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Impressive array of front pages, gathered and critiqued

ScotusMugsVictoriaTexas.jpg News artist, designer and visual journalist Charles Apple compiled and critiqued the front pages of more than 75 newspapers that covered this week's Supreme Court decision on the Obama health care reform law.

Tobar signs off A2 with nice ode to LA summer

malibu-sky-vdt.jpg Hector Tobar loves this LA summer so far, and I agree. The news is that this is Tobar's last A2 column in the Times. He's going to the books desk to write about literary LA.

Ex-Vernon official's body found on Angel Island

vernon-streetsign.jpg Eric T. Fresch, the city of Vernon's attorney and top administrator during many of the years that have been under investigation lately for financial improprieties, was found dead by rangers last night on the shoreline of Angel Island State Park in San Francisco Bay. He had been dodging a state subpoena to talk about the city's finances.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes break up, for real *

tomkat-suri-vf.jpg People magazine broke the story that after five and a half years of a closely watched marriage, actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes put out the word that they will divorce. "Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children," his rep told the magazine. Plot thickens: Holmes filed for sole custody.

Morning Buzz: Friday 6.29.12

Molly Munger sues, MTA board votes to extend sales tax, Union Station team named, Rupert Murdoch and the LA Times, MOCA curator Paul Schimmel dismissed and more.

When Frank Zappa joined Beethoven and Bach in Claremont

zappa-claremont copy.jpg U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter gave the commencement speech last month at Pomona College and hinted that he may know a thing or two about a long ago prank at Claremont's Bridges Auditorium.

Evening buzz: Thursday 6.28.12

Kings extend the goalie, sheriff's deputy caught with a 15-year-old girl, no Walmart money for Greuel and Garcetti, and more.

Behold LA County's new official condom

condom310.jpg County Public Health's "Show Us Your Package" competition to design an official condom wrapper has a winner. It's Adam Lyons, 32, of Hollywood.

Ex-mayor of Santa Fe Springs agrees to plead guilty

It's the southeast cities corruption story du jour, I guess. The feds say that Santa Fe Springs city councilman Joseph Serrano Sr., who is 62, agreed to plead guilty to a bribery count that was filed in U.S. District County in Los Angeles this morning. Fascinating reading, actually.

State parks mostly saved in budget

All but five of the 70 state parks that were listed for closure will remain open either due to arrangements with private donors or money included in the state budget.

Bob Banfield, longtime Channel 7 reporter was 82

banfield-chambers.jpg Banfield, a television presence in Los Angeles for 43 years, had cancer. Also: Cindy Frazier, city editor.

Health care ruling good for LA County, says health chief

Mitchell H. Katz, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, calls the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the Obama health care law a victory for the county's uninsured.

Summer of Stanley Cup joy about to hit the road

cup-hermosa-crowds-breeze.jpeg The Stanley Cup takes off next week for its trans-Atlantic tour of the homes of each member of the Los Angeles Kings. Here's the schedule, some pics and video. Before the Cup departs, Dustin Brown will visit Children's Hospital.

Shrinking Freedom Communications notifies 66 of layoffs

The affected employees are not on staff at the Register but at other Orange County units of the parent company.

Jonathan Gold as an LA 'Jewish foodie'

jonathan-gold-craft.jpg Tablet magazine bills itself as "a new read on Jewish life," and it's through that lens the publication profiles the LA Times' food writer Jonathan Gold.

Kirk Honeycutt launches film review site

honeycutt-hollywood-grab.jpg Kirk Honeycutt won't stop reviewing films just because he was laid off in November as chief film critic at the Hollywood Reporter. In addition to teaching a graduate course at Chapman University, he also is posting reviews at Honeycutt's Hollywood.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 6.27.12

Caruso gets tax break on the Miramar, LAT's Ken Bensinger wins a Loeb Award, the Huffington Post remembers Nora Ephron, sold books on Leigh Stenberg and by Graham Nash, a brief history of CityWalk and a date for downtown's Grand Park. Plus more

Former LA media scribe announces a game at Fenway

gordon-edes-fenway.jpg Gordon Edes, ex-national baseball writer for the Los Angeles Times (and before that beat writer on the Dodgers and Kings), did an entire Red Sox game at the mic.

Jo Mora map reprinted to satisfy demand

mora-detail3.jpg If you missed your chance to acquire a copy of the Jo Mora map of Los Angeles that we told you about a few weeks ago, I have good news. The curator of the Jo Mora Trust Collection emailed to say that the trust is making an unlimited edition available.

Zoo's infant chimp killed by male in front of visitors

zoo-chimp.jpg The female chimp was being introduced to the adults when a male attacked. "This is a heartbreaking and tragic loss for the Zoo and especially for the Great Ape Team who have worked diligently to care for the infant and its mother since its birth," the zoo said in a statement.

Two Noguez aides reassigned first thing

Thumbnail image for santos-kreimann.jpg Fill-in county assessor Santos Kreimann took over this week and has reassigned two of the top deputies to John Noguez, who's on leave during a DA investigation into his office. Both had contributed to Noguez's political campaigns and were promoted after his 2010 election.

Nora Ephron, writer and director was 71

Nora-Ephron-New-Book.jpg Ephron grew up in Beverly Hills, made a name for herself as a journalist in New York, got into screenwriting via collaboration with then-husband Carl Bernstein on a version of "All the President's Men," and grew into what People magazine calls today "one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood as the creative force behind such blockbusters as 'You've Got Mail,' 'Sleepless in Seattle' and 'When Harry Met Sally.'"

New hire for LAT Sacramento bureau comes with Pulitzer

It's Paige St. John, who won the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting last year in Florida. Read today's newsroom announcement.

KPFK morphs 'The Music Never Stops' into something newer

barry-smolin.jpg Barry Smolin's show devoted to the music of the Grateful Dead and beyond was on the air at KPFK from 1995 until slipping into hiatus a few months ago. "The Head Room" debuts Friday at 10 p.m.

