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Freelancers Still Seeking Payment From Surface Magazine

surface.pngThere as least one freelancer that is not giving up on getting paid for a story he wrote for Surface magazine earlier this year.

Our tipster said he is still owed $500 for an article he wrote for Surface‘s January 2009 issue. Since then, the New York-based style and design magazine was purchased by Quadra Media, which also owns tattoo magazine Inked and other media entities. According to Folio, Quadra is run by Nylon owner Don Hellinger and Christopher Shannon.

According to our source and this Gawker article, Quadra was owed money by Surface so it foreclosed on the magazine earlier this year. This effectively erased the former magazine owner’s debts, so those freelancers who were not paid prior to the foreclosure will never see their payments. Or so they have been told by the company.

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LAT In 90 Seconds

33907744-23073101.jpgSinai Cited: The California Department of Public health cited Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the hospital was fined $25,000 for giving overdoses of a blood thinner to three babies, including the newborn twins of actor Dennis Quaid.

36948102-19193340.jpgCan You Hear Me Now? L.A. developer Robert Maguire’s ex-wife testified that she paid Anthony Pellicano nearly $1 million to sleuth for clues to her estranged husband’s assets and “heard numerous wiretapped recordings of Maguire’s conversations with his psychiatrist, onetime mistress, world-famous architect Frank Gehry and others.”

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LAT in 90 Seconds

30449482.jpgEuphemisms: The award for Best Way Around Calling Someone A Tantrum-Throwing Diva award goes to reporter Christopher Hawthorne, who says of Frank Gehry:

“Far from a creative genius producing idiosyncratic forms in isolation, as he is sometimes portrayed, Gehry is an architect who thrives on drama and even brinksmanship. This project, from the beginning, has had no shortage of those elements; where they have been lacking, Gehry has sometimes worked to create them.”

rodbernsensmall.jpgFormer Fox 11 News Reporter Acquitted: A federal jury cleared Roderick “Rod” Bernsen of two counts of sexual abuse that had been brought against him when boys on a cruise ship said he spanked them and touched one of their penises with his toe.

wMLKFrnt1.jpgFamiliar Ground: Investigative medical reporter Charlie Ornstein revisits Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, detailing all the ways in which the abysmal facility should have been shut down years ago. There are the failed inspections, the citations. Not to mention the fact that Charlie won his Pulitzer detailing these horrors years ago. Is this a follow up story or a public search for affected change?

Frank Gehry’s $100M West Side IAC Building: ‘Oddly Tame’

If you’ve driven along the West Side Highway lately, chances are you’ve seen the nearly-complete IAC Building, architect Frank Gehry‘s first New York structure and $100 million home to Barry Diller‘s IAC empire, a 10-story glassy outcropping between 18th and 19th streets.

The project has architecture critics and Gehry heads — like Brad Pitt — all atwitter. But not everyone is impressed. Take, for instance, the NYT‘s Nicolai Ouroussoff, who says “it may qualify as the most blandly corporate space Gehry has created”:

The building … feels oddly tame. For those who have followed Gehry’s creative career, these easy, fluid forms are a marked departure from the complex, fragmented structures of his youth. Rather than mining rich new creative territory, Gehry seems to be holding back. The results — almost pristine by Gehry’s standards — suggest the casual confidence of an aging virtuoso rather than the brash innovation of a rowdy outsider.

We’re not sure this part of Ouroussoff’s review is considered bad, though may not be what Diller had hoped his 75-year-lease would cover: “Forms pull apart to suggest a hiked dress or gently parting legs.”