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Morning Buzz: Tuesday 10.22.13

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A middle school student in Sparks, Nevada drew a semiautomatic handgun Monday and opened fire, killing a teacher and wounding two students before fatally turning the gun on himself. LAT

Politics and government

Hollywood executives are backing Jerry Brown's reelection with a Nov. 21 fundraiser at the Bel-Air mansion of Cindy and Alan Horn. Co-hosts include Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, Chris Dodd, Jim Gianopulos, Brad Grey, Michael Lynton, Ron Meyer, Barry Meyer and Kevin Tsujihara. Each has pledged to give or raise $54,400 for Brown's campaign. Hollywood Reporter

Brown endorsed Democrat Nathan Fletcher in the special election to replace disgraced ex-San Diego mayor Bob Filner. U-T San Diego

City Hall staffers kept quiet about red flags showing the proposal for a Broadway streetcar downtown would cost much more than publicly advertised. Much more. LAT

garcetti-stoltze-kpcc.jpgMayor Eric Garcetti spoke at the KPCC Crawford Family Forum Monday evening in a wide-ranging discussion that touched on earthquake safety, federal funding for the city, and the future of ride-sharing companies. KPCC

As the City Council prepares to create a panel to increase voter participation, the City Clerk’s office cautioned on Monday it would take changes to the City Charter to implement any major reforms. DN

Amid revelations that Los Angeles city managers are failing to take state-required courses on sexual-harassment prevention, Mayor Eric Garcetti said he will seek to push for “100 percent participation.” “This isn’t an optional training — this is something that’s mandatory,” said Garcetti. DN

Federal agents investigating members of the Calderon family, one of the most powerful families in California politics, have issued subpoenas and search warrants seeking records involving companies in Anaheim and Newport Beach. Voice of OC

Media and books

'Homeland's' writers should owe a big royalty check to John le Carre, says Michael Hiltzik. LAT

KCSN 88.5 FM switched its HD2 digital channel from classical music to Latin alternative. Franklin Avenue

BuzzFeed is starting an investigative reporting unit and hired Mark Schoofs, an investigative journalist with a Pulitzer Prize under his belt who has worked the past two years as a senior editor at ProPublica. Capital NY, Romenesko

BuzzFeed aims to up its viral-video volume with L.A. office. LAT

Disgraced reporter Stephen Glass takes his case for admission to the state Bar to the California Supreme Court. The Wrap

U-T San Diego is apparently interested in acquiring an alt-weekly in San Diego. CD City Beat

Tweet from LA Times reporter Esmeralda Bermudez: "God, how I've missed writing! Back from maternity leave. Back to my beat covering immigrants/Latinos across #LosAngeles for the @latimes." Twitter

Courts and cops

The health information of 729,000 patients was compromised when thieves stole two laptops from an administration building of a San Gabriel Valley-based hospital group, officials said Monday. The laptops were stolen Oct. 12 and contain data from patients treated at AHMC hospitals: Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park, Monterey Park Hospital, Greater El Monte Community Hospital in South El Monte, Whittier Hospital Medical Center, San Gabriel Valley Medical Center and Anaheim Regional Medical Center. LAT

More news, notes and observations

Warner Bros. has sued the Miracle Mile shop Whimsic Alley for allegedly selling trademarked Harry Potter stuff. LAT

OK, why are so many coffee places opening in the downtown Arts District? Downtown News

The stretch of Wilshire Boulevard in Koreatown has long been off the tourist map, but this is about to change with the opening of the Line hotel in November. NYT/T Magazine

What's behind the discovery of 2 rare oarfish within 1 week? KPCC

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