Pomona library gets a reprieve from closure

pomona-city-seal.jpg Last night's meeting dragged on into this morning, but the Pomona City Council found a way to keep the city's lone public library open for another year.

Time lapse of Levitated Mass installation

Just 48 seconds — kind of fun to watch the transformation of LACMA's back lawn into the city's newest outdoor gathering spot.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 6.26.12

Forum to be renovated, Cory Booker for Garcetti, Malibu Lagoon fight, the Stanley Cup is a hit in Hermosa Beach and more.

Red Car at Santa Monica and Fairfax

redcar-fairfaxatsm-melgar.jpg The knowledgeable Los Angeles history aficionados at the Vintage Los Angeles page on Facebook located this scene as the 1950s at Santa Monica Boulevard and Fairfax, known then as the Crescent Junction on the Pacific Electric rail network. Posted by Jerome Melgar.

Five warning signs about political consultants

james-carville-lasica.jpg My favorite piece of advice is to beware the campaign consultant who wears a suit. Here's why.

Revisiting the Eames home after 57 years

schoener-eames-house.jpg No blogger has written this before, I suspect. Allon Schoener, the New York author transplanted to Boyle Heights who posts as The Reluctant Angeleno, recently visited the iconic home of Charles and Ray Eames in Pacific Palisades for the first time in a long time. "I had been there often between 1951 and 1955," he says. Let him explain.

The successful life pursuits of ex-newspaper people

A laid-off newsman starts Newspaper Alum to tell the stories of those who have blazed a new path. Plus: Relaunch for the food site Zester Daily.

Everyone put Sandusky on A1, except the LA Times

fresno-bee-sandusky.jpg Friday's Sandusky convictions broke with plenty of time for the Daily News, Daily Breeze, Bakersfield Californian, Oakland Tribune, Sacramento Bee and even the Fresno friggin' Bee to go big with the nation's biggest news story. At the Los Angeles Times, the story landed on the inside LATExtra section, at least in some papers. Michael Schneider does the math.

How to change your default Facebook email back to your own

In the last 24 hours or so, Facebook changed the default email address that displays in the profiles of users. It's easy enough to change back, if you care to. Plus; NBC 4 on the worm infecting Facebook accounts.

If it seems that Vin Scully repeats himself, well he does

vin-scully-lifemag.jpg A writer at the Baseball Prospectus website has logged how many times Vin Scully has told the same story abut Giants catcher Buster Posey in the last four years. The most recurring anecdote has come up eleven times. Some others as many as nine or ten. But so what?

Villaraigosa: Heartened to a point by ruling on SB 1070

av-obama-lax.jpg But today’s ruling "must be seen as only a partial victory," says the Los Angeles mayor who is a key surrogate for President Obama's campaign. "The Supreme Court’s decision does allow Arizona to implement the law’s most problematic and potentially most harmful section: the ‘papers please’ provision."

Press Club awards given out last night

Journalists of the year are Larry Mantle of KPCC, Chuck Henry and Tara Wallis Firestone of NBC 4, Kim Masters and Alex Ben Block of the Hollywood Reporter, Chris Hedges from Truthdig, Francine Orr of the Los Angeles Times and Richard Clough of the LA Business Journal. Bob Woodward didn't come but took part via Skype. Link is inside to the full and very long list of winners.

Morning Buzz: Monday 6.25.12

Supreme Court rules on Arizona immigration law, more bad news on local climate change, changes in the City Attorney race, Herb Wesson plays hardball, Walmart and Mercury break up, more media notes and some moves in Downtown. Plus the Stanley Cup is in Hermosa Beach today.

Downtown News to ask for voluntary payments from readers

dtn-cover.jpg In Monday's edition, founder Sue Laris will tell readers that advertising has fallen out and the 40-year-old weekly needs $5 a month from readers. For now no editorial staffing changes are planned.

Picture page: Levitated Mass debuts at LACMA

levitated-mass-skyline-lao.jpg Michael Heizer and LACMA unveiled his giant boulder this morning, and several hundred people came out to take a look. Lots of oohing, ahhing and picture taking under the boulder. As LACMA director Michael Govan said, how often do you get to see under a sculpture?

John Bogert, voice of the South Bay, steps away with cancer

john-bogert-bird.jpg John Bogert figures he has written 6,500 or so columns for the South Bay Daily Breeze since he became the paper's columnist in 1984. In his final column, running today and accompanied by a story, he says the colon cancer he told readers about a couple of years ago has essentially won. He is off treatment, and also off the Daily Breeze payroll.

Just barely...

sailboat-capsizes.jpg Los Angeles Times web headline splits hairs on what it means to be "off the coast."

Channels 2 and 9 went off the air for more than an hour

kcal-power-out-tweet.jpg So, let's see. if a small power outage in Studio City knocks out two stations for a prolonged period, I guess we should write off the CBS stations in a big earthquake.

Sandusky convicted on nearly all counts

Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach, was convicted Friday of sexually abusing nine young boys. The jury convicted Sandusky of 45 of the 48 counts against him

Another ex-LA Times editor joins The Wrap

JonThurberHeadshot.jpg Jon Thurber, who left the Los Angeles Times recently after 40 years or so in the newsroom, is joining The Wrap as a senior editor. He will be reunited there with Lisa Fung, the executive editor. They were colleagues in the Calendar section at the Times for some years.

New database of Los Angeles officials since 1850

council1933.jpg The City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles City Historical Society have worked together to finish an online database — finally! — of past and current elected officials. The project started, I kid you not, during the FDR Administration.
Cudahy bribery - complaint-affidavit.pdf The mayor of Cudahy, David Silva, and two other officials in the small southeast LA county municipality were indicted by the feds on charges of soliciting and accepting $17,000 in bribes for help to open a medical marijuana shop, the LA Times reports.

Walmart aiming to open next in Altadena

Thumbnail image for porter-ranch-walmart-sign.jpg The company is in talks to build out a Walmart Neighborhood Market on North Lincoln Avenue for opening early in 2013.

