I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. Another fatal shooting rampage erupts, this time in a theater in Louisiana; and can the U.S. Senate keep Iran from getting the bomb? Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today.
Another Deadly Theater Rampage
Three people are dead, including a 58-year-old gunman, in a shooting rampage at a theater in Lafayette, La. Police said the suspect apparently shot himself. The shootings occurred as a jury in Colorado is deciding the fate of James Holmes, who was convicted of the 2012 theater massacre in Aurora, Colo.
The Iran Chasm
What's harder than dealing with Iran? Perhaps dealing with the Republican-led Senate, if you're President Obama. Debate has opened on the Iran nuclear accord, and the sides have dug in. It's either a total cave-in that will let Tehran get the bomb anyway, or deft diplomacy to delay that at least 10 years. Either way, as Obama has said, its fate probably will rest with his successor.
How worried is Turkey about Islamic State militants next door in Syria? Plenty, apparently, after a suicide bombing in a border town. It will let U.S. warplanes use Turkish air bases to take the fight to the extremists. (Turkey, you might recall, forced a major rethink of the 2003 Iraq invasion by refusing to let U.S. forces operate from there). U.S. officials call it a game changer.
A Reset on Immigration?
Donald Trump may have heated up the immigration debate, but what has really turned it on its head is the killing of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco. The suspect is a Mexican in the U.S. illegally, a repeat-deportee who had been let out of jail. It's now a head-on clash between federal and local authority, and responsibility. Look for more fireworks in Congress, city halls and the campaign trail.
Some Kenyans expect big things when "our son" President Obama flies in today -- a hefty care package, perhaps, and salvation for their tourist industry. They may be disappointed. Obama's trip won't even include a visit to his father's village grave. Some University of Nairobi students say that if he doesn't visit the campus, they will urinate, or worse, on a tree he planted on a previous trip.
Theory and Practice
Trishawn Carey's list of prescriptions fills a page. She's cycled through L.A. jails 10 times. Now prosecutors aim to put her away for decades after she held up a nightstick lost by an officer in a struggle that killed a homeless man. Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, meanwhile, touts plans to steer the mentally ill out of jails and into treatment. Skid row activists see a troubling disconnect here.
-- California Journal: Ft. Bragg tells California legislators: Hell, no, our name won't go.
-- University of California regents give 3% pay raises to 15 executives.
-- Gun dealers show interest in a dead man's huge collection of weapons found in a Pacific Palisades home.
-- At an emotional hearing, an L.A. police officer gets prison time in the assault of a woman who later died.
-- A retired L.A. police detective is arrested in connection with a string of Orange County bank robberies.
-- -- An autopsy on Sandra Bland, whose death in a Texas jail sparked an uproar, shows injuries consistent with a suicide, officials say.
-- Trump at the border, potential debate lineups and more in the daily campaign Trail Guide.
-- U.S. airstrikes in Somalia signal a more direct role against Shabab militants.
-- Why are the names of basketball star Yao Ming and other people who aren't dead engraved on markers in a new Chinese cemetery?
-- Anthem Inc. has agreed to acquire rival Cigna Corp. for $54 billion, creating the health insurance industry's largest company by enrollment.
-- Major Hollywood studios are hit with antitrust allegations in Europe.
-- Amazon shares jump after it reports a surprise second-quarter profit.
-- Nikkei Inc. of Japan buys the Financial Times for $1.3 billion.
-- David Lazarus: Tips on how to build, or rebuild, your credit.
-- Bill Plaschke: Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke's scoreless-innings streak has been amazing, but Orel Hershiser's remains astonishing. It was a different ballgame.
-- Here's a look at some of the best athletes who never won any big awards.
-- The latest scores, stats and schedules.
-- Summer Movie Sneaks: A snapshot of films opening through early September.
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- Ever wonder why the Financial Times is pink (or salmon, as some prefer to say)? Quartz looks into it.
-- The Guardian has fun in Vegas with "the strange world of the Korean Basketball League draft."
-- Vox finds out why auctioneers talk so fast.
ONLY IN L.A.
From 1901 to the 1950s, 100 million passengers rode the Angels Flight funicular between Bunker Hill and downtown. Since then, the 300-foot line probably has had more trouble per mile than any railway in America -- long closures, safety problems, even a death in 2001. The two cars, Olivet and Sinai, sit stuck on the hill. A move's afoot to get them running again, but don't hold your breath.
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