Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 7.10.13

Asiana flight 214

The pilots trying to land Asiana Airlines Flight 214 knew 500 feet from the ground that they were coming in off course - and they focused on correcting that problem while assuming that the plane's airspeed was being controlled automatically, investigators said Tuesday. SF Chronicle

Two flight attendants were ejected from the rear section of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 when it crashed Saturday at San Francisco International Airport but survived, federal investigators said Tuesday. LAT

The transparency shown by the National Transportation Safety Board has been remarkable. The agency released some video showing the crash scene. It’s pretty impressive and worth a viewing if you haven’t seen it already. LA Airspace

chinese-girl-crash-law.jpgLA Weekly summer intern Gracie Zheng is monitoring Chinese social media and found out a lot about the two girls who died in the crash: They were best friends at the top of their class at highly rated Jiangshan High School in China's southeastern Zhejiang province, where one was the class president. LA Weekly

Politics and government

Crystal Nix-Hines, a Los Angeles attorney and former writer on “Alias” and “The Practice,” is being nominated to a State Department post as a representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO. She was a bundler for the Obama campaign. Variety

In an after City Hall piece by Maeve Reston, Antonio Villaraigosa is re-branding himself as a champion of what he calls the "radical middle" of American politics: "It's broken on the right, and it's broken on the left. I want to figure out how we put California and America back on track — how we bridge this partisan divide that is so polarizing." He took some time on Martha's Vineyard after leaving office. LAT

Mayor Garcetti announced a 4:30 p.m. date on Huffington Post Live with host Jacob Soboroff.

Joel Wachs, the former city councilman, on Garcetti: "I think this is the most intelligent person in that office in my lifetime." LAT/Patt Morrison

29,000 California prison inmates refuse meals in 2nd day of protest. LAT

The Murky History of California's Ban on Personal Inmate Photos. The California Report

The Bill Rosendahl I know, by Karen Ocamb. Frontiers

Study delves into why low-income patients prefer the emergency room to primary care. KPCC

Media and books

George Packer of The New Yorker "failed to capture the complexities of the Silicon Valley scene, in part because he’s using older conceptual frames that don’t adequately explain the phenomena he’s observing."

If You’ve Ever Posted Anything Embarrassing on Facebook, Now Is the Time to Hide It.

Times reporter Bob Pool and photographer Mel Melcon helped former actor Hugh O'Brian and his wife retrieve a stolen cellphone from a Hollywood transient. LAT

Keith Olbermann recounted the good and bad old days at Channel 2 in a sequence of tweets yesterday. Example: "Like everything else they did after firing Dunphy, Stratton et al in 1975 - didn't work." Twitter

40 Signs You Are a BuzzFeed Writer Running Out of List Ideas. Vanity Fair Daily

Dan Brown and David Sedaris still top the week's list of best-selling hardcover books in Southern California independent bookstores. The top trade paperbacks are "Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter (fiction) and "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed (nonfiction.) The entire list

San Diego's U-T fuses print, TV in bet on media's future. NetNewsCheck

KCSN makes the Harry Shearer news we told you about official and says "Le Show" starts this Sunday. News release

Courts and cops

Former major league baseball player Danny Tartabull is one of the most wanted deadbeat dads in Los Angeles County. "There's been a warrant out for Tartabull's arrest for more than a year." Deadspin

The Mysteriously Expanding Jail Construction Plan—$1.5 Billion and Counting. Witness LA

State Sen. Roderick Wright wins another delay in voting fraud trial. LAT

Movie producer Marianne Maddalena claims in court that an ex-boyfriend hacked into her email, assaulted, defamed and stalked her and impersonated her in emails, making a wreck of her personal and professional life. Courthouse News Service

More news, notes and observations

The bodies of Kevin Woyjeck, 21, and Christopher MacKenzie, 20, two of the firefighters killed near Prescott, Arizona, will arrive aboard a California National Guard C-130 today at 1 p.m. at the Los Alamitos Army Airfield. A memorial ramp ceremony will be held upon their arrival.

19 gallery shows to see at Thursday's Downtown Art Walk. KCET

Today is media preview day for the new Becoming LA exhibit at the Natural History Museum.

Steve Nash of the Lakers says that Dwight Howard never really wanted to play in Los Angeles. ESPN

The Dodgers' Yasiel Puig posts a lot of photos on Instagram, but rarely talks to reporters unless prodded by the team and teammates: "I don't pay attention anymore to what the press may write or say. I don't really like the press." USA Today

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