bacastu.jpgThe Man Behind Paris’s Short-Lived Freedom: OC denizen Stuart Pfeifer profiles Sheriff Lee Baca, in which Baca appears both as a level-headed humanitarian and an incompetent nut job.

burn.jpg Burning Up for Burnett: On the Lot blows, but uber-producer and devil-pact-maker Mark Burnett manages to elude any real criticism in this Scott Collins column.

sod.jpgBecause Working At Work Would Be A Waste Of Your Time: The LAT’s Online Sudoku game now features notations, a hints mode and — this part is particularly awesome — a conflict eliminator. We’re sure there are other good stories for us to be riffing on in the paper, but we won’t be getting to them — or anything else — today.