I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today.
Super Tuesday Scrum
It isn't over till it's over, but both parties' front-runners moved closer to becoming presidential nominees as the dust settled on Super Tuesday. In the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton was projected to win at least seven states, including the biggest; Bernie Sanders was projected to win four, one of them his home state. On the Republican side, Donald Trump rolled up big victories in the Northeast and across the South; Ted Cruz won his home state of Texas, next-door neighbor Oklahoma and Alaska; and Marco Rubio took Minnesota. Check out full coverage here; relive the night with our live blog; and find more insight in our Essential Politics newsletter.
More About Super Tuesday
-- We're keeping score of how many delegates each candidate has.
-- Trump may have won the night, but Chris Christie won the Twitter meme game.
LAPD Is Asking Questions After Shootings
A new LAPD report shows that 14 of the 38 people shot by L.A. police last year had documented signs of mental illness. Most of those 38 were Latino, and 21% were African American in a city that is about 9% black. "We're more than willing to look ourselves in the mirror and say, 'What's occurring and how can we do better?'" said Chief Charlie Beck. Here's more from the 300-page report.
Why the Drought Hasn't Been All Bad
Call it the February Fizzle. Instead of El Niño's deluge, we got hot and dry weather. The snowpack dropped back to only 83% of average. The drought abides. But amid those negatives, California's water chief sees some positives: the lessons learned, gratitude for every drop we've got so far, and the hope of a March Miracle. Read on to see what she told Pete King about our water future.
Around and Around the World in 340 Days
You've probably seen his photos. Or maybe you saw him answer questions in space. After 340 days in the sky, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly touched the ground again Tuesday night, along with his fellow "year in space" crew member Mikhail Kornienko of Russia. In a sense, Kelly's journey will continue, as he and his earthbound twin Mark Kelly are studied to determine the effects of long-term stays in space.
The Most Closely Watched Republican in D.C.
Charles E. Grassley of Iowa leads the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is tasked with vetting potential Supreme Court justices. As has been well documented, Republican leaders have vowed to block any consideration of a nominee from President Obama. But the administration and Senate Democrats are hoping Grassley will see it otherwise. After an hourlong sit-down at the White House, the verdict: unmoved. Will that change any time soon?
-- Southern California's air quality board is moving to replace its top executive.
-- San Francisco sheriff's deputies were charged with participating in a "fight club" involving jail inmates.
-- The L.A. County Fair Assn. is not planning to host raves this year. At a rave last summer, 49 people were taken to emergency rooms; two of them died.
-- Why are so many sea lion pups starving? Scientists find the answer off the Central California coast.
-- A glass slide 1,000 feet above the streets of downtown L.A. is coming in June. Look out below. Or don't.
-- The fight between Apple and the FBI moved to Capitol Hill.
-- The Supreme Court considers abortion laws: Can a state regulate clinics out of business?
-- Oklahoma officials take new steps to try to reduce fracking-linked earthquakes.
-- Developers plan a one-stop medical facility in Tijuana that's convenient to Americans.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
-- Advocates behind #OscarsSoWhite talk about their plans to keep fighting for change.
-- In Memoriam: Remembering everyone who died on "Downton Abbey."
-- TV review: In "The Real O'Neals," the family that goes cray-cray together stays together.
-- China's box office tops $1 billion in February, outpacing the U.S. for the second year running.
-- #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain: John Oliver takes on the Donald Trump mystique.
-- Theater review: In "Aubergine," Julia Cho turns choked-off emotions into a tale of sustenance.
-- A California Supreme Court decision will allow some former homeowners to sue for wrongful foreclosure.
-- Olympus paid doctors with wine, trips and balloon rides; now it's paying $623.2 million to settle charges related to violations of anti-kickback laws.
-- Sacramento-based Aerojet gets a big boost in its race to develop a U.S.-built rocket engine.
-- Chuck the Condor, the Clippers' new mascot, is here. And pretty much everyone hates him.
-- Conor McGregor continues to move up in the UFC world.
-- USC basketball has been perfect this season when this DJ plays.
-- "Tired of it being 'cool' and 'OK' to bash Asians." Was Jeremy Lin's criticism of Chris Rock on point?
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- Actor Mark Ruffalo took Leonardo DiCaprio and other Hollywood types on a tour of L.A.'s oil fields. (GOOD Magazine)
-- Catching up with the archetypal postwar suburb of Levittown, Pa. (CityLab)
-- Ahead of the "Olympics for Shakespearean scholarship," the Bard's grave is scanned. (BBC)
ONLY IN L.A.
Ever wonder about that name on a sign you drive by every day? Reader Carrie Yutzy asked us about one she passes on West Adams Boulevard that reads, "Cecil Fergerson. Living Cultural Treasure of Los Angeles. No. 3. Proclaimed by Mayor Richard J. Riordan." Read on to see how ""the Ferg," as artist John Outterbridge called him, went from janitor to museum curator.
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