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for July 2016

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TV meteorologist Josh Rubenstein leaving for the LAPD

josh-rubenstein-cbsla.jpg The chief meteorologist for CBS 2 and KCAL 9 will be the LAPD's new public information director.

New set unveiled at Channel 2 (photos)

KCBS_New_Set.jpg The set rolled out on Monday's 5 p.m. news on CBS LA. Photos include an interview area and backstage green room.

Mollie Lowery, 70, longtime angel of Skid Row

Mollie-Lowery.jpg Steve Lopez has written a lovely column on his friend, the Skid Row organizer and housing advocate and co-founder of the LAMP Community.

Sand Fire grows overnight to 35,000 acres

sand-fire-at-35000.jpg As of last night, officials had found one body burned to death in a car and counted 18 structures destroyed.

Parker Center with palm trees

parker-center-palms.jpg I tell you, it's hard to take a photo in this town without a palm tree showing up.

DNC: Garcetti and Villaraigosa to speak

antonio-villar-2016-mic.jpg Villaraigosa talked down speculation that he might end the week as chair of the Democratic National Committee.

LA Times staff told to keep political opinions off social media

latimes-twitter-logo.jpg "Don’t use your social media feed to pan or praise candidates, parties or their positions," a memo from the managing editor reminds reporters.

Media news and notes: LA area Emmys, Trump, jobs and more

la-area-emmys-logo.jpg NBC 4 led in the local Emmy count. Fox News vs women. Trump in the media.

WSJ reporter detained at LAX, asked for her phones

dhs-document.jpg Homeland Security agents demanded that Maria Abi-Habib, who covers the Middle East, surrender her cellphones. She details the encounter on Facebook.

Santa Barbara News-Press class of 2006

newspresstape-.jpg It has been 10 years since the owner of the Santa Barbara News-Press declared war on her own newsroom staff.

Judge says ex-Sheriff Baca deserves more time in jail

baca-retires.jpg Six months for his crimes is not enough, U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson rules.

Renee Montagne to give up host seat at NPR West

renee-montagne-npr-2016.jpg NPR announced on Monday the longtime "Morning Edition" host based here in Culver City will step down after the election.

Melvin Durslag, 95, longtime LA sports columnist

durslag.jpg Durslag wrote about sports for the Hearst newspapers in Los Angeles from the time he was a freshman at USC in 1939 until the HerEx closed in 1989.

Angeles Crest is one audacious highway

angeles-crest-aaa.jpg The highway in the San Gabriel Mountains lets you drive 66 miles through "some of the most difficult terrain in the U.S."

Is Ferro looking to escape his own troncosphere?

ferro-screen-grab-cnbc.jpg Ken Doctor hears that Tronc chairman Michael Ferro may be considering his options.

LA photog Monica Almeida takes New York Times buyout

monica-almeida-fb-profile.jpg A second veteran member of the New York Times bureau in Los Angeles is taking a buyout offer to leave the paper.

Sports Museum of LA opens to the public

sportsmuseum-jerseys.jpg Gary Cypres' shrine to sports history (mostly baseball) is right up there with Eli Broad's Grand Avenue temple of art as proof of one man's passion.

Carolyn See, 82, LA author and critic

carolyn-see.jpg See was "the defining voice for a certain kind of California experience in the mid-’70s and 1980s."

NYT's Michael Cieply named editor of Deadline

Michael-Cieply-zocalo.jpg Michael Cieply, the longtime anchor of New York Times Hollywood coverage in the Los Angeles bureau, is joining Deadline as the executive editor.

Nick Ut announces his (2017) retirement from AP Photo*

nick-ut-eye.jpg He joined the Saigon bureau of Associated Press in 1965, and has been a fixture in the LA bureau.

For sale: Innards of one Sports Arena

sports-arena-seats.jpg The furnishings, seats, office equipment, scoreboard and even the hockey dasher boards of the old LA Sports Arena go at auction on Wednesday.

Expo Line buzz lifts rail system numbers

expo-line-train-sm.jpg Numbers are up enough on the newly lengthened Expo Line to stop the decline in rail ridership.

Donald Trump piñatas in DTLA

trump-pinatas-dtla.jpg Donald Trump piñatas are a staple at shops in the Los Angeles piñata district these days.

Politico's Mike Allen puts down his Playbook

playbook-grab.jpg After 3,304 morning newsletters since 2007, he's off to start a new media company with partners from Politico.

Media notes: LAT alum gets promoted at the NYT

marc-lacey-nyt.jpg Also a City Hall scoop by Variety, obits on Sydney Schanberg, job moves and more.

30-story tower planned at foot of Baldwin Hills raises a fuss

lacienga-jefferson-renderin.jpg This is the kind of completely new development turn for Los Angeles that should get a thorough debate in the political arena but that rarely does.

How Vin Scully's team works in the booth

scully-boyd-ib-booth-jsh.jpg Scully's secret weapon is stage manager Boyd Robertson, who stands to his right and has been with Scully 28 years.

The hijacker on Arlington Avenue

byron-booth-mkrikorian.jpg LA journalist and author Michael Krikorian has posted a nice piece on encountering an interesting fellow in the gas pumps at the 76 station just above the Santa Monica Freeway.

5 Dallas police officers killed, 11 in all shot by snipers*

dallas-officer.jpg Shooters apparently firing semi-automatic weapons hit at least 11 police officers in Dallas tonight at an otherwise calm protest over police shootings of unarmed suspects in other cities.

Meet P-48, P-49, P-50, P-51 and P-52

p48-49.jpg New mountain lion kittens have been tagged in two litters in the Santa Susana Mountains.

Runoff races for Board of Supervisors now decided

supes5-final-primary.jpg It's Kathryn Barger and Darrell Park in the 5th district.

'Deadline LA' stays, Joe Jares obits and more media notes

evelyn-taft-kcal-back.jpg The demise of KPFK's "Deadline LA" media analysis show was greatly exaggerated.

Cartoonist's view of Diablo Canyon

DiabloCanyonMap-web.jpg Steve Greenberg's cartoon on the Central Coast plant.
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