Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 9.14.11

Durkee money may not be replaceable by campaigns, Obama approval plummets in California, high-speed rail "a mistake," running Doonesbury, Shriver makes the cover (as a reporter), tiger cub dies at the zoo and more.

Politics and politicos

State and federal campaign finance laws may prevent some of Kinde Durkee‘s clients from replacing the money they’ve allegedly lost. Register

Even in California, President Barack Obama's job approval rating has plummeted among voters, largely on his handling of the economy, according to a new Field Poll. Sacto Bee

The City Council rejected a proposal to bring back red-light cameras at four intersections for monitoring new safety measures. DN

Previous candidate Laurette Healey is running as a Democrat in the Valley's new 46th assembly district, with John Shallman the lead consultant. Plus a roundup

Local transit advocate Joel Epstein calls the California high-speed rail project a mistake: "Let's face it, now is not the time to be spending a decent size country's GDP on a fast train between Los Angeles and San Francisco." Huffington Post

Media and media people

Google News removed from its search index the fake news site that carries favorable PR stories about the Central Basin Municipal Water District. LAT

The Los Angeles Times continues to run this week's Doonesbury comic strips quoting from the Joe McGinniss book on Sarah Palin, while sister paper the Chicago Tribune declines to run them saying the excerpts are "unconfirmed" and deserve a response from Palin. Romenesko

Maria Shriver, in a return somewhat to her journalism roots, interviews Wallis Annenberg on the October cover of Los Angeles magazine. People

Rod Lurie, the former Los Angeles magazine film critic and L.A. radio host turned writer-director, talks about his upcoming remake of "Straw Dogs" with Eric Estrin. Movie Smackdown

Film critic Michael Sragow remembers when he was hired at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner to be "a critic who wasn’t cozy with the Hollywood establishment and didn’t just spout conventional wisdom." Baltimore Sun

Rip Rense produced a remixed and remastered two-CD set of The Persuasions’ Grateful Dead sessions, with six new tracks and new artists. Persuasions of the Dead

KCRW released its first iPad app, Music Mine, dedicated to music exploration.

X bassist John Doe joins Madeleine Brand for an in-studio acoustic set at 9:49 a.m. on KPCC.


One of three Sumatran tiger cubs born at the Los Angeles Zoo was found dead on Monday, possibly of a blow to the head. DN wires

In the new U.S. News & World Report ranking of universities, Harvard is #1, Caltech and Stanford tied for #5, UC Berkeley #21, USC #23 and UCLA #25.U.S. News

A divided school board voted to move forward with an "early start" calendar for the 2012-13 school year, meaning all LAUSD schools will start classes in mid-August and end by early June. DN

The annual American Film Market's possible move from Santa Monica to L.A. Live would be another win for Downtown. Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Brigham Yen

LACMA's new film program lineup is not much like the old one. LAT

World Famous VIP Records in Long Beach is closing after 32 years. Breeze

Whittier College professor Joe Price, who sings the national anthem at Dodger Stadium tonight, has performed the song more than 100 times in minor league ballparks in 40 states this season.

Shifra Goldman, an art historian and longtime Santa Ana College faculty member, died Sunday at age 85. LAT

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