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Morning Buzz: Thursday 8.15.13

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The death toll in Egypt's crackdown on crackdown on supporters of the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, has climbed over 500, including several journalists. LAT, NYT

Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, 28, abruptly announced her retirement from tennis, barely a month after her biggest win. BBC

Politics and government

The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to revive Proposition 8, ending the last remaining legal challenge to same-sex marriage in the state. LAT, SF Chronicle

California water officials are proposing a dramatic redesign of two massive water diversion tunnels planned for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a concession to delta residents. Bee

Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner testified in Sacramento in support of SB 606, to require the consent of a legal guardian before minors can be photographed or videotaped by paparazzi who lie in wait. LAT

The Times has done another story on the Hollywood earthquake fault and its impact on proposed developments. LAT

How a Special Forces hero and a group of moms ised the special trigger to take back Weigand Elementary School. LA Weekly

Los Angeles Unified has begun funding about $30 million in settlements reached with 63 children who claimed they were molested by two teachers at Miramonte Elementary School. DN

The City Council voted Wednesday to create an "urban village" of shops, town homes and a park and gardens to replace Jordan Downs, the notorious Watts housing project. LAT, CNS

How do you solve a problem like Bob Filner? The Atlantic

Media and books

Google's position on email privacy misrepresented by media reports. Mashable

A note from NYT executive editor Jill Abramson on how the paper handled its website outage yesterday. Romenesko

Persuading pay-TV distributors to carry Al Jazeera America and getting people to watch it is a real challenge to the new network. LAT

The tale of the fictional LA journalism source, Victor Frisbie (or Frisbee.) Zocalo

David Kipen and Lynell George are among the new group of USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program fellows. Newswise

Adam Leipzig's Cultural Weekly is a LA-based but has done an all-Detroit issue.

Courts and cops

Add former top Lee Baca aide Paul Tanaka to the growing list of challengers to the sheriff's reelection. Tanaka brings more baggage than most. As for Baca, "He's both popular and vulnerable," said Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State L.A. "On the one hand, he's a very skilled politician, very popular in many of the communities in the county and a known reformer and progressive. At the same time, he has tremendous flaws in managerial areas that have caused all kinds of headaches in the department." LAT

A federal ICE agent who was the subject of a police search in Los Angeles was found safe. The search last night closed a lane of the Hollywood Freeway near Silver Lake boulevard. AP

For the second time in four months, a former employee of Chivas USA has filed suit against the club, accusing team officials of flouting employment laws, temporarily hiring undocumented coaches and discriminating against non-Latino employees. Daily Breeze

More news, notes and observations

zocalo-wild-animals.jpgDoes Los Angeles appreciate its wild animals? A panel discussion of the local wildlife, native or not. SoCal Wild, Zocalo

Gas station owner on La Brea who plans to see Banksy mural steps forward. NYT, LAT

Public transit Is worth way more to a city than you might think. Atlantic Cities

FedEx pilots flying at night at LAX take extra steps to reduce the noise they generate. Daily Breeze

The Valley mother who helped her teenage daughter and two friends vandalize a Northrdge home with a swastika formed of maple syrup has completed her community service at a Jewish food pantry and more. DN

The Chinatown Walmart is slated to open later this month. KPCC

The Dodgers went into the 9th inning trailing 4-2 — and won dramatically again. Eight straight wins, only 8 losses since June 22. ESPN LA

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About last night:

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