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newsweek-cover-old-100.jpgNewsweek will indeed stop publishing in print. Tina Brown announced this morning that the last issue would be dated Dec. 31. Romenesko, NYT, Daily Beast

Politics and government

Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman released new attack ads on Wednesday. DN, LA Weekly

The LA Times and Daily News editorial boards both recommend votes against the county's Measure B, which would require condoms on porn actors. LAT editorial, DN, LA Weekly

Riordan's city pension reform plan. LA Weekly

Two proposed tax increases are likely to appear on the City of Los Angeles March 2013 ballot — and they would impact anyone who buys a house or parks a car in the city. KPCC

Inside the push to let garbage haulers have monopoly control of sections of the city of Los Angeles. LA Weekly

Media and media people

Peter Boyer, the former New Yorker and LA Times staff writer, left Newsweek and the Daily Beast to be editor at large for Fox News. Romenesko

Nic Harcourt, the former music director and "Morning Becomes Eclectic" host at KCRW, becomes the morning-drive time host at KCSN-FM (88.5) on Friday. LAT

A lawsuit against Sports Illustrated by former UCLA basketball player Reeves Nelson was thrown out of court. Fishbowl LA

Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, who came to fame as the star of the "Emmanuelle" series of erotic movies in the 1970s, died of cancer at age 60. AP


A police chase last night that may have started with shots fired at an LAPD car ended in an exchange of gunfire at Vanowen Street and Firmament Avenue in Van Nuys. The suspect was killed and a woman in the suspect's car was wounded. NBC 4, LAT, DN

The director of Montecito Heights Recreation Center faces felony charges for allegedly stealing up to $15,000 from the city facility, including lunch money from children in her care. LAT, City News Service

Besha Rodell says restaurtants should never serve raspberry vinaigrette or anything bourbon-glazed. LA Weekly

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Morning Buzz: Wednesday 4.16.14