Friday desk clearing

Mayor Villaraigosa's statement on the Colorado shootings calls for a ban on assault weapons.

Villaraigosa appointed Rafael Bernardino, a Valley resident who is on the e Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners, to the vacancy on the Police Commission.

Marketplace laid off and eliminated the position of Washington bureau chief John Dimsdale, months before the presidential election.

The Orange County Weekly laid off staff writer Josh Dulaney after being told by Village Voice Media headquarters to let someone go.

Former Warner Bros Records chief Joe Smith donated recorded interviews with "some 200 of the most important musicians and record industry figures of the 20th Century" to the Library of Congress.

The International Olympic Committee may be resisting markage in London of the 40th anniversary of the Munich Olympics massacre, but in Los Angeles in 1984 it happened anyway.

Yujean Kang's Gourmet Chinese in Pasadena will close for good on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens broke ground Wednesday on a new theater for its "World of Birds" show.

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