Monday news and notes: 6.23.14

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Three Al Jazeera English journalists have been sentenced to seven years in jail in Egypt. The Guardian

Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s role on immigration is debated in his Bakersfield district. NYT, KPCC

cahsr-illo.jpgSen. Kevin de Leon wants Gov. Brown to rethink the details of the high-speed train between LA and San Francisco. LAT

New vote tallies released Friday in the race for Los Angeles County sheriff show Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell with 49.36 percent and not enough to win outright and aviud a runoff with Paul Tanaka, who has 15.09 percent. DN

Harold Meyerson says California's "new method for conducting primary elections is an asinine idea that can lead to perverse and anti-majoritarian consequences." LAT op-ed

The Sausage Factory blog at the Daily News has not been updated since June 8. SF

Michael Fleming says he made an overture to bring Nikki Finke back to Deadline, despite most of the staff not wanting her back, but it's not going to happen: "She got impatient with the progress of those negotiations and lit a match to the whole thing." Deadline

Michael Isikoff, the investigative reporter who recently left NBC News, is joining Yahoo News as its chief investigative correspondent. NYT

Columnist Larry Wilson on "KCRW’s and KPCC’s polite, intellectual on-air slugfest." Star-News

Amy Alkon's crusade against rudeness: Smart, articulate, kind and funny, or "on the edge of completely insane?" NYT

The first Bay Area Book Festival will be held next June in the East Bay, executive director Cheryl Parsons announced. SF Gate

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