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Essential California: The drug war implications of Mexico going to the polls

Essential California: The drug war implications of Mexico going to the polls
  • Essential California: The drug war implications of Mexico going to the polls FWC: Essential California: The drug war implications of Mexico going to the polls

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, June 30. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES The man expected to be Mexico’s next president is considering a radical new approach in the country’s long-running war on the drug trade: amnesty….

  • The Best of What’s Coming to Netflix in July 2018 FWC: The Best of What’s Coming to Netflix in July 2018

    As summer sets in and temperatures rise, what better way to escape the July heat than curling up with your favorite TV shows and movies on Netflix. The streaming service has a host of original programming for the whole family to enjoy this month, including the original Jurassic Park, new episodes of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and…

  • Dillon Francis Releases Fortnite-Inspired Music Video For “Look At That Butt” FWC: Dillon Francis Releases Fortnite-Inspired Music Video For “Look At That Butt”

    Dillon Francis’s latest foray into the world of e-gaming at the E3 Fortnite Pro-Am must have rubbed off on him, as his new music video for “Look At That Butt” with Jarine de Marco is entirely Fortnite-themed and absolutely hilarious. The music video features many of the character skins available in the game displaying a variety of the dance moves…

  • High pot prices bring buzz kill in California six months after marijuana legalization FWC: High pot prices bring buzz kill in California six months after marijuana legalization

    Talk about a buzz kill. California is marking the six-month anniversary of recreational marijuana sales with consumers and the cannabis industry complaining about everything from steep prices to high taxes to a scarcity of licensed pot shops. Although they’ve known about the deadline for months,…

  • 'West Wing' star Rob Lowe seeks $47 million for empty nest in Montecito FWC: ‘West Wing’ star Rob Lowe seeks $47 million for empty nest in Montecito

    Actor Rob Lowe and wife Sheryl, a jewelry designer, are preparing for the next chapter in their empty-nest lives. The couple, whose two sons both left for college in recent years, have listed their estate in Montecito for $47 million. “With our boys now out of the house, we’re looking forward to…

  • Mbappe becomes second teenager to score twice in knockout stage game as France eliminates Messi and Argentina FWC: Mbappe becomes second teenager to score twice in knockout stage game as France eliminates Messi and Argentina

    Colombia’s Yerry Mina (13) controls the ball next to teammate Davinson Sanchez and Senegal’s M’Baye Niang. (Maddie Meyer / Associated Press) Yerry Mina scored on a header in the 74th minute and Colombia defeated Senegal 1-0 Thursday to advance to the World Cup knockout stage. Senegal became the first team ever eliminated by a new tiebreaker — number of yellow…

  • Books: Remembering Harlan Ellison, following Robert Frost and more FWC: Books: Remembering Harlan Ellison, following Robert Frost and more

    Hello readers. I’m Carolyn Kellogg, L.A. Times Books Editor, with what’s new in books this week. THE BIG FAREWELL It came as a surprise, I was told: Harlan Ellison died in his sleep Wednesday night at age 84. The science fiction writer — who hated it when people called him that — was sharply intelligent,…

  • Axwell Λ Ingrosso Drop Euphoric Anthem “Dancing Alone” [MUST LISTEN] FWC: Axwell Λ Ingrosso Drop Euphoric Anthem “Dancing Alone” [MUST LISTEN]

    Axwell ? Ingrosso have been holding out on us, because their new single “Dancing Alone” is one of the most amazing things we’ve heard in a long, long time! No one should be dancing alone, especially to this single, which brings out all the best parts of the duo’s euphoric sound for an instant classic-caliber result. With the Axwell ? Ingrosso…

  • Bring on the heat FWC: Bring on the heat

    Is anyone else feeling the heat this weekend? Yes, I’m talking about the weather, but also the World Cup! In between watching and discussing the matches, there should be plenty of opportunity to both cook and eat outdoors this weekend. In this week’s section, we’ve got stories to help you do both….

  • Republicans don't need to be brave to stand up to Trump. They need a conscience FWC: Republicans don’t need to be brave to stand up to Trump. They need a conscience

    To the editor: It has been noted in multiple articles that Democrats have been decrying President Trump’s border policies. Since when does compassion belong to a single political party? And, really, do we want our president, Democrat or Republican, to: Have no empathy for those seeking asylum?…

  • Are SOPHIE and Lady Gaga planning total pop domination? FWC: Are SOPHIE and Lady Gaga planning total pop domination?

    SOPHIE‘s recent album, OIL OF EVERY PEARL’s UN-INSIDES, provided the architectural blueprints for pop’s future. Experimental, vulnerable, and destructive in its reinterpretation of the pop’s most common themes; SOPHIE’s debut album was unapologetically avant-garde. The album’s message largely leans on the idea of paving the way for a whole new world, referenced both directly in the album’s track by the same name…

  • Stat corner: Most valuable pitchers in MLB history FWC: Stat corner: Most valuable pitchers in MLB history

    Who had the most valuable career as a pitcher in baseball history? We can use the Wins Above Average stat, covered in a previous stat corner, to give one possible answer. Remember, WAA gives you credit for what a player did that was above an average player at their position in the years they played….