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.
Hillary Clinton’s Paid Troll Patrol
Hillary Clinton’s campaign has an answer for her online critics: One good troll deserves another. A task force of former reporters, bloggers, designers and others has been formed to “correct” criticisms of Clinton. And it’s being paid for by a multimillion-dollar super PAC that, thanks to a loophole, works closely with her. Here’s more about the brainchild of a onetime anti-Clinton operative turned Clinton confidant.
More From the Campaign Trail
-- Donald Trump’s latest policy shifts are not likely to be his last.
-- Can Trump redraw the political map? He must to win the White House.
-- How many delegates does Clinton have compared with Sen. Bernie Sanders?
Where the Displaced Homeless Go
In the fall, about 30 homeless men and women living in Tujunga Wash were uprooted when the city of Los Angeles and nearby residents conducted cleanups. Most of the wash dwellers never returned. So where did they go — and for that matter, the countless others who have faced the same situation? Seven months later, reporter Doug Smith found that some obtained housing, while others were still dealing with red tape. Here are their stories.
‘Guilty. Thank You God.’ Sketches from the Trial of a Serial Killer
Nearly 28 years ago, Donnell Alexander’s sister Alicia disappeared. “It was the worst feeling in the world for my brothers and I to know that our sister was found raped and dead in an alley on our watch,” he said. Over the last three months, Alexander sat in an L.A. courtroom, recording the proceedings of the Grim Sleeper trial in drawings and words. To bear witness, he even quit his job. Here’s what he saw at the trial of a man police now say never stopped killing.
Role Model or War Criminal?
The senior class presidents at the all-female Scripps College in Claremont thought they had a winner with Madeleine Albright as this year’s commencement speaker. A pioneering woman, and the first to serve as U.S. secretary of State. That was before some of their classmates called Albright a “war criminal” and 28 professors said they wouldn’t share the stage with her. It’s a classic lesson in the perils of picking commencement speakers.
Letting It Roll on Koreatown’s Casino Buses
For seniors in Koreatown, the dozens of buses waiting on Olympic Boulevard can be a powerful lure. They offer an escape to the diversions of penny slots, free buffets and air-conditioned comfort at Southern California’s many casinos. The blessing can be a curse too — a habit that can quickly eat through savings. Take a ride with one who said, “Once you start, it’s hard to get out of it. I wonder if I’ve set foot on the wrong path. But it’s great for passing time.”
OUR MUST-READS FROM THE WEEKEND
-- Purdue Pharma has issued a statement on The Times’ OxyContin report. We respond.
-- Children of homicide victims remember mothers lost to violence.
-- Wary of major new cases, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on cheerleaders’ outfits and adult diapers.
-- She’s in North Korea and trapped in a real-life version of “Waiting for Godot.”
-- “It’s tough out here": For costumed characters, Hollywood’s Walk of Fame can be as dangerous as Gotham City.
-- The race, the hats: Watch (or re-watch) the Kentucky Derby.
-- If you registered to vote at the DMV, check again. You may not have answered all the questions.
-- El Niño rains have added fuel to the upcoming fire season, experts say.
-- Records show Palos Verdes Estates officials dismissed surfer gang harassment allegations.
-- Officials arrest a woman accused of stealing the identities of people she met on dating and home rental websites.
-- The giant wildfire at Fort McMurray has quickly overtaken Canada’s environmental debate.
-- London has elected its first Muslim mayor, the son of a bus driver from Pakistan.
-- In Pakistan, militants raise alarm with their “Arbitration Court of Sharia.”
-- Today marks the first transit of Mercury in a decade, and you can watch it live here.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
-- Batman versus Superman. Iron Man versus Captain America. Why do we love watching the good guys fight?
-- A Superior Court judge may toss the Sumner Redstone lawsuit filed by his ex-girlfriend.
-- Prince fans partied like it’s 1999 at a memorial concert in downtown Los Angeles.
-- How Southern California became the backdrop to an opera about a “hysterical” woman.
-- Album review: Radiohead’s engrossing “A Moon Shaped Pool.”
-- More investors are turning to lower-cost financial advice options.
-- Uber conquered taxis. Now it’s going after everything else.
-- Is the world ready for driverless cars? Are driverless cars ready for the world?
-- Michel Platini will resign as UEFA president after failing to overturn his ban for taking a $2 million payment from FIFA in 2011.
-- Virtual reality technology is gaining a foothold in baseball as an aid in game preparation.
-- Aspiring Ram Ian Seau, nephew of Hall of Famer Junior Seau, looks to make his own splash in the NFL.
-- Doctors are on the front lines of opioid addiction. They aren’t doing enough to prevent it.
-- A longtime Republican declares: The Republican Party is dead.
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- After an “absolutely normal” childhood, these two Canadian brothers found out their parents were Russian spies. (The Guardian)
-- Fifty years after the start of the Cultural Revolution in China, there are parallels worth examining. (The New Yorker)
-- Why pianists say this $200,000 piano is worth the price. (The Economist)
ONLY IN L.A.
“It’s a city without a handle / the world’s most mixed metropolis / of intolerance and divisions / how I love it / how I hate it.” L.A. poet laureate Luis J. Rodriguez’s new “Love Poem to Los Angeles” tries to define a city that’s always changing. Listen to him read an excerpt from the poem here.
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