Morning Buzz

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.

Top of the news

Columnist Hector Tobar writes that "I've seen a lot of strange things in two decades as a reporter, but nothing quite as disgraceful and weird as this inquisition the LAUSD is inflicting upon more than 80 school librarians." LAT

Politics and politicos

Sean Clegg, the former Villaraigosa deputy who is advising mayoral candidate Austin Beutner, reacted to Rick Caruso's Town Hall Los Angeles speech by saying: "A campaign for mayor is no day at the mall, and Angelenos will see past the phony streetscape...[Caruso is a] pay-to-play mall developer who gave money to half the City Council he's attacking and who just went after the biggest city contract." LAT

The Drudge Report last year hired Joe Curl, a former White House correspondent for the Washington Times. Now, Charles Hurt, a Washington Times columnist and former D.C. bureau chief for the New York Post, has also joined the website's small staff, according to a person familiar with the move. Michael Calderone/HuffPost

Media and media people

Tweet from KTLA reporter Elizabeth Espinosa: "Once again.. Sitting in newsvan .. No bathroom near.. And yet I won't stop drinking fluids.. Ouch! -the life of a tv newsreporter ;)" Twitter

Al Martinez columnizes on the killing of Osama bin Laden: "Isn't our idea of justice supposed to be based on due process? Innocent until proven guilty? Well, sure, we knew bin Laden was a bad guy, but even bad guys get trials and lawyers and juries of their peers." DN

Bill Simmons explains the Phil Jackson he knows. ESPN

Janny Scott, author of "A Singular Woman," talks about her book on President Obama's mother at 1:20 p.m . on KPCC's "Patt Morrison."


The first of hundreds of billboards showing police sketches of two men who assaulted a San Francisco Giants fan after the opening-day game at Dodger Stadium were installed Thursday. Lamar Advertising donated the billboard space in hopes of generating tips leading to the men who attacked Bay Area resident Bryan Stow. Wave

With the Dodgers' Hong-Chih Kuo afflicted by a mysterious baseball malady that renders him unable to aim his pitches, a visit with ex-ace Steve Blass for whom the "disease" is informally named.

Ex-LAPD detective Darcey Greenfield charged in alleged real estate scam involving other cops. LAT

Four Los Angeles police officers — Sgts. Greg Garcia and John D. Shah and Officers Gilberto Rendon Jr. and Richard Garcia — were among 30 law enforcement personnel receiving "Top Cop" awards Thursday at the White House. DN

An experiment to add a new breed of police dog to the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department has ended with a whimper. Two Korean Jindo puppies didn't work out. DN

The merger of ICEF Public Schools and Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, which could have created the state's largest charter-school organization, has fallen through after both sides quietly backed away from the plan. LAT

Lucy Florence Cultural Center, a Leimert Park fixture for at least a decade, has been evicted from its place at the corner of Degnan Boulevard and 43rd Street. Wave

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