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The Rim fire has now burned across 187,466 acres in the Sierra Nevada, and most of the 23 percent containment is toward the west. The fire continues to burn into Yosemite National Park. New map from the incident command post, click the map to enlarge it.
The Sept. 9 Obama fundraiser will be at the home of TV producer Marta Kauffman, and since that's in Hancock Park it raises the Obamajam threat. Meanwhile, Ron Burkle's home will be the site for a Sept. 23 fundraiser for New Jersey's Cory Booker hosted by, among others, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Jerry Weintraub, JJ Abrams, Michael Eisner, Ted Sarandos and Nicole Avant. THR
Mayor Garcetti pressed his campaign that runaway production is an "emergency" in Hollywood on NBC's "Today" show. DN
The Board of Education agreed to hire Mayor Garcetti's designated education adviser. DN
New school board member Monica Ratliff talks to Patt Morrison. LAT Op-ed
Forty-one California prison inmates who've been on a hunger strike since July 8 are still refusing food. KPBS
Erica Gonzalez, the director of public policy and community partnerships for Green Dot Public Schools, was named to the 2013-2014 class of White House Fellows.
The New York Times and Twitter on Tuesday became the latest American media organizations to succumb to hacking attacks, in another series of disruptions apparently caused by the shadowy group known as the Syrian Electronic Army. The NYT site is still wobbly today. Washington Post, NYT, LAT
KSWD, otherwise known as 100.3 The Sound, has hired former KLOS midday personality Cynthia Fox for weekends and fill-in. She is the third ex-KLOS jock to land at 100.3, after Uncle Joe Benson and Rita Wilde. All Access
"Orange Is the New Black" by Piper Kerman is the Southern California nonfiction paperback bestseller. More new bestsellers
Columnist Steve Lopez writes that it has been a year since he flat-lined after knee surgery and was saved by a nurse. "Time really flies when you have a pulse." LAT
The Wrap hints at changes to come to the site in September. YouTube
Online tech blog All Things Digital is reportedly in talks to sell a 25 percent to 30 percent stake that could value it as as much as $60 million. Silicon Valley Business Journal
Paul Conrad, Joan Kroc and the secret history of the Chain Reaction sculpture in Santa Monica, by Lisa Napoli. KCRW
Opponents of the Millennium Hollywood project plan to file a lawsuit today alleging that city officials and the developer intentionally misled the public about the health and safety impacts and earthquake risks.
More than a quarter of American households are of people living alone, and the share with a married couple is down to 49 percent, a new Census Bureau report says. "The rise of living alone is the greatest social change of the last 50 years," says Eric Klinenberg, author of "Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone." LAT
The Hollywood Bowl announced that it has asked music teacher Sarah Horn back to its stage -- this time to guest judge its Abba-Cappella competition the evening of Sept. 8. LAT
It warms the heart of an old moderate — and radical preservationist — to see people working together to save the old, decrepit, wonderful Rialto Theatre in South Pasadena. Larry Wilson column/Star-News
Columnist David Allen goes to the LA County Fair in Pomona so that you (and I) don't have to. Daily Bulletin
The Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw lost to the Cubs and now have lost three of four games for the first time since June. They play again today. ESPN LA
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