Morning Buzz: Tuesday 1.15.13

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LA police announced five suspects they have in custody in connection last week's robbery, hostage-taking and sexual assault at the Nordstrom Rack in Westchester. LAT, LANG

Racist father-son gang members have been sentenced to lengthy federal prison terms for attacking blacks to keep them out of Azusa. Now all 50 gang members arrested in 2011 in connection with harassment of blacks have been convicted. AP


Media and media people

Rupert Murdoch quipped to a reporter at the Golden Globes that "the Democratic administration in place" would never let him buy the LA Times because of media consolidation concerns. This assertion ignores several realities. LAT

The Atlantic pulled a sponsored blog post extolling the Church of Scientology, but not before it was parodied on Boing Boing. Yahoo News

Kate Aurthur of the BuzzFeed Los Angeles bureau gets in a pissing match with Howard Kurtz of the Daily Beat kind-of over Anderson Cooper being gay and Jodie Foster's speech at the Golden Globes. BuzzFeed

Five more hires at the Orange County Register. Fishbowl LA

Jason Lee was videotaping NBC 4's coverage of Sunday night's police pursuit through Inglewood and Hawthorne when the pursuit passed outside his window:

View more videos at: http://nbclosangeles.com.



Politics and government

richard-alarcon-2013-dn.jpgCouncilman Richard Alarcón said that his 35-year-old son is schizophrenic and lives homeless by choice on the streets of the San Fernando Valley. "He is lost in mental illness and we don't know if he is taking his meds." DN

Support for a $3-billion bond measure to fix deteriorating streets across Los Angeles is itself starting to crumble at City Hall, with City Council members backing away from efforts to get it onto the May 21 ballot. LAT, DN

Former Villaraigosa advisers Ace Smith and Sean Clegg were hired to run an independent TV ad campaign for Wendy Greuel's mayoral candidacy backed by entertainment industry executives and labor, including the powerful DWP union. The group, calling itself Working Californians, is not subject to campaign contribution limits and also plans to support Dennis Zine for controller. LAT

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said at a forum of the candidates for his job that it was a mistake for him to run for DA last year. LAT

Los Angeles voters in May could face not one but three ballot measures geared toward regulating medical marijuana dispensaries. All three of the proposals would allow some pot shops to remain open, but under differing regulations. LAT

Southwest Airlines and Los Angeles International Airport will fund about $400 million in Terminal 1 improvements under a plan approved Monday by the city's Board of Airport Commissioners. Breeze

More than a third of the cigarettes that are smoked in California have been smuggled from other jurisdictions, according to an updated study by the Michigan-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Bee


More

Lindsay Lohan is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on three misdemeanors counts of lying to Santa Monica police in connection with a June traffic accident on Pacific Coast Highway. LAT

The Lady of the Lake statue returns to her original Echo Park home. The Eastsider LA

The Dodgers announced a new pricing strategy for single-game tickets that sets the price based on the opposing team and the likely popularity of the game. DN

The Stanley Cup will be at the USS Iowa in San Pedro on Wednesday. Breeze

Richard Alarcon photo: Daily News


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