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Kate Coe

Rescuing a Legacy

Mike Risner looks like a cross between the Brawny paper towel guy and a leprechaun on steroids. He's a respected film industry professional with a long list of credits. And thanks to a free ad on Craigslist, he's the unlikely guardian of an L.A. legacy. Risner admits to being slightly......

Propositions 94, 95, 96 & 97

When California voters passed Proposition 5 in 2000, allowing the creation of Indian casinos, few foresaw the replacement of card parlors with huge resorts, sh...

WGA Strike's Fountain of Youth

WHEN MODERNHUMORIST.COM CREATED a widely seen poster proclaiming, “When You Pirate MP3s, You’re Downloading Communism,” the line spoke for a whole generation. T...

The Theresa Duncan Tragedy

IN 2001, THERESA DUNCAN was on top of the world. She had a two-picture deal with Fox Searchlight, and came to Los Angeles confident in her ability to conquer Hollywood. In July 2007, she was dead by her own hand, having washed down an overdose of Tylenol PM with bourbon......

That Bitter Aftertaste

In the aftermath of the Long Beach hate-crime trial, with nine convicted teen felons heading back to school — and in some cases warmly welcomed into top positions on sports teams — some of the victims and their families are bitterly lashing out at the high schools and the judge......

Long Beach Hate-Crime Verdict

WHILE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MEDIA weren’t eager to cover the Long Beach Halloween hate-crime trial, they were more than ready for the January 26 verdict — and any subsequent violence — as requests by camera crews flooded in to Judge Gibson Lee, who denied them all. Even as journalists and spectators......

Long Beach Hate Crime

LAST HALLOWEEN IN THE Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach, where neighbors put on a lavish fright fest each year, three young women left a haunted house and found themselves caught in a street brawl with a crowd of teenagers. By melee’s end, one woman’s face was fractured in 12......