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Morning Buzz: Tuesday 8.16.11

Rembrandt drawing recovered, remapping mania all over, Al Martinez writes about his disease, the LAT discovers the House of Davids, and which obscure local agency uses cameras to write 15,000 tickets a year at $175 each. Plus: who could play Gov. Rick Perry in a movie?

Top of the news

Investigators got a tip and found the Rembrandt stolen from Marina del Rey over the weekend in an Encino church. LAT

Politics and politicos

The citizen's redistricting commission approved its new congressional and legislative maps that apparently favor Democrats and shift the geography of several incumbents, setting up court challenges by Republicans and Latinos and reelection battles between office-holders such as Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman in the Valley. LAT, Capitol Notes, Dan Walters/Bee

Rep. Janice Hahn, just elected in the 36th district, announced she will seek reelection in the newly located 44th congressional district, which includes her residence. That's the so-called black district drawn by the citizen's redistricting commission, and Hahn is expected to face fights with Rep. Laura Richardson and Assemblyman Isadore Hall. LA Weekly, LAT, City Maven, DN

City Councilman Tony Cardenas announced he will run for Congress in the Valley's new 29th congressional district, drawn to be heavily Latino. City Maven

Republican commissioner Michael Ward was the only member of the redistricting panel to vote against the new maps and he accused his colleagues of acti8ng politically, but the Republican chair of the panel disputed the charge. LAT, Bee

These maps are better, says a Daily News editorial.

Why former city councilmen Robert Farrell and Rudy Svorinich Jr. are running again in the 15th district. Daily Breeze

Metro's rail ridership in July rose 8.9 percent, with increases on all four lines, according to data released Tuesday. DN

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation and former porn actors will launch a petition drive designed to compel the use of condoms in porn films shot in Los Angeles. DN wires

Media and media people

Columnist Al Martinez writes about his treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diagnosed by a doctor "who looked at a chest x-ray and in a manner that seemed almost brutally abrupt said, 'You've got COPD, my friend. It's progressive.'" DN

Lakers official Jeanie Buss recommends a new book, "Wheelers, Dealers, Pucks & Bucks: A Rocking History of Roller Hockey International," by Richard Neil Graham. Twitter


Patrick Goldstein muses on which actor could credibly portray Texas governor Rick Perry. The Big Picture

The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy has its own traffic-ticket generating cameras, for stop signs, and writes 15,000 tickets a year at $175 a pop. Kerry Cavanaugh/DN

There were a rash of reports in May when the so-called House of Davids in Hancock Park went on sale. Now the Times talks to the owner. LAT

The U.S. Postal Service announced a stamp honoring director John Huston, most famous for "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and "The African Queen." DN wires

Vic Dunlop, a standup comedian who was featured on TV's "Make Me Laugh," died at 62 of diabetes complications. LAT

Planning ahead

The eagerly anticipated cultural event Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980 will officially begin the weekend of October 1 and 2, 2011, with the simultaneous opening of more than two dozen exhibitions across the region.

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