Diana Ross

Essential: Can you find a good bagel in California?

Good morning. It is Friday, July 24. One writer -- a Californian! -- is taking a controversial stance and defending the hard-shell taco. Here's what is happening in the Golden State:

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Mentally ill inmates

The case of a woman who is looking at a life sentence for picking up an LAPD officer’s dropped baton and holding it in the air highlights the challenges of dealing with the mentally ill once they enter the criminal justice...