- Lost in Space Actor Dies Bob May, the man inside the Robby the Robot suit in the 1960s TV series, Lost in Space, was 69. According to the L.A. Times, the former Vaudevillian and his wife lost their home in the November San Fernando Valley wildfires.
- No LNG Terminal for L.A. Depending on who you read, the Australian company Woodside Natural Gas dropped plans for its controversial, offshore liquefied natural gas terminal because of the economy (L.A. Times) or because of "California's tough and highly political permitting process" (The Age). The Times says the project is "on hold," while The Age declares it "dead in the water."
- Port Traffic "Collapses" Container "throughput" at L.A. and Long Beach harbors fell a dramatic 25 percent in December, the lowest monthly total for the combined ports since 2005, according to Lloyd's List. The L.A. Times' Ronald D. White profiles the effects on nonunion dockers.
- A Mom & Pop Bookstore ekes out a niche existence in Canoga Park as a retired couple's labor of love. The L.A. Daily News notes that the pair succeed in the face of corporate competition by relying on an obsolete business model -- a passion for books.
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- Down and Out in Long Beach After a two-year decline in the number of Long Beach's homeless population, Random Lengths finds the figure is now on the rise. This comes as the economy continues to plunge and Governor Schwarzenegger is proposing cuts in human services programs.