Morning Buzz: Friday 10.14.11

McCourt's big gamble, FPPC and Kinde Durkee, deputies' code of silence, killing the lawn at City Hall and Politico loses reporter over plagiarism. Plus more.

Top of the news

Frank McCourt's decision to take the Dodgers into bankruptcy could mean he ends up losing everything. LAT

Union hotel workers will picket the Hotel Bel-Air at 4:30 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. march to Sunset Boulevard and Stone Canyon Drive. Traffic alerts have gone out.

Politics and politicos

The state Fair Political Practices Commission is continuing to weigh relaxing contribution limits due to the alleged Kinde Durkee losses incurred by Democrats. LAT

Deputies who report jail abuse face retaliation from fellow sheriff's deputies due to that culture's code of silence, says report. LAT

One impact of the Occupy L.A. encampment at City Hall: the lawn is fading. DN

Media and media people

Politico announced that it had accepted the resignation of national politics and transportation reporter Kendra Marr over instances where her stories used phrasing and ideas from others without attribution. Fishbowl DC


Yet another educator has turned down the job of principal at Downtown"s arts high school after accepting. LAT

The ACLU filed a lawsuit alleging that about 55 Latino students at Glendale's Hoover High School were illegally detained, searched and interrogated in a case of racial profiling. LAT

The 15200 block of Reyneta Drive was the lucky winner of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council's "Pothole Lottery." DN

Pacific Standard Time documents the city’s emergence in the art world, says Scott Timberg. Los Angeles

Former Glendale mayor Larry Zarian, the first Armenian American to be elected to that city's council, died of cancer at age 73. News-Press, DN

"Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone," the story of the South L.A. rock band by Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler and narrated by Laurence Fishburne, screens at Laemmle Sunset 5 starting Oct. 21.

Planning ahead

StoryCorps and its Airstream Mobile Recording Booth will be at LACMA from November 11 to December 18, in conjunction with KCRW, which will air excerpts of the stories.

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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