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    L.A.'s Culture War Over the Last True Skid Row in America 36

    "Yo!" A black man in a filthy, yellow, collared shirt lies sprawled out in the middle of the Sixth Street sidewalk, out cold. No more than four inches from his face is a Business Improvement District officer, who shouts again: "Yo!" "Is he breathing?" asks a woman passing by, worried... More >>
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    Busted for Off-Leash Dog, Man Ordered Not to Leave Southern California 34

    Chaparral-covered hillsides dotted with oaks surround both sides of a barbed-wire fence with signs reading: "U.S. boundary." John Gladwin, whose Australian cattle dog, Molly, runs freely through the idyllic Simi Hills on a Sunday afternoon, is careful not to cross this border into the federal territory called the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. If he's caught... More >>
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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... More >>
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    Sterling v. Sterling Court Battle Gets the Old Razzle-Dazzle 9

    Donald Sterling's sanity is not on trial. No, the trial, a dispute between real estate tycoon and Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling and his wife, Shelly, concerns itself with trusts and revocations, doctor-patient confidentiality and so on. Yet the substance of Sterling's curious mind hovers over the proceedings, his dark,... More >>
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    Nick Ut's Napalm Girl Helped End the Vietnam War. Today in L.A., He's Still Shooting 2

    It was a lucky shot, some say of Nick Ut's famous Vietnam War photo The Terror of War, or Napalm Girl, as it is more commonly known. Less lucky, of course, was the little girl in the photo, Kim Phuc. She was running down the street, naked, after a napalm... More >>
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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... More >>
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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,... More >>
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    Everybody Got Naked With Charlie "Bird" Parker at the Wildest Party in L.A. History 5

    Charlie "Bird" Parker has been called the greatest saxophonist who ever lived, a jazz legend who not only spearheaded the bebop movement but also laid the foundations of modern jazz. He was also a party animal. In 1952, Los Angeles would play host to one of Parker's wildest exploits. The... More >>
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    Taking Down Armenian Power, California's Modern Mafia 46

    The whole thing started with a scene straight out of a mobster movie. It was around 6 p.m. when more than a dozen men from two organized crime groups opened fire on each other in a North Hollywood parking lot. Witnesses say nearly everyone was armed, and the shootout quickly... More >>
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    Is Heiress Wallis Annenberg Hijacking the Ballona Wetlands? 2

    Nudged on by heiress Wallis Annenberg and her promise of more than $50 million in private funds, state officials are ramping up an argument that a chunk of the Ballona Wetlands — a protected ecological reserve — is suited for an urban park with buildings, signs, paths, parking lots and... More >>