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for October 2014

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Virgin Galactic spacecraft crashes in the Mojave

virgin-galactic-hangar.jpg One pilot was killed and another injured when Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed in the desert north of the company's base at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

Friday morning news and notes: 10.31.14

hello-kitty-janm-crop.jpg Home stretch of Campaign 2014: Jerry Brown, Ashley Swearingen, Bobby Shriver and more. Reaction to the exit of labor's Maria Elena Durazo. Californians not worried about Ebola. Plus much more for a catch-up Friday.

On bad opening night, Lakers' Randle fractures leg

randle-lakers-presser.jpg The Lakers' top draft pick this year, 19-year-old Julius Randle, broke his right tibia midway through the fourth quarter while driving to the basket in his first NBA game.

Sam Rubin responds to being called fat on the air

ginger-chen-calls-sam-fat.jpg KTLA morning traffic reporter Ginger Chan accidentally calls Rubin fat, thinking her mic is off. Everybody laughs, the video goes global, but he has some reflections on it all.

We have a new worst sidewalk-vs-ficus example in LA

sidewalk-ficus-ben-lomond.jpg I'd say the ficus tree has definitively won this battle on Ben Lomond Place in Los Feliz.
holiday-mag-screenshot.jpg Holiday magazine sought to delight Americans with tales of "the cliff dwellers [who] cling precariously to the brush-covered slopes of the Hollywood hills, sharing the common perils of fire and flood."

Chivas USA shuts down, but new LA soccer team coming

chivas-usa-logo.jpg Expansion team to be announced Thursday will reportedly be owned by an investor group led by Vietnamese-American businessman Henry Nguyen and include Peter Guber. Team won't play until 2017.

Beutner hires 'chief of staff' from the Dodgers

simril-lmu.jpg Renata Simril previously worked in City Hall for Mayor James Hahn and then-Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas. She will be a senior vice president of the LA Times.
jolly-donuts-dn-crane.jpg The county calls him a John Doe, but on certain corners in Canoga Park he was known as Tuan Nguyen. "This is one of the best stories I've read in a long time," says a former LA Times reporter on Facebook.

Monday morning news and notes: 10.27.14

joan-kelly-dirt-pile-dn.jpg Jill Stewart to acting editor of LA Weekly. CHP's nude photos of suspects. CBC and KPCC host Jian Ghomeshi out over rough sex. Valley residents upset by mound of city asphalt. Plus politics notes, media notes and more obits.

Zev makes clear: he has not endorsed Shriver

shriver-flyer-zev.jpg Supervisor Yaroslavsky says he remains neutral in the race between Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver, and he asked Shriver to stop claiming otherwise. Plus more politics notes.

Frank Mankiewicz: Democratic insider dies at 90

frank-mank-her-ex.jpg Mankiewicz died last week in Washington of heart failure. Among his many roles in public life, he announced the death of Robert F. Kennedy in the darkness of a Los Angeles morning.

Bryan Stow speaks on field before World Series game 4 (video)

bryan-stow-2014-world series.jpg Stow welcomes the fans and kicks off the game with "play ball!" The Giants won 11-4 to even the series.

Trail cam in San Gabriels spots four lions together (video)

lion-martinez-glendora.jpg Robert Martinez's camera above Glendora captures family of cougars in the daylight — followed by a night visitor.

Morning news and notes: Wednesday 10.22.14

laemmle-sm-rendering.jpg Mexican cartel kills anonymous woman tweeter. Ben Bradlee dies. A food editor returns to LA Times. Kuehl and Shriver don't like each other. Yosemite proposes $30 admission per car. Plus tweets of the day and more.

Actress Daniele Watts charged with lewd conduct

Thumbnail image for daniele-watts-detained.jpg Two leading civil rights activists applaud the prosecution, saying that allegations of racial profiling are not "toys" to be tossed out lightly to cover up misdeeds.

Déjà vu: LA Times under Beutner restores California section

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Part two of the Times will go back to being the California section starting tomorrow. It's part of focusing on local news, says publisher Austin Beutner: "LATExtra only means something to those who work in the printing plant."

Monday news and notes: 10.20.14

hillary-clinton-smile.jpg Mohn's early reign at NPR. Kushner says he wasn't pushed. Vote on fracking. Hillary Clinton in town tonight. Garcetti's in Washington. SoCal Book Award winners, Kings player arrested and suspended, plus more inside.

A new sign over West LA

variety-sign-wla-close.jpg The Variety logo that used to shine from the tallest office tower on the Wilshire Miracle Mile is now on the facade of a non-descript mid-rise on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Los Angeles.

Inside the Al Struckus house in Woodland Hills

struckus-vert-jg.jpg I got a chance on Saturday to visit the distinctive circular design by architect Bruce Goff set amid the urban forest in the old Girard section of Woodland Hills. "The house is unlike any other," the LA Conservancy says.

Chinese millionaires are buying mansions in Arcadia

arcadia-bloomberg.jpg Bloomberg Businessweek examines the latest influx of Chinese capital to transform a corner of the San Gabriel Valley.

A mariachi funeral for Nati Cano (video)

nati-cano-funeral-hernandez.jpg Mariachi Los Camperos members perform a final tribute to the troupe's founder and leader.

Friday morning news and notes: 10.17.14

paris-gehry-corner.jpg Working the Ebola beat. Don't trust your data to Whisper. Are the Board of Supes rushing to hire? Kuehl and Shriver debate tonight in Santa Monica. Plus Frank Gehry, Frank Lyga, Joe Donnelly, Tail o' the Pup and more.

