Thursday news and notes: Adam Gadahn and more

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

In the news

adamgadahn-file.gifAdam Gadahn, the Inland Empire and OC kid who converted to radical Islam and in 2004 made an anti-U.S. video for Al Qaeda, was killed in a January anti-terrorist operation in Pakistan along with American and Italian hostages, President Obama announced this morning. Known also as Adam Pearlman and as Azzam the American, Gadahn had been reported killed in 2008, only to resurface in another video. Pakistan said in 2010 it arrested Gadahn, but they were wrong. NYT, LAT, Our man in al-Qaeda

Politics and courts

City Hall's partnership deal with Waze could mean the city has access to data on, say, hiow many users gthe app is sending through residential areas around the Hollywood sign — an issue in the 4th district City Council race. LA Weekly

A federal prosecutor indicated in a court filing that more criminal charges may be ahead in the corruption case of former state Sen. Ronald Calderon. LAT

Citing a rise in wrongful-conviction claims by inmates, DA Jackie Lacey wants $1 million from the Board of Supervisors to form a unit of veteran prosecutors to review the integrity of past convictions. LAT

As the city faces state and local water mandates, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials are set to rewrite the city’s water conservation rules today. DN

Rep. Janice Hahn has drafted a resolution to "officially, publicly and collectively reaffirm the rights of citizens to film law enforcement officers." LA Weekly

Neel Kashkari, the 2014 Republican candidate for governor, on Wednesday endorsed the U.S. Senate candidacy of Assemblyman Rocky Chavez of Oceanside. LAT

Has the “Sleeping Giant” of Latino voter turnout gone back to sleep in California? Tony Quinn/Fox & Hounds Daily

U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski holds movie nights at the courthouse three or four times a year. LAT

A federal court of appeals threw out baseball slugger Barry Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction on Wednesday. AP

Media and books

LA Times columnist Chris Erskine explains how anyone can watch the Dodgers on TV at home with a $130 subscription to MLB.TV and changing a DNS code. LAT

Borzou Daragahi, the foreign correspondent who left the LA Times in 2011 for the Financial Times, now will join BuzzFeed News as a Middle East correspondent. Poynter

Editor Garrett M. Graff introduces the second annual media issue of Politico Magazine. Editor note

LA photographer David Hume Kennerly will be a contributor during the 2016 presidential race. Politico

The tear-down of the former Daily News building in Woodland Hills is part of a big multi-use development in Warner Center. DN

Chasing the white whale of Big Science. LA Review of Books


New research from USC suggests that the shaking from a major earthquake on the San Andreas fault could trigger additional large temblors on nearby faults, intensifying the overall seismic impact. LAT

Also: Manmade earthquakes are increasing in the central and eastern U.S. LAT

National leaders of Actors' Equity on Tuesday imposed a $9 hourly minimum wage for members who perform in Los Angeles County theaters with fewer than 100 seats, overriding a recent vote by rank-and-file union members in L.A.'s stage acting community. LAT, NYT

If you live near the coast, you may not have heard that the Inland Empire has been leading the state in new business creation. Zocalo

We Went to Palm Springs and Got Stuck in a Snowstorm. Franklin Avenue

Life in the Camp Pendleton refugee camp after the fall of Saigon. KCRW

The Venice Beach topless resolution is of course a publicity stunt, but one with a message. It's also guaranteed blanket coverage because of the click bait keyword. LA Weekly

The downtown Figueroa Hotel is getting a makeover. LAT

The Anaheim Ducks swept the Winnipeg Jets in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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