Everything for the past week

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The Interview: Here yesterday, gone today

gary-the-interview-board.jpg Gary Leonard observed a billboard for Sony's "The Interview" at 3rd Street and Gardner. Oops, that was yesterday.

Mexico's 43 missing students: what happened that night

California Sunday Magazine has posted early its January issue story reconstructing the events of September 26, 2014 in Iguala. "Mexico is now a nation in mourning."
Gary Leonard

Die in

LAO_die-in copy.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular weekly feature of LA Observed.

Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis dies at 89

rabbi-Schulweis-jj.jpg The rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino for nearly 45 years was "regarded as the most influential synagogue leader of his generation." "The John Wooden of rabbis," says Zev Yaroslavsky.
Media people

Linda Deutsch to retire from AP

linda-deutsch-fb.jpg The trial reporter for Associated Press who got her start in the courthouse as a fill-in at the trial of the Charles Manson family in 1969 will retire on Monday. She plans to write a memoir, AP says.
Veronica Street

Chapter 21. Waiting

veronica.jpg He was lucky to be white.

North Korea behind Sony attacks, U.S. officials conclude

"We have found linkage to the North Korean government," according to a U.S. government source.

Sony pulls 'The Interview' from theaters

the-interview-lizzy-caplan.jpg Sony acted to drop plans for a Christmas Day release of the film starring James Franco and Seth Rogen (with a key part for Lizzy Caplan) after the nation's bigger theater chains said they weren't going to screen the movie because of hacker threats.

Wednesday news and notes: 12.17.14

sony-studio-gate.jpg Sony hacking fallout gets more serious. LAPD adopts body cameras for 7,000 officers and will reform its crime stats methods. Court-appointed panel will monitor LA jails. Dov Charney out at American Apparel. Dodgers axe Brian Wilson. Plus more.
Here in Malibu

Before and after

Here we are on Tuesday before the rain: And here we are this morning, just after:...
Media people

Kurt Streeter leaving LA Times for ESPN

kurt-streeter-twitter.jpg There are recurring rumbles of more prominent departures from the Los Angeles Times as the year comes to a close. Streeter has written often about sports for the Times.

An always entrancing interactive weather map

wx-map-windyty.jpg Windyty is one of those websites where you can lose a lot of time just staring and trying new views.

UCLA prof says freeways are a fitting place for protesters

bruins-close-405.jpg Is protesting on the freeway "historically appropriate," as the professor argues, or "insanity," as then-LAPD chief Bill Bratton quipped. Here's the argument.

David Garth, NY consultant who helped elect Tom Bradley, was 84

david-garth-bradley.jpg Garth, a small, pugnacious political consultant, always said that in a campaign Bugs Bunny beats Daffy Duck -- the smooth unruffled character beats the berserk fool.

City Hall wants LA taxis to become more like Uber

united-taxi-sfv-lao.jpg The New Yorker takes a serious look at the future of Los Angeles taxicabs through the eyes of Eric Spiegelman, the president of Mayor Garcetti's taxi commission, and a believer that taxis can move into the app era.

Larry Cano, founder of El Torito, dies at 90

oc-weekly-cano-cover.jpg Another of LA's chain restaurant pioneers passes away. He 'popularized the concept of the sit-down Mexican chain.'
Here in Malibu

Hello, Monday

Why so blue? Rumor has it there's more rain on the way......

Monday news and notes 12.15.14

mga-graphic.jpg Waze vs. LA neighborhoods. David Denby out as New Yorker film critic. Bill Cosby has a little to say. LA Times news. Kobe Bryant hits a new milestone. Plus more.
Only in LA

Only in LA: The jailhouse edition

Criminal_justice_wall-sh.jpg Steve Harvey collects signs and observations from around Southern California.
Native Intelligence

A rally for the 'California 12'

hanlines-iris.jpg Outside City Hall, friends and family of California inmates identified as innocent by the California Innocence Project pleaded for Governor Brown to commute their sentences for the holidays.
Don Shirley

CTG grapples with branding, the British and a baby

luna-gale-ctg.jpg More than once, I've asked publicly how Center Theatre Group can possibly justify branding itself as 'LA's Theatre Company.' So I was fascinated when Diane Rodriguez, one of CTG's three associate artistic directors, raised the subject in an interview. Plus: Current stage reviews.

Bill Cosby and rape go together at Skylight Books

cosby-skylight.jpg Photo: The staffers at Skylight Books in Los Feliz leave no doubt how they feel about Bill Cosby and the allegations of sexual drugging and rape piling up against the performer.
Christensen and Gold

Do #blacklivesmatter to greens?

blacklivesmatter.jpg A dramatic, wrenching, and potentially pivotal story is unfolding in the environmental movement right now. It came to a head last week after Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, posted messages in solidarity with #blacklivesmatter.
joy-womack-v-iris.jpg Two of the Sugar Plum Fairies in Westside Ballet's production of The Nutcracker have traveled very different paths to the iconic role.
Campaign 2015

Here's who is actually running for City Hall in '15

city-hall-night-alt.jpg None of it matters until this final certified list of the candidates who actually completed their paperwork to run for office and get on the ballot. Only one City Council member is unopposed.
New at LA Observed
Campaign 2015 takes shape
city-hall-night-alt.jpgHere is the certified list of who is running for Los Angeles City Council, school board and community college board. Story
A tale of two Sugar Plum Fairies
joy-womack-iris.jpgJoy Womack comes to the Santa Monica Nutcracker from Moscow, Lyrica Blankfein from NYC. More
Reclaiming lost lives
IMG_1846 - Copy.JPGThe annual LA County memorial for unclaimed human remains makes a powerful civic statement. Ellen Alperstein
Honoring Robert Downey, Sr.
ace-hotel-swope-iris.jpgLouis C.K., Alan Arkin and Robert Downey, Jr. took part in a screening of 'Putney Swope.' Iris Schneider