Weekend desk clearing

Loading in for MOCA's Saturday night gala. LAO

  • Turns out that just before Jim Romenesko's bosses at Poynter decided the way he attributed his sources for them for 12 years suddenly violated their rules, they tried to get him to agree not to take ads on his future website. WashPost
  • A segment on Warren Olney's "To the Point" using the Penn State molestation scandal to launch into a discussion of adoption by gay parents has spurred quite a few comments questioning the connection. KCRW
  • The Geffen Playhouse named board chairman Frank Mancuso as interim producing director during the search for a successor to the late Gil Cates.
  • As speculated from the beginning, the Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission announced its Andrew Westall as executive director. He's a senior staffer to Councilman Herb Wesson.
  • Evelyn Martinez resigned as executive director of First 5 LA, less than three weeks after the county Board of Supervisors started the legal process to take over the independent agency. California Watch
  • Cinematographer Haskell Wexler has been taping video at Occupy L.A., outside City Hall. LAT
  • Sherry Bebitch Jeffe mourns the passing of her USC colleague Harry Pachon. Prop Zero
  • pomonacollegebowl.jpgOn this weekend in 1961, students from Pomona College rolled to a series of big victories on the nationwide live TV show "College Bowl." Pomona College Magazine

  • Central Basin Municipal Water District officials said they were unaware of questions over the authorship of stories written about the agency by a fake news website. LAT
  • Magic Johnson attended the Michigan State baskeball game aboard the U.S.S. Vinson in San Diego where President Obama spoke.
  • Two West Covina Police Department employees who used patrol cars and police uniforms in the making of a viral video spoofing police harassment are the subject of an internal investigation. SGV Tribune
  • Parents and officials of the Santa Monica-Malibu school district are at odds over a plan to require donations at one school be shared among all. Slate
  • The city of Lancaster has decided to fly a plane over the city for ten hours a day filming activity on the ground in a fight against crime. DN
  • Loyola Marymount beat UCLA in basketball for the first time since 1941, in the Bruins' first home game back at the Sports Arena. ESPN LA
  • Winston Doby, former vice chancellor for student affairs at UCLA and an official of the Los Angeles Urban League, died after a long illness at age 71. UCLA Newsroom

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