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.
Cruz Is Out as the Trump Train Rolls On
“This cake is baked.” That’s how one consultant summed up the prospects of Donald Trump securing the GOP nomination, and that was before Ted Cruz had officially dropped out. Though John Kasich vowed to fight on, party chairman Reince Priebus declared Trump the “presumptive nominee.” Can the GOP unite behind a man who tried to tie Cruz’s father to the JFK assassination?
Sanders Digs Deep for a Victory
Much like the Energizer Bunny, Bernie Sanders just keeps going and going and going. His victory in Indiana over Hillary Clinton is keeping his agenda front and center as she tries to sew up the Democratic nomination. Given the way delegates are doled out, Sanders would need overwhelming victories in the remaining primaries to overtake Clinton. But don’t tell those odds to his supporters.
More From the Campaign Trail
-- Poor California: The competitive June 7 primary that suddenly isn’t anymore.
-- County-by-county results from Indiana.
-- What do you think of the latest developments? Join the conversation on Facebook.
L.A. Limits Solitary Confinement for Juveniles
Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have banned it; so have the federal prisons. Now, L.A. County has restricted the use of solitary confinement for juvenile detainees, ending the practice except “as a temporary response to behavior that poses a serious and immediate risk of physical harm to any person.” Read on to see how widespread it had become.
Led by ‘Hamilton,’ It’s #TonysSoDiverse
With its blend of hip-hop and history, the musical “Hamilton” has won a Pulitzer Prize, helped keep the first secretary of the Treasury on the $10 bill and racked up the most Tony Award nominations ever. But as Times theater critic Charles McNulty writes, it’s the most prominent contender in a field that is packed with the kind of diversity the Oscars have only dreamed of till now.
In Search of the Perfect Wave, 110 Miles Inland
Surfers around the globe daydream about catching the perfectly shaped wave. But would they go for it if it was created by a machine in the desert? A recent video of Kelly Slater carving across a wave at his “secret spot” 110 miles from the California coast has made artificial waves a hot topic among those who like to hang 10 — and stirred a debate over the soul of surfing.
-- A group says it has 600,000 signatures to qualify a recreational pot initiative for the state ballot.
-- Take a closer look at Santa Barbara’s “safe parking” initiative, a homelessness program that L.A. is studying.
-- Claustrophobic? Don’t even think of joining the Border Patrol’s “tunnel rats.”
-- Alvin Mills has conducted the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra since it began 63 years ago. He’s retiring this month.
-- An Islamic State offensive has killed a Navy SEAL in Iraq, U.S. officials say.
-- How the U.S. government got BP to pay the biggest environmental penalty in history.
-- Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says the Puerto Rico crisis is “immediate and real.”
-- You can buy cognac at North Korea’s airport, but a SIM card? Not so much.
-- A study says medical errors are the No. 3 cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
-- Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, the Who, Neil Young and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters will play at a mega-concert in Indio.
-- Stories referencing Prince and drugs continue to surface, as the results of an autopsy are still pending.
-- May the Fourth Be With You: The documentary “Elstree 1976" shines a spotlight on the forgotten members of the “Star Wars” franchise.
-- Movie review: With “A Bigger Splash,” an Italian director makes a “messy but satisfying cannonball plunge into the Hollywood deep end.”
-- Video: Anna Faris and Allison Janney discuss the TV show “Mom” and more.
-- How SunEdison got away from its founder’s original idea and eventually went into bankruptcy.
-- Tesla Motors is expected to post a large quarterly loss amid delays in building the new Model X SUV.
-- Adult coloring books face a threat from app rivals such as Colorfy, Recolor and more.
-- Former Kentucky Derby contender Uncle Mo has an unheard-of legacy in this year’s race.
-- The L.A. Galaxy’s academy mixes high school studies with elite soccer training.
-- A triumph for Donald Trump, a disaster for the GOP.
-- Californians deserve more transparency on bullet train finances.
-- Is racial bias to blame for the high number of Asian Americans charged with espionage?
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- Edward Snowden writes an essay about whistle-blowing. (The Intercept)
-- Here’s how Wall Street makes big money off German dividends but avoids taxes in Germany. (ProPublica)
-- Is the Klingon language copyrightable? A legal brief uses Klingon to argue that it is not. (The Hollywood Reporter)
ONLY IN L.A.
Skateboarding is not a crime — except where it’s prohibited by law. And that would certainly include the freeway. The California Highway Patrol has launched an investigation after videos of people skateboarding on freeways have emerged in recent weeks. “These are not safe places and weren’t designed for that kind of thing,” said one officer — who added that last year there was a spate of bicyclists doing the same thing.
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