regional Magazine Awards competition, and this time took home five awards. T

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 5.4.11

Hotel taxes, Olvera Street, Geraldo Rivera, the Dalai Lama and 10 years after Bonny Lee Blakely's murder.

McCourt's rehab tour, Ethier's streak continue

ethier-streak-swing.jpg Frank McCourt took questions on ESPN 710 AM on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning he'll be on KTLA.

Party night at the Hollywood Bowl

dip.JPG Shana Ting Lipton was among the press corps that freebied in to tonight's launch party for the 90th season of the Hollywood Bowl. Nice night for it.

Panetta details what happened in bin Laden compound

CIA chief Leon Panetta is interviewed by Jim Lehrer tonight on PBS NewsHour.

Curbed editor leaves for Daily News

Dakota Smith took over as Curbed LA editor in 2007 and guided the site to must-read status with a lot of original reporting.

Sal Castro wows them at Festival of Books

A Saturday panel at the LA Times book festival billed as "History, Identity & Purpose: California Chicanos & Beyond" turned into a forum for Sal Castro, an organizer of the East L.A. student walkouts of the 1960s.

HuffPost to go multi-cultural, add Spanish in SoCal

New officers named plus plans for Spanish-language Patch sites in Southern California.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.3.11

Villaraigosa back in DC, Scott Pelley to anchor CBS News, new editor for Huffington Post, plus LAT circulation, local Maggie winners, and mummified remains of ex-actress found dead in her home.

Speaking of Fred Harvey, a book and some art

LosAngelesCA-UnionRestauran.jpg A biography of Harvey and a Visiting Blogger excerpt about the woman who designed the floor of the cafe at Union Station.

LA Observed on KCRW: Sheriff Baca

Sheriff Lee Baca is becoming one of the more interesting local elected officials, with his leading role in the defense of law-abiding American muslims and his advocacy of education programs for his jail inmates.

LAT Magazine 'discovers' James Goldstein

james-goldstein-crop.jpg It's hard to imagine anyone close to the nexus of L.A. fashion and celebrity not being familiar with James Goldstein, the older (shall we say) man who dresses in python skin suits and hats and who has been a fixture for years at Lakers games and around the edges of the L.A. fashion scene.

Getty's history of looted antiquities goes way back

aphroditegetty.jpg In their forthcoming book "Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum," reporters Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino detail Getty scams through the years.

Press-Telegram axes sports, photo and features desks

Those functions will move from the unionized Long Beach daily paper to the non-union sister paper the Daily Breeze.

Pasta making 101, courtesy of L.A. journo

Greg Critser is a Pasadena author who, in his magazine days, edited several top L.A. journalists. He's also enough of a cook that Science 2.0 put up some instructional videos of Critser making pasta.

Morning Buzz: Monday 5.2.11

Sheriff Baca's freebies, Orlov's Tipoffs, city salaries and bonuses, DA drops "lynching" prosecution and more for a Monday.

Villaraigosa statement on killing of Osama bin Laden

The mayor released a statement tonight after President Obama spoke to the nation.

What Abbottabad looked like an hour ago

abbottabad-twitpic.jpg The Monday morning scene in the Pakistan city where Osama bin Laden was killed, posted to Twitpic by Sohaib Athar, a 33-year-old Pakistani IT professional who unknowingly live-tweeted the raid.
Limit travel and avoid mass gatherings " in areas where events could cause anti-American violence," the State Department strongly urges.

How the Osama bin Laden announcement leaked out

The New York Times says that the first authoritative tweet that "seemed to confirm" the news was posted at 10:25 p.m. Eastern Time by Keith Urbahn, the chief of staff for former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

LADOT to investigate porn report

nbc-expose-porn-parking-officers.jpg The city's Department of Transportation sent out a Sunday afternoon press release saying it had "launched a full investigation" of that KNBC report about two traffic enforcement officers appearing in a porn film while on duty and in uniform.

Illness forces Dalai Lama to cancel UCLA appearances too

dalai-lama-tokyo.jpg The Dalai Lama had two sold-out appearances scheduled Monday in UCLA's Royce Hall.

LA Sketchbook: Villaraigosa Thor

qqVillaraigosa Thor.jpg

Footage of Bunker Hill destruction circa 1969

The plot of the April 9, 1969 episode of the television series "The Outsider," starring Darrin McGavin, hinges on the destruction of the Bunker Hill neighborhood in Downtown.

Dalai Lama cancels today's talk in Long Beach

dalai-lama-tokyo.jpg he Dalai Lama was supposed to speak at 2:30 p.m. at the Long Beach Terrace Theater. A sore throat has delayed his travel from Japan, where he was visiting with earthquake victims.

Book festival has a good first day

latfob-43011.jpg The first day of the L.A. Times Festival of Books at USC on Saturday had nice weather, brisk book sales as far as I could tell, and a decent sized and mellow crowd.
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Ficus vs sidewalk
sidewalk-eaten-by-tree.jpgThis ficus has definitely won on Ben Lomond Place in Los Feliz. Bigger inside
Teammates
blue-jackets-foligno.jpgMembers of the Columbus Blue Jackets wait for teammate Nick Foligno to be placed on a stretcher at Staples Center. He was OK after the game, won 5-2 by the Kings.
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Fauna observed
owl-in-yucca-vdt.jpgGreat horned owl perched in a yucca. Veronique de Turenne