Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Monday 7.23.12

Politics and government

Mitt Romney was in the Bay Area on Sunday raising money, and President Obama comes in for events today. SF Chronicle, Chron

The LAPD is so behind on fingerprint analysis that the service will be rationed. LAT

The debate over whether property owners or cities should be responsible for the repair of sidewalks. DN

Chicago looks to LA for help on gang murders, Dennis Zine sees opportunity in his 65th birthday and more politics notes. Rick Orlov's Tipoff/DN

Dueling rallies expected this morning at City Hall as advocates and opponents gird for a vote on the future of medical marijuana outlets in Los Angeles.

Once-crowded cells at Men's Central Jail now sit empty as Sheriff Lee Baca clears out the modules where deputies have been accused of beating inmates. DN

Media and media people

Former LA Times reporter Lorenza Munoz wrote about when she was an Olympic-caliber swimmer and why her treatment in Mexico pushed her out of the water. LAT op-ed

City Hall deputy and ex-journalist Jeremy Oberstein and friends have started, a "weekly, online magazine" that will feature articles about tech, sports, food, pop culture and what it's like to be a dad for the first time. Writers include City News Service reporter Richie Duchon (the new dad) and Oberstein.

Columnist David Allen wants the name and backstory of the gray-haired man he has now seen dancing in the audience at the Hollywood Bowl, at the Fox Theater in Pomona and for a couple of seconds in the documentary "Shut Up and Play the Hits." Daily Bulletin

In her new novel "My Hollywood," Mona Simpson "gives Westside nannies a voice, and her name is Lola." Excerpt at Los Angeles magazine

Columnist Sandy Banks returned to the spanking topic after her mailbox filled up. LAT

KFI traffic reporter Mike Nolan was injured in a plane crash on Friday evening in Corona. Fishbowl LA

The Chicago Tribune has decided to keep using Journatic, the news outsource that makes up bylines on its "local" stories. Romenesko


Bryshon Nellum, a runner who was shot while walking to the USC dorms in 2008, is headed to the London Olympics. Press-Telegram

The USS Iowa has drawn about 18,000 visitors in its first ten days open to the public in San Pedro. Daily Breeze

From the weekend

As the incidence of violent crime has gone down in America, so has the rate of gun ownership. LAT

Two freeway construction workers were killed on the 405 in South Bay early Sunday morning when suspected drunk drivers collided with each other and plowed into the work site. LAT, City News Service

Three neighborhood groups sued the city of Los Angeles over the new zoning regulations for Hollywood that will allow bigger and taller buildings. LAT

Alexander Cockburn, the leftist writer who wrote for The Nation, the Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice and his own CounterPunch, died in Germany of cancer at 71. His last Beat the Devil column in The Nation runs in the July 30 issue. The Nation, LAT, Louis Proyect

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