I’m Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don’t want you to miss today.
The NFL’s Sticky L.A. Situation
The NFL kicks off two days of meetings today about the fate of pro football in L.A., and consensus is building for the St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers to share a stadium in Inglewood. This is where things get awkward: The Chargers are already betrothed to the Oakland Raiders to build a stadium in Carson. Here’s why the final decision could be by a secret ballot.
Everyone Wants a Piece of ‘El Chapo’
Drug lord and prison escape artist Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is expected to be extradited to the United States, but it could be up to a year before the legal dust for such a move settles. In the meantime, prosecutors will have to figure out where he is going, as U.S. attorneys in seven jurisdictions have charged him. The leading contenders: San Diego, Chicago and Brooklyn. Assuming he doesn’t fly the coop again.
Charges in an LAPD Shooting? The Chief Thinks So
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has recommended criminal charges against an officer who shot and killed an unarmed homeless man in Venice in May. The L.A. County district attorney’s office, however, says it’s still reviewing the case. It’s the first time Beck has made such a recommendation, and county prosecutors have not charged a law enforcement officer for an on-duty shooting in 15 years. A look at the factors being weighed.
LAUSD Has a New Leader With Many Tests Ahead
Leading the Los Angeles Unified School District isn’t easy. There have been eight superintendents over the last 20 years alone. After a five-month nationwide search, Michelle King — the No. 2 administrator under the two previous superintendents — will be the next. The details on why she was selected and who she is.
Obama’s Last #SOTU
President Obama will deliver his final State of the Union tonight, but the speech is just the starting point. Social media and a series of “living room meetings” in the coming weeks will play a big role in amplifying his expected remarks on gun violence, Medicaid, Islamic State and more. We also have a look at who will be in attendance (including several people touched by the San Bernardino attack) and who won’t (the “designated survivor” from the Cabinet).
-- Ready for El Niño? Here’s what many homeowners don’t know about flood insurance.
-- A lawmaker seeks closure of older Aliso Canyon gas wells until they’re inspected.
-- Ballot selfies are illegal, but this Bay Area legislator says they shouldn’t be.
-- Even the well-to-do are buying Powerball tickets for a chance at the jackpot.
-- William Del Monte, last survivor of the 1906 San Francisco quake and fire, has died at 109.
-- An explosion killed at least 10 people and wounded 15 Tuesday in an area of Istanbul popular with tourists.
-- Breast cancer screening recommendations clarify science but muddy political waters.
-- Four nations, including the U.S., try to jump-start peace talks in Afghanistan.
-- Food and other supplies reach besieged Syrian towns, aid officials say.
-- A historic trial opens for Spain’s Princess Cristina, accused of tax fraud.
-- A poll shows a majority in the Western U.S. opposes giving states control over federal land.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
-- David Bowie: He was just like us — except when he wasn’t.
-- Remembering Bowie through his 100 favorite books.
-- Golden Globes: Jennifer Lawrence, “The Revenant” and other notable takeaways from a boozy night.
-- Disneyland gives a first glimpse of its riverfront after Star Wars Land is built.
-- Theater review: “The Madwoman in the Volvo” offers a comic romp through a midlife crisis.
-- Drug companies team up to test cancer drugs, but the program is off to a shaky start.
-- American Apparel receives a $300-million takeover offer supporting Dov Charney’s return.
-- Done deal: China’s Dalian Wanda Group buys a majority stake in Legendary Entertainment.
-- Alabama beats Clemson in a College Football Playoff thriller for its fourth national title in seven years.
-- No jinx: Clippers iron man DeAndre Jordan hasn’t sat out a game in nearly five years.
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- High school graduation rates are up in the U.S., but college admissions are going down. (The Atlantic)
-- If alien life forms exist, where will we find them? (Scientific American)
-- How U.S. money is trickling into Cuba. (Wall Street Journal)
ONLY IN L.A.
If walls could talk, someone would surely pay the $200 million being asked for the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills. Since walls are generally the strong, silent type, we’ll see if anyone commits to buying one of the most expensive homes for sale in the U.S. A plus: It has a zoo license. A catch: As part of any sale, reports say, Hugh Hefner will be allowed to remain in residence for the remainder of his life.
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