Newsletter: Today: Devastation in Florida’s Panhandle
Aerial image of damage to homes and flooding after the arrival of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla.(JAMES E WYATT/ EPA / Rex / Shutterstock)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection crew conduct a search and rescue operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael among damaged homes and flooding in Panama City, Fla.(GLENN FAWCETT/ EPA / Rex / Shutterstock)
A body is removed after being discovered during the search of a housing structure in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla.(David Goldman / Associated Press)
Flyover of the Florida panhandle in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael shows a destroyed boat yard near Panama City, Fla.(GLENN FAWCETT / AFP/Getty Images)
Tom Bailey walks his bike past a home that was carried across a road and slammed up against a condo complex as Hurricane Michael passed through the area in Mexico Beach, Fla.(Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
Rescue personnel perform a search in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla.(Gerald Herbert / Associated Press)
Storm-damaged boats in Panama City, Fla.(Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images)
A boat storage building is collapsed in Panama City Beach, Fla.(Chris O'Meara / Associated Press)
Mishelle McPherson climbs over the rubble of her friend’s home in Mexico Beach, Fla.(Gerald Herbert / Associated Press)
Gavin Conklin, 17, gathers water bottles from a neighbor’s refrigerator after Hurricane Michael destroyed the home in Panama City, Fla.(Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
Hector Benthall, right, gets a hug from his neighbor, Keito Jordan, after a tree crashed onto Benthall’s home in Columbia, S.C.(Sean Rayford / Getty Images)
The overhang of a gas station is toppled over in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Inlet Beach, Fla.(Emily Kask / AFP/Getty Images)
Amanda Logsdon begins the process of trying to clean up her home after the roof was blown off in Panama City, Fla.(Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
Kathy Coy inspects what is left of her home after Hurricane Michael destroyed it in Panama City, Fla. She said she was in the home when it was blown apart and is thankful to be alive.(Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
Men cut a tree that fell on a vehicle in Panama City, Fla.(Gerald Herbert / Associated Press)
Phlomena Telker stands on what was her covered porch after hurricane Michael tore the roof off her home as it passed through the area in Panama City, Fla.(Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
Bo Lynn’s Market starts taking water in the town of St. Marks, Fla., as Hurricane Michael pushes the storm surge up the Wakulla and St. Marks rivers, which come together in St. Marks.(Mark Wallheiser / Getty Images)
A woman and her children stand near a destroyed gas station after Hurricane Michael passes through Panama City, Fla.(BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP/Getty Images)
People walk through the wreckage of a building after the arrival of Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla.(DAN ANDERSON / EPA / Shutterstock)
People walk through the wreckage of a building in Panama City, Fla.(Dan Anderson / EPA)
Mike Lindsey stands in his Panama City antique shop after Michael’s winds broke the windows.
(Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
Kaylee O'Brian weeps inside her home after several trees fell on it when Michael hit Panama City, Fla.(Gerald Herbert / Associated Press)
A hotel canopy collapsed on cars in Panama City Beach, Fla.(Gerald Herbert / Associated Press)
A hotel employee holds a glass door closed as it breaks from flying debris in Panama City Beach, Fla.(Gerald Herbert / Associated Press)
People look at a damaged store after Hurricane Michael hit Panama City, Fla.(Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
The Oceanis is grounded ashore by a tidal surge at the Port St. Joe Marina.(Douglas R. Clifford / Associated Press)
Haley Nelson stands in front of the remains of one of her father’s trailer homes after Michael hit Panama City.(Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
People walk among downed trees in a heavily damaged neighborhood in Panama City, Fla.(Gerald Herbert / Associated Press)
Mitchell Pope tries to salvage what he can from his mobile home after the Wakulla and St. Marks rivers overflowed in St. Marks, Fla.(Mark Wallheiser / Getty Images)
Cameron Sadowski walks through crashing waves as Michael’s outer bands hit Panama City Beach, Fla.(Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
People fill bags with sand at the Lynn Haven Sports Complex while preparing for Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla.(Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images)
Beach visitors await the approach of Hurricane Michael in Panama City Beach, Fla.(Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images)
Waves crash against the Malecon esplanade in Havana, triggered by the outer bands of Hurricane Michael.(Ramon Espinosa / Associated Press)
Krystal Day, left, leads a sandbag assembly line at the Old Port Cove restaurant in Ozello, Fla. Employees were hoping to protect the restaurant from floodwaters as Hurricane Michael continues to churn in the Gulf of Mexico heading for the Florida Panhandle.(Chris O'Meara / Associated Press)
The effects of Hurricane Michael are seen along the coastline of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.(Alonso Cupul / EPA)
Carol Cathey spray-paints words on the plywood over her daughter’s business in preparation for Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla.(Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
Xavier McKenzie puts a 20-pound bag of ice into his family’s car in Panama City, Fla., as Hurricane Michael approaches.(Joshua Boucher / Associated Press)
Workers board up the windows of Marco’s Pizza in Panama City Beach, Fla.(Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images)
Workers scramble to store boats before the arrival of Hurricane Michael in St. Marks, Fla., south of Tallahassee.(Mark Wallheiser / Getty Images)
Assessing Hurricane Michael’s path of destruction.
Devastation in Florida’s Panhandle
With winds up to 155 mph and flooding, Hurricane Michael has devastated communities in Florida’s Panhandle and left more than a million people throughout the Southeast U.S. without power. At least six people were reported killed by the storm. In Panama City, Fla., the winds were so intense that a cargo train was blown off its tracks. In nearby Mexico Beach, residents surveyed what was left of their neighborhood. “It’s a miracle you and I are alive,” said one. Here is the latest.
