Your daily look at late-breaking California news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. POT INITIATIVE QUALIFIES FOR BALLOT
A long-anticipated campaign to legalize recreational marijuana use in the state that produces more pot than any other commenced in California on Wednesday as supporters announced they have collected enough signatures to qualify a voter initiative for the November ballot.
2. CLOSER LOOK AT DOCTOR SOUGHT FOR PRINCE HELP
The Northern California doctor who was asked to help Prince before his death is an addiction and pain specialist who has championed the use of a semi-synthetic opiate to treat pain.Dr. Howard Kornfeld, who operates an outpatient medical center in bucolic Marin County, received publicity in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2013 for his work with buprenorphine.
3. EX-LAKERS COACH SAYS HE WAS SHOCKED BY FIRING
Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott says he thought he had more time to right the ship before the team fired him last week. Scott tells ESPN he was “surprised” and “shocked” by the move even though he led the Lakers to the two worst seasons in their history, including this season’s franchise-worst 17-65 mark.
4. WOODY ALLEN SPEAKS OUT ON WIFE, LIFE
Woody Allen says in a revealing interview that he has made wife Soon-Yi Previn’s life better and the controversy that surrounded the couple in the 1990s hasn’t traumatized him.
5. ‘JUNGLE BOOK’ TRAILER BRINGS GOLD TOO
While Disney’s “The Jungle Book” dominates the box office, the team responsible for getting the word out also got their due at the Golden Trailer Awards. The film won a top four honors at the annual celebration of movie marketing, held Thursday night in Beverly Hills.
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