I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today.
The title of the U.S. Senate report is "Preventable Tragedies." Investigators found that patients in 25 outbreaks were needlessly infected with potentially deadly bacteria after medical scope procedures. The reason: repeated failures by the device manufacturers, regulators and hospitals to report outbreaks. Read the full report and The Times investigation that preceded it.
Return of the City of Champions, Maybe
Inglewood used to be home of the Lakers, Kings and the Hollywood Park racetrack. Not long ago, prospects looked bleak. Will the arrival of an NFL team in the proposed Inglewood stadium be the capper in its turnaround? The once-fabulous Forum has returned as a high-end concert venue, and the racetrack site is slated for retail and residential development alongside the arena. If history is any guide, pro sports alone is no panacea. Plus: In an exclusive interview, owner Stan Kroenke discusses his vision for the L.A. Rams.
What's Next for San Diego
The San Diego Chargers have the ball, but will they run with it? As part of the decision to move the St. Louis Rams to L.A., NFL owners gave the Chargers a year to decide whether to stay or go. San Diego's leaders see it as a fresh start to possibly keep the team. Finances, public funding and many intangibles will come into play.
You Look Like $1.5 Billion (Minus Taxes)
Did you win? If so, congratulations and thank you for being such a loyal reader, seeing this the morning after your victory! California lottery officials said a winning ticket was sold in Chino Hills. The California winner will have to share the winnings with at least two others; Florida and Tennessee each reported selling one winning ticket. For the rest of us, there is always next time.
Will Clinton Get Berned?
Hillary Clinton has been running her campaign by the books. So why are her poll numbers slipping, as Sen. Bernie Sanders' support is surging? For one, she's had difficulty in forging personal connections with voters, a problem that's plagued her before. Now, she's getting more aggressive. Take a detailed look at how the current race became, as one Democrat put it, "like a quarter flipping around in the air."
The Tehran Shuffle
Iran is on the verge of complying with the nuclear-containment deal, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said, and that means U.N. sanctions could start easing in a matter of days — including the return of billions of dollars in assets. Yet Iran is also stirring trouble: a spat with Saudia Arabia, missile tests, rockets fired near a U.S. ship, and the detainment of 10 U.S. sailors right before the State of the Union speech.
-- L.A. landlords and tenants will share earthquake retrofit costs under a deal approved by the City Council.
-- Melvin Oliver is named Pitzer College president, the first African American to lead a Claremont undergraduate campus.
-- Federal regulators cite Exxon Mobil for safety problems and lack of responsiveness in Torrance.
-- Another rare, venomous sea serpent washes ashore in Southern California.
-- Two civilians and five assailants are dead after a terror attack in Jakarta officials are blaming on Islamic State.
-- Five things to watch for in tonight's Republican presidential debate.
-- Tension between ranchers and federal officials is dangerously high in Nevada.
-- A British man who sneaked a girl out of a refugee camp gets plenty of sympathy.
-- The "Ayatollah of Alabama" gets the spotlight again after his gay marriage order.
-- Scientists spot large patches of water ice on the surface of a comet for the first time.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
-- The Oscar nominations come out this morning; live coverage will be here.
-- Here's who got a Razzie nomination for the worst achievements in film.
-- A "Friends" cast reunion is in the works, but it's not exactly what you might expect.
-- TV review: In USA's science-fiction drama "Colony," tyranny rules the land.
-- DJ Khaled holds a "major key" to American prosperity.
-- Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena wins the Pritzker Prize, the field's top award. Here's what his victory means.
-- Carolyn Kellogg is named The Times' books editor.
-- Stocks plunged Wednesday on fears of slowing global growth derailing the U.S. economy.
-- Blue lights out: Kmart will close several stores, including four in California.
-- Al Jazeera America will shut down its cable TV network in April.
-- How Snapchat is targeting the over-35 crowd.
-- Jamie McCourt on lessons learned from divorce, the Dodgers and pink slips.
-- Lakers trainer Gary Vitti wants to shut down Kobe Bryant for a week or two because of injury.
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- The drama behind "Sesame Street's" move from PBS to HBO. (Vulture)
-- How a U.S. politics junkie is making social media waves in China. (The Atlantic)
-- A small town hits it big in Spain's El Gordo lottery. (Wall Street Journal)
FROM THE ARCHIVES
A Thursday throwback to 1951, when the L.A. Rams took home the NFL Championship at the Coliseum.
ONLY IN L.A.
"Which Way, L.A.?" started as a one-off: a call-in radio show in the wake of the 1992 riots. But "a day became a week, and a week became a month...," Warren Olney told The Times in 2012. So began a second career for the former TV reporter who had walked away from television feeling it was too superficial. After 23 years, the KCRW-FM show is calling it wrap Jan. 28. For Olney fans, all is not lost: He'll keep doing his other show, "To the Point."