PULITZERS FOR THE LA TIMES….My hometown paper gets an awful lot of (often undeserved) grief from local critics for the quality of its news coverage, but today they won five Pulitzer prizes, including the national reporting prize for their series on Wal-Mart; the breaking news award for their coverage of last year’s wildfires; an editorial writing prize for analysis of the California budget crisis; a feature photography award for pictures of Liberia; and a criticism award for automobile reviews.

Congratulations to the LA Times for a job well done. Now get back to work, OK?