Morning Buzz: Friday 1.13.12

Friday quick links:

  • The chairman and CEO of the embattled High-Speed Rail Authority both stepped down. Bee, LAT, WSJ
  • Lot of politics in the debate over whether the LAPD should continue to impound cars of unlicensed drivers for 30 days. DN
  • Los Angeles missed out on $23.1 million it should have earned from the city's bus stop furniture contract, according to an audit by Controller Wendy Greuel. DN
  • Sheriff's deputy Henry Marin, charged with smuggling heroin into county jail in a burrito, was dismissed from the academy his first time around and portrayed as the class bumbler on the reality TV show, "The Academy." LAT
  • How former sports agent Leigh Steinberg hit bottom. Alcohol is a factor. OC Register
  • The Natural History Museum announced plans for another expansion, an exhibit space called “Becoming Los Angeles” to open in December focused on ecology and human history.
  • British born LA-based photographer Steve Shaw apparently has a hit with his magazine of "tastefully" nude women, Treats. Fishbowl LA, Daily Beast

More by Kevin Roderick:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
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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