Has the Fed Really Gone ‘Loco’?
What’s to blame for the stock market plunge this week? President Trump has pointed the finger at the raising of interest rates by the Federal Reserve, headed by his handpicked chairman, Jerome H. Powell. Or, as Trump memorably put it: “The Fed is going loco.” Fed officials, however, are doing exactly what they’ve publicly signaled for months. Many analysts say that the deficit and trade war with China are much bigger factors in the market dive and that blaming the Fed is just plain nuts.
Nunes Has a Bee in His Bonnet
Rep. Devin Nunes is facing perhaps the most difficult reelection fight of his career. What to do? Blame the media. Specifically, the Fresno Bee. Taking a page from Trump, Nunes has bashed the Bee in ads on TV and radio and even a 40-page, magazine-style mailer that devotes more space to attacking the newspaper than his Democratic opponent, Andrew Janz. It wasn’t always this way. Up until this year, the paper’s editorial board had endorsed him in eight elections.
-- Reality TV: On Thursday, Trump preempted hurricane coverage for a morning with “Fox & Friends” and an afternoon in the Oval Office with Kanye West, who delivered a rant that included profanity, a provocative discussion of race, praise for the president, whom he called “bro,” and an assertion that time itself does not exist.
-- Trump has stated he flatly opposes stopping U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia in response to a diplomatic furor over missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
-- While campaigning for Democrats, Sen. Kamala Harris has hinted she’ll think about a presidential run after the midterm election.
L.A.’s Typhus Outbreak
A growing number of people falling sick with flea-borne typhus in Los Angeles County has prompted officials to corral stray animals, clean streets and encourage people to treat their pets for fleas. It’s also fueled debate about homelessness, as six of nine people infected in downtown L.A since July have been homeless — and typhus outbreaks are often associated with poor hygiene and overcrowding. Still, experts say they are unsure exactly why L.A. has seen an increase in typhus over the last decade.
Long before the internet or Twitter, the Los Angeles Times presented the “electric newspaper.” On this date in 1931, the news of the world began to “march around the corner of 6th and Hill streets in incandescent letters four feet high…. Everything that is news — local, state, national and world — will pass across the board during the five hours of its nightly operation.”
-- Kenneth Turan reviews “22 July,” a film chronicling a 2011 terrorist attack in Norway and its aftermath.
-- The fight is on at Hollister Ranch, as coastal officials have delayed development there in an effort to open up the beach to all.
-- Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr.’s purchase of a home from a city consultant is raising questions. He says it was just a coincidence.
-- L.A. City Councilman Mitchell Englander says he will vacate his seat at the end of the year to work at a sports and entertainment firm.
-- Construction workers in Calexico have put up the final panel of a new border barrier, a project touted by Trump as the first part of his promised wall.
-- Craft cocktail bars have been opening up and down the Vegas Strip. Their offerings are a far cry from those yard-long booze containers.
-- Five restaurant openings you should know about, including Sichuan Impression in Westwood.
-- Tour six Midcentury Modern gems at this Long Beach architecture tour.
-- In Santa Barbara’s wine country, you can enjoy a rustic-chic weekend escape.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
-- Amazon Prime’s new anthology drama, “The Romanoffs,” from “Mad Men’s” Matthew Weiner, hops around the globe. TV critic Lorraine Ali says it yields mixed results.
-- The Music Modernization Act, signed by Trump, is being hailed by a coalition of musicians, music publishers, songwriters and broadcasters for its updating of royalty payments.
-- Banksy has renamed his shredded “Girl With Balloon” painting, as the winning bidder is said to be going through with her purchase.
-- The Washington state Supreme Court has abolished capital punishment, calling the use of the death penalty there “arbitrary” and “racially biased.”
-- In one year, the U.S. Army discharged more than 500 immigrant enlistees who were recruited for their language or medical skills — and were promised a fast track to citizenship.
-- Lara Alqasem, an American student activist banned from entering Israel, is awaiting the results of her appeal at an airport detention facility.
-- Spain is still divided over the legacy of former dictator Francisco Franco. Will exhuming his body help the country heal?
-- The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage is nearing 5%, after a surge this week that put borrowing costs at their highest level since 2011, according to Freddie Mac.
-- Facebook says it has purged more than 800 U.S. publishers and accounts for flooding users with politically oriented content violating its spam policies.
-- The Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers play Game 1 of the National League Championship Series today. On paper, the Dodgers are the better team, writes columnist Bill Plaschke. But on the field, these players need to come through.
-- The Pac-12 Conference commissioner has called for an immediate change to football replays and a broader evaluation in response to a non-call during a game between USC and Washington State last month.
-- When it comes to attitudes toward sexual assault, how much has really changed? Columnist Robin Abcarian explores.
-- All girls should be taught to play poker. Here’s why.
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- Reporter Olivia Nuzzi: “My private Oval Office press conference with Donald Trump, Mike Pence, John Kelly, and Mike Pompeo.” (New York Magazine)
-- Lindsey Buckingham on life after Fleetwood Mac. (Rolling Stone)
-- American cheese is in a period of decline. (Bloomberg)
ONLY IN L.A.
Do you remember the fire that burned 400,000 books in downtown L.A.’s Central Library in 1986? Though many Angelenos have long put it out of mind, journalist Susan Orlean became fascinated enough by the fire and the mystery of who started it to write a book called — what else? — “The Library Book.”