Morning Buzz: Friday 8.26.11

Friday short stack:

  • An LAPD officer was stabbed last night in Wilmington and is in stable condition. The suspect was shot and killed. LAT, Daily Breeze
  • An AEG official threatened to "reevaluate" if the Legislature doesn't pass a bill shielding Farmers Field from lawsuit challenges this session. LAT
  • City Attorney Carmen Trutanich doesn't want digital signs on the Santa Monica buses that pass through Los Angeles. Ban Billboard Blight
  • With its proximity to freeways, industrial sites and shipping corridors, activists say the geography of Boyle Heights brings a disproportionate health burden to residents.
  • What Sunset Junction is a junction of and more history. KCET
  • Gawker on the LAT's James Rainey as a media critic: "Not a particularly memorable writer, but he does a fair job." Gawker
  • Ron Artest has a hearing in court today on his request to change his name to Metta World Peace, and he also wants to change his Lakers jersey number to 70. Yahoo, wires
  • The eastbound 105 Freeway will be closed overnight from Imperial Highway near LAX to the 405 for a film shoot, and again for much of Sunday. Breeze wires
  • Today's "Fresh Air" will re-run a 1981 interview with songwriter Jerry Leiber. NPR

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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