Media and news notes: Thursday 7.24.14

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Three-quarters of people surveyed across the state want to see their local water providers require reductions in use during the drought, a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California found. SJ Mercury

Why the California drought affects everyone. Center for Investigative Reporting

Pamela Conley Ulich, one of the losing candidates in the primary, endorsed Bobby Shriver for supervisor.

A pregnant woman in labor Wednesday afternoon reportedly was not allowed to cross the street to get to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center because President Obama's motorcade was coming, prompting a mild reaction in social media. LAT

colbert-stephen.jpgStephen Colbert will host the "Late Show" in New York at the same Ed Sullivan Theatre used by David Letterman. Variety

Most film and television productions turned down for a subsidy from the state of California over a recent four-year period ended up shooting in other states or countries, according to a new report released Wednesday. DN, LAT

Former LA journalists Maria Russo and Matt DeBord have landed with new jobs back in New York — Russo as children’s book editor for the New York Times Book Review and DeBord as transportation editor for Business Insider. She was most recently the editor of Pasadena magazine, he was previously at KPCC. Fishbowl NY

Nick Catucci, former chief music critic at Entertainment Weekly, will be features editor of Billboard.

Longtime SoCal sports reporter and editor Chris Long took the buyout from the Register and discusses his retirement from newspapers.

KCRW just obtained a quadcopter drone and wants to know how you feel about it. KCRW

A look back at Robinson's as the glamorous Beverly Hills store is demolished. Los Angeles Magazine

Since moving to Koreatown, Joel Epstein notices a difference from the Westside: "The streets are filthy." Huffington Post

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