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News

Tuesday morning news and notes: 9.2.14

dunkindonuts-lar.jpg Upset over stolen nude photos of celebs. Labor and the Board of Supervisors. Fallows and high speed rail. Bloomberg Politics hires Weigel and Bezos names a publisher. Dunkin' Donuts comes to Santa Monica. And much more.
Observing Los Angeles

LA's crappy streets, sidewalks and water mains in the NYT*

prosser-root-jg.jpg Now everyone knows that a generation of Los Angeles officials has fumbled the infrastructure ball and that Garcetti and the City Council don't yet have a workable answer.
Obituaries

A.J. Langguth, author and USC journalism professor was 81

ajlangguth-usc.jpg The emeritus professor at Annenberg was a prolific author and had been a correspondent for the New York Times and Look, and a writer for the late Valley Times newspaper.
Car culture

Biography of one 1957 Chevy

57chevybook.jpg There used to be a car club in Los Angeles -- maybe still is -- devoted to 1957 Chevys. The hold of that model and year is now the subject of a book on the backstory of a single car.
Garcetti

Mayor stakes his claim on the minimum wage issue

garcetti-broad-durazo.jpg Minimum wage raises are popular with the people, but Garcetti risks his image as a politico who can work with business and labor. Having Eli Broad at your kick-off event doesn't hurt.
Fauna

Burbank lion cubs now in the Inland Empire

BurbankLions-leno-scw.jpg The cougar kittens that were extracted from under a car in Burbank in 2011 — saved from curious residents who were poking at them with broomsticks — now live at a sanctuary in Riverside. An update.
Media people

LAT's Robert J. Lopez leaves for communications job at Cal State LA

robertjlopez-fb.jpg Robert J. Lopez has been an investigative reporter and on the cops and street action beat for the Los Angeles Times for 22 years. An early convert to digital journalism, he's also a prolific tweeter of breaking news @LAJourno.
Ridiculous palm trees

Palm weed family downtown

palm-weed-family.jpg Palm tree zoo? It's almost as if the three fan palm young 'uns have come to visit a jailed parent.
Here in Malibu

Signs of Saturday: 33rd Annual Chili Cook-off in Malibu this weekend

It's here -- the chili cook-off and carnival put on each year by the Malibu Kiwanis Club, the annual...
A-NoFront

Night falls

Me and the coyote, watching the same sunset....
Al Martinez on Everything Else

Water water everywhere, but ne'er a drop for water-boarding

Thumbnail image for al-martinez-sketch.jpg As California's water shortage becomes more critical Martinez finds substitutes for water---unless human sweat, dog drool and purified pee-pee are a bit too much for you to take.
Gary Leonard

Clippers rally @ Staples Center

LAO__Garcetti&Ballmer copy.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular weekly feature of LA Observed.
Here in Malibu

Meanwhile, over at Pepperdine...

Preparations for Pepperdine's annual flag display to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks have begun. Founded seven years...
Place

City archive photos put to immediate good use

pe-viaduct-fletcher.jpg Image database we posted about yesterday includes this 1928 view of the corner of Riverside and Fletcher drives, showing a long-gone Pacific Electric Red Cars viaduct.
Place

John Lennon for Tower Records on the strip (video)

tower-records-circa-1988.jpg Lennon taped a promotional spot for the Tower Records store on Sunset Strip in 1974, reportedly while in studio at KHJ radio.
Police

Distracted deputy won't be charged for killing cyclist

Olin-no-charges-streetsblog.jpg Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Wood drifted into a bike lane while typing on his patrol car screen last December and struck entertainment attorney Milton Olin Jr.
Diversion

Grammy Museum to honor 'Star-Spangled Banner' (video)

grammy-museum-sign.jpg "Oh Say Can You Sing: ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ in Popular Music" opens September 12. Yes, Hendrix at Woodstock is featured. Plus: A bonus 'O Canada.'
California

Mystery of the Death Valley racetrack may be solved

slithering-rocks-scripps.jpg Scientists observed the sailing stones of Racetrack Playa moving this past winter and think they have finally figured out the mechanism that moves heavy rocks across a dry lake bed.
Veronica Street

Chapter 9. The News Travels

veronica.jpg Ayla was a revved up little engine, narcissistic, and brutal.
Pacific

Surf's up. Sort of

SM Beach lifeguard high surf1 8-14 - Copy.JPG Unlike the south-facing beaches, the sand at Santa Monica was relatively undisturbed by the high-wave action courtesy Hurricane Marie. But lifeguards were on high alert.
Colleges

USC player Josh Shaw admits he made up hero story

josh-shaw-usc.jpg The Trojans cornerback has been suspended from the football team and he has retained a lawyer. Shaw says he was injured in an unspecified fall and lied about it.
Here in Malibu

Big Wednesday

huge-surf-at-the-malibu-pier-vdt.jpg Hello, Hurricane Marie -- after a long, flat summer you brought big waves (and a circus) to the Malibu Pier and Surfrider Beach today. The surfers of SoCal say "thank you."
Media people

Media notes for Wednesday 8.27.14

daily-news-editors.jpg Daily News leadership, a new photo of and a threat directed at Nikki Finke, Heather Havrilesky's column moves, plus more.
Race

Producer's 'detention' by BHPD creates big backlash

charles-belk-msnbc.jpg Charles Belk was at an Emmy event in Beverly Hills when he went out to feed his meter. He was stopped by police, cuffed and taken away as a bank robbery suspect. He says its about walking while black and his Facebook post has gone huge.
History

Photos from the LA city archives now online

lachs-1st-street-bridge-1890s.jpg The Los Angeles City Historical Society has put a growing database online of selected official photographs from the Los Angeles City Archives. More than 600 images now, and the project's Anna Sklar tells me more are coming.
Here in Malibu

Sad news from the Malibu Pier

Big waves along the coast, and big trouble -- a surfer died at the Malibu Pier. Not much info yet...
New at LA Observed
Giant floating ducky
duck-tall-ships-meg.jpgThe big rubber duck was the most photographed thing about the tall ships festival recently held in San Pedro. Photo: Mayor Eric Garcetti.
City of LA historical photos
lachs-baldwin-hills.jpgMen on a storm drain project near the Baldwin Hills in the Depression. More images from newly digitized collection
LAO__Garcetti&Ballmer copy.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular weekly feature of LA Observed. See it bigger.
Napa quake lessons
napa-quake-street.jpgAt last we know who woke up early — and who stayed up. More
La chambre photographique
la-chambre-sb-600.jpgSanta Barbara. Click to enlarge.

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