Wednesday news and notes: 2.25.15

Selected items from the media, our in box and other LA Observed sources. Posted occasionally — often in the morning.

Top news

The Inglewood City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve an 80,000-seat stadium at the site of the old Hollywood Park racetrack without going to a public vote.

Southwest Airlines Co. failed to perform mandatory rudder inspections on more than 125 jets, or roughly one-fifth of its fleet, forcing it to scramble late Tuesday to negotiate an unusual arrangement with federal regulators to keep the planes flying until the checks were completed. WSJ

Anthem, the nation's second-largest health insurer, said a cyberattack had exposed names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other sensitive details on up to 80 million Americans, including 13.5 million Californians. LAT


A review by The Associated Press found taxpayers subsidized more than $25,000 for legislative staff and security to attend Senate President Pro Team Kevin DeLeon's swearing-in celebration last fall at Disney Hall. AP

A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a three-year-old legal challenge to the boundaries drawn for Los Angeles' 15 City Council districts, saying she found no evidence that race was the predominant factor in creating the new maps. LAT

David Gershwin writes in praise of the crustacean-shaped 4th City Council district. Zocalo

It is the district full of riches that out-of-towners indulge in on visits to Los Angeles, the places that define us to the rest of the world.

A Democratic autopsy of the midterms show a party in denial about the extent of its defeat. Atlantic

"Which Way, LA?" talked to Ruben Navarrette, Jr. and Arturo Vargas about Antonio Villaraigosa's decision not to run for the Senate. KCRW

Media and books

Kenneth Turan's award for best post-Oscar analysis goes to Anne Thompson of Indiewire. "Touches all the bases," he tweets. Thompson on Hollywood

Tom Rothman has landed the chairman post of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Motion Picture Group, while Michael Lynton has re-upped as chairman and CEO of SPE and as CEO of Sony Entertainment, the studio said Tuesday. THR, Variety

Lynton, fresh off the Sony email hacking revelations, is relocating to New York. THR

New York real estate magnate Charles Cohen builds a movie studio. Jewish Journal

Meet Oscar-winner Graham Moore: Hollywood’s newest Jewish writing prodigy. Jewish Journal

The USC Annenberg communication school’s Media Center in the new Wallis Annenberg Hall will be named today for CBS CEO Leslie Moonves and his wife, “The Talk” co-host Julie Chen, who have made a major donation to the university. Christening is today. Variety

"All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr is the new bestseller in hard cover fiction at Southern California independent bookstores. "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo is the bestseller this week in nonfiction. Indiebound


winter-temps-calif-nws.jpgWinter seems to have completely forgotten about California and the West. Climate Central

Since early February, several small drones flying around the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles have been determining mobile devices’ locations from Wi-Fi and cellular transmission signals. VentureBeat

Former Dodger Manny Ramirez was hired by the Chicago Cubs as a consultant on hitting. ESPN


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