Friday morning news and notes: 10.31.14

hello-kitty-janm-crop.jpg Home stretch if Campaign 2014: Jerry Brown, Ashley Swearingen, Bobby Shriver and more. Reaction to the exit of labor's Maria Elena Durazo. Californians not worried about Ebola. Plus much more for a catch-up Friday.
Al Martinez on Everything Else

Memories are made of this?

Thumbnail image for al-martinez-sketch.jpg Martinez takes us into a new world of dementia, neurons and not being able to spell very good.
Veronica Street

Chapter 16. Tap Tap

veronica.jpg He was a criminal of course.

On bad opening night, Lakers' Randle fractures leg

randle-lakers-presser.jpg The Lakers' top draft pick this year, 19-year-old Julius Randle, broke his right tibia midway through the fourth quarter while driving to the basket in his first NBA game.

Sam Rubin responds to being called fat on the air

ginger-chen-calls-sam-fat.jpg KTLA morning traffic reporter Ginger Chan accidentally calls Rubin fat, thinking her mic is off. Everybody laughs, the video goes global, but he has some reflections on it all.
holiday-mag-screenshot.jpg Holiday magazine sought to delight Americans with tales of "the cliff dwellers [who] cling precariously to the brush-covered slopes of the Hollywood hills, sharing the common perils of fire and flood."

Chivas USA shuts down, but new LA soccer team coming

chivas-usa-logo.jpg Expansion team to be announced Thursday will reportedly be owned by an investor group led by Vietnamese-American businessman Henry Nguyen and include Peter Guber. Team won't play until 2017.
Read the memo

Beutner hires 'chief of staff' from the Dodgers

simril-lmu.jpg Renata Simril previously worked in City Hall for Mayor James Hahn and then-Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas. She will be a senior vice president of the LA Times.
jolly-donuts-dn-crane.jpg The county calls him a John Doe, but on certain corners in Canoga Park he was known as Tuan Nguyen. "This is one of the best stories I've read in a long time," says a former LA Times reporter on Facebook.

Monday morning news and notes: 10.27.14

joan-kelly-dirt-pile-dn.jpg Jill Stewart to acting editor of LA Weekly. CHP's nude photos of suspects. CBC and KPCC host Jian Ghomeshi out over rough sex. Valley residents upset by mound of city asphalt. Plus politics notes, media notes and more obits.

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blue-jackets-foligno.jpgMembers of the Columbus Blue Jackets wait for teammate Nick Foligno to be placed on a stretcher at Staples Center. He was OK after the game, won 5-2 by the Kings.
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Fauna observed
owl-in-yucca-vdt.jpgGreat horned owl perched in a yucca. Veronique de Turenne

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