Morning Buzz: Thursday 9.13.12

Thumbnail image for farmers-field-overview.jpgThe proposed downtown football stadium will dominate action at City Hall today as the city's Planning Commission begins reviewing an environmental impact report and development agreement for the project while a council committee reviews the costs of an associated convention center hall project. City News Service, Which Way LA?

Kirk Douglas on Wednesday doubled his $5-million pledge to the Los Angeles Mission to a total of $10-million, the homeless organization announced.

A Los Angeles judge threw out a defamation lawsuit against The Wrap, ruling that an article about movie financier Elisabeth Thieriot was accurate and "took pains" in reporting on a production dispute with her co-producer. The Wrap

USC football coach Lane Kiffin banned Daily News reporter Scott Wolf from practices and games for two weeks for reporting on an injury, then USC cancelled the retaliation after being embarrassed in the media. Big Lead Sports, LAT, DN

Dark realities — a twisted love triangle, an allegedly bent and violent "hero," a troubled young Asian-American gambler-turned-pimp, a beautiful black Westside rhythmic gymnast allegedly pressured into prostitution, a murder in Trousdale Estates — are unfolding at the Beverly Hills courthouse. LA Weekly

What really happens if both Prop. 30 and Prop. 38 pass? KCET

An elephant weevil, a tiny insect that attacks wine crops and fruit trees, was intercepted first the first time last month at either the Port of Los Angeles or Long Beach. The container of oranges from Australia was fumigated and released. LAT

Time Warner Cable SportsNet announced that James Worthy, Chris McGee, Dave Miller and Mike Trudell are joining the network’s on-air team.

LA Times Cairo bureau chief Jeffrey Fleishman is on book tour in the U.S. for his second novel, "Shadow Man," published by Steerforth Press.

The Los Angeles Times newsroom staff is only 8 percent Latino, according to a new study. FAIR

Mark Hansen, a statistics professor at UCLA, has relocated to New York to oversee the east coast half of the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation, a new joint venture between Columbia’s Journalism School and Stanford University’s School of Engineering. Fishbowl LA

The Los Angeles Conservancy fetes Linda Dishman for 25 years as executive director with a cocktail reception tonight at Vibiana.


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