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Morning Buzz: Monday 11.4.13

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

Top of the news

Flight operations at LAX Terminal 3 returned to normal over the weekend. The two wounded TSA agents were released from the hospital. Officials clarified that agent Gerardo Hernandez, 49, who died of his wounds, had not recently transferred from Montana as some media reported. He is a graduate of Los Angeles High School and lived in Porter Ranch. Suspect Paul Anthony Ciancia remains hospitalized in critical condition. LAT, DN, KPCC

LAPD officers went to Ciancia's Sun Valley apartment shortly after he left for LAX, responding to concerns for his well-being from family members. LAT

Politics and government

Assemblywoman Christina Garcia, a Democrat from Bell Gardens who represents half of State Sen. Ron Calderon's district, called on him to resign over the allegations contained in an FBI affidavit. LAT, Capitol Alert

The undercover FBI agent who posed as a Hollywood executive in the Calderon sting also contacted the office of Councilman Jose Huizar and had at least one meeting with a staffer about permits for a downtown film studio. LAT, DN

Rick Orlov's Monday Tipoff: LAUSD group therapy, Herb Wesson quip, Hillary Clinton in LA, Mike Hernandez to retire. DN

Councilwoman Nury Martinez on being the only elected woman at City Hall. KPCC

Spiritual guru Marianne Williamson told a Hollywood crowd why she is running for Congress as an independent against Rep. Henry Waxman. The Wrap

Spotted by Tom Hoffarth at his health club: The Arnold Schwarzenegger series of nutritional supplements, because "before him sports nutrition was junk science."


Media and books

Ray Suarez, formerly of NPR and "PBS NewsHour," is joining Al Jazeera America as the new host of "Inside Story." Capital New York

Patti Smith has a remembrance of Lou Reed in this week's issue of The New Yorker. Sample:

I didn’t understand his erratic behavior or the intensity of his moods, which shifted, like his speech patterns, from speedy to laconic. But I understood his devotion to poetry and the transporting quality of his performances. He had black eyes, black T-shirt, pale skin. He was curious, sometimes suspicious, a voracious reader, and a sonic explorer. An obscure guitar pedal was for him another kind of poem. He was our connection to the infamous air of the Factory. He had made Edie Sedgwick dance. Andy Warhol whispered in his ear. Lou brought the sensibilities of art and literature into his music. He was our generation’s New York poet, championing its misfits as Whitman had championed its workingman and Lorca its persecuted.

The same skills that propelled Nikki Finke "to brand singularity meant she had the wherewithal and temperament to endlessly and publicly torture Penske. Their feud is now one of the main Hollywood business news stories." Michael Wolff/USA Today

Unfortunate sticker placement on the front page of Saturday's LA Times. LAist

U-T San Diego purchased eight more San Diego area community newspapers. U-T SD

More news, notes and observations

The long shadow of William Mulholland, by William Kahrl. LAT Op-Ed

A tangled estate of affairs for Santa Barbara's majestic Bellosguardo, the late Huguette Clark's oceanfront estate. LAT

Why I Drowned L.A. and the World: It started as a lark but turned out to be a major conversation starter about climate change. Zocalo

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