Morning Buzz and campaign news: Friday 3.1.13

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Twelve minutes after this morning's launch of the Dragon space capsule, SpaceX reported a problem in orbit and turned off the live webcast. A press conference will be held later in the day. LAT

Nearly 100 digital billboards in jeopardy after California Supreme Court declines to hear appeal. DN

January and February have been the driest on record in California. AP
Related: Dust particles blown from Asian and African deserts can increase rain and snow in the Sierra Nevada. LAT

Campaign 2013 and politics

Wendy Greuel: No DWP raises if LA has a deficit. DN/Smith

Wendy Greuel's Private Sector Job Involved Lobbying At L.A. City Hall. LA Weekly/Maddaus

Mayor Candidates Reveal Their Hollywood Agendas. The Wrap/Gumbel and Waxman

Greuel and her allies step up attacks in final days. LAT/Mehta

Mayoral candidate Emanuel Pleitez is a man on the run. LAT/Linthicum, KPCC/Slater

The flood of 'independent' spending in city elections "undermines the 'matching funds' program goal of making races more competitive." LAT editorial

Joe-Mathews-with-his-L.A.-City-ballot.jpgJournalist Joe Mathews lives in South Pasadena but Los Angeles sent him a ballot anyway: one man, two votes? "Sure it’s illegal, but it’s also a good idea." Zocalo

Felipe Fuentes Secretly Switched Vote 138 Times. LA Weekly/Range McDonald

The city of Los Angeles is installing three tiny parks in Harbor Gateway and Wilmington just to force registered sex offenders to move. LAT

Media and more

Same Old Story: The State of Blacks in Los Angeles, from Erin Aubry Kaplan. KCET

Sgt. Mitchell Grobeson, the first openly gay LAPD officer who alleged he was forced out of his job, settled his lawsuit against the department 25 years later. DN

Concert photographer and OC Weekly contributor Andrew Youssef is writing about his fight with stage IV colon cancer. OC Weekly

Henry Rollins Gets a Colonoscopy. LA Weekly

Up close and personal with food writer Lesley Balla. Los Angeles

99 essential local restaurants, from A-Frame to Zam Zam Market. LA Weekly

800 Degrees Pizza is adding a takeout storefront in Westwood, and expanding with a new restaurant at 120 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica. Los Angeles

Echo Park is LA's best neighborhood, says LA Weekly.

The Great Los Angeles Train Resurgence. Gadling

Ammar Harris, a suspect in the recent Las Vegas Strip shooting, was arrested on suspicion of murder in a Studio City apartment. LAT

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