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Today: Trump, Unchained. LAPD's New Playbook on Police Shootings.

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.



Trump, Unchained

"The very foul-mouthed Sen. John McCain." "Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan." Donald Trump declared that "the shackles have been taken off me," and his first targets were Republicans. Then came the video attacking Hillary Clinton and feeding into conspiracy theories about her health. So is this the start of a less kind, less gentle campaign? Seems hard to believe, but time will tell.

More Politics

-- Mike Pence halts a Trump supporter who is "ready for a revolution" if Clinton wins.

-- New WikiLeaks disclosures set off a Clinton campaign tweet storm.

-- Gerrymandering helped Republicans take control of Congress, but now it's tearing them apart.

-- Here's your ballot box guide to California's 17 propositions.

The LAPD's New Playbook on Police Shootings

As authorities around the country wrestle with how to deal with officer-involved shootings, the L.A. Police Commission has approved new guidelines for the LAPD aimed at reducing the number of shootings and, if there is one, releasing information to the public more quickly. That doesn't sit well with the union representing rank-and-file officers, which said addressing an uptick in violent crime and dealing with staffing issues are more pressing issues.

Mike Farrell: Actor-Turned-Author of Prop. 62

Mike Farrell gained fame playing the Army doctor Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt on "MASH." Now, he's the author of Proposition 62, a ballot measure that would abolish the death penalty and replace it with a life sentence without parole in California. For Farrell, it's the culmination of decades of activism. But it's also going up against Proposition 66, which would speed the capital punishment process. And some say Farrell may have good intentions but he just doesn't understand what victims and their families go through.

As Goes Samsung, So Goes…

Some people call it the Republic of Samsung: In South Korea, the company doesn't just sell appliances, it's also in the business of insurance, housing and amusement parks. All told, its many endeavors make up one-fifth of the country's gross domestic product. So the crisis with exploding batteries in Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 has created quite a bit of concern. At the same time, it's stirring debate about the outsized role of huge conglomerates in the South Korean economy.

The Blue Crew Is Going Back to D.C.


The game was a white-knuckler in the end, but the Dodgers — facing elimination in their series with the Washington Nationals — found a way to force a decisive Game 5 on Thursday. Columnist Steve Lopez spent the afternoon on a tough assignment: hanging out at the Greyhound Bar & Grill in Highland Park, home of the Kershaw Corn Dog, watching the game with some devoted fans. Here's what he saw as the beer flowed and "two guys played gin rummy because they couldn't bear to watch." P.S.: The eventual series winner will meet the Chicago Cubs, who eliminated the San Francisco Giants.


-- Roll with it: In downtown Santa Ana, some Latino merchants embrace a wave of gentrification.

-- A federal judge said he was considering declaring a mistrial in the civil lawsuit accusing NBA star Derrick Rose and two friends of rape.

-- Just minutes before the start of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, a federal judge lifted a temporary restraining order that had banned the ritual slaughter of chickens.

-- Robin Abcarian follows up on some stories that could renew your faith in public officials.


-- Billy Bush will not be returning to the "Today" show as NBC seeks to quell mounting criticism over his remarks on the Trump tape.

-- More stories of Trump's time on "The Apprentice" emerge.

-- Imagine the play "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe" without Lily Tomlin: It's happening in a fully staged version with 12 actors.

-- Once in a lifetime: The parody "Documentary Now!" is taking on "Stop Making Sense," the landmark 1984 Talking Heads concert film.

-- Conductor-violinist Joshua Bell recalls the late Neville Marriner and discusses why he loves Brahms, his trip to Cuba and the thrill of acting with the Fonz.


-- The Supreme Court will decide whether a U.S. Border Patrol agent can be sued for shooting and killing a Mexican teenager along the border.

-- Prosecutors said they will charge Sheriff Joe Arpaio with criminal contempt of court for defying a judge's orders to end his signature immigration patrols.

-- A fragile alliance against Islamic State is fraying as Turkey's president scolded Iraq's leader: "You are not my equal."


-- In Ethiopia, violent antigovernment protests have turned into attacks on Dutch, Turkish, Saudi and Nigerian businesses.

-- The World Health Organization wants to combat the global rise in obesity and Type 2 diabetes by supporting a 20% to 50% tax on soda and other sugary drinks.


-- President Obama said getting humans to Mars by the 2030s will require NASA and private companies to team up.

-- Michael Hiltzik: The government and the courts are finally getting fed up with patent trolls and stupid patents.


-- The L.A. Kings open their 50th-anniversary season (and the NHL's 100th) tonight, and they're hoping to return to an elite level.

-- Coaches thought this was going to be a crazy Pac-12 football season, and they were right.


-- An Army major says we can't merely open the door to women for combat jobs, we need to help them walk through it.

-- Patt Morrison: Caryl Chessman's death row ghost hovers over California as it votes on the death penalty.


-- The intellectual underpinnings of Trumpism can be found right here in California. (The American Interest)

-- The man, the myth, the legend: Red-sweatered Ken Bone discusses his newfound fame, explains why he is undecided and says the debate was like "hearing Mom and Dad fight." (Washington Post)

-- We could use a laugh: Funny authors pick the funniest books by living writers. (Salon)


Three years ago, Chris Brown waged a legal fight with the city of L.A. over a mural of brightly colored monster characters painted on a wall outside his Hollywood Hills home. Since then, the infamous mural has come down and the house got new owners, but the artwork that was painted inside the home remains. Now that it's on the market again, you can be a looky-loo here — we won't charge you $2.695 million for the privilege.

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