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Posts Tagged ‘Cathy Seipp’

Show Down on Spring Street: Andres Martinez Names News Room Meddlers at LA Times

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The newly departed LA Times editor Andres Martinez needs his own blog, but until that time, he’s got LA Observed. He wrote an email about the lack of firm boundaries between news and editorial:

So Sue Horton, a senior news editor, takes it upon herself to call me up to suggest greater coordination between the news report and the opinion pages, as in the old days, and Julie Marquis feels empowered to email publisher David Hiller to lobby for his editorial page to pay closer attention to the newsroom’s worthy investigative series, some of which, we felt on the editorial board, already came with their own built-in editorials, so what’s the point?

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Cathy Seipp 1957-2007

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After a long battle with lung cancer, Los Angeles writer Cathy Seipp died this afternoon. She had referred me for this job and by so doing, changed my life. She was kind and cranky, silly and profound. She made Los Angeles seem a little bit like her own red living room–warm, cozy and full of interesting bits. She was generous with her time, her knowledge, and her opinions. Especially those opinions. I will miss her enormously, as will all the rest of her friends. Those who disagreed with her will miss her even more, knowing they’ll never again have such a worthy opponent.

Cathy would have loved knowing that her Technorati ranking was higher than Paris Hilton’s.

“And rightly so!” she’d say.

Kate Coe

Cathy Seipp: Victim of Cybersquatter

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Journalist Cathy Seipp is fighting for her life at Cedars Sinai, but cybersquatter Eliot Stein has already started using the domain name cathyseipp.com that he registered a few years back. On that site, there’s a letter, supposedly signed by Seipp. Stein pulled a similar stunt on Roy Masters a few years back, but Masters is hale and hearty and not very concerned.

FBLA deplores cybersquatting in the best of times, but this act is really beyond the bounds of decency.

The site is currently down, and let’s hope it stays that way.

Ben Ehrenreich Visits ER, Gains Insight into Lives of Brown-Eyed People

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Ben Ehrenreich’s op-ed in today’s LA Times is meant to point out that poor minorities suffer the most in hospital emergency rooms. His unnamed Chicana girlfriend (her name doesn’t matter, but her ethnicity does?) broke her ankle, and being “between jobs and between health insurance plans”, had no choice but to shuffle off to County-USC at 4 am, because Ehrenreich took some friend’s advice on the best time to go. They waited 5 hours for a gurney. Ehrenreich, his blue eyes and well-known last name “required an introduction to this sort of indignity.” Ehrenreich needs an introduction to a dope slap. At 4 am in an urban ER, bleeding takes priority, anything else can wait.

Free-lancer Cathy Seipp, who has her own health insurance and with a rather more serious complaint, waited the same amount of time at Cedars. She too has blue eyes, but pain and suffering are no respecters of persons.

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The Leader of the Pack–Meghan Daum on Roaming Dogs of LA

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Elfin Op-ed columnist, Meghan Daum, chronicles the class struggle as played out in her neighborhood of Echo Park–by dogs. In Saturday’s LA Times, she wrote about the gentrification of her neighborhood, and the dogs abandoned by their (presumably) Latino owners priced out of the neighborhood, as well as the listserv for local pet owners. She rhapsodized about the abandoned canines in a way familiar to readers of Rousseau:

But they had a spirit you just don’t see in dogs that are “privileged” enough to live behind secure fences or sleep inside houses. Freed from the emotional burden of being pets, they had been given the great gift of simply being dogs.

FBLA hopes she doesn’t have kids. Jenny Burman, blogging at Chicken Corner, about the same neighborhood, has a way different take on the dogs and their owners who post on the Alliance listserv. She writes

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