Morning Buzz: Thursday 10.27.11

McCourt and baseball talking about him selling the Dodgers, how Oakland weighs on city officials hoping to move Occupy L.A., redistricting challenges rejected, dumb burglars and get this: Big Fur is actually based in West Hollywood, the first city to ban fur sales. Plus more.

LA Biz Observed is off for a couple of days.

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The Dodgers' bankruptcy trial has been postponed to Nov. 29 to allow Frank McCourt and baseball to explore a possible settlement under which McCourt would agree to sell the team, Bill Shaikin reports based on unnamed sources. LAT

Politics and politicos

What happened in Oakland looms large in the minds of city officials looking for a way to get the Occupy LA occupation of the City Hall lawn to end peacefully. LAT

Well into the second month of Occupy L.A., "no one — not even those involved — saw it coming, or knows exactly where it's going." LA Weekly cover

The state Supreme Court summarily rejected Republican challenges to the new congressional and state Senate district lines. LAT

Just one of those things: The executive director of the Fur Information Council of America, which advocates for the use of fur, is based in West Hollywood, the first city in America to ban the sale of fur. Zócalo Public Square

The Hermosa Beach City Council passed a comprehensive smoking ban that will outlaw cigarettes in virtually every area of the city where people congregate. Daily Breeze

Media and media people

A New York judge has ruled that a lawsuit claiming that Arianna Huffington and Ken Lerer stole the idea for the Huffington Post has enough merit to go to trial. paidContent

The ACLU of Southern California will announce a lawsuit against the County of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department that alleges "continuing harassment and detention of photographers."

John & Ken have lost another major advertiser. LA Weekly

Bill Jensen, director of new media for Village Voice Media, is leaving for Los Angeles to be GM/Vice President of Music at BuzzMedia. VVM will not hire another director, according to a corporate memo from VVM official Christine Brennan.

The latest edition of Cultural Weekly is all about Shakespeare, and a little about the film "Anonymus." CW

Reservations to record your story during StoryCorps' upcoming visit to LACMA open Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. and are expected to fill up quickly. StoryCorps/KCRW


Former Bell official Robert Rizzo sold his Orange County house for $40,000 under the asking price. Wires

Wannabe burglars are sending fake "Dear Homeowner" letters on city letterhead saying that fire inspectors needed to check inside home homes — but the letters bear the name of pre-2005 mayor Jim Hahn. LA Weekly

L.A. Diaper Drive, a nonprofit that distributes diapers and offers parenting education to low-income families, won top honors it the Social Innovation Fast Pitch competition at the Annenberg Foundation's Alchemy Peer to Peer event. Via release

NASA has invited 20 followers of its Twitter account to tweet Friday morning's launch of a weather and climate satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base. L.A. Now

The launch should be visible from L.A. beaches — if you're up at 2:48 a.m. Bad Mom, Good Mom

Speaking of West Hollywood, the city will host Go-Go Dancer Appreciate Day with a festival and street party on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Larrabee Street near Santa Monica Boulevard. Via release

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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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