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Top of the news

Showtime’s "Homeland" swept the top awards at Sunday night's Emmys, while HBO shows won the most categories. Winners and backstage photos

The newly rebuilt Sunset Boulevard bridge over the 405 freeway opened this morning.

Politics and government

Jerry Brown on how the job of governor has changed. LAT

The 710 and the missing link in LA's freeway system. Star-News

"There are a couple of assumptions guiding much of the civic conversation about public employee pension reform," writes Jim Newton. "First, that organized labor would fight any reform tooth and nail; and second, that labor's strong presence in Los Angeles would doom such measures to defeat. I'm starting to doubt both of those assumptions, having talked at length to former Mayor Richard Riordan about some of his ideas." LAT op-ed

Rep. Henry Waxman's reelection campaign against Republican Bill Bloomfield is a "test of new election rules in California at a time when voters are sour on politicians and increasingly register without party membership." LAT

Councilman Richard Alarcon and Raul Bocanegra are in a tough race for the Assembly in the Valley. LAT

Behind the scenes, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's pension reform proposal released last week could put plans to privatize the Los Angeles Zoo and the Convention Center on hold. Rick Orlov's Tipoff/DN

Dick Rosengarten is telling new subscribers to Calpeek that the Beverly Hills-based political newsletter "is ceasing publication at the end of 2012. We're switching to a blog - hopefully." The blog has the beginnings of a site.

Rim shot headline of the week: "Putting a lid on L.A.'s pot dispensaries" LAT editorial

Media and books

Columnist Al Martinez appointed Eli Broad to chair a committee "intended to have me named poet laureate of Los Angeles." Now all he has to do is tell Broad. DN

David Bradley, the owner of Atlantic Media's magazine and websites, tells David Carr that “It’s become very, very clear to me that digital trumps print, and that pure digital, without any legacy costs, massively trumps print.” NYT

Edward Champion is ending his Bat Segundo Show podcast after nearly 500 installments over eight years. Reluctant Habits

Chip Johannessen, writer and co-executive producer of "Homeland" and "24", and Michael Oates Palmer, writer and co-producer on "Shark," were elected along with others to the Writers Guild of America, West board of directors. LAT

Kirkus Reviews asked LA writer Christopher Meeks to write about how he achieved a level of success as an independent publisher. Red Room

Michael Connelly reviews ‘The Cocktail Waitress,’ the lost last novel of James M. Cain: "It certainly entertains, but it also disappoints." NYT

Former LA Times Pulitzer winner J.R. Moehringer’s first noel, "Sutton," gives an account of Willie Sutton, the "bank-robbing man of the people," on the day he was released from jail in 1969. Daily Beast

Actress Mayim Bialik lives in a one-bedroom house in Studio City, but then one bedroom is all her family needs. NYT

The Los Angeles Press Club will honor Jane Fonda with its inaugural Visionary Award at the National Entertainment Journalism Awards Gala on Sunday, November 18th at the
Biltmore Hotel.

Two Politico staffers whose engagement had been a public event broke up over the weekend in public on Facebook. Fishbowl DC

Jon SooHoo, the Dodgers and USC photographer, featured by

More news and observations

Racial lines in the Antelope Valley: Sun Village vs. Littlerock. LAT Column One

Hikers found a human skull in a canyon near Los Liones Drive in Pacific Palisades, and police then found the skeletal remains of a human torso nearby. City News Service

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'In on merit' at USC
Read the memo: LA Times hires again
Read the memo: LA Times losing big on search traffic
Google taking over LA's deadest shopping mall
Gustavo Arellano, many others join LA Times staff
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Morning Buzz: Wednesday 4.16.14