Friday news and notes: 5.16.14

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At least ten wildfires are burning in San Diego County, but relatively few structures have been destroyed. LAT

Last night was the Biltmore Hotel dinner where Donald Sterling was supposed to get his second NAACP life achievement honor from the Los Angeles chapter. His was withdrawn, but Mayor Eric Garcetti picked up the chapter's first annual "Person of the Year" award. KPCC

john-duran-weho.jpgThe LA Times endorsed John Duran to succeed Zev Yaroslavsky on the Board of Supervisors, saying it was a close call between him and Sheila Kuehl. "The edge goes to Duran for a fresh perspective badly needed in county government. He combines a progressive bent on social issues with a pragmatic outlook." LAT editorial

The Daily News profiles Kuehl and Bobby Shriver. They did Duran on a previous day.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck formally applied for a second term atop the department. LAT, DN, KPCC

Garcetti's first budget shows that changes come slowly to City Hall. LA Weekly/Gene Maddaus

Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said in a memo that he fired executive editor Jill Abramson over management issues and that her total pay was comparable to predecessors as New York Times executive editor. NYT

Lakers president and part-owner Jeanie Buss talks to Patt Morrison. KPCC/Off-Ramp

Mashable named Louise Roug, the former Los Angeles Times writer and Daily Beast editor, as its first Global News Editor to oversee coverage of foreign and domestic U.S news. PR Web

There's a report that Deadline staffers are trying to get Nikki Finke to return — the company says she's the the one pressing to come back — and that Sharon Waxman contacted Finke about throwing in with The Wrap. Fishbowl NY

Why Is it Always Hottest in Woodland Hills? LA Weekly

Three veteran El Niño scientists have launched a blog for NOAA on all things El Niño - Southern Oscillation, thus the name ENSO.

The Wrap said it is launching WrapWire, "a syndicated news service that will offer to clients a full array of deeply reported original news from inside the entertainment industry via text, video and unique still photography."

'I've Enjoyed Every Minute Of It': Carl Kasell on his 60 years in radio. NPR

A ruptured valve on San Fernando Road sent roughly 10,000 gallons of crude oil spewing onto Atwater Village streets early Thursday. LAT

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