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.
The GOP Majority Grapples With the Moral Part
This is the last thing the GOP wanted four weeks before election day: a Republican backlash to Donald Trump's candidacy, and the backlash to that backlash, straining the party at the seams. House Speaker Paul Ryan became the latest and highest-elected Republican official to say he'd no longer defend Trump. The Donald and his supporters fired back. Will the GOP be able to hold its majority in Congress? The latest polling suggests maybe not.
Prohibited Access Hollywood
Reality-show impresario Mark Burnett finds himself in the middle of a fight that's all too real. He is being called on to release unedited footage of Trump from "The Apprentice" after a producer on the show claimed there are "far worse" comments from the candidate than the ones that emerged on the 2005 "Access Hollywood" recording. Burnett tried to quiet the discussion by saying he "does not have the ability nor the right to release footage" and neither does MGM. Will it end there for Burnett, whose statement added that he has "consistently supported Democratic campaigns"?
-- The women Trump invited to the debate do little to shed light on any bad behavior by Hillary Clinton.
-- Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus reassured members: We're sticking by Trump.
-- Clinton's tale of the tape: I'll see your "Celebrity Apprentice" and raise you Bin Laden.
The Millennials Shall Inherit the Earth
Love the term or hate it, "millennials" — that is, young adults younger than 35 — have become the largest demographic group in the U.S. and promise to be the most impactful generation since the baby boomers. Researchers say that, as a group, millennials aren't big risk takers and tend to value experiences like dining or travel over acquiring things — and that will reshape the U.S. economy.
Ground Zero in India vs. Pakistan: Bollywood!
Tensions between India and Pakistan have grown to their worst point in years after an incident in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed, followed by an Indian commando raid into the Pakistani-controlled section of Kashmir. Not for the first time, Bollywood has been thrust into the middle of conflict. Indian filmmakers have banned Pakistani artists, and Pakistani cinemas have retaliated by pulling Indian movies from their screens.
An American Abroad: The Marooned Sagas
Nothing beats seeing the northern lights in Iceland, eating gelato in Milan or experiencing one of the many other wonders of traveling overseas, except when things go wrong. Maybe it's a lost passport or a run-in with the law. Here are travel editor Catharine Hamm's tips, along with two stories of visa woes: on what it's like to be detained in India for overstaying one's official welcome and being held in Turkey over a missing exit stamp. Don't expect the State Department to help with everything.
-- How a judge's "horrible experiences" with plumbers led to a murder conviction getting tossed.
-- Southern California's biggest water agency is painting a surprisingly upbeat picture of the region's water supplies.
-- Critics say a March 2017 ballot measure billed as a way of cracking down on out-of-scale luxury developments could also derail the city of Los Angeles' plan to help house the homeless.
-- A hiker in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains near Sierra Madre says he was attacked by a bear that "came out of nowhere."
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
-- Is this a real Jackson Pollock? A powerful L.A. lawyer is suing over a painting he thinks is worth $100 million.
-- Carson Daly will fill in on "Today" as NBC executives weigh Billy Bush's future.
-- Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt offers pointed comments about modern racism as her new movie plays theaters.
-- A "Merchant of Venice" set in post-Civil War America? That's Aaron Posner's "District Merchants."
-- Bruce Springsteen, Kid Cudi and other celebrities are shedding light on depression.
-- Actress and activist Shailene Woodley was arrested in North Dakota in the aftermath of a protest opposing the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.
-- A total of 10 police officers have been killed in premeditated ambushes this year, the same as the last two years combined, according to the FBI.
-- A Syrian refugee suspected of planning a terrorist attack in Germany on behalf of Islamic State was captured by police after another Syrian turned him in.
-- A North Carolina town was nearly lost to a flood 17 years ago. Now, after Hurricane Matthew, it struggles to survive.
-- What makes salty-tongued Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte so popular?
-- Scientists have long said that climate change has made wildfires worse in the West — but how much worse? Twice as bad, according to a new study.
-- Entrepreneurs looking to capitalize on the surging popularity of Halloween have learned that the business of scaring can be frighteningly fickle.
-- Samsung said Tuesday that it's ending production of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones permanently for the sake of consumer safety.
-- Sales of breakfast cereals in the U.S. have gone soggy.
-- U.S. women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe writes about protesting during the national anthem: "I am kneeling because I have to do something. Anything. We all do."
-- Bill Plaschke: The Dodgers are down two games to one against the Washington Nationals in their best-of-five series. Now what? It's got to be Clayton Kershaw.
-- Pity America's men: From football to politics, they (think they) are under attack.
-- TV host Billy Bush has gone from cringe-worthy to disgusting.
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- Is it OK to post those baby photos online? "Sharenting" has its pitfalls. (The Atlantic)
-- The invasion of the ginseng poachers in Appalachia. (National Geographic)
-- Researchers say country music in the 2010s tends to objectify women more than in the past. (Pacific Standard)
ONLY IN L.A.
Six decades ago, a young architect was tasked with creating a building that required seats high enough to be safe for a rodeo, a roof tall enough for a circus, pipes to freeze the floor, and 130,000 square feet of floor space — and it all needed to fit into a hole that had already been dug to provide dirt for a freeway project. That building would become the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. Now, with almost no fanfare, it's being demolished. Even the man who designed it says it's time to say goodbye: "It's done its job."