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Morning Buzz: Wednesday 12.19.12

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Thumbnail image for jenni-rivera-smile.jpgChannel 7 and Univision will live-stream the Jenni Rivera memorial service that starts at 10 a.m. at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City.

Politics and government

The county Federation of Labor endorsed seven candidates for City Council but did not endorse for mayor, controller or city attorney. LAT

Everybody panders a bit when they go for a labor endorsement. "But at the recent SEIU endorsement meeting, [council candidate] John Choi set the bar for pandering very high." LA Weekly

A federal grand jury is investigating whether sheriff's officials moved a jailhouse FBI informant to hinder a federal investigation into alleged jail abuses. LAT, Witness LA

County Assessor John Noguez will keep receiving his $197,000 salary in jail after the Board of Supervisors declined to take any action to cut off his pay. LAT

Four local Obama supporters are being considered for appointment as ambassadors: White House decorator Michael Smith, Hollywood philanthropist Colleen Bell, industry money manager John Emerson and Tennis Channel chief Ken Solomon. Hollywood Reporter

MTA officials outlined their plans to repair flaws at the intersection of the Expo Line and Blue Line at Washington Boulevard and Flower Street. Weekend work will lessen disruption. LAT

The city's Dec. 26 gun buyback in reponse to the Newtown, CT tragedy will be held in Lot 6 at the Sports Arena and at the Van Nuys Masonic Temple.

Mayor Villaraigosa on Tuesday replace the city's last coin-only parking meter, in the 1200 block of south Alvarado Street.

Christine Essel takes over Feb. 1 as president of Southern California Grantmakers.

Media and media people

President Barack Obama is Time's person of the year. Time

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is donating nearly $500 million in stock to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a charitable foundation. LAT

Columnist Steve Lopez's recent focus on mortality and dying turns today into a front-page column based on letters from readers about the process of dying. LAT

Robin Fields, a former LA Times reporter, has been promoted to managing editor at ProPublica. She succeeds Stephen Engelberg, who becomes editor-in-chief. Romenesko

The unorthodox Hollywood relationship between Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal. Hollywood Reporter

Michelle Nicolosi has returned to the OC Register after 13 years to lead its community outreach team. Register


A Tuesday morning bomb threat at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple involving a parked LAPD car was deemed a hoax. LAT, Jewish Journal

A jury awarded $6.9 million to a 14-year-old boy who was molested by a Los Angeles Unified School District teacher when he was a fifth-grade student at Queen Anne Place Elementary. LAT

Du-Par's restaurant in Studio City is closed today due to a fire last night in the kitchen and an office area. CNS

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