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.
Inside an Islamic State Hideout
A freezer of meat and stockpiles of rice, potatoes and fruit. Spiral notebooks filled with religious verses and instructions for mortar attacks. The threat of booby traps. That’s what it is like inside a tunnel leading to the underground hideout of a slain Islamic State leader. Reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske takes us there in words and video, and talks with families who one day hope to return to a village outside Mosul that was overtaken by extremists.
In This Election, the Beehive Is Restless
As a whole, Mormons have reliably voted Republican. This year’s presidential race could be different. Though it’s unlikely they’ll flock to Hillary Clinton, the unease with Donald Trump could mean trouble for him in Nevada, Arizona and Utah. So what is a Latter-day Saint to do?
-- Analysis: Beneath the drama of the campaign lies a conflict between the old America and the new.
-- Pennsylvania’s aging voting machines could be a “nightmare scenario” in the event of a disputed election.
-- Awkward: Trump and Clinton exchange jokes and more at the Alfred E. Smith dinner in New York.
-- What did moderator Chris Wallace do after the debate? “I allowed myself a glass of wine, and it was more than one glass.”
Sunny With a Chance of the Big One
Are you ready for earthquake forecasts? Scientists say they can’t predict when a major quake will strike but certain factors raise the possibility of one. As we saw a few weeks ago during a swarm of small quakes in the Salton Sea area, communicating the elevated risk to the public is a tricky thing, especially in the era of social media. And that’s touched off a debate over how useful it is to share that information. Meanwhile, here are some tips on protecting yourself in an earthquake.
New BFFs: Manila and Beijing
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte didn’t mince words: “I announce my separation from the United States … both in military, but also economics.’’ The country’s new best friend? China. And possibly Russia. His comments represent a blow to President Obama’s “pivot” strategy in Asia. But at least for now, Duterte has made no reference to canceling a mutual defense treaty with the United States that dates to 1951.
Rebels With a Cause
Few genres have been done as often as the coming-of-age movie. But a new crop of films coming out now through Christmas is “depicting kids we’ve never seen, conveying stories we’ve never heard, arranging them in shapes and structures we’ve never contemplated,” as Steven Zeitchik writes. Here’s a look at how filmmakers are reinventing the form.
-- Government forecasters say the state is once again headed for a warm and dry winter, especially in Southern California.
-- These are the nuns who stand vigil over the dying in Los Angeles.
-- Why business groups aren’t fighting California’s tobacco and income tax hike initiatives.
-- A bungee-jumping business at the Bridge to Nowhere above the San Gabriel River is still hanging in there, much to some people’s concern.
-- This hike takes you to an (allegedly) haunted mansion: the Cobb Estate in Altadena.
-- Art happenings: a show tied to the election, Cuban posters, and new American galleries at the Huntington.
-- Here’s why you may not get free drinks in Las Vegas anymore.
-- How to have a fancy dinner party in Wolfgang Puck’s test kitchen.
-- Get a jump on holiday shopping at one of the many independent markets that kick off this weekend.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
-- Movie review: The magical, majestic “Moonlight” is a stunning portrait of young, black gay life.
-- WikiLeaks at the opera: What this Chelsea Manning-inspired music says about government secrets.
-- This guy eats hot wings with celebrities on YouTube for a living. Seriously.
-- Step inside a digital storm: Andy Warhol’s “Rain Machine” has been brought back to life after 45 years.
-- “Jack Reacher” star Cobie Smulders discusses her career and orders some juice for us.
-- “We get people to stop and look”: The election year’s most provocative political artists.
-- “Nobody has any idea what you’re really feeling”: Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager talks about her candid new memoir.
-- Marijuana, assisted suicide, fracking: Colorado’s freewheeling initiative days may soon be over.
-- Turkey has further complicated the Syrian war by attacking the United States’ Kurdish allies.
-- The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its recommendations for screen time. Its advice: no screens for children under age 2 and no more than an hour per day for kids between 3 and 5.
-- What did Wells Fargo’s new CEO know about the scandal? Senators are pushing for answers.
-- Your tax dollars at work: $5 bribes to take a government survey.
-- In yet another giant media merger, AT&T may be trying to buy Time Warner Inc.
-- After an 8-4 loss to the Cubs, the Dodgers face elimination in Game 6 on Saturday in Chicago.
-- The L.A. Sparks won their third WNBA championship, with a 77-76 victory over the Minnesota Lynx.
-- Sen. Bernie Sanders writes that a yes vote on Proposition 61 would send a strong message to Big Pharma and Washington.
-- We saw a new Clinton at the final debate, the Shade Queen that America deserves.
BACK IN TIMES
Last week, Americans got word they can bring back more cigars and rum from their trips to Cuba. Fifty-four years ago, the situation was quite different. On Oct. 23, 1962, The Times’ front page carried six stories about the start of the Cuban missile crisis. One described the scene at a downtown L.A. music store: “Half a dozen self-conscious men stood and watched the closing love scene of a movie before the President of the United States’ image flashed on the screen…. The half-dozen magically grew to 25 or 30, then 50, then upward of 75. They didn’t talk. They listened. They didn’t cheer. They didn’t grimace. They stood mostly with arms folded or with hands in pockets. It was as if each were standing there alone, unaware of the crowd around.” By the way, the one non-Cuba story on A1 that day? A weather brief forecasting moderate to heavy smog.
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- Hyper-partisan Facebook pages and websites on the right and left are consistently publishing false or misleading information, a BuzzFeed News analysis shows.
-- The big problem with ballots: terrible design. (ProPublica)
-- The private side of Guy Fieri: He was inspired by a trip to France in high school and eats grains and vegetables at home. (Wall Street Journal)
ONLY IN L.A.
His nickname was “Mud.” To others, it was “Jacket” or the “Earl of Impatience.” Allan Malamud was a sportswriter straight out of Central Casting, and his column “Notes on a Scorecard” with its patented three-dot style became a legend. When Malamud died 20 years ago, Dodger Manager Tommy Lasorda told The Times, “I won’t know what to do in the morning without his column.” This weekend he’s being posthumously inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame. But the stories about his penchant for matinee movies, gambling and desserts live on.
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