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  • Journalism's eternal search for the outside savior, and why it fails

    Journalism's eternal search for the outside savior, and why it fails
    I was the first Los Angeles Times reporter to interview Sam Zell after he bought the newspaper's parent company, Tribune, in 2007. During our interview at the executive jet terminal at LAX, he was blunt, crude and profane. He started the meeting with an extended rant about Times columnist Steve Lopez, who wasn't present but had had the effrontery to drive up to Zell's Malibu hideaway when he wasn't there and do journalism by interviewing the housekeeper. But he also pledged to make the company bigger and stronger.
  • Investors snap up luxury hotels amid rising occupancy and room rates

    Investors snap up luxury hotels amid rising occupancy and room rates
    Pampered guests at the five-star Montage Laguna Beach resort can swim in a lap pool overlooking the Pacific, dine on caviar and sleep on goose-down pillows to a lullaby of crashing waves. The rooms typically go for $800 a night and up, but the hotel has...

    Key 'Serial' witness fears for his family's safety

    Key 'Serial' witness fears for his family's safety
    Update2: "Serial" fans -- now's your chance to decide who you believe. The third and final part of "The Intercept's" interview with Jay Wilds finally was made available to curious readers everywhere on New Year's Day. Wilds, the key witness against...

    Montage Laguna Beach sells for $360 million; deal shatters state records

     Montage Laguna Beach sells for $360 million; deal shatters state records
    One of Southern California's most luxurious resorts, the Montage Laguna Beach, has been bought for $360 million by a Chicago real estate investment trust in one of the priciest hotel deals in years. At a cost of $1.4 million per room, the deal...

    Oren Aviv out at Fox. ABC's rich audience. Bay attacked in Hong Kong.

    Oren Aviv out at Fox. ABC's rich audience. Bay attacked in Hong Kong.
    After the coffee. Before the eggs. (How'd I never think of that before?) The Skinny: The Dodgers are still alive! I'm actually not some big Dodger fan but I love playoff baseball and want the series to go seven. It's a nice distraction. Thursday's...