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.
The Post-Debate Debate
Hillary Clinton is taking a victory lap of sorts after the most-watched presidential debate ever. Donald Trump is too — along with blaming moderator Lester Holt and a defective microphone for putting him on the defensive, and continuing his attack on a former Miss Universe who has become a forceful Clinton ally. Some Republicans want Trump to take a different approach when he and Clinton next meet Oct. 9 in St. Louis. His plan: "I may hit her harder in certain ways."
-- Analysis: Trump tries to echo Reagan, but leaves out the essential element of optimism.
-- Here's what your fellow readers wished Trump and Clinton were asked about: Benghazi, foundations and climate change, for starters.
-- Rudy Giuliani called Clinton "too stupid to be president" because she didn't know of her husband's affair.
At Wells Fargo, They Reach for the Claw
Last week, senators slammed Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf over the scandal in which bank workers opened as many as 2 million accounts for customers without their knowledge. This week, under mounting pressure, the company's board of directors is acting: Stumpf will forfeit compensation worth about $45 million and won't get a bonus this year; another executive will give up about $19 million worth of stock; and the board has hired a law firm to investigate the bank's sales practices. On Thursday, Stumpf is scheduled to be back on Capitol Hill.
Israel Loses an Elder Statesman
He helped build Israel's military-industrial complex. He was a driving force in interim peace accords with the Palestinians, and shared a Nobel Peace Prize for it. And though Polish-born Shimon Peres was a perennial outsider in a ruling elite dominated by native-born "sabras," he was an omnipresent figure. After suffering a stroke two weeks ago, the former Israeli president has died at age 93. Here's why he earned more respect abroad than at home, where he was once mocked as an "accomplished loser."
When the Homeless Arrive, What's a Library to Do?
Santa Ana has a growing homeless population. It also has an award-winning library. As more homeless people have begun to congregate in the library, it has caused alarm and sympathy among other patrons and staff. "At this library, it's very disturbing to have all these wonderful things to offer people, especially young people, and to have them and their parents be afraid to come in," one librarian says.
If All Else Fails, There's Always Mars
Call it visionary, ambitious or just a little crazy: SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk has a vision of colonizing Mars with up to 1 million people and turning humans into a "multiplanet species" within 40 to 100 years. It's not the first time Musk has unveiled an aggressive timeline for something the naysayers are skeptical of. And then there are the missing details, such as where the money comes from and how those people will survive. But who wouldn't want to have pizza on the Red Planet someday?
-- El Cajon police said officers fatally shot an African American man after he raised both hands holding an object in a manner that looked as if he was holding a gun.
-- L.A.'s ousted fire marshal is alleging corruption in the city inspection programs he once administered.
-- Steve Lopez: A Knott's Scary Farm attraction is closing after mental health advocates called it insensitive, but did Knott's shut it down for the right reasons?
-- Success story: Foshay Learning Center, less than a mile west of USC, sent more students to the university this fall than any other public or private high school.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
-- Architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne on the most striking thing missing from Monday's debate stage.
-- In the film "Queen of Katwe," director Mira Nair considers chess, poverty and the vibrancy of life.
-- Stevie Wonder is a fan. So was Prince: The L.A.-based R&B trio King makes music on its own terms.
-- A 36-CD box set featuring every known recording of Bob Dylan's historic 1966 concert tour will be released in November.
-- Art review: At LACMA's Toba Khedoori show, enchanting mysteries burn beneath a fragile surface.
-- Times TV critic Mary McNamara has been named assistant managing editor for arts and entertainment.
-- Here's what people around the world thought of the first Trump-Clinton debate.
-- In Syria, pro-government forces launched a brutal ground offensive on opposition-held neighborhoods in Aleppo.
-- Wyoming has rejected a proposed tax on wind energy.
-- Moscow welcomes the (would-be) sovereign nations of California and Texas at a conference of separatist and secessionist movements.
-- A study says narcissists may start out popular, but people see through them in the long run.
-- American Apparel's incoming chief executive is a lawyer with a background in mergers and acquisitions and little retail experience. That could portend a sale.
-- SeaWorld said it would spend $175 million on new attractions, including a documentary-style orca encounter in San Diego to replace the Shamu show.
-- The Sparks' Nneka Ogwumike is the MVP of the WNBA and very down to earth.
-- Despite the NCAA's renewed emphasis on getting rid of "forcible contact," otherwise known as targeting, enforcing the rules isn't so simple.
-- The heavy-handed Proposition 60 would deputize every Californian as a condom cop.
-- Audit? No, Trump hides his tax returns as a political calculation.
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- The stories of Japanese war brides coming to the U.S. are finally being told. (Washington Post)
-- Shirley Jackson wrote the high school reading staple "The Lottery" in one morning. (Publishers Weekly)
-- Does the Voynich manuscript from the Middle Ages contain a secret code that hasn't been broken, or is it just an elaborate hoax? (New Scientist)
ONLY IN CALIFORNIA
For decades, the mysterious tracks created by rocks moving across a remote dry lake in Death Valley National Park baffled visitors, until two brothers finally photographed the rocks in motion and studied how they moved. Now investigators are solving another mystery: They say they have identified a suspect who they believe went on a joyride in an SUV across the Racetrack Playa, cutting 10 miles' worth of ruts last month. The only way to fix them: Wait for a good rain.