Look who's back running LAUSD

ramon-cortines-kabc.jpg Ramon Cortines, now 82, takes over the LA schools system for the third time. This time he's an interim while a search is made for a successor to John Deasy.
noaa-grab-drought-101614.jpg It's still a crapshoot, but NOAA's seasonal outlook sees a good chance of at least a normal precipitation winter in California.

Thursday news and notes: 10.16.14

gary-webb-illo.jpg The story of Michael Scott Moore's captivity in Somalia. Gary Webb a pariah no more. The media on Ebola. Shriver and Kuehl on Ebola. NPR does the Skid Row cop. A new emcee for the Oscars. Plus more media moves and news.

LAUSD chief Deasy expected to resign Thursday

deasy-lasr.jpg The school board is likely to name an interim replacement in the morning. LA School Report was first to report that Deasy was out.

Elizabeth Peña, actress dies at 55

elizabeth-pena-variety.jpg Peña had a screen presence you remember in films like "Lone Star" and "La Bamba." She recently had been directing TV episodes, voicing for "The Incredibles" and "Justice League" cartoons, and had finished work on an action series for the El Rey Network.

Kushner kept tips subscribers gave to his carriers, suit alleges

Thumbnail image for aaron-kushner-usc.jpg The LA Times says it covered the tips that Register readers included for delivery men, but Aaron Kushner wouldn't reimburse. And other mooching by the flailing Register owner.

Morning news and notes: Wednesday 10.15.14

huizar-pacheco-dtn.jpg HBO to stream on the web. Board of Supervisors campaign debate on KCRW. Aaron Kushner set up for an "embarrassing fall." Plus City Hall, state politics, media notes and more.

Alt weekly down: Bay Guardian staff laid off, website frozen

bay-guardian-dan-white-cover.jpg The San Francisco Bay Guardian witnessed a lot of Northern California progressive history since 1966, but the owner says "the economic reality is such that the Bay Guardian is not a viable business and has not been for many years."

LA Times sues the Register over unpaid fees

The Orange County Register's horrible, terrible, not so good month continues. The suit seeks more than $2.4 million in damages.

Richard Alarcon sentenced to 120 days in jail for lying

alarcon-home-dn.jpg The former councilman and state lawmaker is banned from ever holding office again and must perform 600 hours of community service in his old Valley district. Alarcon's wife gets no jail time.

Dodgers hire Rays architect to oversee the baseball side

andrew-froedman-mlb.jpg Andrew Friedman is a golden boy in the baseball world, but how will he fare with LA's older fashioned baseball scribes?

Most ridiculous palm weed ever?

UselessPalmtree.jpg This fan palm is trying to poke out of a storm drain in Altadena. Click to see it bigger.

Kushner out as Register publisher, remains CEO

Thumbnail image for laregister-prototype.jpg A Las Vegas casino marketing executive with no newspaper experience will now try to clean up the mess at the Orange County Register.

Monday news and notes: The back from hiatus edition

luis-j-rodriguez-mug.jpg Back from three weeks away from the routine with a hefty offering of items in politics, media, sports and more. Catching up will continue all week.

Kuehl gets LA Times endorsement in Supes race

sheila-kuehl-480.jpg If publisher and Shriver backer Austin Beutner had any role in the decision, it doesn't show. The editorial says Sheila Kuehl "best embodies the qualities needed for the new era."

In Kuehl-Shriver showdown, what will Beutner do?

austin-beutner-almeida-nyt.jpg I'm still traveling and trying not to pay close attention to LA politics or media, but this is too intriguing to pass up.

Print relic

linotype-le-figaro.jpg I'm still traveling and will start to catch up on posting later in the week. In the meantime, a reminder about the venerable Linotype.

A little bit of mid-week reading

A lot of sports, a spot of art, a rare whale sighting, and the good news that Kevin returns from vacation this week.

News about the news *

Continued turmoil at the OC Reg, comings and goings at our local papers, and info on some offerings from SoCal Connected, just because.

A few links from a few different places

Temps are a bit cooler, surf's a lot bigger, Joe Biden is snarling traffic, and the Slate Culturefest is headed to LA.

Nati Cano, mariachi legend of LA was 81

nati-cano.jpg Natividad Cano, the founder of Los Camperos de Nati Cano — probably the most famous mariachi band to be based in Los Angeles — died Friday at age 81.

Ups and downs in the local media landscape

A new Sunday magazine makes its debut in some major SoCal newspapers this weekend, and deadline changes at the OC Register mean bad news for both the paper's sports department and its sports fans.

Let's talk about anything but the weather

Feds review LA County jails, Hong Kong protestors get some LA love, more NFL-To-LA rumors, and a pop-up cafe with cats. (And yeah, a weather story, because good grief it's hot.)

Doug Dowie hangs out a new shingle

Doug Dowie, the former Fleishman-Hillard executive and Daily News managing editor who went to federal prison, is back in business in the LA area with a new communications venture.

A few links from here and there

Bell Gardens updates, CicLAvia details, NYT staff cuts, and a coyote on the roof. Keeping the home fires burning while Kevin's on the road.
Clinton fundraises in LA
kermit-la-brea-closer.jpg Jim Henson Studios on La Brea became a presidential campaign stop on Thursday.
Brown declares disaster area
porter-ranch-sign.jpgThe natural gas leak above Porter Ranch now qualifies for various government actions. Story
Wet coyote
wet-coyote-vdt.jpgSpotted between the storms at Here in Malibu.
Performing arts with cheer
guys-dolls-kevin-parry.jpgDonna Perlmutter closes out 2015 with productions downtown and on the Westside.
Junkyard down
upick-firetruck-560.jpgAfter 53 years, Sun Valley's Aadlen Brothers and U-Pick Parts cleans out. Photos