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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... More >>
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    Drew Street Killer Faces Mexican Mafia Bounty After Snitching on the Family 9

    Francisco Real killed people. He smuggled illegal immigrants. He sold drugs and collected taxes for the Mexican Mafia. He ran a gang and family criminal enterprise that made his street in Glassell Park one of the most dangerous in Los Angeles. But L.A. being the city of reinvention, last week... More >>
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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... More >>
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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... More >>
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    L.A. County Jail Plan Is a $2 Billion Blunder That Embraces Incarceration, Not Treatment, for Mentally Ill 24

    It was the happiest day of Phillip Cho's life. Shortly after New Year's Day in 2005, he learned that he had acquired a fortune of $600 million — a windfall from his brother, who had won a settlement in a corporate espionage lawsuit, and who planned to give Cho access... More >>
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    Child Sex Abuser Who Sued 1,000 Firms Under Disability Act Commits Suicide 26

    Late in 2013, I wrote an article outing Jon Carpenter, a prodigious filer of hundreds of lawsuits against small businesses in Los Angeles, as a convicted child molester who never did his prison time. In March, nearly four months after L.A. Weekly's story, the wheelchair-bound Carpenter traveled to Zurich, Switzerland... More >>
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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... More >>