Morning Buzz: Thursday 10.6.11

Lawsuits by LAPD officers piling up, City Hall and Occupy L.A., Michael Ovitz, Hank Williams Jr., Gregg Miller, Ed Ruscha and drinks with Mexico's consul general in L.A.

Top of the news

A jury has awarded three veteran Los Angeles police detectives $2.5 million in a gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against their supervisors. LAT

Three lawsuits by LAPD officers, including two by senior lead officers, charge there is a culture of racism and sexual harassment in the Central Division, where four officers and two sergeants have been transferred. Downtown News

Politics and politicos

City Hall is embracing somewhat the Occupy L.A. protesters who are outside on the law and sidewalk. DN, City Maven

The route of the California high-speed train will undergo major revisions between Bakersfield and Fresno. LAT

Donald Blevins, departing head of the county Probation Department, and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky are due to be on "Airtalk with Larry Mantle" at 10:25 on KPCC.

Media and media people

Michael Ovitz has left the board of the sports talent agency IMG, asked to resign after maneuvering to take control of the company. The Wrap, Deadline

KCET's website added three new food blogs and Riverside author Susan Straight as a twice monthly columnist about the Inland Empire.

ESPN severed ties with Monday Night Football celebrity Hank Williams Jr. over the singer's remarks seeming to liken President Obama to Hitler: "“We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr. We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue.”‬

The BBC said it would cut is budget 20%, eliminate 2,000 jobs and scale back what it buys from the U.S.

Vogue is the magazine of the year, says Ad Age.

Spin magazine will become bimonthly. AdWeek

Friends say the viewing and visitation for Gregg Miller will be 4-9 p.m. Sunday, with a funeral at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills.

More news and observations

The J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute announced today the joint acquisition of over seventy photographs by artist Ed Ruscha as well as his Streets of Los Angeles archive, including thousands of negatives, hundreds of photographic contact sheets, and related documents and ephemera. Via release

Caltech celebrated the announcement that it has been ranked the world's best research university by a British higher education magazine, beating Harvard University in the listing for the first time. LAT

Response to the California panel I was on at Zocalo this week from Anna Almendrala at the Huffington Post.

Drinks with David Figueroa Ortega, Mexico's consul general in Los Angeles, "a plain-spoken, affable northerner from the state of Sonora...lacking in diplomatic artifice: what you see is what you get." Zócalo Public Square

Former Los Angeles Kings forward Rick Martin is the latest ex-NHL player found to have brain damage from repeated trauma. AP

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