May 3, 2016
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.
Indiana goes to the polls today, in what could be a key moment in whether Donald Trump takes the Republican presidential nomination. Just when Ted Cruz needs all the help he can get, one of his biggest financial supporters is holding off on spending the vast majority of his $10-million donation. As Joseph Tanfani and Noah Bierman report, Cruz is depending heavily on super PAC money from Toby Neugebauer and two other wealthy donors — except Neugebauer is fighting over campaign strategy. Meet Cruz’s money men.
A Crackdown on Cartels is Creating More Child Inmates
For decades, prosecutors rarely went after children used to smuggle drugs across the border from Mexico into Arizona. If they were caught by the federal authorities, they were released. But that made children the ideal drug mule. Now, Cochise County is trying to deter the cartels by charging the juveniles as adults. And that is making for some unpleasant surprises.
The Thin Blue Subject Line
Santa Clara County jail guards. San Francisco police. An L.A. County sheriff’s official. All have recently become embroiled in controversies over derogatory emails or texts. Even as agencies look to become more diverse and institute training that looks at implicit biases, law enforcement officers are realizing that not just their actions, but also their words, are under scrutiny.
How the Coastal Commission Is Wined and Dined
Members of the California Coastal Commission have to disclose meetings with interested parties outside of their public hearings, whether it’s over dinner or on the phone. A Times review of 374 disclosure forms filed from January 2015 to March 2016 shows that more than half involved developers, property owners and their lobbyists. Here’s why some commissioners say such contact is vital — and why one lawmaker wants to ban it.
This Is Not an Endorsement
To endorse or not to endorse? That is the question. In this strange campaign season, the answer is to “vote for a candidate but not endorse.” Rudy Giuliani said he cast a ballot for but did not endorse Trump. Two senators did the same for Cruz. Ditto for at least one lawmaker who voted for Kasich. So what gives? Read on to see why some call it a new low in political waffling and others say it’s perfectly reasonable.
— Democrats think this might be the year Gov. Jerry Brown loosens his grip on state spending.
— The jury in the “Grim Sleeper” trial heard closing arguments after three months of grisly testimony.
— The Supreme Court rejected an Orange County murderer’s appeal claiming “inhumane stress” caused by his wait on death row.
— The families of two teenage best friends who drowned in the L.A. River share stories and tears.
— Five things to watch for in the Indiana primary.
— Israel’s justice minister proposes controversial West Bank settlement legislation.
— Trapped for decades in a byzantine border dispute, these Indians are voting for the first time.
— It’s getting more and more dangerous to criticize the Turkish government.
— To feel better, eat less (yes, even if you’re not overweight).
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
— Beyond the tragedy, the documentary “Janis: Little Girl Blue” reveals Joplin as a smart, funny, vulnerable feminist conundrum.
— This documentarian is fighting back against the “No Fats, No Femmes” mantra within gay culture.
— Theater review: A triumphant “Endgame” for Beckett veteran Alan Mandell.
— The Met Gala: Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and the edgiest looks on the red carpet.
— Why more widows are having trouble trying to prevent a foreclosure.