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Dateline NBC Delves Into Unsolved Murder of Newspaper Reporter’s Brother

The Rainey family, which includes former LA Times media critic James (he is now on the paper’s political desk), is heading into a second Thanksgiving with the excruciating pain of an unsolved family murder. On May 31, 2012, James’ older brother Robert, a chiropractor in west Los Angeles, was found murdered in his office by the first scheduled patient of the day.

As part of its online “Dateline Detective” feature, Dateline NBC this week is shining another light on the specifics of the crime and urging anyone who witnessed anything that morning around the Venice Blvd. location to contact the LAPD.

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Twenty-Four Nikki Finke Hours That Shook the (Hollywood) World

In July 2009, after closing a deal to sell her Hollywood news website to Jay Penske‘s Mail.com Media Corp, Nikki Finke told LA Times reporter James Rainey that “she sometimes wished she didn’t have to sleep, so she could work 24 hours a day.” What a difference four years and a parent-company sideline purchase can make.

Finke told Defamer’s Beejoli Shah Thursday that she has “been inundated with administrative duties” and that Penske is forcing her to work “seven days a week.” She then added the coup-de-hyperbole-grace: “Penske somehow thinks he owns me like I’m his slave.”

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LA Times Media Reporter James Rainey Moving to the Politics Desk

LA Times media reporter James Rainey is switching gears to politics, in advance of the heat of the 2012 election. He’ll be giving up his media column to contribute to the Times‘ political blog Politics Now. LA Observed got a hold of the memo from Times national editor Roger Smith.

From: Smith, Roger
Sent: Friday, July 27, 2012 1:40 PM
Subject: Jim Rainey joins Politics Nows
I’m pleased to announce that Jim Rainey has joined Politics Now as a political blogger, giving us a big boost as we thunder toward the Nov. 6 general election. He will be posting frequently on all manner of political topics with the flair he developed as a media columnist, and with the expertise he has acquired over many years of covering politics and politicians. His commentary, which is already appearing, will augment the already strong news and analysis reporting coming from the political team.

Kony 2012 Group Invisible Children Is Making a Comeback

At least according to James Rainey in his most recent column from over the weekend.

Invisible Children has continued to pound away on its core mission of publicizing LRA atrocities. And last week, the rights group received credit from diplomats and activists for helping keep the pressure on for what finally may be an international initiative to move against the fugitive Kony.

The United Nations Security Council on Friday endorsed a plan for ending the threat from Kony and reintegrating his victims into countries — including Uganda, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo — where his militia has abused civil society. The African Union organized a coalition that pledges by the end of the year to put 5,000 troops from four African nations in the field to hunt Kony.

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LAT Columnist Announces Reward for Information About His Slain Brother

Alongside a $20,000 reward recently announced by the family of Gavin Smith, the Fox distribution executive who went missing May 1, there is now a separate, larger amount for information that could help authorities solve the brutal murder on May 31 in west LA of chiropractor Dr. Robert Rainey.

At a press conference this morning, the victim’s brother, LA Times media columnist James Rainey, spoke fondly of his sibling and suggested that because the crime occurred in such a densely popular portion of the city, that there are surely people who saw something:

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Colorado Reporter Tussles with Administrator Over LA Times Article Link

In the wake of 2100 Trust LLC’s acquisition of Freedom Communications Inc., a journalist at one of the transacted publications chose to link on Facebook to an LA Times article by James Rainey and Walter Hamilton. The Colorado Springs Gazette breaking-news specialist, Barrett Tryon (pictured), also highlighted this passage:

The new owner hopes to spin off the smaller papers in separate deals by the end of the summer to help finance the purchase of the Register, according to an editor at the paper who was not authorized to speak publicly. These are the Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colo.; the Appeal-Democrat in Marysville, Calif.; the Desert Dispatch in Barstow; the Porterville Record, Calif.; the Daily Press in Victorville; and the Sun in Yuma, Ariz.

As subsequently detailed by Bryce Crawford of the Colorado Springs Independent, Tryon was quickly asked by his paper’s content director Carmen Boles to remove the Facebook post. He refused. “Because it’s on my personal account, and from an LA Times article,” he said later via email, “I’m not removing it. It comes down to perception and we could argue that all night long.”

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James Rainey Writes Moving Tribute to Murdered Brother

Via Facebook, Los Angeles Times media critic James Rainey shares a loving remembrance of his older brother, chiropractor Robert Rainey, who was killed last week at his Venice boulevard office in Palms.

Robert Rainey was a gentle man. He didn’t pick fights or look for trouble. He had a kind heart. When he watched his nieces and nephews singing in school plays or playing soccer he had that wonderful, broad smile. More than you can say of most men in their 50s, he was something of an innocent—wanting to believe the best about the world and the people who live in it.

The deceased Rainey was an accomplished long-distance runner, dedicated family man, and generous spirit, treating financially strapped patients for only a few dollars. Police believe the motive of the murder was robbery. More at the LA Times.

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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TIME Milks Cover Photo of Breastfeeding LA Mom

Media mission accomplished.

As TIME managing editor Rick Stengel explained earlier today to Forbes blogger Jeff Bercovici, “the whole point of a magazine cover is to get your attention.” Even if, as is the case with the May 21 issue, the person depicted on the cover is not actually featured in the accompanying article.

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KCET Episode Lists Phantom Crew Members

Ouch. Although KCET board chairman Channing D. Johnson tells LA Times media columnist James Rainey that financial problems at Eyetronics Media & Studios are immaterial as long as the Encino company delivers programming, an installment of the station’s  Saturday-night-at-the-movies series appears destined for infamy.

Sam Schoemann, a former vp for visual effects sales at Eyetronics, tells Rainey that he was forced out of Dominique Bigle’s firm in April after trying to collect unpaid salary. He also alleges that at least one installment of Classic Cool Theater – a two-hour show featuring a cartoon, newsreel, musical short and main attraction – added some fabricated manpower:

Credits on a recent episode - anchored by Fred Astaire’s Royal Wedding – include “Music Supervisor John Funke” and “Sound Mixer Artie Moeller.” Those names were made up and added to the credits by an Eyetronics employee to make the production look more substantial than it was, said Schoemann and two others.

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