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Downtown CrossFit Gym Owner Disputes Scandalous LA Weekly Story

Last month, we reported about a massively popular LA Weekly freelance contribution from Jonathan Maseng. In the article, Maseng wrote about how the owner and some members of the downtown branch of the CrossFit gym chain had posed for a photo with a homeless person passed out in the streets and then gloried by sharing the resulting picture (and other related snaps) on the business’s official Facebook page.

This past Monday, July 30, aforementioned CrossFit Mean Streets owner Ronnie Teasdale sent out to members a long email/Facebook message about the resulting controversy. While he admitted that the photos (since removed) were in poor taste, he tried to deflect some of the controversy by noting that the passed out individuals shown were not homeless but rather habitually drunk customers of nearby bars. People that he claims he and his staff know well:

Many of the pictures in the article are over two years old. Let me be clear about who the people in the pictures are: they are not homeless people. They are alcoholics who are regulars at the bars nearby the gym. We know their names and have interacted with them over the time the gym has been open, including getting them help when needed. I don’t condone the photos, but the implication of the article, which is that the gym was abusing homeless people or refusing to come to the aid of people in need, is false.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

After 32 Years, Matt Groening Retires ‘Life in Hell’

The weekly comic strip by Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening once ran in 379 newspapers. But “Life in Hell” was a victim of severe cutbacks in the print industry, and now runs in just 38 papers. The last new strip ran Friday, and reruns will continue through July 13.

“Life in Hell” was born in Los Angeles, and helped launch Groening’s television career. From Poynter:

It started running in Wet Magazine in 1978, then moved to the now-defunct LA Reader, where Groening worked. The strip eventually made its way to LA Weekly. Its popularity grew, amassing a client list of more than 250 papers, when producer Polly Platt noticed “Life in Hell” and showed it to actor/producer James L. Brooks.

Brooks contacted Groening and wanted him to develop a series of “bumpers” based on “Life in Hell” for “The Tracey Ullman Show.” Groening was a bit apprehensive at the thought of handing over the rights to his characters, so he created the Simpsons to fill the slot.

Check out the full Poynter article here. It quotes yours truly, so naturally it’s an excellent read.

And an interesting factoid gleaned from a USA Today article on the subject – Groening used to be roommates with LA Weekly managing editor Jill Stewart! Please, Ms. Stewart, dish.

Drex Heikes Not the Only One Out at the LA Weekly

Big news today in the alt-weekly world as LA Weekly editor-in-chief Drex Heikes announced he was moving on from the paper. His last day is this Friday. LA Observed has the memo. We spoke with with Weekly publisher Beth Sestanovich about who might be taking over for Heikes. Sestanovich says she found out about Heikes impending departure about a week and a half ago, and that a replacement has yet to be found. “I suspect we’ll have an announcement on a replacement in the next couple of weeks.”

Given that LA Weekly parent company Village Voice Media/New Times has a history of promoting from within its network of papers, we asked Sestanovich if an LA candidate is likely to take over the paper. “There are no internal candidates in the building,” was all she would tell us.

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LA Press Club’s Bad Mother Book Party

Silverlake’s El Chavito bar was packed Wednesday night with literary types, all there to celebrate journalist Nancy Rommelmann‘s debut novel, The Bad Mother, which centers around the lives of Hollywood street kids. Rommelmann now lives in Portland, but she put in nearly two decades as an Angeleno, has written for the LA Times and LA Weekly, and remains a contributor to the LA Observed website. A book trailer for The Bad Mother can be viewed here.

American Idol beat reporter Richard Rushfield, Nancy Rommelmann, and David Rensin


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‘Political Bullet in Forehead’ Email Exposes Dirty Journalist Secret

LA Weekly‘s Jill Stewart analyzes the fallout from the weekend publication by website Latinopoliticsblog.com of an incendiary email written by Michael Trujillo (pictured), campaign consultant for District 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar. She suggests a further level of culpability beyond that of Trujillo being fired late yesterday and the object of his “bullet in the forehead” remarks, candidate Rudy Martinez, calling on the police to investigate.

Writes Stewart:

The media never tell the public what’s really going on with negative researchers like Trujillo, so this is an unusual story breaking into the open. Journalists sometimes use the ugly information supplied in quiet phone calls by people like Trujillo – and sometimes without thoroughly vetting it.

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Who Will Play the LA Weekliers in the Grim Sleeper Film?

We’re not breaking any news here – we’re just saying the Grim Sleeper story is too perfect not to be a movie. The scrappy reporter – indifferent police – idiosyncratic killer. So since it’s inevitable we’d like to make our first casting suggestions:

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For the gritty yet girlie editor we’re thinking Holly Hunter as Jill Stewart.

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For the dogged Canadian reporter, Christine Pelisek we’re thinking Kate Hudson for looks. Maybe Kate Winslet because she’s…uhm…also foreign.

Who else? Leave the names in the comments.

James Rainey’s Profile of Christine Pelisek

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LA Weekly’s Christine Pelisek is finally getting the credit she deserves for staying on the Grim Sleeper case (and beating the LAT at it). Good for her. The whole article by James Rainey is worth a read:

But that the terrible, slow-motion slaughter even became known to the public owes to the obsessive reporting of Pelisek, a star investigative reporter for the LA Weekly.

An inherently inquisitive Canadian with a knack for winning the trust of people unlike herself, Pelisek pushed to get authorities to tell her about their suspicion that the killings of seven young women in the 1980s might be connected to a skein of new deaths that began in 2002.

Note that when Rainey writes about the coining of the phrase “Grim Sleeper,” Jill Stewart is not mentioned by name – only as “the editor.” Ahem.

Photo credit Don Bartletti

SoCal Connected Wins Six Golden Mike Awards

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If you’re not watching SoCal Connected, you’re missing out on some seriously good journalism. Just super tasty.

Below is the press release in full. Spoiler: Jill Stewart and Patt Morrison won for news commentary.

Los Angeles – January 23, 2010 – SoCal Connected, KCET’s hard-hitting weekly news program, won six Golden Mike Awards for Best News Public Affairs Program, Best News Special, Best Hard News Reporting, Best Light News Reporting, Best Individual Writing, and Best Original News Commentary.

The awards were announced on Saturday by The Radio & Television News Association of Southern California, which presents the Golden Mike Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism every year.

“SoCal Connected is honored to receive six Golden Mike Awards,” said Bret Marcus, executive producer of SoCal Connected and KCET senior vice president of programming and production. “SoCal Connected is committed to bringing viewers stories that can make a difference in their lives, and we’re proud to be recognized for our efforts.”

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Michael Connelly Talks Newspapers With SoCal Con

“The new growth industry is going to be corruption, corruption on a small scale, because that’s the newspapers meat and potatoes is to kind of watchdog that type of thing,” says former LAT reporter turned crime writer Michael Connelly.

Speaking of watchdogs, the commentary on this episode was by LA Weekly’s Jill Stewart going out to our new Chief of Police Charlie Beck. Watch it here.

Dude! LA Weekly Scored a MJ Funeral Ticket

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Jill Stewart reports:

More than 1 million people tried to get tickets to Michael Jackson‘s memorial at Staples Center this morning, and the ticket scalpers promptly descended. We feel just terrible that we here at L.A. Weekly managed to grab an extra one just by promptly calling — and not even using our press contacts, while our good friends at Fishbowl LA got the cold shoulder.

What? Calling?! Are you kidding?! AHH!

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