Newsletter: Today: Bush on Offense. Atomic Anxiety.
I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. Jeb Bush explains how he would take on Islamic State terrorists; and the Japanese are uneasy as the government restarts a nuclear plant four years after the Fukushima disaster. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today.
Bush on Offense
Last spring, Jeb Bush stumbled over a question about the Iraq war and the presidency of his brother, George W. He wasn't stumbling Tuesday. In a contentious speech at the Reagan Library, he blamed the decline of Iraq and the rise of Islamic State terrorists on President Obama and Hillary Clinton. His pledge: Use U.S. military might more aggressively.
After the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster, a stunned Japan shut down all of its more than 40 reactors. Could it survive without the source of 30% of its electricity? Barely, it seems. The cost of importing coal and natural gas has been crushing. This week, the government cautiously turned one reactor back on. Many Japanese aren't happy about it.
L.A.'s Street Fight
It's not exactly a war on cars, but an L.A. policy shift could be a big one. A 20-year Mobility Plan OK'd by the City Council emphasizes bike lanes, bus lanes and streets redesigned to slow down cars and raise survival odds for people on foot. After decades of catering to cars, the city won't find this easy. Opponents predict intolerable gridlock. As always, a lawsuit is planned.
Firing Up Fisker
Southern California is back in the car-making business, and China is putting it there. Fisker Automotive, which filed for bankruptcy in 2013, is leasing a large factory in Moreno Valley under its new Chinese owners. It will build plug-in electric hybrid vehicles. This time, a spokeswoman says, funding is not a problem. One promising sign: The factory lease is for 11 years.
Breaking Bad in Mongolia
The Davaa family burns dung for fuel and has no plumbing. But when they retire to their yurt, they can plug in a satellite TV and watch "Breaking Bad." Mongolia has come a long way since Soviet times when you were lucky to get any stations, if you even had a TV. Today's Great Read is a case study on what happens when modern media are set free in an isolated culture.
-- L.A. County supervisors approve a plan to shift 1,000 mentally ill inmates out of county jails.
-- Gov. Jerry Brown signs measures barring secret grand juries in police use-of-force cases and the right to record police on audio or video.
-- Six people, including three Department of Motor Vehicles workers, are arrested in a bribery investigation.
-- Hillary Clinton says she will turn over her private email server to the Justice Department.
-- Downstream communities slam the EPA's handling of a toxic spill from an old gold mine into Colorado's Animas River.
-- The police chief in Arlington, Texas, fires an officer who killed an unarmed college football player while investigating a burglary.
-- Greece reaches a deal in principle with creditors for its third big bailout, raising hopes it can remain in the euro currency zone.
-- The SEC says hackers and traders used sneak peeks at pending news releases to make $100 million in illicit profits.
-- Complaints against airlines jumped 20% in the first half of this year.
-- UCLA is sued over the hacking of its hospital records.
-- Tiger Woods looks for improvement, not a miracle, at the PGA Championship.
-- Jets quarterback Geno Smith is out six to 10 weeks after a teammate punches him and breaks his jaw.
-- Roger Goodell says the NFL will consider all possibilities for moving a team to L.A., but he isn't tipping his hand.
-- "Straight Outta Compton" is looking like another win for Universal. Its release is this weekend.
-- Toronto film fest: A lost Sydney Pollack film on Aretha Franklin will lead the documentaries lineup.
-- Flatulence, Taiwanese girls and suicide: Songs Chinese censors don't want people to hear.
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- What it's like to be Donald Trump when you're not that Donald Trump (BuzzFeed).
-- The Art of Manliness has 10 tips that might help save your life in a plane crash.
-- New is the new old: History's minimal role in Japanese architecture (N.Y. Times).
ONLY IN L.A.
"How could this coverage win a Pulitzer Prize?" Veteran Times staffer Doug Smith scrutinizes the paper's initial coverage of the 1965 Watts riots and finds it wanting. The Times, in a state of shock, was unprepared to understand it, let alone explain it. The staff didn't even have a black reporter. Still, The Times did find its footing and has since heeded hard lessons learned.
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