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Mid-week news and notes: 6.25.14

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The Supreme Court gave a major victory to the TV networks and ruled this morning that Aereo, a start-up streaming service, had violated copyright laws by capturing broadcast signals on miniature antennas and delivering them to subscribers for a fee. NYT

The Supreme Court also unanimously ruled that police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest. The old rules, Chief Justice John G. Roberts said, cannot be applied to “modern cellphones, which are now such a pervasive and insistent part of daily life that the proverbial visitor from Mars might conclude they were an important feature of human anatomy.” NYT

ABC News promoted George Stephanopoulos to Chief Anchor, where he will handle special reports and breaking news, and David Muir becomes anchor and managing editor of World News. Diane Sawyer will move from the nightly anchor chair to "lead new programming tackling big issues and extraordinary interviews." ABC News

Says NPR media reporter David Folkenflik:

Gov. Jerry Brown leads Republican Neel Kashkari by 20 percentage points in a new Field Poll of likely voters — 52-32 with 16 percent undecided. Bee

Eric Garcetti after one year as mayor: rock star or bureaucrat? Zocalo

Supervisor-elect Hilda Solis talked to Warren Olney about her priorities. KCRW/WWLA

Carolyn Jackson, a former staffer at the city's Department of Transportation, testified that Councilman Richard Alarcon told her he did not live in his district when he was elected. LAT

Calls to authorities for help with rattlesnakes are increasing with the drought. SGV Tribune

Three years of drought in the Central Valley has turned America's salad bowl into a "dust bowl." KPIX

James Flanigan, the former business columnist at the Los Angeles Times, won the lifetime achievement award at last night's Loeb Awards for business journalism. Winners

zuade-iwmf.jpgTruthdig launched Global Voices: Truthdig Women Reporting, an initiative to create "a network of female foreign correspondents in collaboration with the International Women’s Media Foundation" with support from the NoVo Foundation. USA Today, Truthdig

The NTSB concluded that the pilots flying the Asiana Airlines jet that crashed in San Francisco last July 6 mismanaged their landing approach and inadvertently shut off an automatic speed control system that might have prevented the accident. LAT

When World Cup madness takes over the diverse Persian community, "we are all Iranian." KPCC

Holland American in Bellflower says goodbye after 71 years. Squid Ink

There are basically two types of drivers: those who get worked up about people driving slowly in the left lane, and those who do it all the time and have no idea they're upsetting everyone else. Vox.com


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