Morning Buzz: Friday 1.4.13

Friday short stack:

The female half of the duo that the feds alleged yesterday was seen in child porn videos was arrested last night in North Hills. City News Service

City Controller Wendy Greuel will announce subpoenas she has issued as part of an ongoing waste, fraud and abuse audit regarding the City’s cell phone use.

LA Times business columnist David Lazarus wants to curtail the 1st Amendment because a paparazzo was killed while jaywalking, and a few photographers commit reckless driving and annoy celebrities. But the paper's editorial is a lot smarter and more thoughtful: "The best way to cope with this issue is not by passing new laws that target photojournalists but by more aggressively enforcing existing laws against driving too close, speeding, trespassing — and jaywalking." LAT editorial

If you've been hearing the San Gabriel Valley media boomlet about "mystery dust" dropped around Glendora by the gusty winds, the AQMD says that it's just....dust dropped by the winds, maybe mixed with ashes from the San Gabriel Mountains. Glendora Patch

San Bernardino "has gone from being the birthplace of McDonald's, one of the world's most successful companies, to a mound of unpaid debts. It's a sad example of what a lack of infrastructure investment and an almost religious aversion to higher taxes have done to cities across the United States." Der Spiegel

The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride at Disneyland is closing for nine months of renovation. CBS LA

KCET this month is adding two BBC detective series to its schedule – "DCI Banks" and "Death in Paradise."

A special exhibition of the rousing music and imagery that herald the first acts of all 22 James Bond films went on display Saturday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. WSJ

And Los Angeles sportswriter Ron Rapoport was on the MLB Network this morning talking about his LA Observed piece in December, which explains why his Hall of Fame ballot included the big boys of performance enhancing drugs, including Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Roger Clemens.

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