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.
A Trail of Death on Bastille Day
The crowd in Nice was celebrating “liberty, equality and fraternity” on France’s national day. That’s when “an enormous white truck came along at a crazy speed, turning the wheel to mow down the maximum number of people,” one eyewitness wrote. The vehicle, loaded with weapons and hand grenades, drove onto the sidewalk for more than a mile. The scenario of terror attack involving a truck is one law enforcement in California and beyond have long analyzed. Follow the latest on the Nice attack here.
Reverberations on the Campaign Trail
After the attack in France, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both made clear that the U.S. is at war with jihadists. How each candidate proposes to go about that will be a major campaign issue. In the short term, it caused Trump to push back his announcement of a running mate, believed to be Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, from Friday morning to the weekend. In the long term, it could change the dynamics of an already unpredictable race. A slew of the most recent polls showed Trump closing the gap with Clinton nationally and in battleground states — after FBI Director James Comey called out Clinton, but before Bernie Sanders endorsed her.
-- Tim Kaine tried to show he can give a needed boost to the Clinton campaign.
-- You can’t bring a water gun to protest the Republican National Convention, but you can bring an AK-47. Really.
-- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologized for her “ill-advised” criticism of Trump.
The FBI and the Orlando Shooter
From May 2013 to March 2014, a veteran FBI agent and a local sheriff’s deputy tracked him. They ran his name through databases and looked at his phone records. They had informants meet with him. After 10 months, the agent and his supervisor concluded the man was not a threat and closed the case. But two years later, he massacred 49 people at an Orlando nightclub. Read on to see what senior FBI officials told The Times they’ve learned from that investigation.
The Paradox of Pakistan’s All-Female Islamic Schools
Al-Huda is the best known of a growing number of female-only academies for Islamic studies in Pakistan. In a country dominated by men, they give women a place to study and feel empowered. At the same time, some say the schools’ interpretation of Islam is contributing to Pakistan’s growing fundamentalism. Here’s what it is like inside a school that gained unwanted notoriety after it was revealed one of the San Bernardino shooters was a former student.
Body-Camera Footage: To Show or Not to Show?
Police body cameras are starting to become standard law enforcement equipment. Should releasing the video from them become standard too? Officials are trying to weigh the public’s need for information versus concerns about ongoing investigations and the privacy of people on camera. As a shooting in Fresno shows, it’s a debate that will come up again and again.
The Emmys, They Are a-Changin’
With all the trouble in the world, the Emmy nominations were a welcome diversion. But as Times TV critic Mary McNamara writes, this year’s nominations were very much connected with reality, in that a number of shows with socio-political themes including distrust and race were recognized. Our complete coverage is here.
-- Should felons be allowed to vote from behind bars?
-- The city of L.A. takes a step toward tighter rules to curb mansionization.
-- An L.A. County proposal to let landowners use hauled-in water worries environmentalists.
-- “No game is worth your life”: the perils of playing “Pokémon Go.”
-- Boris Johnson, Britain’s new foreign secretary, has a history of insulting people in other countries.
-- Three members of the same Honduran environmental group have been murdered over the last four months.
-- Chinese people are going to great lengths to get “Pokémon Go.” There’s a knockoff version too.
-- As Rio braces for the Olympics, a defensive mayor insists the city will be ready.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
-- Emmy nominations for “The People v. O.J. Simpson” reinforce how the case still holds power after two decades.
-- Fox News’ on-air talent supports Roger Ailes, but where’s Megyn Kelly?
-- Carolyn See, an award-winning Southern California writer, has died at age 82.
-- Ringling Bros. talks about its first circus without elephants and why other animals remain.
-- Movie review: “Under the Sun” is one of the latest and best looks inside North Korea.
-- Mexico’s N.A.A.F.I. record label is changing club culture around the globe.
-- A trade group for online payday lenders says it is combing the web for sites making misleading claims.
-- The FCC sets the stage for the next generation of wireless services: super-fast 5G.
-- The health of Clayton Kershaw is a pressing question as the Dodgers go into second half of season.
-- Adoree’ Jackson, USC football’s jack-of-all-trades, begins to specialize.
-- The time has come for a statewide ban on single-use polystyrene foam containers.
-- A black son, white parents and “the conversation.”
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- Newt Gingrich told a Republican group in a private speech that Trump would lose in a landslide if he doesn’t change his approach. (ProPublica)
-- An outspoken critic of the government in Cambodia was fatally shot while drinking coffee. The suspect: a former monk. Was it a political assassination? (The Cambodia Daily)
-- David Cameron’s “final hum” inspires musical remixes. (PRI)
ONLY IN L.A.
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