Hello. I'm Davan Maharaj, the editor of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines you shouldn't miss today.
Taking Back Baltimore
Schools closed. Major League Baseball shut down. Troops enforced a citywide curfew. Baltimore was determined to quash any repeat of rioting that erupted after the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died after he sustained a spinal cord injury in police custody. Schools were to reopen today, but a sense of normalcy seemed far off. Other cities, including L.A., watch with anxiety.
'The Wire' in Real Life
The mean streets of West Baltimore speak volumes. Away from the glorious redevelopment downtown are empty row houses, boarded-up doors, piles of trash. One bright spot: a fairly new CVS in an area bereft of stores. Now it is a wreck, burned by rioters. Take a stroll through the district that was the setting for "The Wire" -- and the source of rage shaking a city to its core.
Gay-marriage activists hoping for a slam dunk in the Supreme Court found hesitation and divided justices. All eyes are on Anthony Kennedy, the probable deciding vote, who wondered aloud about altering a marriage norm that "has been with us for millennia." Read what other justices had to say and why Kennedy is key. Here's a look at earlier gay-rights rulings.
Triage in Nepal
As deaths in Nepal's earthquake neared 5,000, another number was alarming: at least 9,000 hurt, many with skull fractures, internal injuries, mangled limbs. Ill-equipped doctors in rough clinics make agonizing decisions about whom to help first. One says he has seen 450 die just on his shifts. The prime minister's pledge to be better prepared next time is little comfort now.
Anemic Lake Mead
As barometers of the West's drought go, few can top Lake Mead. The sprawling reservoir, which supplies water to California, Arizona and Nevada, is at its lowest level since it began backing up behind Hoover Dam in the 1930s. Read what water managers are predicting and how they plan to cope as the telltale "soap ring" along the lake's rim grows bigger by the day.
-- A divided L.A. Police Commission OKs a plan for body cameras for the entire force, but concerns persist about who can see such video and when.
-- Gov. Jerry Brown seeks fines as high as $10,000 a day for water wasters.
-- Plans to scale back L.A. County's role in nursing home inspections worries patient advocates. The complaint backlog is huge.
-- Sen. Marco Rubio, at an L.A. luncheon, calls on Japan's prime minister to acknowledge his country's role in providing "comfort women" during World War II.
-- Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent and socialist, says he'll run for president.
-- Pity the aging grand dames of Vegas. The fabled Riviera, which just turned 60, is closing.
-- Indonesia executes eight men, including several foreigners, convicted on drug charges.
-- Syrian-led airstrikes damage the airport in Yemen's capital and disrupt aid deliveries.
-- Researchers say pollution may have reduced birth weights in Beijing.
-- Stark choices face many of the 16,000 students enrolled at campuses of Corinthian Colleges Inc., which abruptly shut down this week.
-- Twitter's earnings are leaked early -- in a tweet -- and the stock price dives.
-- The average domestic air fare, $391, is the highest since 1995.
-- Because of unrest in Baltimore, today's Orioles game with the White Sox will be closed to the public.
-- Why the NFL's decision to drop its tax exemption isn't necessarily a good thing.
-- For hotels and casinos, the Mayweather-Pacquaio fight packs a punch.
-- The latest scores and stats.
-- TV review: "The Casual Vacancy," adapted from J.K. Rowling's book, has a thoughtful, fresh take.
Passings: Suzanne Crough Condray, 52, child star on TV's "The Partridge Family." Bernard Stollman, 85, founder of avant-garde record label ESP-Disk. Wladyslaw Bartoszewski,93, Polish resistance fighter and diplomat.
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
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