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Ben Welsh

Ben Welsh is the editor of the Data Desk, a team of reporters and computer programmers that collects, organizes, analyzes and presents large amounts of information. Projects he's contributed to have won the Pulitzer Prize, the Library of Congress' Innovation Award and numerous other awards for investigative reporting and digital journalism.
L.A. is slammed with record costs for legal payouts

Los Angeles has been hit with skyrocketing costs for legal payouts in recent years, as the city faces lawsuits over dangerous roads, disputed arrests and other alleged wrongdoing.

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.

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