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News crew shot dead on live TV in Virginia*

parker-ward-wdbj.jpg WDBJ photographer Adam Ward, 27, and reporter Alison Parker, 24, were interviewing a chamber of commerce official at a strip mall this morning. The shooter was a former reporter at the Roanoke station.

LA Times flashback: 1982 newsroom phone list

latimes-phone-list-1982.jpg Note the extension for "Nuts," where Times operators would switch incoming calls from offbeat characters. Often the callers were then relayed to our columnist.

News and notes: Rare Tuesday edition

lamag-bestofla.jpg Politics and media moves. New homeless numbers. Stephen Colbert's guests. NYT newsletters. Kirk and Anne Douglas will give it away. And more.

What one key LA Times editor liked in the past week

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Memo from the ME for editorial strategy praises coverage of schools, Straight Outta Compton and Taylor Swift. Plus more.

Monday news and notes: 673 candidates for president (so far)

merl-reagle-twitter.jpg Jerry Brown on "Meet the Press." Toni Atkins on "News Conference." A crossword creator dies. And much more.

Fox 11 veteran fired for bombing live shot over labor talks

cheryl-bacon-fired.jpg Local 53 plans a rally outside the Bundy Drive studios on Thursday in support of Cheryl Bacon, who has been at KTTV for 39 years.

LA Times adds another TV writer: Libby Hill

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Hill will report and comment on TV in the paper, for the web and on Twitter.
ted-rall.png Editors re-explain the decision to cut ties with the cartoonist and add new analysis of a disputed LAPD audio tape.

Midweek news and notes: Trump, BuzzFeed, media moves

trump-thr.jpg Dave Lesher named to run start-up CalMatters. News from City Hall and the county, and much more.

Sam Rubin goes to bat for Garth Kemp* (video)

sam-rubin-grab-garth-kemp.jpg "Viewers deserve more than having someone on the air for 17 years just disappear," Rubin says, chiding KABC-TV. Plus: Kemp's new Twitter feed.

Beutner unveils grant-funded education push at LA Times

lat-education-grab.jpg Timed to today's start of school in LAUSD, the Times is "rededicating itself to coverage of teaching and learning" with Education Matters and new staffers.

Garth Kemp out as KABC Channel 7 weather guy

garth-kemp-dog-fb.jpg Station announces resignation on his official social media accounts. Later in the day his bio dropped off the ABC 7 site.

Vin Scully undecided yet about next year

vin-scully-2008-crowd-beck-si.jpg Selfishly I hope he returns. But you know -- maybe it's time we all embrace our lifelong friend in whatever he wants to do.

CBS LA gets a new VP and news director

Bill-Dallman-cbsla.jpg Veteran news executive Bill Dallman was named Vice President and News Director of KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV, the CBS-owned duopoly in Los Angeles.
old-marine-dn-musgrove.jpg Can you help this ex-Marine get her old uniform back? Lots of politics, media and place for a desk-clearing Friday.

Beutner says LA Times to expand political report cards (video)

beutner-news-conf.jpg Statewide officials and the county Supes are next. Garcetti is an "earnest booster" who needs to get to the hard work, Times publisher says.

Monday news and notes: 8.10.15

drone-racing-saul-g.jpg Trump vs. Megyn Kelly but not on Fox. Bernie Sanders in LA today. Amazing ratings for GOP debate but not "True Detective." James Poniewozik to NYT TV beat. Drone racing. And more.

LA Times notes: New VP, partnership, data editor and obit

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Another VP comes with government experience, the LAT's most senior newsroom staffer takes on a new assignment, and an obit for Larry Stammer.

Hey Fox 11, how are those contract talks going?

fox-11-protest.jpg Channel 11 gets a new general manager but its live-shot gets bombed by a sign about unfair practices at—Fox 11!

Garcetti gets a C from LA Times editorial writers

james-garcetti-on-phones.jpg "Unfortunately, our concerns are becoming reality," the LAT opinion side says in its latest report card.

Coming New Yorker story making TMZ nervous

harvey-levin-twitter.jpg Sources tell THR the magazine is close on an "aggressive exposé — more than a year in the works — about the unorthodox reporting tactics" of TMZ and Harvey Levin.

Thursday news and notes

maria-sharapova-gjusta.jpg City Hall politics, media items, books news and place notes, including Maria Sharapova at Gjusta.

LA Times parent company puts on the happy face

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Memo from Tribune Publishing boss celebrates the first year out from under the old Tribune.

Monday news and notes: August begins

so-close-thank-you.jpg Politics, media and place with a little news thrown in. Catching up from the weekend.

American Journalism Review to cease publication

ajr-screen-grab.jpg AJR has been published for 38 years. The print magazine shut down two years ago.

Ted Rall dropped by LA Times over blog post about LAPD*

ted-rall.png The paper says the editorial cartoonist's post had factual inconsistencies. He says the Times buckled to pressure from the police department.
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