Afternoon news notes


  • Drew Doughty, the Kings' 22-year-old star, won't be charged in connection with a South Bay woman's police report that he forced her to have sex. LA Times

  • Rusty Hicks, political director for the County Federation of Labor, has been called up by the Navy Reserve for a year-long tour in Afghanistan and will miss the Prop. 32 campaign and the mayor's race. He leaves in August. LA Weekly

  • Author Bret Easton Ellis is escalating his public feud with anger-holic Hollywood blogmeister Nikki Finke, who appears to be inadvertently confirming that they are neighbors in West Hollywood's Doheny Plaza. THR

  • Ten Most Depressing Excerpts From Sheriff Spokesman Steve Whitmore's Personal Blog. LA Weekly

  • That mountain lion captured Sunday in Orange County has been moved temporarily to the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound in Rosamond. Because lions love the desert, eh? LAT

  • The Grammy Museum announced it will debut a major new exhibition on the career of Whitney Houston on August 15.

  • Local journo Alan Abrahamson's 3 Wire Sports was cited as a recommended Twitter feed to watch from the London Olympics. Sports Illustrated

  • The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism announced journalism awards totaling $57,750 to support investigative and explanatory reporting projects on topics ranging from the causes and consequences of America‚Äôs childhood obesity epidemic to the health impacts of environmental pollutants on low-income communities.

  • The Dodgers won their afternoon game over the Phillies on a walk-off home run by Matt Kemp. ESPN

Photo: Drew Doughty in Vanity Fair in 2010

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