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.
UCLA’s Deadly Day
William S. Klug, a 39-year-old associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UCLA, was known to his colleagues as caring and kind. Sources identified him as the victim in a murder-suicide at the school Wednesday. What was the motive of his killer? Here is the latest.
More About the Shooting
-- How students coped during the lockdown.
-- State lawmakers invoke the shooting in passing gun-control bills.
-- Editorial: Just a murder-suicide in a small UCLA office. And so America shrugs.
More Infections Linked to Scopes
Pasadena health officials say dangerous bacteria from medical scopes infected 16 patients at Huntington Hospital between January 2013 and August 2015. Of those patients, 11 died, though only one of the death certificates listed bacteria as the cause. The hospital had previously said just three patients were infected in mid-2015. Last year, The Times did a series of stories showing that Olympus Corp., the leading maker of the device, knew of the potential flaws in the scope but failed to alert American hospitals or regulators.
Obama Joins the Fray
President Obama didn’t name names, but in an hour-long speech in Indiana, it was clear he’s game: to defend his own economic record and to go after Donald Trump in the months ahead. Will Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders pick up where he left off? With the California primary next week, Trump, Clinton and Sanders will all be campaigning in the Golden State today.
More From the Campaign
-- A federal judge rejected a lawsuit that Sanders backers had hoped would boost his California chances.
-- The good, the bad and the Donald: Documents paint conflicting portraits of Trump U.
Next Clinic: 250 Miles
It’s called the “abortion desert”: an area that stretches from Florida to New Mexico and north into the Midwest, where states have adopted stricter laws and the number of clinics has dropped. To get an abortion, more and more women are crossing state lines. Read on to see how those journeys take a toll financially, physically and emotionally.
100 Ways to Make #OscarsMoreDiverse
In the debate about the film academy’s lack of diversity, some have said it’s hard to come up with enough qualified candidates to effect change. Really? The dozens of Hollywood insiders our entertainment staff interviewed about the topic disagree. They helped us come up with 100 of the best and brightest that the academy should consider inviting.
Beijing Is No Longer Ready to Rock
New wave, post-rock, grunge, noise. You wouldn’t know it from the prevalence of Kenny G in China, but Beijing has had one of the world’s more vibrant underground music scenes. Recently, though, it’s been grinding to a halt. Rising rents have something to do with it. So does increasing political pressure from the government under President Xi Jinping. Here’s how Beijing has cracked down on rocking out.
-- Prosecutors allege Enrique Marquez Jr., a friend of one of the San Bernardino shooters, had ties to “jihadists” planning to fight with Al Qaeda.
-- Long Beach won’t appeal a ruling that said police stings unfairly targeted gay men.
-- The heat is on: Triple-digit temperatures are in store for parts of Southern California this week.
-- May was a bloody month in Chicago: 66 dead and nearly 400 shot.
-- A Honduran woman infected with Zika has given birth in New Jersey to a baby girl with birth defects caused by the virus, her doctor said.
-- A survivor remembers a night of terror at the hands of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
-- Forty-two years later, a coroner reopens an inquest into IRA bombings that killed 21 in Britain.
-- The FDA wants food manufacturers to put one-third less sodium in their products.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
-- Tituss Burgess says acting in TV has “forever changed” him.
-- In a post-“Brave,” post-“Frozen” world, here’s why the time is right for the Hollywood Bowl’s “Little Mermaid.”
-- After the deaths of his daughters, ages 1 and 5, pianist Vadym Kholodenko returns to the stage.
-- The cast of “Veep” says it can’t get crazy enough to satirize real-life politics.
-- The theater world is opening its arms to people with Tourette’s and autism.
-- Cars with potentially deadly Takata air bags are still being made and sold.
-- Sony Pictures Television’s chairman has abruptly exited the company.
-- Cleveland is hoping the Cavaliers can bring it some championship joy versus the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
-- The Sharks will head back to San Jose trailing 2-0 in their Stanley Cup Finals series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
-- Gates Foundation failures show philanthropists shouldn’t be setting America’s public school agenda.
-- We get the candidates our undignified media deserve.
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- Trump and his businesses have been involved in 3,500 lawsuits, according to a USA Today analysis. It’s unprecedented for a presidential candidate.
-- Take a look at the U.S. Navy’s railgun, able to launch a projectile at 4,500 miles per hour. (Wall Street Journal)
-- A French artist makes the Louvre’s pyramid disappear with a giant photographic overlay. (The Art Newspaper)
ONLY IN L.A.
Will the Smell stick with us? “The best punk club on the West Coast hosts multi-act experimental bills a few times a week. Super-relaxed atmosphere, all ages, all vegan, no booze,” is how The Times described it just a year ago. Though the club has been going strong for nearly two decades, its current venue in downtown L.A. will be demolished. Can a $1.4-million GoFundMe campaign help keep the music going?
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