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In Syria, war is woven into childhood

In Syria, war is woven into childhood

Smooth-cheeked child soldiers hold rifles in a land where cemeteries fill with tiny graves and kids pretend to dodge sniper bullets for fun.

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For pizza vendors, Vegas expo is a slice of heaven

For pizza vendors, Vegas expo is a slice of heaven

Everyone's favorite food is big business at this convention, where people check out ovens, slicers, organic sauces, dough-tossing contests and, of course, samples.

Activist battles L.A. County jailers' 'culture of violence'

Activist battles L.A. County jailers' 'culture of violence'

Patrisse Cullors saw what her father and brother experienced and was moved to form the Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails.

In Syria, a shrinking city struggles on between terrifying air raids

In Syria, a shrinking city struggles on between terrifying air raids

Syrians in rebel-held areas have borne near-daily attacks, enduring President Bashar Assad's military might with a resilience bordering on stubborn fatalism.

Arts blossom in a 'garage salon' in Bell

Arts blossom in a 'garage salon' in Bell

For the last three months, musicians, painters and poets throughout southeast L.A. County have traveled to Eric Contreras' garage for an open-mic night called Alivio, the Spanish word for relief.

A couple's commitment to skid row doesn't waver

A couple's commitment to skid row doesn't waver

Jeff Dietrich and Catherine Morris have spent decades working with the homeless, often alienating the downtown establishment. One question they can't answer: What will happen when they are gone?

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