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EW’s Josh Rottenberg Joins the LA Times

As of today, LA Times film editor Rich Nordwind has a talented new charge: Josh Rottenberg. The former EW staffer started today as senior film reporter, presumably to fill the void left by the departure of John Horn for KPCC.

LATimes-LogoRottenberg had been with EW for a long time before being let go this spring. From today’s LAT memo:

Josh also contributed frequently to EW.com. When big news broke and deadlines were short, Josh was someone to whom editors turned to deliver spot-on copy, including the cover story on Heath Ledger’s death, which was assigned to Josh just a few hours before the magazine was put to bed.

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OC Register Gets Skewered By Namby-Pamby Beatnik

brginsberg.jpgThe O.C. Weekly received an anonymous poem in the mail from someone who is quite obviously an Orange County Register scribe (and one who has been at the paper for a long= time, given the references to Rich Nordwind and Dan Froomkin who left the paper during the Clinton administration).

As the Weekly notes, the poem, entitled “Scowl,” is an obvious reference to Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” but — if you’ve ever worked at the Register — it’s much funnier (for example, the lines about someone who “pissed off a parking lot ledge” is a reference to something that actually happened at the paper, though we’re not allowed to talk about it).

There are references to C.P. Smith, who was caught on KOCE with his middle finger up his nose shortly after accepting a buyout. An allusion is made to Bill Rams, the former cops reporter who became a flak for the Irvine Company; as well as Cathy Lawhon, who left the paper after more than two decades to become a spokeswoman for UC Irvine.

The “Robin and John” in the poem are Robin and John Doussard, editors who sold their Laguna Beach home in the early aughts to live the dream in the great Northwest.

And Blackstone, of course, is the investors group largely blamed for the layoffs, frozen wages and 401K shenanigans vexing OCR employees as of late.

With apologies to the Weekly (and, of course, to Mr. Ginsberg) here is the poem:

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