Friday news and notes

Channel 11 news director Jose Rios thinks other L.A. stations underplayed tsunami coverage last night.

L.A. prosecutors charged in court papers that Mel Gibson "willfully and unlawfully [used] force and violence upon" his girlfriend, and he's expected to plead out this afternoon.

Mayor Villaraigosa is featured in a short video on Time Magazine's website on his transit funding plan.

L.A. journalist Heather Havrilesky has left The Daily and is freelancing for Movie City News. Her lede on Battle: Los Angeles reads: "Anyone who lives in Los Angeles secretly craves the apocalypse." MCN

Arianna Huffington comes up with a pretty good retort to NYT Editor Bill Keller's slam, given that the Times recently lost a top reporter to the Huffington Post. HuffPost

mexico-city-cyber-goth.jpgDaniel Hernandez, author of "Down & Delirious in Mexico City," is back in town for readings Saturday at ArtTALK in Pasadena, and Sunday at Workspace, an experimental community venue at Five Points in Lincoln Heights. His blog Intersections.

SoCal author Scott Martelle has received a Publishers Weekly starred review for his new book, "The Fear Within: Spies, Commies, and American Democracy on Trial." PW

L.A. author John Johnson has a nice piece in the LA Weekly reinvestigating the notorious lynching of Chinese in Los Angeles in 1871 — and subsequent cover up by the powers-that-were. LAW

Convicted ex-Fleishman-Hillard executive Doug Dowie has turned up in the federal prison system locator at Taft Correctional Institution in Kern County.

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