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Morning Buzz: Baca's jails and AEG's influence

Politics and government

AEG, says Jim Newton, "has so successfully courted influence over the years that it's hard to trust city and state officials to drive a hard bargain" over the NFL stadium proposed for downtown's LA Live. LAT oped

twin-towers-jail.jpgInvestigators for the blue-ribbon jails commission gave a searing critique of Sheriff Lee Baca and his top assistants, "accusing them of fostering a culture in which deputies were permitted to beat and humiliate inmates, cover-up misconduct and form aggressive deputy cliques in the L.A. County jails. Baca was described as an out-of-touch boss who was 'insulated … from force issues and other bad news" by his underlings.'" LAT, Witness LA, ZevWeb

Facing public concern over three videotaped incidents in which police used serious force to subdue people, the Los Angeles Police Department plans to host a series of community meetings to discuss with the public why officers use force and how the department investigates such encounters. LAT

Rep. Howard Berman's campaign announced the endorsements of Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham and independent Joe Lieberman.

Billboards for the Xposed strip club in Canoga Park have some Valley residents annoyed. DN

Metro's TAP cards are causing some confusion among rail and bus riders. ZevWeb

Rick Orlov's Monday Tipoff column. DN

Media and media people

Reed Elsevier has cut the price of Variety by $10 million, to $30 million, in hopes that either remaining suitor, Jay Penske’s Penske Media Corp. or Marc Lasry’s Avenue Capital, closes a deal. Ron Burkle dropped out. NY Post

The satire site Hollywood and Swine, slogan "so many pigs so little time," "is quickly gaining a following among studio executives, agents, managers and publicists, who circulate the posts the way your mother-in-law distributes cute cat photos. Part of the appeal is that the stories are written with enough journalistic flourish that some readers have been fooled into thinking the articles are real." LAT

The video news startup code-named Planet Daily unveiled its real name -- NowThis News -- and announced a strategic partnership with BuzzFeed, and a leadership team that includes former execs of CNN, ABC and the Washington Post. All Things D

Roger Ebert’s memoir "life Itself" was optioned for a documentary by Steve James and Steven Zaillian, with Martin Scorsese as executive producer. TimeOut Chicago

Steve Lopez now has a pacemaker and another heart problem to go with his artificial knee. LAT

ABC’s new series “Last Resort” will debut its entire first episode on Yahoo! TV. from today through Sept. 17. Yahoo


Drill bits being used to break rocks on Mars were not sterilized properly before Curiosity landed on the planet, leading to fears that any water encountered might be contaminated with earth microbes. LAT

A look at the newly designated El Salvador Community Corridor on Vermont Avenue. LAT

Bet Tzedek, the legal-aid group, has relocated to the Koreatown area. LAT

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Morning Buzz: Wednesday 4.16.14