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Morning Buzz: Monday 6.25.12

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The Supreme Court partially struck down the Arizona illegal immigration law on the expected points, upheld the legality of police asking for papers, and in a separate case ruled 5-4 that life without parole for juveniles is unconstitutional.

Yet another bad-news study on the expected impact of climate change in California: sea levels could rise here by five feet, says a report by scientists released by the National Research Council. LAT

Politics and government

Valley political consultant John Shallman said he has severed ties with Carmen Trutanich and will work for Mike Feuer in the race for City Attorney. Also, Councilman Paul Krekorian is pondering a run. LA Weekly, Daily News, Downtown News

City Council President Herb Wesson's forced vote last week to approve new redistricting maps while stifling objections by Bernard Parks and Jan Perry "was one of the most blatant examples of hardball politics seen at Los Angeles City Hall in some time," says Rick Orlov. Say Wesson: "Sometimes, you just have to move on." DN/Tipoff

The latest plan for the future federal court site at 1st Street and Broadway is to build both a courthouse and federal office building, financed by deal to give a developer the current federal courthouse on Spring Street north of City Hall. LAT, Downtown News

California's Republican Party is sinking into their party status, columnist George Skelton posits. LAT

Victor Taracena, a former LA Housing Authority construction official, was brought back from Guatemala to face federal corruption charges over steering contracts to his brothers. LAT

Media and media people

Walmart and its lobbying firm at City Hall, Mercury Public Affairs, split up over after senior PR associate Stephanie Harnett was caught posing as a student journalist at an anti-Walmart event. LAT

Fact-checking Mark Bowden's "curious Vanity Fair article" on convicted ex-LAPD detective Stephanie Lazarus. Trials and Tribulations

KCRW producer Gideon Brower had a nice Unfictional piece on living next door to Whitey Bulger and his girlfriend in Santa Monica. KCRW

KCRW's Saul Gonzalez had a story on PBS's Religion & Ethics Newsweekly this weekend on the 50th anniversary of the United Farm Workers union and plans for a book on Cesar Chavez by Miriam Pawel, the former LA Times editor who already has a book about the union. "People need to realize that the UFW is not helping farmworkers today and whatever it did in the past really is history," says Pawel. PBS

Bryant Keith Alexander, professor of communication studies and a longtime administrator at California State Los Angeles, has been named dean of Loyola Marymount University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts.

Clancy Sigal remembers how Richard Nixon conspirators John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman cut their teeth red-baiting people like him at UCLA. The Guardian

Nice weekend piece by LA Times columnist Sandy Banks on her first trip to Paris. LAT

A judge dismissed photographer David Strick's lawsuit against the LA Times over use of his pictures. The Wrap

John Bruno, a wire and copy editor at the Los Angeles News Group office in West Covina, and blogger at BrunOpinions, died on Friday. Senior editor Steve Hunt posted a remembrance. Star News


A look at how the coming toll car pool lanes on the San Bernardino and Harbor freeways will work. SGV Tribune

Downtown's former Trinity Auditorium, a Beaux-Arts structure from 1914 located at 9th Street and Grand Avenue, will be redeveloped as the Empire Hotel. Brigham Yen

The Last Bookstore in Downtown celebrated its one-year anniversary by expanding its space.

A key witness in the February shooting linked to the murders of two USC graduate students from China told police he could identify the gunman nearly two months before Wu Ying and Qu Ming were killed, court documents show. Neon Tommy

When you spend time in New York "you realize how an Angeleno’s car is so much more than just a way of getting around. It’s a personal biosphere, an environmental bubble, subject to your complete control. 90 degrees outside? 62 degrees inside." Plus other LA-NY differences. Eric Spiegelman

The city of Hermosa Beach is celebrating today with the Stanley Cup. Daily Breeze

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