Afternoon media notes: John Henry visits LA Times

Ordinarily no one would care that John Henry, the owner of the Boston Red Sox, showed up inside the offices of the Los Angeles Times. But Henry recently bought the Boston Globe, and with the Times believed to be in play, New York Times media reporter Christine Haughney took notice. On Twitter:

Also these afternoon notes:

  • ABC News settled a libel lawsuit involving an alleged Newport Beach Internet dating scam. OC Weekly
  • joe-francis-law.jpgJoe Francis, the dude behind the Girls Gone Wild videos and a whole docket full of legal activity since, was sentenced to 270 days in jail, three years probation, an anger management course and psychological counseling for attacking those women he picked up in Hollywood in 2011. The sentenced was stayed pending appeal. LA Weekly
  • KCRW has a winner in its 24 Hour Race to the Radio contest to select a winning entry for the station's Independent Producer Project.
  • The Monkey Cage, a national politics blog with analysis by UCLA professor Lynn Vavreck, is moving to the Washington Post. The Nate Silver track? Blog post
  • DirecTV explains why it demands your social security number to even give a price quote to a potential new customer. David Lazarus/LAT
  • David Colker, an assistant desk editor in the Los Angeles Times Business section, is moving into the open obituary writer-editor slot. In 1996, he was at the deathbed of Timothy Leary, notes the newsroom memo from obits editor Claire Noland.

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