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for February 2017

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Mary Melton exits as Los Angeles Magazine sold

melton-collage.jpg Emmis Communications sells Los Angeles and Orange Coast magazines to a Detroit-based publisher. What happens now is unclear.

Streetscape: Looking up on Bunker Hill

bunker-hill-up-lao.jpg The view from Grand Avenue on DTLA's Bunker Hill.

Cardinal Mahony still walks the walk on refugees and migrants

refugee-camp-labanon-mahony.jpg Roger Mahony spent his 81st birthday weekend at refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan, headed for Iraq.

Oscars end on a surprise plot twist*

beatty-wrong-envelope.jpg After 3½ hours of mostly uneventful filler, the Oscars show needed a picker upper. It got one.

Amy Dawes, 56, journalist and author

amy-dawes-iw.jpg The Los Angeles entertainment journalist and author of "Sunset Boulevard: Cruising The Heart of Los Angeles” has died of cancer.

Westwood's Regent theatre to close, become restaurants

regent-theater-bldg.jpg Westwood Village, once the place where big films opened, is about to be down to just two remaining movie houses.

Streetscape: Myers Street

tracks-boyle-heights.jpg Railroad siding beside the river in Boyle Heights, looking downstream toward the 4th Street bridge.

Jeanie Buss hands the Lakers ball to Magic Johnson

jeanie-buss-magic-johnson-g.jpg Johnson, the new president of basketball operations, has already made a trade and hired a general manager.

LA Observed Notes: Police officer killed and more news

2nd-hope-regconnector-sourc.jpg Keith Boyer, a veteran with the Whittier Police Department, was 53 and a father. He was shot by a recent parolee.

Streetscape: West 2nd St.

broad-line-sunday.jpg The Sunday afternoon line outside the Broad Contemporary Art Museum went down the block

Richard Schickel, 84, film critic, director and author

richard-schickel-post-by-er.jpg "A giant of American film criticism," Kenneth Turan says of Schickel, the longtime Time critic, author and documentary maker.

Zoot Suit returns to the Mark Taper Forum

zoot-suit-cast.jpg The iconic Luis Valdez play is back where it started in 1978.

Media notes: Anthony Marquez, 55, AP bureau chief in Los Angeles

cnn-black-panel.jpg Also: Exits from the LA Times, Google warns journalists, some Trump-inspired news jobs and more.

Mass evacuation below Oroville Dam

oroville-dam-warning.jpg An estimated 188,000 people fled areas downstream from Lake Oroville after a hole was spotted Sunday in the giant dam's emergency spillway. LA swift-water rescue teams are headed north.

Media notes: Nikki Finke going to Harvard, local Ellies and more

nikki-finke-399.jpg Finke has been awarded a Knight Nieman fellowship to "explore best practices in the reporting of breaking news and analysis in a 24/7 media environment."

Hugh Hewitt joins WashPost oped columnists

hugh-hewitt2016.jpg The conservative talk show host and Chapman law professor is on a roll with Trump.

Janice Min leaving THR, Matthew Belloni upped

janice-min-headshot-billboard.jpg The creative director and editor who brought The Hollywood Reporter back from the brink is moving to the parent company.

LA Observed Notes: Two weeks of Trump and counting

mccarthy-as-spicer.jpg News, notes and observations of media, politics and place. Plus selected tweets.

Ritchie Valens legacy keeps growing

ritchievalens-631x420.jpg Been a few years since I posted on the anniversary. But here are a couple of videos.
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