Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Thursday 3.29.12

Pasadena police zig on Kendrec McDade case, more Dodgers sale reaction and head-scratching, Adelson says Gingrich is at the end of the line, assemblyman quits the Republican Party, "Downton Abbey" ratings are boffo and KCAL's Chuck Hollis has died. Plus more inside.

Top of the news

Pasadena police arrested the man who called 911 and said two men with a gun had robbed him, setting in motion the events that led an offer to shoot and kill 19-year-old Kendrec McDade. Police allege the gun report was false. LAT, Star-News

Frank McCourt could clear as much as $1 billion on the sale of the Dodgers. But some experts are baffled by the sale price. LAT, DN

The role of TV revenue in the Dodgers' jaw-dropping sale price. WSJ

Reality check from Steve Lopez. LAT

The Dodgers announced that opening day has sold out.

Politics and politicos

Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas mogul whose contributions have been keeping the Newt Gingrich campaign afloat, told reporters at a Jewish professionals convention that he thinks Gingrich is "at the end of his line" in running for president. Jewish Journal

City Controller Wendy Greuel will hold a 10:30 a.m. presser in front of City Hall East to release her audit finding suspect fuel use that her people placed in today's LA Times.

Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who's a San Diego mayor candidate, said Wednesday he is fed up with the "petty games" of hyper-partisan politics and quit the Republican Party to become an independent. SF Chronicle

The draft environmental impact report for Farmers Field will be released April 5, AEG spokesman Michael Roth said Tuesday. DN

Media and media people

Joe Levy, the former editor of Maxim and Blender who also was a top editor at Rolling Stone, is the new editor-in-chief of Billboard. New York Post

An average of 7 million total viewers tuned in to the second season of "Downton Abbey" on PBS, up 40% over last year. The ratings at least doubled PBS' typical prime-time average in key demographics, but among women 35 to 49, it was up 370%. LAT

Longtime KCAL assignment editor Chuck Hollis died Tuesday night, his friends are saying on Facebook.

The Daytime Emmy Awards are returning to Los Angeles from Las Vegas, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced.

Facebook comments now have their own individual permalinks. Poynter


Posting the home address and phone number of someone you don't like in order to bring harassment or threats down on them is always a no-class move, but it's worse when the personal info you spread is wrong — like in the case of Spike Lee, George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin and the LA man who started it all. The Smoking Gun

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