May 27, 2009

Four today

1. The ex-Orange Unified School District trustee at the heart of a court battle that left First Amendment activist Richard McKee with more than $80,000 of debt has been sentenced to two years probation and fined $200 for stealing a bottle of ketchup. AP

2. Former LA Daily News editorial page writer Paul Green has died. He was 50. Daily News (h/t LA Observed)

3. The Washington press corps has started to push back against the White House's use of background briefings to talk about routine policy matters ('background' generally means a reporter agrees not to name the source). Washington Post

4. If you'd forgotten that newspaper journalism is facing a crisis, Rem Rieder is here to remind you. AJR

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