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The Year in Review: Ten LA Journo Feel-Good Stories

In the space of a few days this time last year, film critic Alonso Duralde went from tweeting about the vile acts of an LA arsonist, to revealing he had become a victim of carport incineration, to thanking the public at large for donations to cover the purchase of a new vehicle. As such, his experiences stand as one of the more unconventionally heartwarming news stories of 2012 involving an LA journalist.

But there were others. Here are nine more such items from this reporter’s FishbowlLA docket:

Josh Groban Serenades KCRW DJ Anne Litt
The ditty sounds as good today as it did when we first heard it.

Beverly Hills High Student Cracks Obama Press Corps
Look for this guy in the White House press conference room circa Hillary Clinton‘s second term.

KTLA Reporter Uses Old iPad to Report About New iPad
A wonderful example of field reporting iNGENUITY.

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Actor Taylor Negron Celebrates the Life, Legacy of an LA Murder Victim

A piece posted Friday afternoon on xojane.com by actor Taylor Negron about the horrific murder of 81-year-old LA resident Catherine Davis is getting a lot of attention this weekend. Deservedly so.

Negron fills in the many blanks contained in the rash of sensational media coverage more concerned about leveraging the SEO potential of a Katy Perry ex-boyfriend reference than discovering the true identity of Sons of Anarchy actor Johnny Lewis’ alleged victim. During his early years as an actor in LA, Negron rented every room in Davis’ “writer’s villa” abode in Los Feliz. It was a place that welcomed numerous other performers such as Val Kilmer, Parker Posey and Thomas Jane.

Negron notes that Davis and her daughter were both writers. Margaret penned “biographies of prominent Los Angeles figures and families,” with Negron and co. attending related book launch events. Mom meanwhile was working on an equally ambitious portrait:

Cathy, always the writer and reader, began writing her own historical biography on the life of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, mother of William Randolph Hearst. She was working on the book in her room when she was murdered.

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Spin Cuts 11, Drops Nov/Dec Issue

The changes we anticipated coming to Spin have come big and fast, as new owner Buzzmedia cut 11 staffers and said it was dropping the November/December issue. The New York Times reports that Steve Kandell, Spin’s editor-in-chief and Catherine Davis, its managing editor, were among those let go.

The next issue of Spin will be its September/October issue; it will be available in late August.

According to a statement from Buzzmedia, it remains “committed to moving forward with print,” but this can hardly be seen as anything other than a move toward dropping the magazine altogether.