Monday news and notes: 8.10.15

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

In the news

A U.S. Forest Service firefighter was killed Saturday night battling a wildfire in Northern California, becoming the second firefighter to die in just over a week. Bee, AP

A man shot and wounded by St. Louis County police officers remained in critical condition Monday as Ferguson braced for a tense day of activities commemorating the killing of Michael Brown a year ago. NYT

Politics, cops and courts

Last week's Republican debate on Fox News was the most watched cable news broadcast ever, and with an audience of 24 million of the biggest TV events in recent years. THR

The boss at Fox tweets his support to the interviewers in the face of Donald Trump criticism.

Trump went on four Sunday shows and denied his comments about Fox moderator Megyn Kelly bleeding "from wherever" were insulting or a comment on menstruation. LAT

After playing to big weekend crowds in Portland and Seattle, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders speaks today at the Sports Arena. LAT, CBS LA, MSNBC, LA Weekly

The Los Angeles City Council is embarking on a new and controversial exercise in behavior modification: a sweeping new transportation policy that calls for hundreds of miles of new bus-only lanes, bicycle lanes and "traffic calming" measures over the next 20 years. LAT/Zahniser

The LAPD's top cop in South Los Angeles, Deputy Chief Bill Scott, on gang violence, rumors and crime. LAT

40 years later, Jerry Brown is an evolving force on agricultural labor law. Bee

Might old-timey coroner inquests return to bring more transparency in police shootings in Los Angeles County? LAT

Dr. Mitch Katz and the quest to cure LA's health. KPCC

Larry Levine recalls first going to Sacramento 50 years ago as the summer vacation replacement bureau chief for Copley News Service. Table Talk at Larry's

Media and media people

James Poniewozik is moving from Time to the New York Times as chief television critic.

In contrast to the Republican debate numbers above, Jon Stewart's final "Daily Show" got an audience of merely 3.6 million. Zap2It

"True Detective," by the way, gets a hair over two million viewers each week. That's nationally. Hardly enough to justify the media attention it gets, eh? TV By the Numbers

Vice Media staffers are the latest digital newsroom to unionize, following Gawker and Salon. WSJ, Poynter

The LA Times' embedded undocumented immigrant poses a question for the Republican presidential candidates: What do you want to do with us? LAT op-ed

Ballet dancer Misty Copeland dances onto the September cover of Essence and gets engaged. Essence, LA Observed previously

Nikki Finke Ask Me Anything. Reddit

Pacific Standard is doing a daily online series on workers and the future of work. PS

MarketWatch has closed its Los Angeles bureau.


Los Angeles may have a big advantage in an Olympic bid: frugality. NYT

After years of stalled negotiations and unused blueprints, the N.F.L. is as close to returning to the city as it has been since the Raiders left for Oakland and the Rams departed for St. Louis in 1995. NYT

drone-racing-saul-g.jpgCompetitive drone racing takes flight in Los Angeles. Only a Game

At the new Broad art museum coming to Bunker Hill, visitors will be able to see into the vault. LAT

USC Roski School of Art and Design’s effort to rebuild its troubled master of fine arts program suffered another hit Friday with the resignation of a professor known for her cutting-edge films and photography. KPCC

New book: Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball by Bijan C Bayne. PW

Frank Gifford, the former USC Trojan who went on to be an NFL star and a major TV presence for ABC Sports, died at home in Connecticut. He was 84. ABC, NYT

Los Angeles historian Leonard Pitt has died at age 85. Pitt, a retired professor at Cal State Northridge, is the author of "Decline of the Californios" and co-author with his wife Dale of "Los Angeles A to Z." The latter book is being updated with new material. LAT


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