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Today: 'Heroin on Steroids.' Sanders and Clinton, Neck and Neck.

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today.



Trouble at Huntington Hospital

Pasadena officials say Huntington Hospital broke state law by not quickly reporting a suspected deadly outbreak last year caused by dirty scopes. That law requires hospitals to report an "occurrence of any unusual disease" or "any outbreaks of disease" within 24 hours to local health officials. "It's very disturbing," said one patient who survived his infection. "I think I was one of the lucky ones."

The UCLA Gunman's Grudge

At Mainak Sarkar's home in St. Paul, Minn., authorities found a "kill list": William Klug, the professor fatally shot Wednesday; another UCLA professor, who is safe; and a woman, whom he married in 2011 — and who was found dead from a gunshot wound in Minnesota. According to police, the former doctoral student had accused Klug of stealing his computer code and giving it to someone else. More from the investigation is here.

Sanders and Clinton, Neck and Neck

There are a lot of ways to slice the numbers out of a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. Here are some that stand out: Among all voters eligible for the Democratic primary on Tuesday, 44% sided with Bernie Sanders and 43% with Hillary Clinton — a dead heat, after Clinton had a sizable lead in March. But looking at those most likely to vote, Clinton led 49% to 39%. As for Donald Trump, fewer than 3 in 10 likely November voters in California had a favorable impression of him. Get the full report here.

More From the Campaign Trail

-- Speaker Paul Ryan endorses Trump, despite their differences.

-- Protesters punched and threw eggs at Trump supporters in San Jose.

-- Clinton calls Trump unstable, dangerous and unfit to hold the nuclear codes.

-- The USC/Times poll finds Senate hopeful Loretta Sanchez strong among Latino voters but few others.

Prince's Nemesis: 'Heroin on Steroids'

One doctor calls it "legal heroin on steroids." The DEA calls it a public health threat. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is said to be between 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. A self-administered accidental overdose of it killed Prince, according to a coroner's report. Take a closer look at a drug that is meant to help with the pain of surgery or late-stage cancer but has become a black-market bestseller.

With Venezuela, the U.S. Is Being a Nudge


It costs $150 to buy a dozen eggs in Venezuela. That is, if you can find them. As the country faces an economic crisis and shortages of basic necessities, some in the U.S. government fear that Venezuela is on the verge of collapse. Given the bad blood between Caracas and Washington, though, the U.S. can't do much. That's where nudges to other countries and the Vatican come in.


-- A prosecutor urged jurors to give the death penalty to the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer.

-- A judge has suspended the social worker license for a man charged in an 8-year-old boy's death.

-- The case of the mysterious donations to Santa Barbara congressional candidate Justin Fareed.

-- Robin Abcarian: How the new Expo Line from Santa Monica to downtown changed my life.


-- Lethal Texas flooding continues to take its toll. At least 15 people have died.

-- The German parliament's vote to recognize the Armenian genocide leads Turkey to recall its ambassador.

-- President Obama's top courtroom lawyer, who defended his healthcare and immigration plans, is stepping down as U.S. solicitor general.

-- The Cincinnati Zoo will reopen its gorilla exhibit with a higher barrier after last weekend's incident.

-- Researchers say dogs are so great that humans domesticated them not once, but twice.


-- Andy Samberg goes back to the Lonely Island for the mockumentary "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping."

-- The new Cinemax drama "Outcast" embraces its demons. Mary McNamara reviews.

-- Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will perform seven of Disney's "Silly Symphony" shorts at the old Orpheum Theater.



-- SpaceX and insurance underwriters will discuss the risks of reusing rockets.

-- Tribune Publishing renames itself Tronc, as its dispute with Gannett continues.

-- A bacon emoji is among 72 new characters coming to your phone.


-- The Golden State Warriors win Game 1 of the NBA Finals with the help of backcourt backups.

-- A "hungry" U.S. men's soccer team enters a Copa America event with some of world's top teams.


-- First person: I was a professor at Virginia Tech during the shootings there. Then violence followed me to UCLA.

-- Payday loans are often a last resort for the poor. That doesn't mean they should be exploitative.

-- Terrorist attacks show their biggest decline in a decade, but let's wait before celebrating.


-- While saying barely a word in public, he became a star high school student and athlete. How did he break his silence? (Omaha World-Herald)

-- Jimmy Carter argues that those who buy sex, rather than those who sell it, should be punished. (Washington Post)

-- What happens when young people leave rural America for the cities? (The Atlantic)


For some people, Manhattan Beach is a slice of heaven. For Mike Mignola, it's where the "Hellboy" comic comes to life. Reporter Meredith Woerner went behind the blackout curtains of Mignola's book-lined studio in the South Bay for a look inside his dark hellscape. After 22 years, he's planning on saying goodbye to his giant demon baby.

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