Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Monday 7.22.13

Curated news, notes and observations most weekdays from LA Observed.

Politics and government

Los Angeles police shut down some downtown streets Monday morning as a bomb squad examined an unattended briefcase found on a park bench outside City Hall. LAT

Mayor Garcetti's early learning curve, which City Council members did not take free cars, and Tuesday's special election runoff in the Valley will return a woman to the City Council. DN/Rick Orlov's Tipoff

Neglect is part of the landscape in sections of the Valley's 6th City Council district. DN

Speaker John Perez was on NBC 4's "News Conference" talking with host Conan Nolan about the selection of new UC president Janet Napolitano and other issues.

Wendy Greuel is taking July off to unwind and plan her next chapter: "The good news is I have lots of options and opportunities, to either go into the public sector or the private sector." LAT

Media and books

David Shuster, a veteran of MSNBC and Fox News, is joining Al Jazeera America as an anchor, according a source familiar with the deal. Huffington Post

tny-i-before-e.jpgFrom the home page of The New Yorker and its vaunted fact checkers, left, on Sunday night — remember, it's I before E except after C.

Jennifer LaFleur, director of computer-assisted reporting for ProPublica, is joining the Berkeley-based Center for Investigative Reporting in the fall as senior editor for data journalism. Twitter

A History of Improper Attribution at the Long Beach Post. Random Lengths

Courts and cops

An LAPD car making a u-turn on South Avalon Boulevard collided with another car. Two officers and the driver of the second car were injured and taken to a hospital. ABC 7

More news, notes and observations

In London, the Duchess of Cambridge is in labour, having arrived at the hospital at 6 a.m. BST. BBC

The One Wilshire building downtown sold for a record high price per square foot ($660 per) for an LA County office building: It's "one of the three most important telecommunications data server hubs in the world." Downtown News

A nice weekend story on portraits of Mayor Eric Garcetti and other LA political figures focuses on Highland Park artists Amy Inouye and Stuart Rapeport. Inouye designs books [including mine on Wilshire Boulevard] and Rapeport has contributed to LA Observed. They also are the keepers of Chicken Boy at their Future Studio on Figueroa. LAT

In Oceanside, a scrappy beach town 10 miles south of Camp Pendleton, the Marine base that sprawls for 125,000 acres along the Southern California coastline, almost everyone who has served has a story to tell about sexual misconduct in the military. NYT

Almost every day at Los Angeles International Airport, Korean Airlines turns around the world's largest passenger jet - the Airbus A380 - in precisely two hours. LA Airspace

United Airlines says there is not enough demand for an Arcata-Eureka to LAX flight. Times-Standard

Photo exhibit by Blondie's Chris Stein -- a sneak peek. LAT

LA prostitutes through the lens of Scot Sothern. LA Weekly

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says that Los Angeles is "closer than ever" to getting anther NFL team. ESPN LA

The Dodgers swept the Nationals in Washington and are half a game out of first place. Matt Kemp returned from injury to homer and hit a double in the same inning, but he sprained an ankle late in the game. ESPN LA

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