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, along with our weekend recommendations and weekly look back into the archives.
The (Campaign) End Is Nigh
If you are suffering from election fatigue, here is some bad news: This weekend we "fall back" with a time change that gives us one extra hour to wait till Tuesday. Down the stretch, Hillary Clinton has tried to make the election all about what she portrays as the dire consequences of a Donald Trump presidency. And Trump has kept up the "Crooked Hillary" drumbeat of accusations. At least next week it will all be over. Or will it?
Dear Madam/Mr. President, We Are the Future of the USA
"No more broken families." "Immigrant workers deserve a break." "Let me have the same opportunities as men." These are just a few of the things that high school students would like to convey to the next president of the United States. See what they have to say in their own words.
-- Will Trump's ardent supporters keep fighting if he loses?
-- Melania Trump lamented cyberbullying, and the Internet went crazy.
-- Campaign lawyers scramble to ensure fair voting and prepare for any election battles.
Uncle Sam Wants You, Brah
Overweight, tatted and 420-friendly? The U.S. military may want you as a new recruit. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the Pentagon is reviewing its recruiting standards so that rules are not "unnecessarily restrictive" on issues like fitness, tattoos, marijuana use and letting single parents enlist. In part, it's a recognition of how social mores — as well as military duty — have changed.
We Called Him the King of Pop. He Called Him Dad.
He can't sing. He can't dance. But Prince Michael Jackson, the eldest son of the King of Pop, wants to pursue a career producing entertainment — from behind the scenes. Now 19, Jackson invited reporter Gerrick Kennedy to his father's Encino compound to talk about his plans for the future and what it's like to grow up as Michael Jackson's son.
The Rehabilitation of Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson was once the most hated man in Hollywood. But at a recent academy screening of his directorial effort "Hacksaw Ridge," there was a 10-minute standing ovation. What changed? Lorraine Ali takes a look.
Andy Hit It Out of the Park
"Life cannot give you everything. It is too fleeting, too cruel, too rooted in reality to allow the fulfillment of fantasy. But baseball, in doses both large and small, can serve as a salve, as a distraction, as a reason to believe in infinite possibility. Baseball can give you everything." So begins Times baseball writer Andy McCullough's epic story about the Cubs' epic win. Give it a read, in case you missed it.
YOUR ELECTION GUIDE
-- What to make of all of California's 17 propositions on the ballot.
-- Endorsements by The Times' editorial board.
-- The LAPD is investigating vandalism against art galleries in Boyle Heights as possible hate crimes.
-- Federal officials say 25% of California is drought-free, but state experts are still cautious.
-- San Francisco is suing the developer of a sinking skyscraper.
-- South L.A. businessman E.J. Jackson, who was known for providing Thanksgiving dinners to thousands, has died at age 66.
-- Here are nine ways to make the time change easier on yourself.
-- Want to see a good movie? Our critics offer their recommendations.
-- Required listening from The Times' music team: a politically minded effort from Southern rock staples the Drive-By Truckers, the modern soul of Wet and more.
-- Fourteen budget-friendly eats on Jonathan Gold's 101 list.
-- Anthony Bourdain dishes on dad food and why he hates club sandwiches.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
-- What drives Nicolas Cage, Oscar-winning former resident of the A-list, to make oddball direct-to-digital movies? "When I'm not working I can be a little self-destructive."
-- "Loving" tells the moving tale of a husband and wife who made history because their love was a crime.
-- Benedict Cumberbatch anchors Marvel's trippy, transporting "Doctor Strange" movie.
-- Conservative country music fans got riled up about Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks at the CMA Awards.
-- Thanks to Vladimir Putin, Steven Seagal is now a Russian citizen.
-- At a time of tumult over immigration, attorneys gather in Tijuana to help those desperate to enter the U.S. legally.
-- Visions of hell: another day in Aleppo, an ancient city under siege.
-- "America's toughest sheriff" is facing trouble at the ballot box and the courthouse.
-- How much Arctic sea ice are you melting? Scientists have an answer.
-- How much would you pay for Dick Clark Productions? A Chinese company will spend $1 billion.
-- Bigger than the Oscars: The Cubs' World Series win drew 40 million viewers.
-- Boulder hash: A sloppy UCLA Bruins football team missed opportunities in a 20-10 loss at Colorado.
-- Complete coverage of this weekend's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita.
-- It's time to take a stand against homelessness in Los Angeles with Measure HHH.
-- Robin Abcarian: If you think the war on drugs is a miserable failure, you should vote to legalize pot.
BACK IN TIMES
On Nov. 2, 1947, Howard Hughes brought out the Spruce Goose for what would be its only flight. The story on The Times' front page the next day described how the "$25,000,000 plywood flying boat" flew "at 70 feet for a mile" as 15,000 spectators watched. (See more photos and read more of the story here.) Naturally, there was also a Hollywood angle a few days later: The Times' famed gossip columnist Hedda Hopper described watching the flight with Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Henry Fonda and Walter Pidgeon: "Stewart, who stood beside me on the deck of a yacht, kept repeating 'Think of it — eight engines — 3000 horsepower each!' From the time we first glimpsed the plane, Stewart never took his eyes off it."
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- William Friedkin directed "The Exorcist." In May, he finally witnessed the real deal. (Vanity Fair)
-- Scenes from Chicago: The joy and sorrow of waiting for the Cubs to win. (ESPN)
-- Lessons from 2008: Why polls always tighten before an election. (Slate)
-- You know Confucius. Do you know Mencius? (Aeon)
ONLY IN CALIFORNIA
It came to Michael Lee in a dream. And in 1993, when he was a high school senior in Mission Viejo, he committed it to writing as the caption under his yearbook photo: "Chicago Cubs 2016 World Champions. You heard it here first." It turns out, dreams do come true.
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