Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Monday 7.2.12

Anderson Cooper acknowledged to Andrew Sullivan that he is gay and regrets that by not saying so before, including in his memoir, he has "given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something." Daily Beast

The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.

I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues. In a perfect world, I don't think it's anyone else's business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted. I’m not an activist, but I am a human being and I don't give that up by being a journalist.

No link between a dramatic rise in officer-involved shootings and assaults on LAPD officers, says a report from the inspector general for the Los Angeles Police Commission, which challenges the way the LAPD tabulates attacks. LAT

Rev. Al Sharpton took part in a memorial service for Rodney King Saturday afternoon at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. LAT

Analyzing the Berman-Sherman race vote is not simple. Rick Orlov/Tipoff

Interim county assessor Santos Kreimann told the LA Weekly he intends to serve the rest of John Noguez's term and may run for reelection.

Former Monrovia city manager Scott Ochoa took out a $275,000 loan from the city to purchase a home in 2004 and is asking the city to restructure the terms so he can sell it without taking a loss. Patch

Venomous brown widow spiders have become established in Southern California. LAT

Laurie McGinley left the Los Angeles Times Washington bureau to direct health, science and environment coverage at the Washington Post. Romenesko

Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, was added as a national co-chair of the re-electoin committee for President Obama. Sausage Factory

Author Francesca Lia Block announced that Bank of America has refinanced the home she was concerned in March about losing.

Katie O'Laughlin, who ran Village Books, sent a note to customers on the June 30 anniversary of the Pacific Palisades store's closure: "I miss it, and you, every day."

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