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Former Local Newsman Dies at 78

Mario Machado, best known for his stint on The Big News and numerous movie cameos, died on Saturday at the age of 78.

The eight-time Emmy Award winner died of complications of pneumonia and was battling Parkinson’s disease, his daughter told the Los Angeles Times.

Machado was a reporter on The Big News in the 1970s and was the host of Noontime for seven years on KNXT (now KCBS-TV).

His film credits included the RoboCop franchise, Rocky III and Brian’s Song. Machado was also the first Chinese-American on-air reporter in Los Angeles.

Mark Cuban Takes a Jab at LA Times for Bleacher Report Content

Add Dallas Mavericks owner and businessman Mark Cuban to the list of folks who are skeptical when it comes to content on Bleacher Report.

And while the sports websites has made strides towards improving their credibility by hiring writers you’ve actually heard of, they are still the king of the pointless slideshows.

This hasn’t stopped the LATimes.com from featuring Bleacher Report content on their website.

I know I can’t be the only person who has gone to LATimes.com and clicked on a story, only to discover that it wasn’t content from their website but from Bleacher Report.

And by content, I mean a list, slideshow, or article dripping of sensationalism.

Glad to know I wasn’t the only person turned off by that partnership.

See Your Byline in the LA Times

Last week, we brought you Part I of our popular series, Personal Essay Markets. This week brings Part II, which outlines more venues that love printing this unique and accessible style of writing. Included among them are tips on how to submit to The Los Angeles Times‘ first-person column.

Be sure to come back for our final installment of the print markets in Part III, as well as our digital guide in Part IV.

For more, read Personal Essay Markets Pt. II. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Bill Plaschke is the Master of Hotel Porn

Listeners of the Petros & Money show on KLAC got to hear a different side of Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke on Thursday afternoon.

Yeah, yeah, Plaschke did eventually talk about sports, but he opened the show with Matt “Money” Smith discussing hotel porn and Helen Hunt‘s “lady garden.”

I don’t know what was more disturbing: Plaschke waxing poetic about Helen Hunt’s “lady garden” or him implying that he use to get off to the hotel porn previews while on the road.

Either way, I’m good on Plaschke ever having a radio show.

LAT Columnist T.J. Simers Strikes Again

He’s baaaaack.

With Jim Mora Jr. preparing for UCLA’s bowl game, Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers took his act on the road and was in the face of Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni following their 100-94 loss on Tuesday to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers.

Simers questioned D’Antoni about the team’s defensive work, and well, that didn’t sit to well with the man leading a Lakers team that looks absolutely dreadful.

Fair question at this point in the season when a team filled with superstars is 9-13 and are slowly sliding in the Western Conference standings.

If Simers traveled to wonderful Cleveland, you have to imagine he will be making the trip to New York when the Knicks host the Lakers on Thursday night.

For D’Antoni’s sake, I hope they find a way to pull off the upset.

T.J. Simers Proves He’s Still the Best at Irking Folks

As a Los Angeleno, I grew up reading T.J. Simers in the Los Angeles Times and hoped one day I could get under the skin of people through the power of the pen and speaking the truth.

All these years later, Simers is still finding ways to piss people off in this town, simply by saying what’s on his mind.

His latest victim was UCLA head coach Jim Mora Jr. following the Bruins rolling over to Stanford on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.

A win over Stanford would have meant a Pac-12 title game rematch from last year involving UCLA and Oregon. The loss sets up another UCLA-Stanford battle on Friday in rainy Palo Alto — a much better scenario than traveling to Eugene and one of the rare times where it actually pays to tank.

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Los Angeles Times Wins Dispute with Photographer

After an 18-month dispute with photographer David Strick, the Los Angeles Times was awarded $266,000 by an arbitrator  according to court documents obtained by The Wrap:

The case was decided in June, when retired judge Peter D. Lichtman, the arbitrator in the matter, dismissed Strick’s claims.

“Judge Lichtman properly found that the Times was entitled to recover the substantial cost it incurred in defending against Mr. Strick’s meritless lawsuit, and recognized that the conduct of Mr. Strick’s counsel contributed to the high cost of this litigation,” Kelli Sager, who represented the paper in the matter, told TheWrap in a statement. Read more

David Horsey Illustrates President Obama’s Victory

Los Angeles Times political cartoonist and commentator David Horsey illustrated the above cartoon following Tuesday’s re-election of President Obama.

“The people have spoken. President Obama has won a chance to move beyond the stunted progress of his first term and, perhaps, become a historic president,” Horsey wrote on Wednesday. “On the losing side, the Republican Party remains shut out of the White House and has blown a chance to take over the U.S. Senate, largely because it catered to the narrow concerns of tea party zealots and social conservatives who imagined themselves as the only authentic Americans but who are, in fact, way out of step with most of the people in this country.”

This is where I bow out before the comments section of this post turns into back-and-forth political bickering. Save it for 2016.

Big Changes Coming to LA Times Community Newspapers

Bad news for Glendale residents: The offices of the Glendale News-Press, currently on Brand Blvd. in Glendale, will be shuttered and the staff moved to the LA Times building downtown. The News-Press will cease publishing a Tuesday edition of the paper, taking it down to a 5-day-a-week operation. The Monday edition was scrapped in 2011.

Other community newspapers under the the Los Angeles Times umbrella are also facing changes. The Costa Mesa Daily Pilot will also cease publishing a Tuesday edition. There will no longer be a Sunday edition of the La Cañada Valley Sun. The Burbank Leader will return to a Wednesday and Saturday print schedule.

Not all the news is bad, however. LA Times Spokesperson Nancy Sullivan tells us, “We are putting more emphasis on digital. Times Community News’ sites, particularly the breaking news blogs – The 818 Now, The 626 Now and The OC Now, will have more frequent posts of brief, informative stories as we continue to see online readership rise. We’re also rolling out new Glendale News-Press and Daily Pilot apps (Android & Apple) on November 1.”

As a Glendale resident, I’m sad to see the News-Press offices go. While this was likely a necessary cost-cutting measure, it’s unfortunate that the paper will lose a physical presence in the community it covers. But I’m happy to learn I’ll soon be reading the News-Press on my iPad. Makes for a decent silver lining.

Los Angeles Times Gets Their Armstrongs Wrong

Either the Los Angeles Times needs a copy editor for their headlines, or a dead astronaut just lost an endorsement deal with Nike.

The headline has been corrected since this screen shot was taken, but not before Jim Romenesko took notice. Original version can still be viewed with Google Cache.

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