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Alana Semuels

Writer

Alana Semuels no longer works for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she was a staff writer based in the New York bureau, covering economic and national stories in the eastern part of the U.S. The Boston native joined The Times in 2006 and has written about topics as diverse as the changing workplace, a hard-fought rock, paper, scissors contest, and the 2012 elections.

Recent Articles

  • At Detroit's border, a barrier separates the haves from have-nots

    At Detroit's border, a barrier separates the haves from have-nots

    The border between Grosse Pointe Park and Detroit represents a huge dividing line separating the haves and have-nots: Detroit's median household income is $26,955. Grosse Pointe Park's is $101,094. The average response time for Grosse Pointe Park police was 3.4 minutes in 2012. In Detroit's Precinct...

  • Activist dives in dumpsters across the U.S. to highlight food waste

    Activist dives in dumpsters across the U.S. to highlight food waste

    Rob Greenfield is standing barefoot and shirtless in a dumpster when he finds the strawberries. He's ravenous after bicycling more than 60 miles, so he stops rummaging through bags and boxes to open the container of strawberries and pop one into his mouth. He seems not to notice the stench of rotten...

  • For abortion foes, a national strategy built at the state level

    For abortion foes, a national strategy built at the state level

    The numbers have changed little over the decades: A majority of Americans support abortion. But across the country, the antiabortion movement has recorded major success in the last four years, part of a well-funded national strategy to legislate abortion out of existence state by state. Legislatures,...

  • A potato-chip-shaped hole in ex-Detroiters' hearts

    A potato-chip-shaped hole in ex-Detroiters' hearts

    Like many former autoworkers, when Jim Mattson retired, he left the state where he'd spent his life and headed west. But there was something he missed about Michigan from his RV park in Arizona. Not the Detroit winters, certainly, nor the abysmal Detroit Lions. Not even the view of Lake St. Clair...

  • Syracuse, N.Y., and other U.S. cities are rethinking urban freeways

    Syracuse, N.Y., and other U.S. cities are rethinking urban freeways

    Half a century ago, engineers constructed a massive elevated highway through the center of this industrial city to quickly funnel traffic from downtown to the growing suburbs to the north. Now, Van Robinson wants to make it disappear. "We need to tear this thing down," he said, standing on a street...

  • New York march seeks to be largest climate change event ever

    New York march seeks to be largest climate change event ever

    Meaye Ndoye, a 34-year-old student from Brooklyn, volunteers frequently in his community, but he’s never participated in the type of public march that seems to occur on a weekly basis here, calling for an end to America’s military presence in Iraq or protesting the NYPD or celebrating unions. But...

  • Iowa Supreme Court blocks rule limiting access to abortion pills

    Iowa Supreme Court blocks rule limiting access to abortion pills

    A rule that would have prohibited doctors from prescribing abortion pills by videoconferencing was blocked Tuesday by the Iowa Supreme Court in a last-minute decision hailed as a victory by abortion rights advocates. “This ruling is a victory for Iowa women,” said Suzanna de Baca, president and...

  • Family of Aurora shooting victim sues ammo, body armor suppliers

    Family of Aurora shooting victim sues ammo, body armor suppliers

    More than two years after James E. Holmes killed 12 people and wounded 70 at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., the family of one of the victims has filed suit against the websites where they say he bought the ammunition, body armor and tear gas used to carry out the attack. The companies "failed...

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