Curated news, notes and observations most weekdays from LA Observed.
The County Department of Public Health will offer free blood testing on a massive scale for lead poisoning to address worries that Exide Technologies, the Vernon battery recycler, jeopardized the health of hundreds of thousands of residents in southeast Los Angeles. LAT
Villaraigosa and Herbalife: Made for Each Other? Michael Sigman/HuffPost
The Los Angeles 2020 Commission has retained Tim Rutten, the LANG opinion columnist, to help write its forthcoming report.
Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado's top advisors are no longer part of his campaign team as the Republican weighs a bid for governor. LAT
Some Sherman Oaks residents enraged over fire station deal. LA Weekly
Boeing in Long Beach delivered the final C-17 Globemaster III cargo jet to the Air Force — a chance for the Press-Telegram and the Long Beach Register to go head to head. In print I'd call it advantage Register. Compare online: P-T, Reg (Photo: Jeff Gritchen/Register)
The Roman Polanski ‘Girl’ speaks out: speedreading Samantha Geimer’s memoir. Daily Beast
Two new books, one published and the other still under way, tell two different stories about LA's Jewish studio heads in the 1930's -- as Adolph Hitler was taking power and creating Germany's anti-Semitic Nazi regime. They agree on one thing: Hitler thought Hollywood had created the world's greatest propaganda machine. KCRW/WWLA
"Never Go Back" by Lee Child is the bestseller in hardcover fiction for this week at Southern California independent booksellers. "Zealot" by Reza Aslan remains the bestseller in nonfiction. SCIBA
Telemundo Media announced that Mexican journalist Edgardo del Villar will join Noticias Telemundo as a correspondent and fill-in presenter for several shows.
Radio mimic and host Phil Hendrie chats with Richard Horgan. Mediabistro
Sheriff's deputy John Augustus Rose II, a 22-year veteran, was arrested on the felony charge of lewd acts on a child 14 or 15 years old in connection with alleged off-duty incidents earlier this year. He was relieved of duty without pay, LASD said.
A federal appeals court Friday upheld retired baseball slugger Barry Bonds’ conviction for obstruction of justice for being evasive during grand jury testimony. LAT
LA’s love-hate relationship with helicopters. D.J. Waldie/Press-Telegram Op-ed
Patt Morrison on the life and legacy of Cal Worthington. KPCC
A large yacht belonging to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has become a curiosity in the Pacific off Marina del Rey. LAT
Stumptown Coffee Roasters opened on Santa Fe Avenue in the Arts District in a 7,000-square-foot space that houses a roastery, a training facility and cafe. LA Weekly
NBA player Russell Westbrook, the former Bruin, is front row at New York's Fashion Week. NYT