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for February 2016

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Russ Parsons purges his cookbooks after 30 years

parsons-cookbook.jpg The former LA Times food editor donated upwards of 500 cookbooks to the Long Beach Public Library. But it wasn't easy.

Journalists share in awards weekend for 'Spotlight'

spotlight-team-grab.jpg Spotlight won the Oscar for best picture and the Film Independent Spirit Award for best feature, with a standing ovation for the Boston Globe reporters.

Sunday LA Times section front will change color in the light

lat-oscars-cover.jpg The Los Angeles Times is experimenting with this Sunday's print Calendar section — that is the day of the Academy Awards ceremony and TV show. The cover images of...

Expo Line opens to Santa Monica on May 20

expo-line-bergamot-hymon.jpg Downtown to Santa Monica (or back) by train for the first time since 1953.

Post's Marty Baron will attend the Oscars this year

marty-baron-esquire.jpg Journalistic objectivity be damned, he's hoping "Spotlight" wins all six Oscars it is up for.

LA Times restaffs the Business desk

jean-merls desk.jpg A deputy from the OC Register and a tech editor from the Bay Area are added. Plus: A new column in Sports.

Another great old map from Glen Creason of LAPL

wonder-city-map.jpg There is too much wallowing in LA history by local media and blogs, but the regular maps feature from Los Angeles Magazine doesn't count.

CEO who fired Beutner is out at Tribune Publishing*

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Jack Griffin lasted less than three weeks under the new largest shareholder of Tribune Publishing, which is no less screwed up than the previous Chicago overlords of the LA Times.

Monday news and notes: Politics, media and more

sunset-mag-oakland.jpg Competing ballot measures on housing in LA. Rising crime rates. Winter heat is back. And much more.

Ex-Angeleno David Geffen is at home in NYC

DavidGeffen-name-tag.jpg "David got bored with Los Angeles a long time ago,” says Tina Brown.

Ron Rogers, 72, public relations executive

ron-rogers-ruder.jpg Rogers grew up in the Hollywood PR business and launched his own firm, The Rogers Group, in 1978.

Steve Wasserman to run publisher Heyday

stevewassermantruthdig.jpg The former LA Times book editor takes over for the retired Malcolm Margolin.

Porter Ranch leak sealed off, now on to Exide

porter-ranch-gas-well.jpg Gov. Jerry Brown wants the state to spend $176 million on cleanup of lead contamination.

Jose Antonio Vargas and the LA Times agree to break up

jose-antonio-vargas-michael-conti.jpg His #EmergingUS seeks to raise $1 million in 60 days in a new partnership with Beacon.

Ex-publisher Beutner has an op-ed in the LA Times

beutner-oped-lat.jpg This is weird in an only-in-LA kind of way, given that he was fired from the Times just last year.

Mark Thompson returns to Fox 11 weather desk

mark-thompson-fox11-grab.jpg Channel 11's longtime weathercaster and host showed up over the weekend and will be around for awhile.

Ex-councilman Bill Rosendahl in hospice care

bill-rosendahl-mv-block-party.jpg He is at home in Mar Vista and "gravely ill," his successor, Mike Bonin, announced on Facebook.

Paris Photo Los Angeles is cancelled

PPLA_2015.jpg The organizers blame lack of a mature market for art fairs in Los Angeles.

How TMZ and Harvey Levin get the dirt

harvey-levin-tny-crop.jpg The New Yorker goes deep on Levin's network of sources and the payments made for private info on celebrities.

Next step into digital news age by LA Times

latimes-bldg-from-corner.jpg The "news and enterprise hub" will become the nerve center of the newsroom, geared to chasing the top news of the day for the web.

State looking into '09 death of Mitrice Richardson In an unexplained reversal, the state attorney general's office says it is reviewing the LA sheriff's department's handling of the substitute teacher.

How the NFL really decided on a future in Inglewood

inglewood-stadium-hks.jpg The in-fighting between owners was "bloody and bitter," says ESPN the Magazine in a long takeout.

