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for December 2015

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Last day at the LA Times for more veterans*

larry-gordon-paul-feldman.jpg Higher education reporter Larry Gordon, foreign desk editor Paul Feldman and Washington bureau law enforcement specialist Richard A. Serrano all type -30- today.

Crime is up in LA across the board

highlcouds-lapd-bldg-pal.jpg For the first time in a long while, crime is up in all categories and in all police divisions across Los Angeles.

Register and author go inside OC's snitch tank

snitch-tank-ocregister.jpg Author Ed Humes returns to his Register roots to collaborate on a long tale of how Orange County authorities messed up the prosecution of the confessed Seal Beach salon murderer.

LA's breast fixation and more greatest hits from Los Angeles Mag

lamag-breast-sty-grab.jpg To bring in web readers over the holidays, the magazine is re-running eight of editor Mary Melton's favorite stories from the past 14 years. Today: Amy Wallace's new fake breasts.

Sierra snowpack is more than double last year at this time

mammoth-snow-122215.jpg The first media op of the season was today. Water content across the range is at 108 percent of normal.

Cosby charged and arraigned in Pennsylvania, out on $1 million bail

These are the first criminal charges Cosby has faced despite complaints by more than 40 women that the actor sexually assaulted them, often after giving them drugs.

Photos: Valleywood junkyard cleans up well

upick-door.jpg All the junkyard cars are gone from U-Pick Parts and Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking in Sun Valley, after 53 years serving car owners and Hollywood.

SPJ's distinguished journalists of the year in LA

SPJ_LA-logo.png In addition to five winners and a special honor for LA's Don Barrett, the LA chapter elected new board members.

SpaceX launches - and lands - a rocket

spacex-landing.jpg On the third try, SpaceX brings back the Falcon 9 and lands it on a pad at Cape Canaveral. Video inside.

Melvin Feuer: School volunteer was 92

mike-feuer-mel-mailer.jpg The father of City Attorney Mike Feuer died today. His talks with students at Castle Heights Elementary School were featured in a Steve Lopez column this year.

Finalists named for Pershing Square makeover

pershing-square-finalists.jpg The downtown civic push to (re)reinvent Pershing Square took a step forward today with the naming of four final design concepts from which the actual plan will be chosen.

Bel-Air Camera in Westwood to close before Christmas

bel-air-camera-camera.jpg The family-owned store that opened in 1957 was sold just five months ago. Lots of other changes coming to Westwood Village soon.

Surprise lion kitten found in Santa Monicas

cub-of-p23.jpg Cub of P-23 may be the only survivor from her spring litter. Watch the video and hear the young cougar squeak.

How the LA and NYC school threats differed

brad-sherman-letterhead.jpg Rep. Brad Sherman analyzes the language used, the likelihood that the writer was Muslim, and whether LA officials were right to act.

Porter Ranch gas leak in 8th week and not going away

porter-ranch-gas-well.jpg "It’s the climate equivalent of the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico," the Guardian says. More than 3,000 Angelenos remain out of their homes.

Did LA officials flinch on threat or was it the right call?

ambassador-school-front.jpg LA Unified closed all of its schools based on a crude email threat that many experts dismissed almost immediately as a probable hoax. Schools are open today.

LA Unified closes all schools due to threat

Superintendent Ramon Cortines and other officials said a credible electronic threat was received that threatened multiple schools.

Male mountain lion killed on I-5 in Newhall Pass

An untagged male cougar believed to be two to three years old was hit by traffic about 7:30 this morning.

David Ulin adds name to LA Times buyout list

David-Ulin-web.jpg Book critic David Ulin announced on Facebook that he is taking the buyout offer from the Los Angeles Times. Effective Tuesday.

Reuters picks up two LA Times buyout-ees

Reuters-Logo1-300x148.jpg Deputy business editor and a Metro investigative reporter land with the news service's Los Angeles bureau.

Sheila Kuehl calls county gadfly 'you asshole' (video)

keuhl-shouting.jpg Kuehl gets the last word after one of the regulars calls the Jewish supervisor an "anti-Semitic scumbag."

Leonard Shapiro, City Hall gadfly and pre-blogger, was 96

lat-screen-shot-shapiro.jpg "If Los Angeles had another 100 Leonard Shapiros we'd be in a lot better shape than we are today," his wife wrote in a 1984 letter to the editor.

Expo Line in Santa Monica gets first crash out of the way

expo-linecrash-arthur.jpg Train versus truck after an illegal left turn at 7th Street and Colorado about noon Thursday.

Tribune chief on why LA Times sale makes no sense

latimes-bldg-from-corner.jpg Jack Griffin, the CEO of Tribune Publishing, today addressed the chatter about his company possibly selling the Times and getting smaller.

Chris Dufresne's final LA Times column: not about football

chris-dufresne-lat.jpg 'My first recollection of the Los Angeles Times is my dad parking his delivery truck outside our house,' says the paper's departing college football writer.

KPCC note about host Steve Julian

steve-julian-kpcc.jpg Larry Mantle posted that his friend and KPCC's longtime morning anchor is off the air facing a "serious health issue."

Eli Broad: I'm not in talks to buy LA Times

eli-broad-grab-tavis.jpg The Wall Street Journal says Tribune Publishing is crafting an offer for the OC Register, and some in the LA Times newsroom expect news from the CEO in the morning.

LA and NY film critics go with 'Spotlight'

Spotlight-team-movie.jpg The movie that all your journalist friends love is this generation's "All the President's Men."

Downtown LA in 1946 (video)

1946-film-grab.jpg This training film for parking officers shows a lot of downtown street scenes.

Comrades memo: 'Like the old LA Times, but faster and more digital'

davan-maharaj.jpg Editor Davan Maharaj gives kudos for LAT coverage of the San Bernardino shootings.

New adult male mountain lion tagged: P-45

P45_Capture_Nov2015.jpg He is three to four years old and the biggest Santa Monica Mountains lion that scientists have tracked since P-1. Now the question is: where did he come from?

Scott Weiland was an LA media person*

scott-weiland-638.jpg Weiland, the singer with Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died at age 48. He was a paste-up guy at the LA Daily Journal in the early 1990s.

Appreciating LA's ghost streets and shapes

la-ghost-streets.jpg Writer Geoff Manaugh has posted at BLDGBLOG his observation that from above, the shapes of blocks, yards and even specific homes reveal the existence of old streets we can't see anymore. And more.

Smaller LA Times does just fine on San Bernardino coverage

latimes-sbdoo-grab.jpg The LAT flooded the zone, broke news online and had 29 different contributors on shootings stories in the print paper this morning.

Editor memo: Hiring and refocus are on at the LA Times

davan-maharaj.jpg "It’s time to push ahead with the reorganization," Davan Maharaj writes. The Times also announced a new hire for the Dodgers beat.

LA still leads the U.S. in manufacturing jobs

crinkling-jeans-npr.jpg NPR series looks at aerospace jobs and the garment industry.
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