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"Gay Wing" Pro and Con: Readers Respond

Gay Wing's Haters and Lovers Our blockbuster cover story last week went viral, and global, as hundreds of thousands of people shared reporter Ani Ucar's "In the Gay Wing of L.A. Men's Central Jail, It's Not Shanks and Muggings but Hand-Sewn Gowns and Tears," as well as her accompanying video,...…
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Senior-Citizen Porn Star and High-Density Hollywood: Readers Respond

The Eye of the Beholden? A profile of an unusual MacArthur Park couple ("L.A.'s BDSM Power Couple, and Their Sex Dungeon," Nov. 13) sent readers into opposing corners. The focus was almost entirely on the choices made by veteran (age 55) porn star Nina Hartley. Said Pennyantine: "Nina was paid...…
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Election Results and Voter Guides: Readers Respond

You Ignorant Sluts California's election results brought out the fury and glee in L.A. Weekly readers — in particular, the defeat of Proposition 46, a plan to raise the medical malpractice cap ("Consumer Watchdog Gets Blown Out on Health Care Propositions 45 and 46," Nov. 5) and the Weekly's "California...…
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The Death of Harry Major: Readers Respond

A Teacher's Secret Life Hillel Aron's look at the life and death of Harry Major, a Hollywood High teacher with a penchant for taking in ex-cons, had readers riveted last week ("The Pen Pal Murder," Oct. 17). Anon can't wait for the movie version, saying, "Great story and writing. Write...…
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The New New Beverly and the Artist Known as Cameron: Readers Write

Life of Cameron Tanja M. Laden's account of the fascinating life of L.A. artist/occultist Cameron had readers turning pages last week ("Cameron's Connections to Scientology and Powerful Men Once Drew Headlines, But Now Her Art Is Getting Its Due," Oct. 10). Pan69 writes simply, "Wonderful." Rafael Calderon agrees, writing, "An enthralling account of a woman living her life, neither asking nor giving quarter." But...…
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Sandra Fluke and Film Critics: Readers Write

St. Sandra of WeHo Last week, you may have enjoyed our Best of L.A. issue — if you were lucky enough to find a copy. But few scintillating arguments have broken out in response to our picks for, say, "best old-school chili dog stand" or "best composting class." Apparently, for...…
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Ravers Revolt: Readers Respond

Peace, Love and Disunity A lot of ravers just didn't like last week's cover story about Lady Casa ("Queen of the Raves," by Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek). Some thought Lady Casa was shallow. Others simply seemed upset that they'd never heard of her. Masterofchale writes, "This entire article is...…
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Gloria Molina and the Uses of Brown: Readers Write

Born to Run So! Gloria Molina is running for office, again ("Molina Targets City Hall's Boys Club," by Jill Stewart and Jessica P. Ogilvie, Sept. 12). Readers had plenty to say about that. Writes LuckyM, "The issue of a lack of women on the council is a red herring. She...…
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Gangs and Gumps: Readers Respond

Gangs of L.A. Readers were riveted by Sam Quinones' tale of Pancho Real, a Glassell Park crime lord who testified against his family and former partners ("Killer Turned Snitch," Sept. 5). But Franky Lamouche wasn't buying Quinones' description of Real's former stomping grounds: "Quinones calls Drew Street 'neglected.' I did...…
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Mental Health and Free Speech: Readers Write

The Case for Treatment Chris Walker's story about the county's new jail plan and the needs of mentally ill offenders generated discussion last week ("A $2 Billion Blunder," Aug. 29). Writes a sarcastic Seriousbus, "L.A. County has a policy for dealing with homeless people, called 'Housing First.' Now we know...…
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On Suicide: Readers Respond

Of Suicide, and Men Can't say we didn't see this one coming. Henry Rollins' Aug. 22 column — which questioned, in light of Robin Williams' death, how any parent could succumb to suicide ("Fuck Suicide") — went viral, and quickly had our mailbag filled to bursting. Very little of the...…
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Startup Dudes in the News: Readers Write

Angel of Fortune Gene Maddaus' profile of Silicon Beach investor Paige Craig had readers talking last week ("L.A. Angel," Aug. 15). Many were not impressed by Craig. Writes JoeLeisure, "Gordon Gekko 2.0. Man, that show Silicon Valley is so spot-on. It lampoons these greedy fucks (sorry, 'angels') perfectly. 'I'll only...…
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Dissing Las Vegas? Readers Respond

Viva Las Vegas? Henry Rollins' column once again filled our mailbag this week — with his suggestion that Las Vegas is out of ideas ruffling some readers' feathers ("Fake City," Aug. 8, 2014). Stephanie Forte writes, "If you were to visit my home in Las Vegas and peek inside my...…
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Living in Your Car: Readers Respond

Car Life Last week, we featured a first-person essay by a young professional who moved into his pickup truck in order to stay in L.A. after being laid off ("I Live in My Car"). The story's sidebar, by Chris Walker, looked at the bigger picture ("Car Dwelling in L.A.: A...…
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Skid Row and Off-Leash Dogs: Readers Respond

On the Skids With cool, young people flocking to downtown L.A., what happens to Skid Row and its denizens? Hillel Aron's July 25 cover story found few easy answers ("Barbarians at the Gate"). Shahdaroba hates how things are changing. "Back in the day in the 1960s, the homeless would look...…
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Dueling Sterlings and Vietnam Revisited: Readers React

Our Man in Los Angeles Readers loved Gendy Alimurung's profile of Nick Ut, who as a young man shot the definitive photo of the Vietnam War — and who continues to work for the Associated Press as a photojournalist in L.A. today ("The Shot of a Lifetime," July 18). Writes...…
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Charlie Parker and Henry Rollins (Again): Readers Respond

When Charlie Parker Dropped Trou Last week's cover story, "The Wildest Party in L.A. History," by Chris Walker, was a smash with readers. Scott Hajek summarizes the reaction: "Sex, drugs, art, fame, mystery and obscure L.A. history all rolled into one? Now that is what I want in a cover...…
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Armenian Power and Henry Rollins: Readers Write

Hayley Fox's cover story about the FBI's takedown of Armenian Power was a big hit with readers ("The Unusual Suspects," July 4). Yupper writes, "THANK GOD. I was beginning to think even the cops were afraid of these losers. They speed around in their flashy cars, no respect for anyone,...…
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Who's Whitewashing What? Readers Respond

Who Ya Calling "Whitewashed"? Readers loved Chris Kornelis' cover story detailing how Bob Marley's Legend was sold to the suburbs ("The Whitewashing of Bob Marley," June 27). Our headline? Not so much. Christian Clark writes, "While I enjoyed Chris Kornelis' article on Marley, I'm a bit miffed by its title...…
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The Karate Kid and LAPD Drones: Readers Write

Wax On, Wax Off Jared Cowan's story about The Karate Kid turning 30 — and particularly his online gallery of photos comparing its Valley locations in 1984 and today — was an online smash ("Today We Are the Karate Kid," June 20). Reader JustaGuy remembers one location well, writing, "In...…
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