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Morning Buzz: Friday 8.3.12

The House, as expected, voted to reprimand Rep. Laura Richardson for misusing congressional staff resources on campaign duties. She also has to pay a $10,000 fine. LAT, Daily Breeze

The House Ethics Committee could end up spending more than $1 million on an outside counsel’s investigation of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and the panel itself. The Hill

Civil rights lawyer Molly Munger has dropped another $5 million into her November tax initiative. She contributed $7.8 million earlier. Bee

Investigators in the John Noguez probe now suspect appraiser Scott Schenter of improperly lowering tax bills for nearly a decade, long before Noguez was elected. LAT

Officials began their campaign to educate drivers to avoid the Sepulveda Pass area when the 405 freeway closes for the weekend again in late September. DN

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa officially appointed Grayce Liu as interim general manager for the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.

Councilman Paul Krekorian said his motion to add the Armenian language to the city's election materials passed.

Politics professor and analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe on "Texas and California trading places." Prop Zero

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich owes $112,000 to consultant John Shallman for TV commercials in his losing DA campaign. LAT

Lawyer Greg Smith announced he is running for city attorney of Los Angeles, with John Thomas as his lead consultant.

A jury awarded more than $450,000 Thursday to a man who accused a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detective of having an affair with his wife while simultaneously investigating him for threatening his wife. LAT

Eight years after former Compton Mayor Omar Bradley was found guilty of corruption, an appeals court this week tossed his conviction out, saying that his trial had not proved that Bradley meant to break the law. LAT

Katherine Jackson was reinstated as guardian of Michael Jackson's children. LAT

Classical-music station KUSC (91.5 FM) will commemorate the late David Raksin's centennial with a two-hour special, "A Song After Sundown: A 100th Birthday Tribute to David Raksin," airing at 4 p.m. Saturday with a repeat broadcast scheduled for noon on Saturday, August 11. Film Music Society

After five issues, the Huffington Post's new weekly iPad magazine is dropping its subscription fee and becoming free. Capital NY

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