Morning Buzz: Friday 6.22.12

Skid Row crackdown continues, Hollywood now worried Obama spends too much time with stars, Villaraigosa on Face the Nation, inside Politico, a NYT editor with LA ties leaves, and another home searched over the Gavin Smith disappearance. Plus more.

Eli Broad on being rich, impatient and unreasonable

eli-broad-on-mic.jpg Eli Broad talked at length about his new book, The Art of Being Unreasonable, with Warren Olney on tonight's "Which Way, LA?" on KCRW. Broad said he's not unreasonable so much as impatient with too much discussion or pondering on major decisions. At some point, he says, you have to just do it. Listen to the interview.

I-5 road rage incident takes a couple of turns

jerry-patterson-victim.jpg Two men surrendered last night in the videotaped beating of a motorist on Interstate 5 near Boyle Heights — that's the video saved from vanishing from sight by an Irish computer geek. Here's the other twist. The motorist who was left sprawled out on the pavement while two goons kicked him in the head was himself arrested today.

June Mountain, R.I.P.

The venerable but money-losing June Mountain Ski Area will not operate this summer and, more pointedly, will not have a ski season this coming winter. The future beyond that was left unclear in today's announcement. "June was perceived by many to be a more remote gem for skiers and snowboarders," says outdoors writer Peter Thomas.

No NBA ring this time for Derek Fisher (or Westbrook)

The Miami Heat blew out the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight to win the NBA championship. Up in Seattle, the jilted fans of the Supersonics could be celebrating along with Miami.

LAT confirms Wallace leaving; Riccardi lands at AP

Los Angeles Times foreign editor Bruce Wallace is indeed leaving town for his native Montreal, as we noted last night. Nicholas Riccardi, whose exit we posted on Monday, will cover politics for AP. We have details.

$50,000 reward offered in slaying of Jim Rainey's brother

The City Council has approved a $50,000 reward for information on the May 31 murder of chiropractor Robert Rainey at his office in Palms. James Rainey, the media writer at the Los Angeles Times, spoke this morning about his brother at a press conference at the scene. Watch the video.

Baquets in new life: reading T.S. Eliot on the subway

Former Los Angeles Times editor Dean Baquet and his wife, the author Dylan Landis, were snapped recently while riding the subway in New York, where he is now a managing editor at the New York Times. "He is reading 'A Guide to the Selected Poems of T. S. Eliot,' by B.C. Southam. She is reading 'Selected Poems,' by T. S. Eliot.," says the posting at The Underground New York Public Library.

Morning Buzz: Thursday 6.21.12

Bryson resigns, Brown to drop exemption for high-speed rail, city of Vernon's oddball election, Ann Curry on the way out at "Today," it's going to get hotter in Los Angeles and here's a look at who lives in the Arts District.

A visit with the Valley's sex toy kings

chad-ron-braverman.jpg Dave Gardetta of Los Angeles magazine explores the company behind the somewhat legendary, or at least time-tested, sex toy company that markets as Doc Johnson products. The real Doc Johnsons are Ron Braverman and his 30-year-old son, Chad. Their company is "the Procter & Gamble of sex toys. Each month the company pours 125 tons of rubber, manufacturing 330,000 dildos, vibrators, and synthetic buttocks."

Road rage attack video took the long way to LA

The video showing the assault on a Los Angeles freeway driver near downtown only got in the hands of authorities — and seen by you — because of an unemployed croupier and casino dealer across the Atlantic — and an alert food writer at the LA Weekly.

LA Weekly editor takes a little shot at Jonathan Gold *

SarahFenskeHeadshot.jpg "We needed someone who could be critical when it was called for, and who had no loyalties, and who was not interested in befriending the city's chefs," says Sarah Fenske. "We needed someone fearless."

Next to leave LA Times: top foreign editor

Bruce Wallace appears headed back to his native Montreal to edit a policy journal. Meanwhile, newly retired LAT veteran Craig Turner has pointed analysis of the Laurie Ochoa and John Corrigan moves from earlier today, and criticism of LAT editor Davan Maharaj.

LeRoy Neiman, artist was 91

The painter mostly of sports scenes and the Olympics, and a longtime contributor to Playboy magazine, died today, his publicist told AP.
ochoa-donnelly-slake.jpg Business editor John Corrigan gets the AME slot for arts and entertainment, while Ochoa — the former LA Weekly editor who is married to Jonathan Gold — becomes Arts and Entertainment Editor reporting to Corrigan. TV critic Mary McNamara also gets a new title.

Anita Busch opposes bail for Pellicano

anita-busch-thr-2012.jpg It was ten years ago today that Los Angeles Times reporter Anita Busch found a dead fish on her car. There was a rose in the fish's mouth and a note that said: "Stop." She took it as a warning about her reporting — and she was right. Her life now is all about exposing corruption, she tells the Hollywood Reporter.

The American Prospect survives its funding crisis

the-american-prospect-cover.jpg The liberal policy and politics magazine in Washington with the LA connections says it received a grant that pushed recent donations over $1.2 million, ensuring continued operation for now.

Matt Groening ends 'Life in Hell,' a piece of LA media lore

life-in-hell-final-crop.jpg Cartoonist Rob Tornoe, writing for Poynter, gives the capsule history this way: Groening's strip began running in Wet Magazine in 1978, then moved to the LA Reader, then to LA Weekly and into syndication in more than 250 papers. Then came the Simpson's.

Lifted the print LA Times lately?

lat-front-62012.jpg Today's front or main news section of the Los Angeles Times has just 12 printed pages. That includes the two pages devoted to editorials and op-ed — and with the only content on page A2 a Steve Lopez column.

Andrew Sarris, film critic was 83

Andrew Sarris, the former film critic for the Village Voice and the New York Observer who died Wednesday morning, taught American moviegoers to obsess about directors.

Young Hollywood to stage fundraiser for Obama

celebs_obama_instagram_a_l.jpg Some of the young Hollywood hotties who met privately with President Obama on his last visit to Beverly Hills are combining on a June 29 fundraiser for the president's campaign, the Hollywood Reporter says. Jared Leto chairs, but the participants include the not-so-young such as David Fincher and Peter Frampton. Details and names inside.

