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Slake, LA Times Writers Named as Finalists for Livingston Awards

Two of the 20 finalists for the 2011 Livingston Awards for Young Journalists hail from local publications. Staff writer Molly Hennessy-Fiske of the Los Angeles Times is in the running, and Cindy Carcamo has been nominated for a piece that appeared in local literary journal Slake: Los Angeles. Carcamo is a reporter for the OC Register.

On the statewide front, Kelley Weiss and Ryan Gabrielson are both finalists for stories they did at nonprofit investigative reporting group California Watch.

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LA Times Hires New Healthcare Reporter, Shuffles Staff

Last week, while we were apparently busy doing our pre-Valentine’s Day stretching regimen, the LA Times announced a series of hires and staff moves. First, Chad Terhune joined the paper as its newest healthcare reporter. Terhune’s most recent gigs were at Businessweek and SmartMoney; he also spent nearly a decade at the Wall Street Journal covering healthcare, among other beats.

The Times announced some major internal moves as well. First, David Meeks has been named the new assistant political editor for online. Meeks has been with the Washington Bureau since 2010. His new job will bring him to LA in the spring.

Seoul bureau chief John Glionna is coming back to America to become the new Las Vegas Bureau chief. He takes over for Ashley Powers who will now be on the LA civil courts beat.

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Playboy Mansion Outbreak, Gross and Growing

Yes, we had to wash our hands after reading this story: there was an outbreak of an infectious disease after a party at the Playboy mansion as part of a DOMAINfest function.

Could you have an easier comedic premise? We mean besides the ’70s decor of the swinging mansion owned by Hugh Hefner.

But apparently the amount of the victims has increased…of the disease…not of the faux rock face. According to Molly Hennessy-Fiske of the LAT more than 170 people have fallen ill after the event:

It was not clear how soon investigators could determine whether the illness is legionellosis, a milder form of Legionnaires’ disease caused by a bacterium that grows in warm water and can take root in hot tubs or parts of air-conditioning systems, according to the CDC.

Gross. Gross. Gross.

HIV-Positive Porn Actor Outs Himself

 

What’s heartbreaking about this story is how little money these performers get to put their lives at risk.

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SF Media Miffed They Got Shut Out of San Bruno…LAT Got In Though

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Joe Eskenazi at SFWeekly writes:

It would be hard to begrudge San Bruno police for moving to keep non-emergency personnel out of the neighborhood impacted by last week’s blast and fire. On Friday, police declared the incinerated areas a “crime scene,” which severely restricted access.

Again, a hard move to bemoan. And yet, by using the designation “crime” and not “disaster,” media access to the neighborhood has been largely curtailed.

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Molly Hennessy-Fiske is a Good Person to Get Shot Around

molly.jpgIf we had a choice of who we’d want near us when we got mowed down by gang-related gun spray. We think Molly Hennessy-Fiske would be on the top on our list. First, she’s shockingly pale so when waving down help she’s easy to spot from a distance. Second she knows CPR from when she was in Iraq. Third she lacks the sense to run AWAY from gunfire opting to run toward it.

These are all very nice qualities if you’re the one catching a stray bullet in your femur. We’re just saying. Ahem.

Molly writes about working on a story about a shooting in South LA and yet another shooting going down while she was there. She helped the victim of the attack and it’s a Column One today.

Also read Molly’s piece about the Guatemalan women soccer players in MacArthur Park. Try and read it without getting a little choked up. Go on. Try.

Burning Down The Houses…

43367367.jpgOver 100 homes in Montecito have been lost and thousands of acres burned in what is being called ‘The Tea House fire’ or the Tea Fire (depending on your source) because of the structure at the point of origin. Reporting for the LA Times is staffer Molly Hennessy-Fiske…who has yet to miss covering a fire in the Southland. Suspicious? Wasn’t Clark Kent always covering Super Man sightings?

Speaking of being on the scene, Wonkette editor Ken Layne writes about his experience on a vaca in Santa Barbara on LAist:

Mansions and compounds literally exploded as we creeped south on the 101. The Santa Barbara radio stations faded out. I switched to the L.A. news stations, 1070 and 980, both of which were inexplicably reporting that the estates owned by Oprah Winfrey and Rob Lowe were safe. Idiots.

Hello, that’s how we roll in LA, have to report the important stuff first.

And as always, Craig Smith has plenty about it. His beat is literally burning.

(Photo by Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)