Afternoon media notes

  • Unstable markets have stalled a deal for MediaNews Group Inc. to buy Freedom Communications Inc.'s newspapers, sources told the Wall Street Journal.
  • Contessa Brewer, a fixture on MSNBC since 2003, will no longer be an anchor on the network, says TV Newser.
  • Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman will be a guest with with Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown on today's PBS Newshour.
  • The New York Times joins the media flotilla of Los Angeles River boaters, a little later than most. And makes a crawl of Los Angeles coffee spots.
  • The Manhattan Beach duplex where Thomas Pynchon is more or less confirmed to have lived in the late sixties and early seventies closed escrow, Curbed LA reports.
  • KCET will air a half-hour documentary, "In Search of the California Condor," that was shot on 16mm film in 1945, on Sept. 4 at 8 p.m.
  • Elizabeth Aguilera, a former Long Beach Press-Telegram reporter who covers immigration and demographics for the San Diego Union, is among the winners of the 2011 Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships for coverage of violence and trauma.
  • Michael Dawson of Dawson's Books will moderate a panel discussion with Los Angeles photography collectors on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Stephen Cohen Gallery on Beverly Boulevard.

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