Online magazine for the gay and HIV positive to debut

Positive Frontiers bills itself as "the nation’s only HIV magazine for gay and bisexual men." It's from Frontiers Media, which publishes other gay-oriented publications

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 6.20.12

Expo Line, fill-in Assessor, bilingualism in LA and more.

Schwarzenegger speaks up for Venice's fear of Google

where-are-we-venice-boardwa.jpg Arnold tells the New York Times' Adam Nagourney that he understands why the bodybuilder community fears being pushed out of Venice by the Google hordes. The company's expansion plans may include the building that houses Gold's Gym. "As soon as I walked in, they said: ‘You heard about Google?'"

LANG to print more papers in Orange County

The Inland Empire-area papers of the Los Angeles News Group are leaving their relatively new printing plant and will now be run off the presses at the Orange County Register. Plus: the San Bernardino Sun will actually move a newsroom back into the city's center.

Pomona delays vote on closing its only library

alexandria-library-flavorwire.jpg The City Council of Pomona tabled for a week its consideration of a budget plan that would close the city's only public library. The delay gave David Allen, the columnist for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, the opening he needed to apply for a library card.

Free tix: John Irving and Scott Turow (but not together)

amy-tan-rbr.jpg Irving will talk about "In One Person" and Turow will discuss the book publishing industry. He's also here for Friday night's final public performance of the Rock Bottom Remainders, the band that features authors such as Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan and Turow. Read about all three events.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 6.19.12

Skid Row cleanup sweeps today, VP Joe Biden in town for AFSCME speech, tree trimming delays get in the way of fire trucks, media notes on Jesse Katz, Kelly Oxford, John Cook and NPR, plus the Urban League statement on Rodney King. And more.

Cassell's Hamburgers going dark, then relocating

cassell's-eater.jpg Cassell's has been on 6th Street in what is now Koreatown for a long time, though not so long in its current location. Soon the place christened a couple of media generations ago as the home of LA's best burger will be moving again — and after many months of darkness, perhaps rebooting again with a new menu.

Subtract another film critic from the club

Stephanie Zacharek will be laid off as chief critic at Movieline on July 13. The news, reported earlier by Matt Singer at IndieWire, has set off fresh concern about the future viability of film criticism as an actual career, or even as a job.

New Arsenio Hall show to be like the old one, only older

arsenio-hall-2012.jpg Staffers at the Los Angeles Times all got a missive today from Tribune's TV boss talking up the new late-night talk show coming next year from Arsenio Hall. The rationale is that Arsenio's fans still remember him and can't wait to watch him again.

Another LA Times departure

There's a new trickle of newsroom exits going on at the Los Angeles Times. The same day that editor Davan Maharaj announced that entertainment editor Sallie Hofmeister would be moving on, former Denver bureau chief Nicholas Riccardi sent his colleagues a nice if brief newsroom farewell.

Microsoft makes media line up in Hollywood

microsoft-line-wsj.jpg Today's oddly timed and poorly choreographed reveal by Microsoft of a new tablet computer took place at the Milk Studios in Hollywood.

Andrea Ordin back to the police commission

Mayor Villaraigosa has appointed Andrea Sheridan Ordin to fill a term on the city's Board of Police Commissioners — a panel she sat on for five years earlier in the mayor's administration. Most recently she was the county counsel, a post she retired from earlier this year.

Who wants to lick Padma Lakshmi's spoon?

padma-lakshmi-lickthespoon.jpg So far in this Emmy campaign season, writes Variety's Jon Weisman, "it would be hard to top this Padma Lakshmi/Bravo page for most distinctive 'For Your Consideration' ad." See her ad bigger

Follow the Stanley Cup all summer

cup-on-venice-beach.jpg One of the other charming little hockey things that happens is the winners of the Stanley Cup get to take the trophy pretty much wherever they want for a day. For many that means taking the Cup home to small-town Canada (or Slovenia) for what can sometimes turn into very emotional celebrations with the folks you grew up with. But first, Venice Beach. Here are some links that let you follow along.

Morning Buzz: Monday 6.18.12

Rodney King follows, it's an OJ Simpson anniversary, marijuana clinics, Chabad in Sherman Oaks, Yaroslavsky and the mayor's race, and Paul McCartney turns 70. Plus more for a Monday.

What new device will Microsoft announce in LA today?

xbox-dashboard.jpg Most media outlets that have written stories pegged to Microsoft's plans for a secretive, 3:30 p.m., invitation-only presser in Los Angeles agree that the subject will be a new tablet computer. But the real story is in the details.

Melee between women in Denny's caught on video

dennys-brawl-patch.jpg It was after the bars closed Sunday morning in Redlands. An argument broke out, then mini-skirted women began throwing punches and kicking. Somebody pasted the whole thing on YouTube, bare asses and all.

'On Shaky Ground' wins another honor for California Watch

calif-watch-icon.jpg Last year's California Watch series detailing failures in the way that the state ensures the seismic safety of public schools was singled out for a special prize at this weekend's national convention in Boston of the journalism group Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Manny's comeback hits a snag

manny-espn.jpg The snag: nobody wants him after seeing Ramirez play a few weeks in the minor leagues. He was released by the Oakland A's and is heading home to Florida. Plus: the Dodgers are still the best team in baseball, and ESPN Magazine puts Matt Kemp on the cover.

Rodney King found dead in his swimming pool *

rodney-king-patch.jpg Rodney King's fiancee called for help about 5:25 this morning, saying he was at the bottom of their swimming pool in the city of Rialto. Police officers removed King from the pool and attempted to revive him. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Sallie Hofmeister exits LA Times, Curley joins Register

Ever since Davan Maharaj became LAT editor, the newsroom has waited to learn whether arts and entertainment editor Sallie Hofmesiter would move up, leave or carry on. She's leaving. The Register's hiring of new media guru Rob Curley will create more buzz in the greater newspaper world.

