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Times adds a veteran reporter in the Valley

Former national correspondent will double the allotment of Times staff to the Valley. Wonder if this move is Register related? Meanwhile, in Orange County the Register partners with a local startup newsroom.
 
History

Legendary Zanja Madre revealed in Chinatown dig

zanja-madre-william-bolling.jpg A portion of the "Mother Ditch" that supplied the pueblo of Los Angeles, later encased in brick, has been uncovered and will be removed.
 
LAO on KCRW

In praise of John Muir

tuolumne-meadows-lao-fb.jpg Today on the weekly KCRW segment they asked me to talk about John Muir. Can do!
 
Christensen and Gold

Yaroslavsky brings home a big victory for the Santa Monicas

Malibu Creek.jpg The county supervisor caps an impressive supervisorial career as a steward of the Santa Monicas with a new land use plan approved by the California Coastal Commission that will protect the land, wildlife, and aquatic resources of the range's coastal zone for decades to come.
 
Travel

Sign language

Mojave aster, Dante's View Death Valley 4-14 - Copy.JPG Sometimes, roadside attractions render the journey the destination
 
Don Shirley
rest-scr-shirley.jpg It might seem inconceivable that a spoiler is possible for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at The Broad Stage. Also "Rest" at SCR.
 
Here in Malibu

Look who stopped by for a drink

coyotes-in-the-santa-monica-mountains-vdt.jpg A pair of coyotes in the Santa Monica mountains this morning, looking for water, or maybe just looking around.
Hollywood

Dee Dee Myers to join Warner Bros. as chief flack

DeeDeeMyers-chair.jpg Myers' Clinton ties could be a factor if Hillary Clinton runs for president. Before she became the first female press secretary at the White House, Myers worked in LA City Hall.
Fauna
p22-april-2014-nps.jpg Remember those stunning photos of P-22 in National Geographic? "He doesn't look like that anymore," National Park Service researcher Seth Riley says now.
City Hall

Jay Z in the house

jayz-garcetti-office.jpg Brooklyn's most famous music mogul is at City Hall this morning to announce plans for a festival downtown this summer.
Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 4.16.14

Thumbnail image for prosser-sidewalk-jg.jpg The races to replace Waxman and Yaroslavsky, sidewalk money goes unspent, Garcetti and Jay Z to announce DTLA festival, sheriff's use of force rules, and no subway entrance at 2nd and Spring because Tribune has development plans. Plus more.
Newspapers
la-register-first-nicolosi.jpg The editorial in the first issue of the new Los Angeles print newspaper, out today, says the Register's opinion page "aims to infuse a new perspective into the political and public policy debate in our community and lead the charge for a new generation of liberty-minded, free-market intellectuals."
Sports

New sports biz website in town

field-of-green-grab.jpg The Fields of Green is covering the money side of sports, with David Carter of the USC Sports Business Institute as the featured columnist and key player.

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Downtown LA from the air, 1955 vs 2014
la-from-air-1955.jpg Nathan Masters makes the visual comparison at Gizmodo's Southland blog.
"Floyd Collins" at La Mirada
FLOYD COLLINS-LA MIRADA-2.jpg One of the best midsize venues to watch professional theater in LA County is on the stage of La Mirada Theatre, says Don Shirley. Native Intelligence
On the ballet legend Tanaquil Le Clercq
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Mike Kelley at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary
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