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Dave Perera

Slam Dunk

In its segregated heyday, Little Tokyo took in more than three square miles of boarding houses, corner markets and Buddhist temples. It now covers only nine downtown Los Angeles blocks. Saving its identity as a Japanese-American cultural hub, say community leaders, rather than seeing it further reduced to a second-class......
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Drug War Index

Number of Americans who say we’re losing the drug war: 3 in 4 1 Number of Americans over age 11 who have used illicit drugs in their lifetime: 2 in 5 2 Number of times the total of new drug users in 1998 is greater than the current population of......
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Drugs & Race Index

Percentage of inmates incarcerated in state and federal prisons during 1998 for drug offenses who are white: 20 1 Percentage of inmates incarcerated in state and federal prisons during 1998 for drug offenses who are black: 57 2 Percentage of inmates incarcerated in state and federal prisons during 1998 for......
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Cocaine Index

Number of Americans who report using cocaine at least once: 1 in 10 1 Year that the active chemical ingredient from coca leaves was first isolated: 1859 2 Year that cocaine-flavored “Vin Mariani” was introduced in France by pharmacist Angelo Mariani: 1865 3 Number of popes who sent letters to......

The Science of Making Belmont Safe

RIVERSIDE COUNTY — Under a hot, humid March sky, down the road from a cow shed, another subdivision is on the rise at the end of a featureless cul-de-sac. But there’s one complication. These four houses under construction are located atop ground that contains methane gas — a natural byproduct......

Frequently Asked Questions About Belmont

What is dangerous about the Belmont site? What is methane (CH4 )? Why is methane dangerous? How much methane is there at the Belmont site and where? What is hydrogen sulfide (H2S)? Why is hydrogen sulfide dangerous? How much hydrogen sulfide is at the Belmont site and where? How great......

Fresh Produce and Streets of Fire

Shoppers meandering about Farmers Market in Los Angeles’ Fairfax District can search for organic tomatoes while enjoying this throwback to earlier times — when produce was always fresh off the farm, cities were smaller, and when there was no such thing as a "High Potential Methane Zone." High-pressure surges of......

The Experts

Untitled Bernard Endres Kaye H. Kilburn (Click on the name or scroll down.) BERNARD ENDRES It’s hard not to like Bernie Endres (see "The Belmont Site Cannot Be Made Safe"). The 64-year-old engineer delivers insights regarding oil fields with a patience, congeniality and professorial air that’s both appealing and persuasive......
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