Reaction on Seth MacFarlane as Oscars host ranges between worst host ever and did fine. "Well, that didn't work," the LAT's Mary McNamara said of the show overall.
Nate Silver's method of predicting the top Oscars was right four times, wrong two times (on Ang Lee and Christoph Waltz.) About as accurate as somebody might have been using no stats at all, yes? Fast Company
A profile of Eric Garcetti by Frank Stoltze says he's smart enough to be mayor, but asks if he's tough enough. KPCC
Candidates for city attorney are debating face to face at KCRW's studios this afternoon, for airing this evening.
Cardinal Roger Mahony answered questions under oath for more than 3 1/2 hours Saturday about his handling of clergy sex abuse cases, then was scheduled to fly to Rome to participate in selection of a pope. LAT
Marcelino Martinez has been a kitchen staffer at Hamburger Hamlets for 43 years and helps tell the story of how the LA chain known for hiring African Americans also did outreach to Zapotec Indian immigrants. LAT
A class in Gardena keeps alive the native language of Okinawa, which is Uchinaaguchi. LAT
Tom Hayden examines a new book about the CIA’s infiltration of Hollywood, "The CIA In Hollywood: How the Agency Shapes Film and Television" by Tricia Jenkins. LA Review of Books
Randy Runyon, who took over the character of Chucko the clown from his father, died at home in Canyon Country of lung cancer complications. He was 57. LAT
LA Observed file photo: Hamburger Hamlet formerly on Sunset Strip