Morning Buzz: Thursday 12.19.13

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Holiday season short stack

Another good Times story out of the sheriff's beat: Sheriff Lee Baca maintained a special hiring program that granted preferential treatment to the friends and relatives of department officials, including some candidates who were given jobs despite having troubled histories. LAT

Sheriff's Department admits wrongly hiring problem officers. DN, LAT

Three LAPD officers who shot and killed an unarmed car-chase suspect have been temporarily taken out of the field, Chief Charlie Beck said. KPCC, LAT

The state Department of Toxic Substances Control has issued an emergency order directing Exide Technologies to clean up lead and other metals that have been deposited near its Vernon plant. LAT

Mayor Eric Garcetti has ordered his administration to start posting vast troves of city data on a public website early next year, saying he wanted to “promote transparency and accountability.” LAT, DN

The City Council agreed Wednesday to tighten the rules for who can vote in neighborhood council elections: voters must work, live, own real property or show membership in a community organization. LAT, KPCC

Rep. Loretta Sanchez got into Disneyland for her 2013 holiday card. Roll Call

The barefoot Triqui Indian basketball team, from the mountains of Oaxaca, is in Los Angeles for a couple weeks. True Tales

Chuck Cecil has been doing his "Swingin' Years" radio show since 1956. LAT

young_turks_dvd_cover_2.jpg"Young Turks," the documentary on the downtown LA art scene of the 1970s and 80s by Stephen Seemayer and Pamela Wilson, has been released by Indie Rights on cable video on demand and digital platforms such as iTunes, XBox, Playstation and Vudu. Info

Deadspin writer John Koblin is moving to the New York Times Style section to write about fashion. Romenesko

The LA Times is moving Home editor Craig Nakano to be an assistant Calendar editor. Via memo

Al Goldstein, the pornographer who created the very successful Screw magazine, died in a Brooklyn nursing home at age 77. NYT

More by Kevin Roderick:
North Hollywood actors and crew get naked for costumes (video)
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Register owners lay off 42 at Riverside Press-Enterprise
Obama to send Billie Jean King to Sochi in his place (heh)
'Carmageddon' bridge over 405 opens
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