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February 4, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
The saga between behemoths Gwyneth Paltrow and Vanity Fair seems to have come to an anticlimactic close. Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter addressed long-running rumors that the magazine would blast the Oscar-winning actress -- an article he said some expected to be an "epic takedown" of sorts -- in his Editor's Letter for VF's 20th Hollywood issue. The highly praised cover features an Annie Liebowitz portrait of a diverse array of actors , including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, Idris Elba, George Clooney and an extended pullout that features Michael B. Jordan, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong'o, Naomie Harris,  Brie Larson, Chadwick Boseman, Margot Robbie and Lea Seydoux.
February 3, 2014 | By Tony Perry
Neil Morgan, noted journalist, author and civic force in San Diego for more than six decades, has died. He was 89. Morgan died Saturday at his home in La Jolla after a long illness, including respiratory distress, according to his wife, travel writer Judith Morgan. With his column, first in the San Diego Daily Journal and later the San Diego Evening Tribune, Morgan chronicled the city's coming-of-age beginning after World War II. Among American cities, few were transformed by the war more than San Diego, Morgan often noted.
January 16, 2014 | By Ken Bensinger
An ambitious bet on print journalism in Southern California was dealt a blow this week when the owner of the Orange County Register and Riverside Press-Enterprise laid off dozens of employees at the two papers. The elimination of 71 employees, many of them seasoned journalists, marks a sharp reversal by Aaron Kushner, who controls Freedom Communications Inc., which owns both papers. The former greeting card executive had spent much of the last 18 months growing his publications, acquiring additional news outlets and hiring more than 100 reporters and editors in the process.
January 15, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch and David Undercoffler
Of the scores of new models on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, we've culled the herd down to five you definitely need to check out. Each represents either an automotive breakthrough or a big improvement over the previous generation of the same car. We also popped in one model that is a miss. It will be a competent car but it failed to live up to our expectations. Here are our choices: Ford F-150 Forget Tesla's niche luxury electric sedan, Ford's new F-150 pickup truck is simply the most important vehicle to come along in at least a decade.
January 15, 2014 | By Susan Denley
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is renaming its renovated Costume Institute for Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour. Wintour has been a Met trustee since 1999 and a major fundraiser for the institute. [New York Times] The engagment ring Evan Ross gave Ashlee Simpson is a doozy. Jeweler Neil Lane tells People that it is a vintage marquise-cut diamond surrounded by small rubies that Lane slipped into a diamond sleeve for a more contemporary feel. [People] Want to look like Lupita Nyong'o on the red carpet?
January 9, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Actress, director, producer, winemaker and Flower Beauty entrepreneur Drew Barrymore is adding another job to her resume. Beginning today, Barrymore will be editor-at-large at  Refinery29 , contributing stories monthly to the online style publication that claims more than 8 million unique viewers per month. "The Internet terrifies me because I just don't feel like I grew up with technology," Barrymore said by phone earlier this week. "However, I love the aspect of a library of information at your fingertips, guides and how tos, lists and best ofs. Refinery has all that.
January 6, 2014 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Donald Forst, a veteran newsman who led New York Newsday and the Village Voice as they won Pulitzer Prizes and also helped resuscitate the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, died Saturday in Albany, N.Y. He was 81. He had colon cancer, said his companion, Val Haynes. Forst's journalism career started in the mid-1950s and included stints as cultural editor of the New York Times, assistant city editor of the New York Post and editor in chief of the Boston Herald. He also worked at more than a dozen other publications, including the Houston Press, Boston magazine and the New York Herald Tribune.
January 1, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SAN QUENTIN - The scene was almost indistinguishable from that in any other newsroom. Editors sat around chatting about the next issue and tinkering with stories. Front pages were tacked up on the walls, and family photos were taped to computer terminals. But in fact this newspaper office was unlike almost any other, obvious from the dress code: Staff members wore the standard blue uniform of California prison inmates. When the phone rang, the answer was a crisp, "Hello, San Quentin News.
December 14, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Note to music journalists crafting their year-end lists: Omitting Wale has dire consequences. As most publications are rolling out lists of their top albums of the year - Pop & Hiss' year-end review is right around the corner - Complex magazine issued a list of its 50 best albums of the year on Monday. Daft Punk made the list, as did 2 Chainz, Arcade Fire, Haim, Eminem, Drake and Kanye, whose polarizing “Yeezus” took the top spot. Not on the list? Wale. And he didn't take the news kindly.
December 13, 2013 | By Martha Groves
When Alan Smolinisky bought the local Pacific Palisades newspaper a year ago, he told readers how much he treasured the community and the old-school weekly that had chronicled happenings there since 1928. "While the newspaper business faces many challenges, and knowing full well that I will have to make difficult decisions," he wrote, "I promise you that this must-read paper will continue to arrive in your mailbox every Thursday. " The Palisadian-Post continues to arrive in subscribers' mailboxes, all right, but it is very different.
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