Slow news day?

Who knew my resignation would get such play? LAObserved, Reporter-G and FCBlog blogged about my soon-to-be departure. Effective July 22, I will be preparing to travel to Guatemala and then return to my native New York. I will stay in journalism as long as I can. Journalism, in some form, will survive, though the next few years will be rough. As for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Frank Girardot will be taking over my duties. All kidding aside, I thank everyone I have worked with and learned from (including – ack – local bloggers). I am a better journalist today because of you. As for this blog, it will most likely end. Because we now have a slew of blogs that have helped our Web site flourish. Once again thanks.

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No team, no stadium, but Ed Roski plows forward anyway

He is now accepting contact information from supporters who would like to be sent updates on how to get tickets.

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Covering David Dreier and Russ Warner

Readers called about the lack of election coverage in the the 26th Congressional seat, which David Dreier now occupies. Resources generally prevented us from covering the primaries between Republicans Dreier and Sonny Sardo and Democrats Cynthia Matthews and Warner. (That includes Libertarian candidate Ted Brown who garnered 188 votes.) One of the reasons we covered others was because the primaries would dictate the eventual winners considering how the lines are drawn. With Warner and Dreier now official rivals, we will be covering the race a bit more closely.

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Inappropriate assassination art shut down

NYT: Today, a performance artist tried to set up an art exhibition in Manhattan with the title, “The Assassination of Hillary Clinton/The Assassination of Barack Obama,”
“Asked whether the artwork was being seen as dangerous, (Police Commissioner Ray) Kelly said: “Obviously, it sounds totally inappropriate. We need more information as to what the purpose of it was. As I say, apparently he made some statements that he was referring to their reputations … don’t know, we will have to get more information. But he is being questioned now by our detectives and the Secret Service.”

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Airbrushing history redux


Soviet premier, Joseph Stalin, routinely airbrushed his enemies out of images. In this photo, a commissar was removed from the original photograph after falling out of favor with Stalin.”

Tuesday, New York Times
: On a talk show last fall, a prominent political analyst named Mikhail G. Delyagin had some tart words about Vladimir V. Putin. When the program was later televised, Mr. Delyagin was not.
Not only were his remarks cut — he was also digitally erased from the show, like a disgraced comrade airbrushed from an old Soviet photo.

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*Not even a media blitz for Election Day can lure voters

In an early sample of voter turnout in Los Angeles County, about 8.10 percent of eligible voters voted, according to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. The Feb. 5 Presidential Primary Election showed nearly 20 percent at the same time period. Past samplings ranged from 9.51 percent in 2002 to 11.84 percent in 2006.
*UPDATE:Sampling this afternoon pegged turnout as 17.72 percent as compared to 38.32 percent Feb. 5.

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Old skool journalism

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Danish embassy bombed; possible connection to Muhammad cartoons

AP: “ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A huge car bomb exploded outside the Danish Embassy on Monday, killing at least six people just weeks after an al-Qaida leader urged attacks against Denmark for newspaper caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.”
Here are the cartoons.

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Mike Spence talking about the June 3 ballot.

LAT: Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman and Spence, California Republican Assembly president, debate the issues on the ballot. Spence is a West Covina Unified board member.

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Op-eds, columns and news

There are obviously differences between these categories. Opinions are just that. They don’t have to be fair or give the other side or even add context. News is just the facts. Columns can be hybrids of news and analysis. Frank Girardot’s column is one example and a new one from reporters Jennifer Mclain and Tania Chatila is another. It’s news with an edge. Now it should be clearly marked and the latter wasn’t this weekend. That’s been fixed on the web at least.

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