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Morning Eye-Opener

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The Downtown News is first fishwrap out of the chute on the Parks/Ridley-Thomas race. The Downtown News endorses Mark Ridley-Thomas. Their endorsement does not dis Bernard Parks; it says that there's much to like about Parks as well. This is one of the most issues-driven, weightiest endorsement editorials you'll see in print.

g Also in the Downtown News, something I missed this week, and I suspect a lot of people did: Robert Rauschenberg died on Monday, at age 82. I remember as a freshman in college standing in MoMA's new exhibition wing and seeing 34 Rauschenberg's depicting of the thirty-four cantos of Dante's Inferno, the epic I happened to be reading at the time for Columbia's fabled humanities class. (Back then, MoMA was free on Wednesdays, and I went every Wednesday, especially to see Guernica, because there was talk that it would be going back to Spain soon). So it was with some appreciation that I read that MoCA here in LA rather than MoMA in NYC now possesses the series. Still, it seems that eight of the thirty-four are on display at MoMA right now. The NYTimes calls the series shadowy---I found it more playful.

g The housing crisis affects our city's overcrowded animal shelter problem, as people forced into rentals may move into buildings hostile to pets, the Daily News says. "Pet surrenders" are spiking across the nation.