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essential california: sexual harassment allegations grow in hollywood and beyond

good morning, and welcome to the essential california newsletter. it’s monday, oct. 23, and here’s what’s happening across california:

top stories

a director’s long trail of allegations

thirty-eight women have come forward to accuse writer-director james toback of sexual harassment. in a hotel...






zorro creator's home in glendale sells with a slash to the price

the glendale house that was once the home of zorro character creator johnston mcculley has sold for $1.85 million. the mission revival-style residence came on the market in june at $2.2 million.

the past association with the writer is not the 1907 dwelling’s only brush with fame. in addition to...






first look at ‘steven universe’s’ brand new homeworld gem

watch out crystal gems, a brand new face from the homeworld is invading beach city the world of “steven universe.” but don’t worry, we have all the details.

hessonite will be the newest homeworld gem introduced into the “steven universe” lore, cartoon network has announced. she is set to make her...






houston astros' road to the world series

the houston astros defeated the boston red sox three games to one in the best-of-five american league division series and the new york yankees in seven games in the al championship series. here’s what happened:

alds

game 1: houston 8, boston 2

highlights: astros second baseman jose altuve hit three...






'bright star' at the ahmanson: bluegrass, tears and a big, vacuous smile

as one theatergoer’s bliss is another theatergoer’s cornball, let’s accentuate the positive before delving into the negative of a show that reveals just how thin the line is between hokey and charming.

“bright star,” the eager-to-please country musical by steve martin and edie brickell that had...






tune into the opera world with new show aboard silversea cruises

silversea cruises will celebrate love and opera when a new production show, “grande amore,” opens nov. 2 on a caribbean and central american voyage aboard the silver whisper.

the show, which eventually will be staged aboard the line's five ships, features new musical tracks recorded by london's...






las vegas' pop-up golf course will showcase first putting championships

the world’s best amateur and pro putters are coming to las vegas on friday to compete in the first golf putting championships at a temporary 18-hole course adjacent to planet hollywood resort & casino.

the major series of putting championships are scheduled to start friday and continue through...






immigrant abortion case heads back to court

the aclu asked a federal appeals court sunday night to reenter the case of a 17-year-old pregnant immigrant in detention whose request for an abortion has been blocked by federal officials.

the woman, identified in court as jane doe to protect her privacy, has been held in a federal detention center...






trump opens week in dispute with soldier's widow over his condolence call to her

oct. 20, 2017, 3:00 a.m. reporting from richmond, va. former president obama steps back onto the campaign stage to spur voters and tangle with trump cathleen decker as virginia lt. gov. ralph northam looks on, former president obama speaks in richmond, va. (european pressphoto agency) barack obama...





mma rankings: fabricio werdum shows why he is a top fighter

the times’ mma rankings for october, as compiled by todd martin

heavyweight

1. stipe miocic

2. alistair overeem

3. fabricio werdum

4. cain velasquez

5. junior dos santos

6. vitaly minakov

7. francis ngannou

8. mark hunt

9. derrick lewis

10. alexander volkov

fabricio werdum had his opponent switched...






overturned big rig shuts down transition road between westbound 10, northbound 110 freeways

a major transition road was closed early monday after a semi-truck overturned in downtown los angeles, authorities said.

the big rig crashed as it was merging onto the northbound 110 freeway from the westbound 10 freeway around 3 a.m., according to the california highway patrol. some oil spilled...






major league baseball uses movies to makes a pitch for younger viewers. it's latest star: babe ruth

major league baseball wants to turn its first superstar, new york yankees slugger babe ruth, into tv’s next big anti-hero.

the league is involved in developing a limited tv series about the life of the hard-partying home run king. director-producer allen coulter, whose credits include the gritty...






essential politics: this is what happens when steve bannon comes to california

california republicans walked into their weekend convention facing a persistent question: what direction should they take to stop the ongoing decline of their power in the state? three chaotic days later, there was little resolution.

those divisions were on display at the gop convention headlined...






‘good morning, it’s the communist party': loudspeakers in china take xi’s ideological campaign to new levels

the loudspeakers crackle on soon after sunrise, bathing the village of nanmiao in communist party dictates.

as china’s leaders hold a twice-a-decade party congress in beijing, hamlets such as this one have turned on rusty speakers, or installed new ones, to spread the word directly to the people....






just say 'no' to arctic refuge drilling

the high arctic is almost unbearably beautiful. the plains that turn tawny gold and rust red come autumn, the flat tundra that rises sharply into icy peaks, the vast herds of caribou. for decades these images have been enough to protect the arctic national wildlife refuge from oil drilling — it...






l.a.'s first lady: there's a citywide dimension to sexual abuse — it drives our worst social ills

we’ve seen a sickening cascade of headlines about sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry, the media, academia and politics in recent weeks and months.

i am as horrified by the stories i’ve read as i am filled with admiration for the courage of the women who have come forward...






california inc.: tech event looks at the coming robot takeover

welcome to california inc., the weekly newsletter of the l.a. times business section.

i'm business columnist david lazarus, and here's a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week.

some good economic news from the golden state: we added 52,200 net new jobs in september,...






what would happen if amazon brought 50,000 workers to your city? ask seattle

amazon.com has driven an economic boom in seattle, bestowing more than 40,000 jobs upon a city known for starbucks coffee and seahawks fandom. its growth remade a neglected industrial swath north of downtown into a hub of young workers and fixed the region, along with microsoft before it, as a...






as flames fade, wine country grapples with emotional scars of devastating fires

in the days since fires ravaged towns here, people have pulled together. strangers at coffee shops share their trauma, talking of homes destroyed and loved ones lost.

almost everyone seems to know a neighbor who knocked on a door or lifted someone into a car, and saved a life.

the phrase “the love...






if we can't build two tunnels to bring sacramento delta water to socal, will one suffice?

if two massive, 40-mile long, 40-foot-diameter tunnels that would direct sacramento river water around the fragile sacramento-san joaquin river delta to central and southern california are too big, too expensive and too scary to contemplate, how about splitting the difference and going with a single...