Paramedics called for Lindsay Lohan, find she's OK *

Someone summoned paramedics to the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey this morning after Lindsay Lohan reportedly did not awaken, but TMZ reports the medics found her fine and she's said to be on set now shooting "Liz and Dick" for Lifetime. ABC News, on the other hand, reports that Lohan was taken to a hospital.

Ex-Kings broadcasters admit to some tears this week

dustin-brown-bob-miller-alcorn.jpg Tom Hoffarth, the sports media columnist for the Daily News, checked in with the small club of broadcasters who used to do Los Angeles Kings games during the team's 45 years of losing before this season.

Spencer Beck editing an LA magazine again

laconfidential-cover-summer2012.jpg Spencer Beck, the editor of Los Angeles magazine from 1997-2000, has been named editor-in-chief of Los Angeles Confidential.

Inside a Barbra Streisand party in Malibu

clinton-streisand.jpg Here's what happens at the Malibu party at Streisand's home to raise money for the new Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Martin Short emcees. Lisa Ling introduces Bill Clinton. Streisand sings, and so on. Guest list and more

Morning Buzz: Friday 6.15.12

New city head librarian, Jerry Brown sits down with Marc Cooper, Dorothy Lucey to sit with "The Young Turks," Disney's California Adventure opens and obits for Jerry Jacobs and Michael Riva, plus more.

Lion killed in Santa Monica may be from north of the 101

mountain lion courtyard-thumb-550x732.jpg DNA testing that links the young lion to cats north of the 101 freeway suggests "a rare bright spot for a group of animals that is suffering from an extreme lack of genetic diversity," the National Park Service says.

Court workers offer unpaid work to reduce layoffs

The union that represents some of the Los Angeles Superior Court support staff facing layoffs on Friday offered to have workers go unpaid for one work day a month in lieu of the job reductions. The offer was rejected late Thursday, the Daily Journal reports tonight.

Mercury flack for Walmart caught posing as student journalist

stephanie-harnett-fake-reporter.jpg Union organizers recognized the Walmart public relations rep who showed up in Chinatown yesterday to press the firm's case for a new store. Her card said Stephanie Harnett, senior associate at Mercury Public Affairs. But earlier this month, she came to an anti-Walmart news conference and interviewed activists as USC student journalist Zoe Mitchell. Busted.

Orange Line extension across the Valley opens June 30

sherman-way-mosaic-orange-line.jpg Another four miles of the Orange Line busway are about to ready to open between Woodland Hills and Chatsworth. Out-of-service buses will be seen making test runs as soon as this weekend.

Plaschke finally gets it

As he stood in Staples Center on Monday night and absorbed the emotion in the building, and truly realized what the Kings accomplished, the LA Times' Bill Plaschke got religion.

Morning Buzz: Thursday 6.14.12

Kings parade details, Bob Miller on the Stanley Cup, City Council districts, Channel 7 gets Jerry Lewis wrong, Mark of Mark and Brian to retire, Pomona's only library may close and more.

Stanley Cup glow continues in LA

cup-dodger-stadium.jpg Kings and the Cup at Dodger Stadium, the best video of the Kings celebrating the Cup, and more.

Anschutz steps out of the shadows for the Stanley Cup *

anschutz-team-getty.jpg Yes, that was the elusive Kings owner and Los Angeles power figure celebrating on the ice — his ice — with the Stanley Cup on Monday night. Some 18,000 Kings fans and a live television audience got their first looks at possibly the most powerful man in Los Angeles. Nice looking guy — let's see more photos and video of Phil Anschutz.

Lance Armstrong faces new doping charges

lance-armstrong.jpg The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has notified Lance Armstrong of formal doping charges that could cost him his seven Tour de France titles, the Washington Post reports today, adding that he is immediately banned from triathlons. "I have never doped," Armstrong said in a statement. Read more

TV ratings for Cup final down across US, way up in LA

NBC's telecast of the Stanley Cup winning game on Monday set a new record for a hockey game in the Los Angeles market, with a 13.6 local rating. (Duh.) Nationally, though, the game was down from last year's Game 6 in the Stanley Cup Final series.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 6.13.12

Shorter school year again in LA, Villaraigosa out of town again, Don Shirley on the Times and the Tonys, Chuck Philips posts another piece on Jimmy Henchman, Pellicano wants out on bail, and the deaths of "Goodfellas" mobster Henry Hill and Highland Park artist Hendrik Stooker.

Santa Monica's mean parking meters observed

santa-monica-sidewalk-meter.jpg Santa Monica is the largest city in the U.S. to convert to parking meters that reset to zero when a car leaves, the New York Times says in a story. Santa Monica officials insist it's not about the money, but UCLA's parking reform expert says of course it's about the money.

LACMA shortens museum hours *

lacma-resnick-pav.jpg If you plan to visit the galleries at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, you better start thinking about going earlier in the day. The museum, currently open until at least 8 p.m. every night except Wednesday (when everything is dark), is shifting to an earlier schedule.

Elinor Ostrom, LA woman who won Nobel in economics was 78

elinor-ostrom-ucla.jpg Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in economics, has an interesting personal story in addition to being highly accomplished in her field. She came to economics later in life, after putting her first husband through law school and working in the HR department at UCLA.

Free wi-fi at LAX? Forget about it

The Los Angeles City Council today blocked the airport's plans to offer free wireless at LAX, complaining that the deal reached by airport officials did not pass the smell test. Not that it was really going to be like other cities' free wireless — you would likely have to watch an ad — but it sounded better than the $9.95 that T-Mobile charges LAX inmates now.

Hockey is a family affair

dustin-brown-family-cup.jpg The Kings began partying a few seconds before the final buzzer at Staples Center on Monday night and may not have stopped yet. Many of the players brought their children, wives, parents and friends on the ice for the post-game celebration.

County names a fill-in for Noguez

santos-kreimann.jpg Longtime county staffer Santos H. Kreimann was proposed by county CEO William Fujioka to take over as chief deputy assessor. Kreimann has been Director of Beaches and Harbors for three years and change.

