Newsletter: Today: Inside Trump U. Terror and Life Insurance.
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.
Why Gov. Brown Said #ImWithHer
Things between Jerry Brown and the Clintons haven’t exactly been smooth over the years. Back in 1992, Brown called Bill Clinton “the prince of sleaze.” But on Tuesday, California’s governor came off the sidelines of this year’s presidential race and endorsed Hillary Clinton. How much weight will it have, with absentee balloting well underway? One thing’s for sure. It didn’t cause Bernie Sanders to miss a beat; he’ll be at UC Davis today.
Trump’s Advisors Say He’ll Act More ‘Presidential’ ...
One reporter? A sleaze. Mitt Romney? A fool. Conservative magazine editor William Kristol? A loser. Donald Trump had that and more choice words during a news conference meant to discuss his contributions to veterans’ charities. In between barbs, Trump presented a list of organizations that he said had received $5.6 million he had raised. He also offered this: “You think I’m going to change? I’m not changing.” Hang onto your hats: He’ll be in Sacramento today. Meanwhile, here’s a look at how Trump University was run, as shown in newly unsealed “playbooks.”
What’s the Policy on Terror and Life Insurance?
Six months after the San Bernardino terrorist attack, the federal government is suing to stop the mother of shooter Syed Rizwan Farook from collecting more than $250,000 in life insurance payments. Prosecutors allege Farook took out two policies amid the planning for the assault. Instead, they want to seize the proceeds for the benefit of the victims’ families.
When Would-Be Judges Fudge the Facts
If you’re wondering about the candidates running for judge, you’re not alone. One might be a self-described “gang murder prosecutor,” another a “civil litigator.” Who’s to judge? Courts sometimes do: They can order candidates to change their ballot titles, if they find them to be deceptive. “The sexier your title, the better your chance of getting elected,” says one consultant.
Ni Hao. Please Step Out of the Car.
Monterey Park counts Little Taipei among its nicknames and is nearly 50% Chinese, according to the latest census. But the city east of L.A. has only one Chinese-speaking police officer. That would be Bob Hung, whose language skills have helped speed investigations and provide cultural context over the last three years. Still, it’s been a hard sell to his biggest fan: his mom.
-- African Americans are less trusting of law enforcement in Los Angeles County, a poll finds.
-- Steve Lopez: Will lawmakers in Sacramento restore trust in the Coastal Commission?
-- A plan for a basketball court in Runyon Canyon could get benched today.
-- Televangelist Jan Crouch of “Praise the Lord” fame has died at 78.
-- “They took my baby”: A weekend of violence in Chicago leaves 69 shot and six dead.
-- He got high and killed his wife in Denver. A lawsuit claims edible marijuana is to blame.
-- Iraqi forces press on in Fallouja as concerns rise over a “human catastrophe.”
-- Brazil’s government has sprung a leak, and a flood of secrets is gushing out.
-- Egypt says a French ship picked up signals presumed to be from black boxes of the EgyptAir plane that crashed last month.
-- The moon’s water came mostly from asteroids, not comets, a study says.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
-- Roman Polanski’s attorney says he has already served his time, as Poland revives an effort to extradite the director to the U.S.
-- The L.A. Film Festival deals with the diversity dilemma.
-- After the death of the founder of L.A.'s Underground Museum, his family keeps the legacy alive.
-- Album review: Paul Simon returns with the exquisite “Stranger to Stranger.”
-- Elon Musk announced a plan to revolutionize factories.
-- Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Microsoft agree to help the EU fight hate speech.
-- A developer looks to revamp the infamous Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
-- Peter Thiel, Gawker and the risks of making the courthouse a private sandbox for the wealthy.
-- The Dodgers did little against Jake Arrieta, but they beat up the Cubs relievers in a 5-0 win.
-- With the Golden State Warriors back in the NBA Finals, Andre Iguodala is back in the starting lineup.
-- Lesson of the Cincinnati gorilla killing: The zoo is not a playground.
-- The term “Oriental” is outdated, but is it insulting?
-- Sen. Barbara Boxer on her retirement, Donald Trump and her new book. Oh, and she sings a little too.
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- Hollywood’s last Holocaust survivors tell their personal stories. (The Hollywood Reporter)
-- Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson now leads the U.S. Air Force Academy, but when she was a cadet four decades ago, she was less than welcome. (Christian Science Monitor)
-- You’ve heard of a murder of crows? They’re attacking people in Vancouver, and an interactive map is tracking the assaults. (CTV)
ONLY IN L.A.
Peafowl poop happens. Especially on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, where the non-native birds have been roaming for about 100 years. Though beautiful, they are also noisy, messy and have been blamed for scratching cars. It’s why the city of Rancho Palos Verdes is trying to reduce its peafowl population to 134 by trapping the birds and releasing them elsewhere. But some say that’s not enough.
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