Morning Buzz: Wednesday 11.28.12

Politics and government
Former campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee said in a filing that much of the money she stole went to keep her business afloat and incompetent staffers employed, and cover for non-paying clients, though some also went to pay her mortgage and credit card bills. She agreed with a recommendation by federal prosecutors that she be sentenced to eight years in prison. LAT, Sacto Bee

A majority of juveniles arrested on prostitution charges in Los Angeles County come from the county's foster care system, and, in some cases, pimps use underage sex workers to recruit fellow group home residents, county officials said. LAT

Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) is expected to be named chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) the top Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. LAT, OC Register

LAUSD pays about $1.4 million a month in salaries for nearly 300 teachers accused of misconduct who wait in administrative offices reading, blogging or texting. DN

The sheriff's department claimed in a press release that it flew two women to safety after their rescue in Eaton Canyon above Altadena, but actually no copter was involved. DN

Media and media people

A San Diego website reported last week that Huell Howser would retire, with no details. Scoop San Diego

arthur-cover-thumb.jpgArthur founder Jay Babcock on the former LA-based magazine’s return to print. The Fader

Amusing headline gaffe on the LA Times website. Romenesko


Mexico's president Felipe Calderon will become a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard after he leaves office on Saturday. AP

"Swatting" of celebrities and political bloggers has evolved from "a malicious prank among computer gamers...into a Grade-A crisis for law enforcement nationwide." LAT

Ikea plans to build its largest US store in Burbank, less than a mile from its current store. DN

More than 8,100 Southern Californians became new United States citizens on Tuesday at the Pomona Fairplex. DN

Preservation Heatmap: LA's 18 Most and Least Threatened Sites. Curbed LA

Several LAPD cruisers, a helicopter and Palisades Patrol responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 1400 block of Palisades Drive, only to find a man butchering a deer that had been struck earlier by a car. The man was not charged. Pacific Palisades Patch

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