Morning Buzz: Tuesday 3.11.14

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, escalated a behind-the-scenes dispute with the CIA by publicly accusing the spy agency of secretly searching a Senate computer system, an act she said undermines congressional intelligence oversight and may have violated the law. LAT

More than 100 pot shops have shut down since Los Angeles started enforcing its new rules restricting medical marijuana dispensaries, City Atty. Mike Feuer announced Monday. LAT, KPCC

Ana Guerrero, Mayor Eric Garcetti's chief of staff, ended the speculation Monday and said through a spokesman she will not run against Councilman Jose Huizar. Meanwhile, a judge set a Nov. 10 trial date for the sexual harassment lawsuit against the councilman by onetime Huizar aide Francine Godoy. LAT, DN

Former mayor Richard Riordan endorsed Jim McDonnell in the race for sheriff.

Rick Caruso is poised to take control of the Pacific Palisades shopping district and plans a remake. LAT

Author Joe McGinniss died Monday at age 71. Writes Jeffrey Toobin, a seatmate at the O.J. Simpson trial here, on the New Yorker website:

Few journalists leave a legacy, but Joe will leave several. He was at his best when he was young, hungry, and obscure—when he could disappear into the furniture and observe, which he did with a sharp and discerning eye. As he became older and more famous, it was harder for him to blend into the background. To Janet Malcolm’s unpitying eye, McGinniss came to serve as a symbol of much that was wrong with journalism. But Joe represented much that was right about journalism, too. His best work made that case beyond a reasonable doubt.

LA journalist Natasha Vargas-Cooper joins the staff of The Intercept to write about criminal justice. Also John Cook comes from Gawker to be editor in chief. Intercept

Looking back at the early 1980s McMartin Preschool case, "the trial that unleashed hysteria over child abuse." NYT

wilshire-newsboy.jpgManuel H. Rodriguez on "My L.A. Life Through Newspapers." Zocalo

What happens when it rains in LA, a humorous video (with a handgun murder?) from TMI Hollywood. YouTube

Services for LAPD officer Nicholas Lee: Rosary Wednesday at 7 p.m. at St. Basil Church on Wilshire Boulevard. Funeral Thursday at 9 a.m., at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels downtown. Burial: Forest Lawn Glendale. NBC 4

The Dodgers are raising the parking fee to $15 at the gate this year ($10 in advance) and reopening the disputed Scott Avenue gate over the objections of Echo Park residents. The Eastsider LA


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