Weekend news and notes

  • Sheriff Lee Baca says the deputy who smuggled a cellphone into county jail as part of an FBI sting has implicated himself and other jail employees in four cases of improper force against inmates, the L.A. Times reports.
  • As a revenue measure, Los Angeles County next year will forgive half of the fines due on an estimated one million unpaid traffic tickets written before 2009, provided they have not gone to warrant — including red-light camera tickets that many thought they didn't have to pay.
  • Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the National Register of Historic Places landmark at Wilshire and Hobart, will close its auditorium for two years of top-to-bottom rehab and restoration.
  • Steve Lopez wonders why the city helped the architectural firm Gensler get a $1 million federal grant to move Downtown from Santa Monica for a measly 29 jobs.
  • LAFD chief Brian Cummings will perform 120 hours of community service as voluntary "punishment" for being photographed 13 years ago with a woman in a bikini on a city fire engine.
  • The New York Times gets hip to the upcoming move of a giant boulder to LACMA for the Levitated Mass exhibit, but places the spot not on Museum Row nor in Miracle Mile but in a lesser-known place called Museum Mile.
  • The Hollywood Bowl through the years in pictures at Yahoo News.
  • Richard Rayner in the L.A. Times favorably reviews Times columnist Hector Tobar's new L.A. novel, "The Barbarian Nurseries." And Richard Reeves weighs in the same way on columnist Jim Newton's new, "Eisenhower: The White House Years."
  • Susan Orlean, author of "Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend," on the decline of the German shepherd breed.
  • Pianist Roger Williams died Saturday at his Encino home of pancreatic cancer complications. He was 87.

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