Morning Buzz: Monday 7.15.13

Top news

Los Angeles police declared an unlawful assembly to move Trayvon Martin protesters out of Hollywood early this morning, but canceled the citywide tactical alert about 2 a.m. There were eight arrests at Sunday protests and four citations handed out. LAT on Twitter, AP


Politics and government

Democratic state Sen. Roderick Wright has raised almost $300,000 for his defense against charges of perjury and voting fraud, mostly from interests with business before the Legislature. LAT

What Rick Cole brings to the Garcetti team. LAT

Jim Newton suggests the Board of Supervisors change stripes and let the county's managers manage. LAT Op-ed

Noted: Newton discloses at the end of his column that he is taking a leave from the Times column to collaborate with former Defense Secretary, congressman and CIA Director Leon Panetta on his autobiography. "I look forward to returning to The Times — and to this column — in the spring."

The first woman was elected to the LA City Council in 1915, the second in 1953. Now there are none. LAT Op-ed

cindy_montanez_nury_martinez_dn.jpgBoth candidates in council district 6, Cindy Montanez and Nury Martinez, used to be on the San Fernando City Council. DN (Daily News photos)


Media and books

It's hard to see what the play is here, or the legal damages incurred, but Asiana Airlines announced it will sue Oakland TV station KTVU for airing that dumb list of prank names for the pilots in the San Francisco jet crash. AP

How the Koch brothers use the web to fight back against reporters and critics. Washington Post

Gendy Alimurung of the LA Weekly won a feature writing award from the Association for Alternative Newsmedia for her story, "The Man Who Smelled Too Much," and Michelle Woo of the OC Weekly won for food writing. AAN

Columnist David Allen took in a museum doubleheader in Los Angeles, LACMA and the Hammer, and did it using public transit. Daily Bulletin


More news, notes and observations

Cory Monteith, an actor who played Finn Hudson on the TV series "Glee," was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room. The cause of death was under investigation but police said foul play was not suspected. He was 31. CTV

In Silver Lake and Echo Park, skinny homes on tiny lots are sprouting from the hillsides — a building boom of miniature proportions. LAT

Downtown is getting a Wal-Mart grocery, a Smart and Final store and Zara, and recently added a Sport Chalet store. Downtown News

Cirque du Soleil will resume its Ka show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas 17 days after the death of acrobat Sarah Guillot-Guyard, the first on stage in the cirque's history. AP

Martin Scorsese shooting Matthew McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson....in a commercial for Dolce & Gabbana. Tom and Lorenzo

Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig signed with New York-based Radegen Sports Management to represent his off-the-field interests. "We're definitely going to capitalize on his rise," said Radegen Sports president Alex Radetsky. The Dodgers lost Sunday and go into the season's midway all-star break with a .500 record. ESPN

ESPN Zone at LA Live closed this weekend and will be replaced by Smashburger, Live Basil Pizza and Tom's Urban 24. LAT


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