I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today.
In N.H., Voters Fight the Power
New Hampshire voters on both sides of the political spectrum had a common message: Fight the status quo.
Faster. Higher. Sweatier.
The heat is still on in Southern California this week, just in time for the L.A. Marathon on Sunday and Olympic trials the day before. Though it should cool down to the high 70s, it's still much warmer than organizers were expecting when they moved the marathon from spring to early February. At least it won't be 90 as it was last year.
Brother, Can You Spare $1.85 Billion?
By now, it's a familiar story: L.A. officials say they will help the most chronically homeless people in the nation, but how to pay for it remains unclear. The latest road map: The county will spend an additional $150 million over the next two years on a range of programs, while the city will provide housing, showers, restrooms and places to park overnight. Just the city's housing plans, though, could cost at least $1.85 billion over the next decade.
Can San Berdoo Use a Hackathon?
The encryption technology in your smartphone is supposed to keep the bad guys at bay. It's also causing headaches for FBI technicians trying to retrieve data on a cellphone that belonged to the terrorist couple in the San Bernardino attack. After two months, investigators still can't unlock it.
The Ayatollah and an Angel of Mercy
"Not a day went by when you didn't think you were going to die," says Rocky Sickmann, who spent 444 days in captivity during the Iran hostage crisis. But there were two brief respites: a large bag of Christmas cards and letters from the U.S. in December 1979, and an audio tape of Super Bowl XIV in January 1980. Here's how an L.A. radio reporter pulled it off.
One's an old-school media conglomerate trying to adjust to changing times. The other's a digital upstart trying to make it in the real world of shareholders and profits. Will the partnership of Viacom and Snapchat boost the fortunes of both by allowing them to sell ads across platforms to young people?
-- A Compton 1-year-old is killed after a gunman opens fire outside her home.
-- Two sheriff's deputies in a jail abuse case won't be retried on excessive force charges.
-- The L.A. teachers union looks to raise dues as it fights a charter school push.
-- Have you cut back on water use as much as you can? Many would agree with you.
-- The top U.S. intelligence official says Islamic State is the "preeminent global threat."
-- Surprise: The Supreme Court puts President Obama's climate change rules on hold.
-- The Zika virus is just the latest challenge facing the Rio Olympics.
-- Allegations that Pakistani spies helped militants carry out the 2008
-- How Adnan Syed, the subject of the first "Serial" podcast, is trying to get a new trial.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
-- Eagles bandmates and Jackson Browne will salute the late Glenn Frey at the Grammys.
-- Let it go for two more years: The Broadway musical version of "Frozen" is set for spring 2018.
-- Taylor Swift tells us how her song "Blank Space" started as a joke.
-- "Hail, Caesar!" has George Clooney,
-- TV review: Once a week is not enough for Samantha Bee's new late-night show "Full Frontal."
-- Jackie Collins' home may soon be for sale, and it won't be cheap.
-- Disney enjoyed record profits thanks to "Star Wars," so why did its stock drop?
-- A consumer advocate blames a mysterious ship for helping keep California gas prices high.
-- Rams owner Stan Kroenke is buying an unbelievably huge ranch in Texas.
-- The Angels will try for a world record for most selfie-sticks.
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- "Bead lust": An archaeologist explains the rituals of Mardi Gras. (Forbes)
-- How a
-- Mark Twain lemons and the pope's cocaine wine: a look at early celebrity endorsements. (Atlas Obscura)
ONLY IN CALIFORNIA
Flaring butterfly roofs. Roofline windows. Glass walls. You can probably picture William Krisel's vacation homes in Palm Springs, even if his name doesn't ring a bell. The architect, now 91, is being celebrated as part of Palm Springs Modernism Week (which, by the way, lasts longer than a week). And he told us how he really feels about the desert: "I wouldn't like to live there, but I like it as a locale for my architecture." See his work here, along with a video interview.