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.
They Stopped That (Wells Fargo) Train
Last month, Sen. Elizabeth Warren sternly told Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO John Stumpf: “You should resign.” Three weeks later, he has done just that — without severance, according to filings. But that won’t end the fallout over revelations that bank employees created as many as 2 million accounts without customers’ authorization, a wrongdoing exposed by a Los Angeles Times investigation.
Hello, Sunshine State
Remember “hanging chads”? Al Gore sure does, which is why he was in Miami this week with Hillary Clinton telling the crowd, “Your vote really, really, really counts.” Donald Trump has been stumping hard in Florida too, given that it’s the ultimate swing state. What could be the deciding factor? Good not-so-old millennials. How Clinton and Trump are reaching those voters is a study in contrasts, and while many millennials back Clinton, whether they turn out is another matter.
-- Multiple women have said in reports that they were kissed or groped by Trump without their consent. The Trump campaign denied the allegations.
-- Clinton’s aides pondered how long they could avoid reporters’ questions at campaign events, according to emails released by Wikileaks.
272 Ways to Remake the SFPD
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee asked federal officials earlier this year to review the city’s Police Department after officers shot a knife-wielding black man at least 21 times. The results paint a troubling picture: a disproportionate use of force on people of color; improper investigation of officer-involved incidents; a lack of transparency about discipline; and outdated technology. In all, the Justice Department made 272 recommendations.
In San Bernardino’s ‘Korean Valley,’ Dreams Go Up in Flames
Over two and a half decades, Korean immigrants flocked to the West Cajon Valley, drawn at the beginning by a small restaurant just off Highway 138 and later by the clean air, underground water and seasonal weather that reminded them of their homeland. In August, the Blue Cut fire destroyed what some called the “heavenly place.” “We’ve traveled the world,” said one, “only to end up in hell.”
Tyler Perry Owns It
Tyler Perry has become the most successful African American filmmaker in history and the ruler of an entertainment empire of movies, TV series and plays. He gets that his most famous character, Madea, has drawn scorn for stereotypes and lowbrow appeal. But with his massive new studio, Perry’s looking to give people of color roles in front of and behind the camera. A secret to his success? “No matter what I did, I was very adamant that I had to own it.” Take a tour of his studio on a 330-acre former Army base in Atlanta.
-- A year and a half after an Orange County judge publicly accused two jailers of dishonesty, the Sheriff’s Department says it has not disciplined them.
-- A federal judge decided against declaring a mistrial in the Derrick Rose case. Meanwhile, authorities said an LAPD detective who was investigating rape allegations against the NBA star died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.
-- Three L.A. charter schools could be shut down, largely because of their practice of bringing in teachers from Turkey.
-- Bilingual education has been absent from public schools for almost 20 years. Proposition 58 aims to change that.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
-- Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the American song tradition.”
-- Gael García Bernal says his border thriller “Desierto” shows what happens when xenophobic hate speech is accepted.
-- Jim Carrey is the subject of a second wrongful-death lawsuit over the suicide of his girlfriend.
-- David E. Kelley of “L.A. Law,” “The Practice,” “Ally McBeal” and “Boston Legal” fame swore he was done with law shows. But ...
-- The new Amazon Music Unlimited streaming service looks to take on Spotify and Apple Music.
-- A U.S. Navy destroyer launched a salvo of Tomahawk cruise missiles at three coastal radar sites along the western coast of Yemen.
-- The United States is temporarily suspending deportations of Haitians after Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc on the island.
-- A terrorism suspect captured by three fellow Syrian refugees in Germany was found dead of an apparent hanging in his prison cell.
-- British government officials faced fierce criticism for their handling of the country’s pending withdrawal from the European Union.
-- A study says a majority of American women diagnosed with breast cancer after screening mammograms get unnecessary treatment.
-- Leslie Moonves holds the keys to the Redstone family’s $40-billion kingdom. But can he fix what ails it?
-- The Port of L.A. is having a dramatic year. Here’s what its chief sees for the future.
-- Today is do-or-die for the Dodgers, and pitcher Rich Hill is ready for the challenge.
-- A high school football team in Washington is so good that nobody wants to play them.
-- A complete list of the L.A. Times’ 2016 endorsements.
-- Clinton the resilient shows she’s tougher than Trump the bully.
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- Can one car make a difference in preventing traffic jams? (Wall Street Journal)
-- Five theories of what dreams are. (Science of Us)
-- Discoveries are fueling new theories about China’s terra cotta warriors. (National Geographic)
ONLY IN L.A.
Where else but a West Hollywood hotel can a singer be recalling his young pop star days when one of today’s current sensations breezes on by? That’s what happened during The Times’ interview of Rick Astley, the man best known for his 1987 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” and, of course, the Internet phenomenon called “rickrolling.” Read on to see how he’s doing at 50 and why he sometimes wonders, “Can’t we find a daveroll or a maryroll?”
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