LA Times goes with fake Obama 'gridlock' headline*

lat-com-grab-2-12-2016.jpg The story doesn't include any reports of traffic problems, but some LAT headlines are becoming more about hype than truth.

Gas leak stopped above Porter Ranch, at least for now

porter-ranch-gas-well.jpg A relief well has allowed SoCal Gas to stop the uncontrolled release of odorized natural gas, but the utility describes the stoppage as temporary pending a final seal over the well leaking since October.

Einstein's gravitational waves heard for the first time

grav-waves-grafic-caltech.jpg Big science news today from Caltech and other institutions: Ripples in the fabric of spacetime directly observed.

Coastal Commission votes to fire Lester

lat-front-grab-2-10-2016.jpg The LA Times covers the political rift at the commission like a huge outrage story. All other news: secondary.

Obama returning to LA traffic on Thursday*

sunnyland-house-lao.jpg The president has fundraisers in Hancock Park and a taping in Burbank for the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Ex-sheriff Baca pleads guilty in jail scandal*

baca-grab-lamag.jpg Plea deal with federal prosecutors would cap prison time for Lee Baca at under a year, reports say.

Christy O'Donnell, LAPD vet who sought right to die law

christyodonnell-daughter.jpg O'Donnell, 47, pushed Gov. Brown to sign California's new right-to-die act, which won't take effect until later this year.

Bookstore down: Apostrophe Books in Long Beach

apostrophe-books-sign-fb.jpg The Belmont Shore booksellers have been in business together for 23 years in different locations.

KUSC does Oscars hype the cool classical way

John-Williams-kusc.jpg Evening host Jim Svejda does one-hour interviews with all the Oscar-nominated composers every night this week.

News and notes: Politics, media and place

Dennis-Romero-photo-by-Aaron-Salcido.jpg Catching up to a week's worth of media moves and hires, political notes and a whole lot more.

Locations for 'Hail, Caesar!' and 'Birth of a Nation'

boan-tree-study-bengston.jpg If you enjoy spotting LA locations in Hollywood movies, you'll like this.

LA Times goes to Texas for Calif. politics editor*

allison-wisk-tw.jpg Allison Wisk has been deputy politics editor at the Dallas Morning News and has a J.D. degree. Also: New reporter in Sacramento.

OC Weekly sold to publisher Duncan McIntosh

ocweekly-sale-grab.jpg For the first time, the weekly will have Orange County ownership. LA Weekly remains part of Voice Media Group.

New tarantula near Folsom Prison named for Johnny Cash

johnny-cash-tarantula.jpg It's a bit of a stretch, but why not? The spider and the singer both dress in black.

New group to push for faster revival on Broadway

NBLA-Postcard-front.jpg Time for the Broadway theater and entertainment district to be a year-round draw, says longtime activist Hillsman Wright.

Tom Bradley documentary goes national on PBS

tom-bradley-at-mic.jpg "Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race" runs Thursday night at 8 p.m. on PBS SoCal.

Mayor Garcetti adds a second press secretary

garcetti-twitter-townhall-fb.jpg Carl Marziali is the former VP for media and public relations at USC.

LA School Report merges with Campbell Brown group, gets new editor

CampbellBrown-the74.jpg Laura Greanias, former city editor of the LA Daily News, will now run the site for NYC nonprofit The Seventy Four.

WATN: Teddy Davis, City Hall player and candidate

teddy-davis-cnn-640.jpg After losing badly in his try to join the LA City Council, Davis is now on the media side of the presidential campaigns.

Ellie award for local Buzzfeed investigative reporters

buzzfeed-banner-grab.jpg Jessica Garrison and Ken Bensinger of Buzzfeed News both came from the LA Times.

LAT editors: Cruz does nation a favor in beating Trump

trump-iowa-cnn.jpg Trump's first test with actual voters falls short. Not a great result for Hillary Clinton either.

Alex Padilla is among the Porter Ranch dislocated

padilla-news-conf.jpg California's Secretary of State put his family in a Burbank hotel about six weeks ago.
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