Kobe Bryant announces retirement his way*

kobe-dear-basketball.jpg He will finish out his 20th season with the Lakers. "Dear basketball," he writes in poem. " I’m ready to let you go."
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latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Memo confirms that DC reporter Richard Serrano is leaving, details staff moves and announces that openings in Europe, Beirut and Las Vegas will be filled. Plus more.

K-Earth and KCRW have a good ratings book

kusc-sign-640.jpg In the November radio Nielsen's, KCRW is back on top of KPCC but it's very close.
Media people
garment-and-citizen-sign.jpg Gone but not forgotten
A presence of the late downtown newspaper the Garment & Citizen remains on a Spring Street wall.
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