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Random Act of Violence Shatters the World of LAT Media Critic James Rainey

News of the brutal murder yesterday morning of chiropractor Robert Rainey at his Palms office on Venice Blvd. was first reported by tireless LA Times LA Now beat writer Andrew Blankstein. With a last sentence that must surely have been most difficult to write: ‘Rainey is the brother of Times media writer James Rainey.’

The LAPD is appealing for the public’s help to solve what appears to have been a vicious act of robbery. Dr. Rainey lived in nearby Culver City.

This morning, Blankstein filed a second report with theories being pursued by the police:

Authorities said Rainey may have been followed into work earlier that morning. Rainey was an avid long-distance runner, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and physically fit. Police are examining the possibility that the suspect caught him by surprise.

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LA Times Reporter Gets Power Outage Scoop the Hard Way

A 10-minute power outage hit Downtown Los Angeles today, affecting City Hall, LAPD headquarters and the LA Times building. According to the TimesAndrew Blankstein, it looks like the outage hit the criminal courts building too.

Yikes. Glad we’re at home in our underwear, like a good blogger should be.

Another Price is Right Model Files Sexual Harassment Suit

Andrew Blankstein of the LA Times has posted a sordid legal complaint filed yesterday in LA Superior Court by former Price is Right model Lanisha Cole (pictured).

Never mind that the defendants are namesakes for Adam Sandler and Michael Richards, something the reporter has to make clear in the first paragraph of his article. Beginning with the charge that show producer Richards started communicating with Cole at the end of 2009 by means of written messages delivered through go-between staffers, there’s all kinds of crazy stuff here, including allegations of a Richards romance with another model (Amber Lancaster) and this very unpleasant alleged September 2010 incident involving Sandler:

Ignoring these [KNOCK BEFORE ENTERING] signs, as well as the verbal and later physical protests of the several women who were in the dressing room at the time, Sandler marched into the dressing room, walked straight to where Cole was changing outfits, and began scolding her for her failure to wear a microphone…

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Former LA Times Editor Terry McGarry Passes Away at 72*

Earlier today, LA Times reporter Andrew Blankstein tweeted that former Times editor Terry McGarry had passed away. Fishbowl LA has confirmed this is indeed the sad truth. McGarry was 732. The Times will be running an obit later today.

*Update from the Times‘ obit–McGarry was actually 72. And he had quite a career. Just look at what he was up to at UPI, before he ever landed at the Times:

During his more than two decades with UPI, McGarry was a member of the wire service’s Dallas bureau when John F. Kennedy was shot on Nov. 22, 1963.

Reaching Dealey Plaza shortly after the shooting, McGarry was with the police when they discovered Lee Harvey Oswald’s sniper’s nest and rifle in the Texas School Book Depository.

Two days later, McGarry was only a few feet away from Oswald when he was shot and killed by Jack Ruby in the basement of Dallas police headquarters. He also covered Ruby’s trial.

Andrew Blankstein on 48 Hours Tomorrow

LAT’s Andrew Blankstein will be featured on 48 Hours tomorrow talking about the 2002 murder of Michael Tardio and Christopher Monson.

Yes, Blankstein, the gritty Hollywood crime reporter has finally gone Hollywood.

LAT’s Andrew Blankstein Coins Term

Re-reporting industrial complex!? Is that a new term for blogosphere? Crime reporter Andrew Blankstein tells us no, other outlets are included in his critique. But he did offer this sage advice to those who reported the pipe bomb story incorrectly. “Hey mix in a phone call once in a while, guys.”

Hm. Pipe? Bong? Snicker.

Judge Merritt Flip Flops on in Court Photos

Judge Hilleri G. Merritt approved of a written request to allow LAT photographer Al Seib to take pictures of the trial of Alberd Tersargyan who is accused of killing four people.

Then she decided she didn’t want that.

LAT Andrew Blankstein reports:

When the judge asked whether the photographs could affect potential interviews or testimony by witnesses, Harmon told her it was possible but did not object to the photographs.

Deputy Public Defender Patricia Mulligan, one of the attorneys who unsuccessfully argued for a gag order in the case, told Merritt she objected to Tersargyan being photographed.

Merritt chastised both sides for not bringing up the issue earlier, but then told Seib to immediately stop taking pictures and ordered him not to publish any of the images.

Merritt would not comment on whether the ruling amounted to a prior restraint of the press in violation of 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

This is a very serious case regarded freedom of the press. However, Judge Merritt and Public Defender Mulligan? Mulligan as in a do-over?! If those were names in a fictional crime drama we’d say they’re contrived. And the only witness is a gambler named Charles DeFault. The defendant, John Evoldooer has eluded a guilty verdict twice, but court reporter Gabby Tappy plans to keep the record straight!

Internet Accuses LAPD of Covering Up Suspect’s Man Boobs

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Winston Churchill once said “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” And that was before the Internet.

Meet the slightly portly Eduardo Ibarra Perez who is suspected of shooting his wife in the head back in 1994. LAPD has his mugshot up on their website as he is still “at large.” They of course blurred out his no longer relevant booking info that just so happened to be in front of his presumed man boobs.

Cue Internet snickering. At Fark. At Huffpo and then at Daily Mail.

Then the LAT’s Andrew Blankstein actually called the LAPD and they explained why it appears Perez’s boobs are censored. The department said it was not due to morality.

“This man’s picture has been on our website for more than a decade,” Mary Grady said. “Perhaps all of this attention will help us capture the suspect and close the case.”

The real mystery here is why dude has no shirt on. Apparently no one at the LAPD keeps those deets available nearly 15 years later. Of course, to us this is what all the domestic violence suspects on Cops answer the door wearing. We see nothing strange here.

LA Times Sweeps the Times’ Editorial Awards

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Safe to say the LA Times won all their own awards. Cough. This year’s Pulitzers. Cough. Congratulations all!

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won for beat reporting. Harriet Ryan, Andrew Blankstein, Geoff Boucher, Chris Lee and Ann Powers won for breaking news, the Michael Jackson story specifically.

And the Publisher’s Prize went to Ken Bensinger and Ralph Vartabedian for sticking with a Toyota crash story that ended up causing one of the largest auto recalls in history. There’s the real breaking story. Get it? Huh? Breaking.

Complete list and a podcast with Russ Stanton is here.

LAT Scribes Blankstein and Rubin on 24 Hours Mystery

Joel Rubin and Andrew Blankstein of the LA Times were consultants on a 24 Hours Mystery episode that aired over the weekend. The show was about LAPD’s Stephanie Lazarus who has been accused of murdering her ex-boyfriends wife 23 years ago.

How was it working on the show for a crime reporter? If you watch the episode the two journos, of course, are hanging out at the beach being interviewed. “It’s always nice to get that proverbial LA shot,” Blankstein told FBLA. He told us the show kind of made his job look cool. As if sitting at the courthouse all day when you’re not a lawyer or a criminal could possibly not seem cool. Pshaw!

Previously on FBLA:
LA Weekly Profiled LAPD Detective Turned Accused Murderer

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