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LA Times, Daily Breeze win Pulitzer Prizes*

breeze-winners.jpg Two Pulitzers for the Times -- for television criticism and drought writing -- and the first ever for the Daily Breeze and the Los Angeles News Group.

Teardown: Daily News building in Woodland Hills

daily-news-tear-down-pool.jpg Bob Pool, the recently retired Los Angeles Times staff writer, posted a Twitter photo today of the former Daily News headquarters in Woodland Hills being razed.

LA votes to move Santa Monica 'closer'

not-santa-monica-law.jpg As April Fools Day stories go in alt weeklies, this one's pretty good.

Shrinking LA Times quietly drops page count from Page One

latimes-page-counter.jpg The traditional statement of total pages in each day's paper vanished last week from the printed LA Times front page.

Whoa: Aaron Kushner resigns from the OC Register*

aaron-kushner-usc.jpg The Orange County Register just announced that Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz, the co-owners of Freedom Communications, have both resigned from all executive duties.

Buzzfeed News hires another local (and Latino) reporter

buzzfeed-la.jpg The latest SoCal reporter to join the Buzzfeed News team in Los Angeles is Salvador Hernández, formerly of the OC Register. He's not the only one leaving the Register.

OC Weekly has been put up for sale

ocweekly-shtup-cover.jpg Editor Gustavo Arellano says, "Anyone interested in buying this rag gets a motivated band of mistfits, almost all of us OC natives…"

LA Weekly's new editor comes from Chicago Reader

Mara-Shalhoup-headshot-law.jpg Mara Shalhoup takes over Feb. 16. "LA has countless stories to tell…we're gonna have fun."

This week the Jewish Journal is Jewish Hebdo

jewish-hebdo.jpg Editor Rob Eshman says no more "tiptoeing around terrorists’ sensibilities [or] kowtowing to the craziest elements among us."

Long Beach Register formally fades away (video)

lb-register-final-grab.jpg A staff video pays tribute to the sixteen-month run of the Register's presence in Long Beach. The final issue appeared Sunday.

LA Times hires the sports intern, Register hires ex-LAT pair

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Couple of media move memos from last week involving the local newspapers.

LA Weekly discontinues theater awards after 35 years

lost-moon-radio-tim-norris.jpg The Weekly says "our focus for 2015 is utilizing our time and resources towards building, promoting, and evolving events that can bring us profitability for the new year. Unfortunately, this event does not help us towards meeting those directives."

Business-side layoffs today at 'not profitable' OC Register

New publisher who took over for Aaron Kushner says 'the business is not profitable' and announces about 100 layoffs, none in the newsrooms in OC or Riverside.

Gangsters in Paradise: Palm Springs' mob legacy

gangsters-in-paradise.jpg A five-part series in the Desert Sun will look at the history of Mafia influence, including the taint on Frank Sinatra and kids who grew up romanticizing the scene.

LA Times staff gets its vacation time back

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Read the memo: CEO Jack Griffin's email to the staff late on Friday night rescinds the policy that attempted to strip away accrued vacation time and force reporters and editors to make a case for paid time off they used to earn.

Mark Heisler gets another column -- this time in the LANG papers

mark-heisler-dn.jpg After getting dropped after one column by the LA Times, Heisler will now cover the NBA for the competition. His column in the Times, by the way, paid all of $200.

¡Ask a Mexican! turns 10

ask-a-mexican-logo.jpg Gustavo Arellano's column in the OC Weekly began humbly -- and now it's a freakin' empire and he's the editor of the whole paper. He celebrates in this week's column.
oc-register.jpg The OC Business Journal reports that two of the investors who helped Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz finance the purchase of Freedom Communications in 2012 say the company is 'insolvent.'

Remembering his days at the Bay Guardian

bay-guardian-dan-white-cover.jpg The death of any newspaper is a sad occasion. But it was personal when I learned that the plug had finally been pulled on the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Kushner kept tips subscribers gave to his carriers, suit alleges

Thumbnail image for aaron-kushner-usc.jpg The LA Times says it covered the tips that Register readers included for delivery men, but Aaron Kushner wouldn't reimburse. And other mooching by the flailing Register owner.

Alt weekly down: Bay Guardian staff laid off, website frozen

bay-guardian-dan-white-cover.jpg The San Francisco Bay Guardian witnessed a lot of Northern California progressive history since 1966, but the owner says "the economic reality is such that the Bay Guardian is not a viable business and has not been for many years."

LA Times sues the Register over unpaid fees

The Orange County Register's horrible, terrible, not so good month continues. The suit seeks more than $2.4 million in damages.

Kushner out as Register publisher, remains CEO

Thumbnail image for laregister-prototype.jpg A Las Vegas casino marketing executive with no newspaper experience will now try to clean up the mess at the Orange County Register.

Print relic

linotype-le-figaro.jpg I'm still traveling and will start to catch up on posting later in the week. In the meantime, a reminder about the venerable Linotype.

Ups and downs in the local media landscape

A new Sunday magazine makes its debut in some major SoCal newspapers this weekend, and deadline changes at the OC Register mean bad news for both the paper's sports department and its sports fans.

More shrinkage at OC Reg as layoffs go national

oc-weekly-kushner-cover.jpg In a farewell email, the OC Reg's bureau chief in Washington says the parent company is closing its DC outpost.
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Kushner spars with Larry Mantle
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Baldwin Hills dam disaster
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Times press
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