Bob Miller lifts the Stanley Cup *

bob-miller-cup.jpg Longtime Los Angeles Kings broadcaster Bob Miller got his turn with the Stanley Cup last night at Staples Center. More celebration photos from Rich Hammond at LA Kings Insider.

LA Sketchbook: Ban the bags

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Berman's Super PAC gets national attention

Thumbnail image for Berman+Sherman+Town+Hall+JJ.jpg Both the Washington Post and the New York Times have taken note this week of the committee funded by Marc Nathanson that is spending big bucks on behalf of Rep. Howard Berman in the Democrats' congressional district showdown in the Valley.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 6.12.12

Sacramento doings for budget week, Bryson takes medical leave, Choi joins big CD 13 field, journalism dean for Berkeley, Ethier gets new deal and a rash of local obits.

Kings captain Dustin Brown receives the Stanley Cup

By hockey tradition, the captain is the first to accept the Stanley Cup. Dustin Brown takes the Cup from National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman. After skating with the Cup, Brown handed it to Willie Mitchell, the team's veteran defenseman and the survivor of a serious concussion.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter, one of six brothers to play in the National Hockey League, on the fun of seeing the eyes of his younger players as they realized in the final minutes of Monday's game what they had accomplished.

Kings will show the Stanley Cup to LA Thursday at noon

brown-cup-kings.jpg Parade starts at Figueroa and 5th Street, proceeds to Staples Center. There will be a ticketed rally inside the arena.

Rep. Sherman's Photoshopped mom goes pop culture *

This weekend's edition of "Wait Wait..Don't Tell Me" on NPR stations worked in a question about the caper we reported here a few weeks ago in which Rep. Brad Sherman either added or removed his mother from a campaign mailer. He later joked about it. See what the panel said.

Daily News, other LANG papers merge management

The gradual blurring of the lines between the MediaNews Group newspapers in Southern California is taking another step. Top editors will now oversee news gathering at all nine newspapers.

Morning Buzz: Monday 6.11.12

Commerce Secretary Bryson claims seizure behind his hit and runs, top-two primary effects mixed, killings by local police way up, GMA's Robin Roberts announces diagnosis, Dylan Ratigan leaving MSNBC and the LAPD warns about counterfeit tickets to tonight's Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Everything you want to know about June gloom

june-gloom-vdt.jpg It's been pretty dang nice along the beaches so far in these final days of official spring. But as anyone with very many summers in Los Angeles knows, a marine layer could blanket us in a deep, gray, soul-sucking June gloom at any moment. A good read on how the marine layer works and why.

LA journo on being groped by teacher at NYC school

kate-aurthur-mug.jpg Kate Aurthur, the West Coast Editor of The Daily Beast, personally endorses a story in Sunday's New York Times about sexual abuse by teachers at an exclusive New York private school, Horace Mann. That's because she spoke to the story's writer, Amos Kamil, and editor, Ariel Kaminer, about her own groping by a teacher with a reputation while she was a student.

Free tix: Frank Deford in conversation with John Salley

Frank-DeFord-book-jacket.jpg Frank Deford, the senior contributing writer at Sports Illustrated and weekly commentator for NPR’s “Morning Edition” — he recently read commentary number 1500 — will be in town this week to talk about his new memoir, "Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter."

Rolling Stones book from Life

stones-altamont-life.jpg Life Books has released a new book with photographs from the magazine's archives and other sources: "The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Rock ’n’ Roll." Were you at Anaheim Stadium in '78? Altamont Speedway?

Kings try for the Cup again in New Jersey *

hammond-kings-nj-berger.jpg No real news out of the morning skates in Newark. Both the Kings and the Devils warmed up their legs and had media sessions. Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final airs on NBC starting at 5 p.m., with the puck dropped about 5:15.

Friday desk clearing

I-5 mess north of LA, a bunch of undecided races from Tuesday's election, an honor for Francis Gary Powers, Don Rickles still shocks, ghost writer David Ritz, Daily News reunion and more.

First woman to run a U.S. marathon: Culver City, '63

joan-benoit-lapl.jpg History has tried to forget that Merry Lepper was the first woman to run a marathon in the United States, 21 years before Joan Benoit won Olympic gold. Women could legally vote for president long before they could officially enter a marathon. David Davis met up with her in Tucson and sets the record straight.

A Kings fan's need for the Stanley Cup

kings-scfgame3-inside-rinkrat.jpg Eric Nusbaum, a staffer at The Classical website, tries to explain why he flew down from Seattle for Wednesday's first chance ever for his Los Angeles Kings to skate the Stanley Cup. For survivors of the team's four decades of wandering in the weeds of the hockey world, the "palpability of the wanting" was everywhere inside Staples Center. "The Cup was in the goddamn building and so were we."

Morning Buzz: Friday 6.8.12

Chase Knolls for sale, criminal bribery probe at Pasadena City College, Rancho Los Alamitos to open and Langer's is giving away free pastrami.

Proof it's who you know that matters

nyt-1922.jpg Probably not a true story, as the story itself suggests, but it was in the New York Times — in 1922. And the headline is "unsurpassed" in NYT annals, as a Twitter user said
car-talk-guys.jpg As of this fall, Tom and Ray Magliozzi will stop recording new "Car Talk" shows for NPR. The archived shows will go into syndication, the network announced. Let the brothers explain.

Martin Sheen, Pauley Perrette to hand out Press Club trophies

martin-sheen-kurtz.jpg With the June 24 banquet at the Biltmore honoring Watergate reporting legends Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the LA Press Club lined up Martin Sheen to give them the President's Award.

Obama had breakfast with 'young stars' this morning

celebs_obama_instagram_a_l.jpg Before leaving Beverly Hills this morning, President Barack Obama met privately at his hotel "with two dozen of Hollywood’s hottest young stars, urging them to involve themselves in his re-election campaign." Plus a pool report from View Park.

