Everything for the past week

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LAT

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.
Native Intelligence

The sad tale of Happy Valley

Jerry Sandusky--Music Box image - Copy.jpg A documentary film opening today in Los Angeles shows a community struggling to understand how a sex abuser terrorized its children and recast its storied college football identity.
News

Morning news and notes: Friday 11.21.14

varied-thrush-cc.jpg Rain and mudslides. Trucks end strike. UC regents thrown the ball into the governor's lap. Website comments. Rare varied thrushes in LA. Plus more.
Don Shirley

Making choices along the sexual spectrum in three plays

stopkiss-ds.jpg From a theatergoer's point of view, "choices" are almost always more dramatically engaging than unchosen "orientations."
Hollywood

This costume exhibit could be more wearable

Hollywood-Costumes-mayco-iris.jpg There is a lot to learn at the academy's costume exhibit in the old May Company on Wilshire, but after an hour I found myself seeking solace. There must be a way to create a more conducive environment.
Mexico
daniel-hernandez-vice-grab.jpg Daniel Hernandez, the former LA Times and LA Weekly reporter, is now in the midst of the Mexico story for Vice News. This has been a big day for street protests and growing condemnation of the government.
Celebrity

Mark Ebner revisits his 2007 warning about Bill Cosby

cosby-pull-quote-ebner.jpg The LA journalist talked to several women who told eerily similar stories about being drugged and raped -- this was back in 2007. His story went nowhere.
Veronica Street

Chapter 18. He holds the door

veronica.jpg He preferred the present. But that's not why they were here.
Gary Leonard

Stories Books and Cafe

LAO_JeremyScahill copy.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard appears weekly at LA Observed.
Politics

Vin Scully offers career advice to Zev Yaroslavsky (video)

scully-zev-grab.jpg Here is the video I mentioned the other day of Vin Scully's amusing send-off to termed-out county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Also: A longer video celebrating Yaroslavsky.
Obituaries

Mike Nichols: Director dies at 83

mike-nichols.jpg The director of "The Graduate" and so much more has won an Oscar, an Emmy, Tonys and a Grammy.
Obituaries
jimmy-ruffin-motown.jpg Look inside and turn up the sound: As I walk this land of broken dreams... I have visions of many things.
Radio

KPCC seeking veterans and military reporter

apm-kpcc-opening-grab.jpg The reporter will be shared with public radio stations in Seattle and Raleigh-Durham and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Pacific

Virus wiping out the sea stars has been identified

diseased-sea-star-ucsc.jpg Scientists think they know now what has killed millions of starfish along the Pacific coast, though they aren't so sure why. The destruction has been quite visible in tide pools.
Here in Malibu

Yesterday morning

Yesterday the sun rose: The clouds were pretty nice: Some neighbors paddled: A dog waited: A garage near Point Dume...
Sports

Jason Collins retires from NBA: 'I'm out'

jason-collins-retires.jpg "I have been an openly gay man for approximately three percent of my life. I have been a professional basketball player for almost half of it."
Politics

Yaroslavsky feted at Disney Hall

zev-farewell-podium.jpg Among the speakers were former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former supervisor Yvonne Burke and current board chairman Don Knabe, LACMA director Michael Govan, the former county CAO David Janssen and (via video) Vin Scully. Sheila Kuehl received a very warm reception.
Media people

Lisa Saxon is 'the woman who helped change sportswriting forever'

lisa-saxon-angels-uniform.jpg Vice recalls the abuse that Saxon took covering the Angels and Dodgers for the Daily News when there were few women on the beat. Reggie Jackson gave her such trouble that other Angels stood up for her.
Good read

Why 'drank the Kool-Aid' is offensive, especially here

jonestown-massacre.jpg A former reporter argues that everyone should stop using the phrase and remember the tragedy that spawned it. A congressman and three California journalists were among the 918 dead in Guyana 37 years ago today.
Politics

Patty Lopez' lead grows in the Valley

ad39-votes-grab.jpg The inexperienced candidate who appears to be unseating fellow Democrat Raul Bocanegra in the Valley's 39th Assembly district has expanded her lead to 235 votes.
Mideast

Born in Kansas City, transformed in LA, murdered in Jerusalem

kalman-levine-jj.jpg Kalman Levine, one of the four rabbis murdered in an attack this morning in the Kehillat Bnei Torah synagogue in Jerusalem, had strong ties to Los Angeles.
News

Morning news and notes: Tuesday 11.18.14

manson-prison-2014.jpg In the news today: Jerry Brown, the UC Board of Regents, Charles Manson, Bill Cosby, Austin Beutner, the Lakers and some media moves, plus more.
Obituaries

Charles Champlin: LA arts and film journalist was 88

charles-champlin-thr.jpg Charles Champlin wore a lot of hats on the Los Angeles arts and entertainment journalism scene: LA Times arts editor, film critic, book critic, columnist, author, host of TV programs and more.
Christensen and Gold

I, Jackass

Muir obit.jpg In which columnist Jon Christensen apologizes for offending many dear readers and friends by telling the LA Times that John Muir's legacy "has got to go," while explaining what he meant, and hoping that in the process he is not digging himself a deeper hole.
News

Monday morning news and notes: 11.17.14

getty-house-law-maddaus.jpg Getty House uses a lot of water. Live Nation at Grand Park costs the city, it turns out. Marlborough School head to step down. Plus Bill Cosby, Pierre Omidyar and more.
Read the memo

Huge change: No more set vacation or sick days at LA Times

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Tribune Publishing calls it Discretionary Time Off, and says employees may actually get as many paid days off or even more. But to get even a sick day, you may have to convince a supervisor your performance merits it -- and no more banking vacation days. Read the memos.
Water

DWP and Owens Valley agree to finally agree on the dust

keeler-beach-tight-lao.jpg I first wrote about negotiations between the Owens Valley and Los Angeles over the noxious dust that blows off of Owens Lake 25 years ago. So it seems a little bizarre that they finally have a deal both sides can live with.
Streetscape

Streetscape: Santa Monica Swap Meet

smblvd-swap-meet.jpg By Santa Monica, they mean Santa Monica Boulevard in East Hollywood.
Flora

Water the grass less -- but don't forget the trees

jacaranda-mar-vista.jpg Drought gardener and blogger Emily Green wants people to remember that they need to deep-water their trees or the drought can have a worse effect than necessary.
Good read

Meghan Daum on nearly dying and then telling the story

nyt-grafic-with-daum.jpg Daum writes that her recovery from a near-death illness has brought a responsibility she didn't expect. Plus: Joe Mathews sees a generation gap in California.
Place

Streetscape: Sidewalk homeless colony

homeless-virgil-avenue.jpg A homeless encampment on Saturday on Virgil Avenue, beside the Hollywood Freeway in what the blue signs call Wilshire Center.
Media people

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.
New at LA Observed
Where 'drank the Kool Aid' comes from
jonestown-massacre.jpgThe phrase may be offensive to someone you know.
LAO_JeremyScahill copy.jpg Click to see bigger.
Owens Lake dust settles
keeler-beach-tight-lao.jpgDWP and Owens Valley agree to fix the Eastern Sierra's air after all these decades. Read
Streetscape | Santa Monica Boulevard
smblvd-swap-meet.jpgBy Santa Monica Swap Meet, they mean East Hollywood. Bigger
Streetscape | Virgil Avenue
homeless-virgil-avenue.jpgHomeless encampment beside the Hollywood Freeway on Saturday. Bigger

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