News and notes for Tuesday 8.5.14

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California's grape harvest is starting several weeks early, due to the ripening effects of the ongoing drought and hot weather. CPR

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck is under scrutiny for his handling of discipline of a sergeant who had an affair with Beck's daughter, and over the department buying a horse that belonged to the chief's daughter. LAT, KPCC

The LAPD is refusing to provide background data on homicide cases to the Daily News. DN

Something to keep in mind about the LAPD's continually plunging crime statistics: Chicago police have recently been caught cooking the numbers and turning homicides into non-criminal deaths. Chicago Magazine

Mayor Eric Garcetti came back from vacation and took questions on a lot of topics, including the impact on the city budget of last week's pension ruling, the UCLA water main break and more. LAT, KPCC, DN

Ken Doctor has some detailed observations on the current status and future potential for sale and cuts at Tribune Publishing, the new spin-off company that owns the Los Angeles Times. He says to expect more experimenting with news and digital revenue models, possible purchase of newspapers around LA, and probably newsroom cuts. Also this: the tax rules may preclude some potential buyers, at least for now. Nieman Journalism Lab

Also from Doctor: The newsonomics of NPR One and the dream of personalized public radio. Nieman

LA Times Washington reporter Rich Simon has an email reply that reads "After 34 years at the Los Angeles Times, I have retired."

Former NBC Journalist/Executive (and now LA police commissioner) Paula Madison "finds the story of her life." Poynter

KPCC's new 9 p.m. weeknights lineup features "Bullseye," "TED Radio Hour," "Radiolab" and "The Moth." KPCC

The United Farm Workers union endorsed Sheila Kuehl for supervisor.

Sunday's rain storm over the eastern San Gabriels was a once-in-500-years event fueled by tropical moisture, the National Weather Service says. LAT

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