Obama heading to View Park this morning *

view-park-view.jpg Before leaving town for Nevada, President Obama is scheduled to speak this morning at a private fundraising breakfast in View Park, the community perched on the northern side of the Baldwin Hills with the awesome views of Downtown and the Hollywood Hills.

Morning Buzz: Thursday 6.7.12

Republican catch a break in Inland Empire, runoff begins in Berman-Sherman and Lacey-Jackson, Trutanich vows to seek reelection and rewards in the murder of 1-year-old Angel Mauro Cortez-Nava in Watts.

Readings and reactions to the passing of Ray Bradbury

ray-bradbury-1966.jpg The announcement on Wednesday morning of Ray Bradbury's death has been a big story in Los Angeles and beyond. (My updated original post, and Denise Hamilton's personal piece for Native Intelligence from 2006.) Here's a smattering of some of the reflections and tributes since, with more certainly to come.

Fired Good staffers vow to start new magazine

good-staff-friedman.jpg The eight editors and designer who lost their jobs last week at Good magazine (or opted out) posted a message in which they admit to being scared about the lack of income, and their regret that some of them may have to move out of Los Angeles. But they also wish Good well in its new direction, and say they intend to work together as a team one more time on a magazine concept that has a name. Plus: Good explains the firings.

Free wi-fi for short sessions coming to LAX

Free wireless service could be available to travelers at Los Angeles International Airport as soon as this summer. There's a catch, but it's still a big improvement over the current $10 T-Mobile fee.

Running mates

LAO_dean_garcetti.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard at LA Observed...

Obama headlines two parties in Beverly Hills tonight

obamawave.jpg President Obama began the fundraising day on Wednesday by flying to San Francisco (with Giants legend Willie Mays on board Air Force One and at his side) then on down to Los Angeles. He appeared tonight at the LGBT Leadership Council gala at the Beverly Wilshire, where Ellen DeGeneres and "Glee" star Darren Criss provided the entertainment, then at a more private dinner a little ways away in Beverly Hills hosted by "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy and his fiance David Miller.

Kings lose, but now LA knows what to expect with a Cup

I went downtown to LA Live with a friend to observe what happens when Los Angeles has a chance to win the Stanley Cup. First, the bottom line: the Kings lost 3-1 and go back to New Jersey to try again on Saturday to grab the Cup. Outside, it was a party atmosphere.

Keeper of the Cup has his gloves ready

gloves-cup-pritchard.jpg Philip Pritchard, the keeper of the Stanley Cup on behalf of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, tweets the photo and this: "Game day...this could be the day?"

Trutanich blames the media, not himself or that dumb pledge

Da-results-county.jpg Election night reporters who opted for the Carmen Trutanich headquarters in San Pedro, or were sent there by an editor or producer, ended up with the best story. The onetime frontrunner in the race for District Attorney self-destructed so badly that his ability to hold on to his job as Los Angeles City Attorney next year has to be in doubt.

Ray Bradbury, writer and Angeleno was 91 *

bradbury-library-gary.jpg Ray Bradbury died last night, his daughter has confirmed. For his 90th birthday, Bradbury talked about remembering his birth and the womb. "I have total recall of all of my life." Updated stories, links and video

Herb Reed, last of The Platters was 83

herb-reed-later.jpg The Platters were another popular vocal group that formed in Los Angeles and lasted. Reed, a Kansas City native, was there at the beginning — he gets credit for naming the group — and he sang bass "on all of the 400 recordings the group made during its peak years, including four that reached No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart." Video and obits

Here's your final election results briefing *

3:30 a.m. update: Sherman beats Berman, Hahn beats Richardson, Lacey beats them all and Trutanich may be the biggest loser of this election. More inside with links and late results.

Kings ratings down, Game 4 on pay cable, Miller to record *

miller-fox.jpg For whatever reasons, NBC is sticking with its original plan to broadcast Wednesday's Game 4 only on NBCSN, the cable channel formerly known as Versus that is only available to most Angelenos on a premium tier on Time Warner Cable or the satellite dishes. But for Kings fans, Bob Miller and Jim Fox will record an account of the game.

Expo Line opens to Culver City June 20

expo-line-bridge-cc.jpg The terminus of the Expo Line will extend to the Culver City station, and the Farmdale station near Dorsey High School, will both open at noon on Wednesday, June 20.

NBC 4 names new VP of News

todd-mokhtari.jpg The vacant position at the top of the Channel 4 newsroom is going to Todd Mokhtari, who has been at KIRO-TV in Seattle but is a former managing editor at KNBC.

Tom Lasorda has heart attack in New York

lasorda-mattingly-soohoo.jpg The former Dodgers manager is recovering in a New York hospital. He is expected to be released on Wednesday.

9th Circuit won't rehear Proposition 8

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals declined today to convene an 11-judge panel to rehear last February's 2-1 decision that California's Proposition 8 against same-sex marriage violates federal constitutional guarantees. Today's decision sets up a showdown over gay marriage at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Clippers general manager flees LA

Neil-Olshey-blazers.jpg Neil Olshey, who's been getting so much attention for his role in building the Clippers as VP of basketball operations, backed out of an agreement in principle to stay with the team and will become general manager of the division-rival Portland Trailblazers.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 6.5.12

Possible record low participation expected for Election Day, public health issues worsen on Skid Row, a threat over Malibu Lagoon project, finally rethinking Japanese-American internment, LAX traffic lanes closed and more. This afternoon is the transit of venus.

Video for Kings: Now go out there and take it, boys

rizzo-screen-grab.jpg Coach Rizzo urges his team to win the biggest game of their hockey lives. Watch

Also on Wednesday in LA: Obamajam

av-obama-lax.jpg President Obama returns to Los Angeles late Wednesday afternoon for yet another campaign fundraising appearance, this time at the the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. The event is a gay and lesbian community fundraiser for Obama. Here is some early traffic guidance.

Kings swamp New Jersey 4-0, need one win for the Cup

dustin-brown-exults.jpg The Kings needed heroic saves from goalie Jonathan Quick for the first half of Game 3, then the momentum turned their way. They ended up scoring four goals and shutting out the very frustrated New Jersey Devils. It the was largest crowd ever to see a hockey game at Staples Center — and the first Kings home game in 15 days — and they had a blast. Watch video of Justin Williams' goal.

