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Ben Welsh

Benhas worked atthe Los Angeles Times since 2007. Before working at The Times, Ben conducted data analysis for investigative projects at The Center for Public Integrity in Washington DC.
Garcetti still struggling to expand the number of female firefighters

Four years ago, Mayor Eric Garcetti vowed to revamp the way the city hires firefighters, by introducing a greater number of women into a department that’s has been overwhelmingly male. Yet despite increasingly aggressive recruitment efforts, the L.A. Fire Department has seen only modest gains.

How Houston's newest homes survived Hurricane Harvey

No other major U.S. city has grown faster than Houston over the last decade, with a significant portion of new construction occurring in areas that the federal government considers prone to flooding. But much of that new real estate in those zones did just fine, a Times analysis has found.

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