I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. The surviving Boston Marathon bomber finally speaks up at his sentencing; and America struggles to find its place in an economic new world. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today.
A Sorry Tsarnaev
"I am sorry for the lives I have taken, for the long suffering I have caused you." At his sentencing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, finally spoke out in court about the Boston Marathon bombing. He admitted that he and his late brother were guilty and asked for mercy from Allah. Reaction from victims and relatives ranged from fury to forgiveness. Now he awaits execution.
No Turning Back
Make what you will of the bitter politics, but in the end the Pacific Rim trade pact that Congress narrowly authorized President Obama to negotiate is all about a fact of life: globalization. That has meant much cheaper T-shirts, cars and computers. It also has sent U.S. jobs overseas and made China a big power. Here's an analysis of America's perilous place in an economic new world.
They've tried hard to make it look like a cluster of "neighborhoods," with color and animal themes. Residents live in trailers and get to keep their shoelaces. But the South Texas Family Residential Center is still a prison for 2,400 immigrant women and children. Take a trip inside, and find out why the U.S. is changing its policy on the use of such places.
Mono Lake, the eerie saltwater gem in the Eastern Sierra, is ominously low. L.A. has slashed its take from the lake's tributaries, but it may not be enough to save a unique alpine ecosystem. First at risk: a major offshore California gull colony. The falling lake level is exposing a land bridge, and coyotes are taking note. The scenery soon may include electric fences.
Lights, Camera -- Museum!
It took a while, but the world's film capital is getting a world-class film museum. The L.A. City Council OKd a $300-million Academy Museum of Motion Pictures at the old May Co. store site on Wilshire at Fairfax. There may still be a glitch or two, but money apparently isn't one of them. The project has $250 million in cash and pledges. Here are the details and an artist's rendering.
-- Three L.A. County sheriff's deputies are convicted of beating a jail visitor and then lying to cover it up.
-- Gov. Jerry Brown signs a $167.6-billion budget with more money for schools and healthcare for immigrant children.
-- It used to be that L.A. couldn't get rid of stormwater fast enough. Now there are plans to capture it.
-- Columnist George Skelton weighs in on the Confederate flag debate: Just try to imagine a Mexican flag flying at our state Capitol.
-- In the rotunda of the South Carolina Statehouse, thousands pay last respects to Clementa Pinckney, a pastor and state senator gunned down with eight others in a black church.
-- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal joins the crowded Republican presidential primary field.
-- France is in an uproar over U.S. spying exposed by Wikileaks.
-- Rescuing the ruble, ruining Russia.
-- San Francisco design firm Gensler reaches for the sky in China with the Shanghai Tower.
-- The L.A. City Council moves ahead with plans to legalize more "bootleg" apartments to ease a housing shortage.
-- Ford tests a car-sharing program for people who buy its cars.
-- It's looking increasingly possible that the first major professional sports team in Las Vegas could be an NHL franchise.
-- The latest scores and stats.
-- Partly pop and wholly humanist. A look at "Someday Is Now: The Art of Corita Kent" in Pasadena.
-- Need some Fourth of July recipes? Here's a nice selection from our food section.
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- MLB.com: How a photographer got what may be the best baseball action shot of 2015.
-- Atlas Obscura looks at what it takes to be a famous tree.
-- SB Nation: "Little League, Big Trouble." A whistle-blower pays a price in Chicago.
ONLY IN CALIFORNIA
Davy Crockett and Peter Pan were there. So were Mickey, Minnie and Cinderella -- not to mention governors, movie stars and a national TV audience -- when the drawbridge to Fantasyland was lowered in 1955. And then there was JoAnn Dean Killingsworth, better known as Disneyland's first Snow White. Killingsworth has died at 91. Here's a look back at a classic California story.
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