Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 10.12.11

Bust in Hollywood cellphone hacking, Jerry Brown and labor, L.A. County is hiring, woman defends LAFD over naked pictures and we now know the schedule for Farmers Field environmental review. All inside, plus more.

Plus: Mark Lacter's morning headlines at LA Biz Observed

Top of the news

The FBI has made an arrest in its investigation of celebrity phone-hacking in Hollywood, a probe that gained public attention after reports that nude self-pictures of Scarlett Johansson at home were purloined from her phone. LAT

Politics and politicos

In Jerry Brown's first legislative session in nearly three decades, no group won more than organized labor. LAT

A new state law bars most employers from using pre-employment credit checks in hiring. Sacto Bee

Los Angeles County is adding nearly 500 employees to handle the increased workload created by the shift of state parolees to local jurisdiction. DN

A female firefighter who said she was in charge of an engine company when a fire rig was used in a 2008 porn shoot defended the LAFD, saying firefighters did nothing wrong and she was tired of hearing the agency's reputation attacked. DN

Looking to clamp down on some $23 million in lost revenue, the city on Tuesday moved forward with plans to force scofflaw parking lot owners to turn over city taxes paid by their customers. DN

The environmental impact report on Farmers Field, the Anschutz Entertainment Group’s proposed NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles, is on track to be certified by the Los Angeles City Council in May 2012. City Maven

Media and media people

L.A. Times columnists Steve Lopez, Michael Hiltzik and James Rainey all consider the Occupy protests.

KPCC's Larry Mantle and Patt Morrison will also receive the first Bill Stout Memorial Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism from Community Advocates Inc. on October 18. I previously noted that KCRW's Warren Olney would receive the award. City Maven

The USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program announced its list of 2011 fellows. USC

Demolition of the former Daily Breeze building in Torrance began on Tuesday. Breeze


The LAPD said that a joint effort with the FBI this summer led to the solving of 50 homicide cases and 110 felony arrests. KPCC News

Moving the former space shuttle Endeavour to its new home in Exposition Park will require a disruptive trip through the streets. LAT, DN, KPCC

Dodger Stadium beating victim Bryan Stow left San Francisco General Hospital for a long-term rehabilitation center. "Where he will end up, we still don't know," Dr. Geoff Manley, chief of neurosurgery at San Francisco General, said at a news conference. "Only time will tell. We still don't know enough about traumatic brain injuries." SF Chronicle

That Canoga Park doctor whose stolen camera began transmitting pictures from the thief got his camera back. LAT

Hotel Bel-Air general manager Tim Lee has left the job, days before the hotel's reopening, but shortly after he was quoted talking about fired workers. The Daily

Planning ahead

Janet Fitch, Leslie Schwartz and Julia Cho will read at a garden party to benefit Hedgebrook on Oct. 29 at the Earl Stendahl Gallery in Hollywood.

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