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Robin Abcarian

Robin Abcarian is a columnist at the Los Angeles Times. Focusing mostly on California culture, news and politics, she roams the Golden State, reporting stories that help readers understand what makes this place unique. Over the past year, she has devoted many columns to helping readers understand the complex issues they would have to consider as they made up their minds about whether to legalize cannabis for adult recreational use. Abcarian has held many positions at The Times. She covered the 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns full time, and wrote occasionally about the 2016 campaign. As a culture writer for the paper’s Calendar section, she has covered the Oscars, the Emmys and the Sundance Film Festival. For most of the 1990s, she was a columnist for The Times’ feature section, before becoming its editor in 2003.
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How ripping out a plant species is helping save an endangered Southern California butterfly

The El Segundo blue butterfly, on the endangered species list since 1976, is making a comeback in a few patches of land between LAX and Redondo Beach, thanks to the efforts of local environmentalists who have been ripping out ice plant and restoring the butterfly's native habit

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New Supreme Court decision could upend thousands of deportation cases in setback for immigration hard-liners

Last month, the Supreme Court, in an 8-1 decision, ruled that thousands of "notices to appear" sent by the feds to noncitizens in deportation proceedings are invalid because they did not include a date, time and place for the appearance. It is unclear what the fallout will be, but it could be huge.

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