LA Sketchbook: Jerry Brown's coin

qqxsgCalif-paycoins.jpg The latest cartoon by Steve Greenberg. His LA Sketchbook archive...
pia-toscano-kings.jpg I kind of wondered if the Kings would go for a big name for their first Stanley Cup Final game at Staples Center, as well as the first-ever to be played in the city of Los Angeles. Nope. They are staying with the voice who brung them. Here is video of Toscano from the Canucks series in April.

Dorothy Lucey talks about leaving Fox 11 - on Channel 5

lucey-reynolds-edwards.jpg Dorothy Lucey, let go last month as the longtime co-host on Fox 11's "Good Day LA" show, talked about it this morning on rival station KTLA's morning show. Go inside to watch her video clip.

Kings game tonight only on pay TV, with lineup change

Fans who have gotten used to watching the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final on NBC will possibly be disappointed tonight. Game 3, starting at 5 p.m., will be only on the NBC Sports Network, which is a completely different animal.

Sad face on Good's job posting *

good-screen-grab.jpg Good magazine's job posting for a features editor has changed to a large ASCII sad face in the wake of last week's mass firing of the staff. Update: It's their 404 page, couple of observers say.

Morning Buzz: Monday 6.4.12

Top political donors, email from Sarah Jessica Parker, when LAPD reform happened, Grand Avenue project being rethought, Wendy McCaw sued by her own lawyer, LA Times editorial awards, E3 threatens to leave LA (again) and Atwater Village in the NYT. Plus more.

Todd Gitlin on James Q. Wilson and broken windows

James_Q_Wilson_zocalo.jpg Before Wilson gave voice to the case against broken windows, Gitlin took his course and "learned a lot about cities, classes, political machines, and reformers....[but] as Wilson’s commitment to conservative orthodoxy grew, his critical edge was blunted."

How Dodgers' Sue Falsone got to the stadium

Sue-Falsone-in-room.jpg Sue Falsone is getting some attention this season as the first female head trainer for a major league baseball team. As she says, she's always been female. So it's only new for the people who are hearing about her for the first time.

KCRW's Liza Richardson surfs with fashion and one arm

liza-richardson-surfer.jpg Fashion magazine Marie Claire devotes a one-page photo feature in the June issue to Liza Richardson, the longtime KCRW DJ and music supervisor for movies and TV. The angle is that she also surfs. But then a blog noticed the photo editing.

LA Times editor hacked on Twitter again

davan-maharaj.jpg This time I was included in the direct messages sent from the account of Davan Maharaj, the editor of the Los Angeles Times and recent adopter of Twitter. "Hi someone is posting terrible things about you," the message said, with a link. Same as the last time Maharaj was hacked, about a week ago. Read latest

'You were lucky, Hershiser'

si-hershiser.jpg Josh Suchon, the former post-game broadcaster for the Dodgers, is now blogging with a friend in Northern California. He tells a nice story on himself that along the way sheds some light on the relationships between fans, reporters and sports figures.

Kings win in OT - again - now lead 2-0

kings-win-ot-game2.jpg Jeff Carter, the Kings' big late-season acquisition from the east, scored in overtime tonight to give the Kings a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. This is huge in multiple ways.

What do LA hockey players do with free time in NYC? Comedy

zamboni-newjersey-game2.jpg The Kings and New Jersey Devils take the ice about 5 p.m. for today's second game of the Stanley Cup Final. Game 2 will be televised nationally by NBC and be on the radio here on AM 1150 and AM 570. No lineup changes for either team — not even the anthem singer. Official game notes

USS Iowa comes into Port of Los Angeles

iowa-towing-buscaino.jpg The World War II battleship Iowa was towed this morning inside the breakwater at the Port of Los Angeles. People watched from bluffs and rooftops in San Pedro.

Jim Rainey posts nice tribute to slain brother

James Rainey, the Los Angeles Times media reporter, posted to Facebook and tweeted a nice piece about his brother. Robert Rainey, the Palms chiropractor who was discovered beaten to death in his Venice Boulevard office on May 31, was a well-known runner in the LA area. The Raineys grew up in Malibu.

Staff massacre at Good magazine

good-mag-cover-summer2012.jpg On Thursday night, Los Angeles-based Good threw a party at Atwater Crossing for its latest issue. On Friday, executive editor Ann Friedman and at least five other editors got the axe, pretty much clearing out the top levels of the Los Angeles editorial office. Here's what we know.

Zocalo goes dancing — but never back to Saddle Ranch

Benjamin_Millepied_color.jpg Zócalo hosts a Music Center conversation on Sunday with choreographer Benjamin Millepied, and among the group's eclectic web offerings up now is an essay on what whiteness means.

Assessor John Noguez takes 'voluntary leave of absence'

He asks the county Board of Supervisors to appoint a Chief Deputy Assessor to run the office while he is gone. Noguez is under investigation by the DA's public corruption unit over allegations of improper tax assessments to benefit political campaign contributors.

Friday media notes

road-and-track-covers.jpg Road and Track leaving Southern California, Jo Mora map on "Patt Morrison," LA's tweeting scanner monitor, Charlie Tuna and more.
Campaign 2015 takes shape
city-hall-night-alt.jpgHere is the certified list of who is running for Los Angeles City Council, school board and community college board. Story
A tale of two Sugar Plum Fairies
joy-womack-iris.jpgJoy Womack comes to the Santa Monica Nutcracker from Moscow, Lyrica Blankfein from NYC. More
Reclaiming lost lives
IMG_1846 - Copy.JPGThe annual LA County memorial for unclaimed human remains makes a powerful civic statement. Ellen Alperstein
Honoring Robert Downey, Sr.
ace-hotel-swope-iris.jpgLouis C.K., Alan Arkin and Robert Downey, Jr. took part in a screening of 'Putney Swope.' Iris Schneider