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Jenny Hontz

Troubled Mar Vista Teacher Is Now Disadvantaged School's Burden

When Warner Takaki caught the odor on her daughter's fifth-grade teacher while volunteering in the classroom just after school let out, she ran to the office. "It's happening right now," she says she told the office manager. "I smell booze right now." That December 2012 afternoon wasn't the first time......

Exiled by Love

Christine Avramov, a 28-year-old from Riverside, and Jessica, a 21-year-old from Luxembourg, fell madly in love by e-mail during the summer of 2001. After Jessica surprised Christine with a visit to Los Angeles for her birthday that fall, they knew their long-distance romance wasn’t enough. “I was driving her back......

Mending Fences

Two downtown L.A. garment-district workers have blown the whistle on sweatshop conditions at a factory where they sewed uniforms for law-enforcement officers in Los Angeles and New York. Shortly after the Weekly and City Councilman Mike Feuer began investigating the workers‘ claims, garment manufacturer Winter Gear Co. agreed to pay......

Digs of Doom

Edelmira Pineda, a 32-year-old mother of two from Guatemala, knew something was terribly wrong with her Echo Park apartment building before it collapsed. Cracks and even gaping holes in the walls were getting larger. Windows and doors no longer fit in their frames, and the sound of bending wood was......