Joseph Nassralla Abdelmasih, the president of the Duarte-based charity Media for Christ, and Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a convicted felon from Cerritos, emerged Thursday as forces behind the controversial low-budget film "Innocence of Muslims." LAT
Plus: City Hall gadfly John Walsh warned about the film Talking Points Memo
Plus: Good radio story by Ruxandra Guidi and Leslie Berestein Rojas on the local Coptic community. KPCC
LAFD dispatchers waste valuable time getting 911 callers to start CPR on cardiac arrest victims, often beginning the life-saving procedure after the point at which brain death begins, according to an internal study obtained by the LA Times. LAT
LA Times explains why it put photo of dying ambassador Christopher Stevens on the front page. Readers' Rep
In his first major speech as a candidate for mayor, Councilman Eric Garcetti "spoke in broad themes, and offered relatively little in the way of concrete proposals. He did, however, signal that he will distance himself from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, saying that he will force all of the mayor's department heads to reapply for their jobs." LA Weekly, LA Times, Daily News
Supervisor Gloria Molina and former District Attorney Robert Philibosian endorsed Jackie Lacey in the DA's race.
Recent live television coverage of police chasing fleeing felons "has had the feel of a sporting event – with accompanying colorful commentary," says the police union, asking if the dangerous events are LA's new "bloodsport." LAPPL
Controller Wendy Greuel, Councilman Jose Huizar and actress Diane Keaton joined more than 100 preservationists at Vibiana to honor Linda Dishman for 20 yeas as head of the Los Angeles Conservancy.
The City Council will consider a resolution by Councilman José Huizar to declare September 16 Antonio Aguilar Day, in honor of the late Mexican singer and actor.
Tony Ortega resigned as editor of the Village Voice to pursue a book proposal about Scientology "in its time of crisis." He has been one of the media watchers of the church: in 2011 and 2012, 465 blog posts about Scientology and numerous stories. VV
A black bear showed up in the 13000 block of Whistler Avenue in Granada Hills, was seen in a swimming pool then returned to the Santa Susana Mountains. DN
Smokey Robinson tell "Off-Ramp" about his new gig reading poetry onstage in North Hollywood and explains how he wrote "Cruisin’" KPCC, noon Saturday