Selected items from the media, our in box and other LA Observed sources. Posted occasionally — often in the morning.
Why Californians are such suckers for superheroes, writes Joe Mathews. Zocalo Public Square
In the raw video of LAPD officers shooting and killing Charly Keunang on Skid Row in March, you might remember seeing a small homeless woman pick up a police baton that fell. She has been in jail ever since awaiting trial for assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, just this week had her bail reduced to $50,000 from over $1 million, and faces life in prison as a three-striker. LAT
The University of California will raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next three years for all employees, including part-time and contract workers. Sacto Bee
Ted Rohrlich, a former LA Times reporter who has been with the SEIU's Center for Public Accountability, has joined the staff of Controller Ron Galperin as deputy controller. Rohrlich left the Times in the 2009 exodus.
Mexico's secretary of state responded to Donald Trump's assertions about Mexicans, saying Trump’s statements “are colored by prejudice, racism — or just plain ignorance — that’s not a good and positive sign. Any combination of the three does not help the debate, does not help politics.” SF Chronicle
Bill Simmons, ex of ESPN and Grantland, is landing at HBO. NYT
Nikkei, the Japanese financial newspaper company that owns multiple dailies, announced Thursday morning it is buying the Financial Times from news and education company Pearson PLC for $1.29 billion. Poynter
Jonathan Weber, the former LA Times tech editor and editor of the Industry Standard, is the new global technology editor at Reuters.
Former "Today" segment producer and William Morris agent Tony Freinberg is joining crisis PR firm G.F. Bunting and Co. as a senior account executive in Los Angeles.
NPR staffers were told they probably shouldn't say asshole on a podcast. NPR
Jonathan Dobrer on remembering Theo Bikel. Friendly Fire
The Special Olympics World Games starting here Saturday are expected to boost L.A.'s tourism industry. LAT
Special Olympics competitors arriving in Southern California were greeted by a logistics mess that forced many to sleep on a gymnasium floor at Loyola Marymount University before they were finally shuttled to their host cities on Wednesday. AP
The true class divide in Metro's transit system is between those who have a choice to ride and those who have no choice, D.J. Waldie argues. "Transit dependency, like other dependencies, is a relationship of power. Dependency forms -- or deforms -- both user and provider. Metro is continuing to change that relationship for dependent riders." KCET
Hope is growing that the strong El Niño effect observed in the Pacific will lead to a heavy winter of rain and snow in the Sierra Nevada and Northern California, where the water matters. LAT
But the chances are higher for heavy rainfall in Southern California. LAT
State water officials produced a new aerial video tour of how key reservoirs look in the drought. SFGate
Dodgers legend Fernando Valenzuela, 54, became a United States citizen in a ceremony on Wednesday.