Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 9.25.13

Curated news, notes and observations most weekdays from LA Observed.

Politics and government

berry-garner.jpgGov. Jerry Brown signed the anti-paparazzi law sought by Halle Berry, Jennifer Garner and other celebrities aimed at protecting the privacy of their children. It can now be illegal to harass children while taking their pictures. LAT, Bee, AP

Over the past two decades, more than 2,500 California workers' compensation claims have been filed by former baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer players. More than 940 in the past six years, including by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, alleged serious brain and head injuries. LAT

In a deal meant to relieve Los Angeles County's strained jails, the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to send hundreds of inmates to a facility near Bakersfield. KPCC, LAT, DN

Pressure grows on DWP to account for funding of two nonprofits. LAT, DN

The city approved a 39-story Century City residential tower above an earthquake fault without a study. LAT

Pro and con on the shift of the LA City Council to be dominated by ex-lawmakers from Sacramento. KPCC

Steve Soboroff tells Patt Morrison he asked Mayor Garcetti for his spot on the police commission. LAT Op-Ed

To remember JFK this year, head up north to Whiskeytown, site of his last official appearance in California. Zocalo

More than perhaps any other member of Congress, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has dived, keyboard first, into the back-and-forth fray of debating anonymous Twitter users. National Journal

Democrat Freddie Rodriguez won the special election for the Inland Empire's 52nd Assembly seat. Secretary of State

Media and books

"Bleeding Edge" by Thomas Pynchon is the new hardcover fiction bestseller in Southern California independent bookstores. "Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir" by Linda Ronstadt is the hardcover nonfiction bestseller. SCIBA

Eddie (Piolin) Sotelo was scheduled to talk about the sexual harassment charges against him today on Telemundo’s “Al Rojo Vivo con María Celeste.”

Comments on stories can be bad for science. That's why, here at, we're shutting them off. PS

More news, notes and observations

It took exactly one week for nearly 300 students at Roosevelt High School to hack through security so they could surf the Web on their new school-issued iPads, raising new concerns about a plan to distribute the devices to all students in the district. LAT

CicLAvia announced $500,000 in new funding from the Wasserman Foundation.

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon show us how dumb we sound when we use hashtags. Gizmodo

Wilshire-La Brea mixed-use project may be LA's new most-hated — "like that 'Twilight Zone' episode where a woman removes her bandages and everyone is horrified." Curbed LA

Tommy Gelinas talks about his Valley Relics Museum to open in October in Chatsworth. DN

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