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For a Nisei sisterhood, it's yesterday once more

What began in 1949 as a social club of seven young Japanese American girls finding refuge from exclusion and racism is still going strong today ¿ a bond of friendship that has endured through college and careers, marriage and motherhood, surgeries and deaths.SEE THE STORY

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For the nostalgic, the Dodger Dog is a home run

The sausage is long and perfectly pipe cleaner straight. The bread hugs it like a glove one size too small, and at both ends, the vaguely orange meat protrudes. It comes twisted up in a silver foil wrapper branded in blue, retrieved from a covered metal heating tray, where it has waited —...

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  • 'Bookcycle' peddles a new take on feminism
    'Bookcycle' peddles a new take on feminism

    On a mural-lined corner of Echo Park, a dozen people gather around a tricycle painted a summery yellow. But even more eye-catching than the color is its main feature: a triple-decker shelf filled with books.

  • Police chief's apology sows healing, friendship
    Police chief's apology sows healing, friendship

    The phone call that changed Police Chief Kevin Murphy's life came late on a Friday afternoon last year: The mayor of this cordial Southern capital asked him to greet a delegation arriving the next morning from Washington.

  • For writers in juvenile hall, sentences can be liberating
    For writers in juvenile hall, sentences can be liberating

    Eminem's "The Monster" ricocheted off the cinder-block walls and worn linoleum floor at Sylmar's Juvenile Hall.

  • 'Hi, do you have water?' In a Central Calif. town, answer is often no.
    'Hi, do you have water?' In a Central Calif. town, answer is often no.

    The grandmother sat outside in her Sunday best next to a house with peeling paint, her canned iced tea resting on top of a washing machine that didn't work. She'd been without running water for four months.

  • For China's Uighurs, knifings taint an ancient craft
    For China's Uighurs, knifings taint an ancient craft

    Here on the fertile edge of the Taklimakan Desert, people have long believed that placing a knife on their bedside keeps away bad dreams. On a baby's seventh day of life, it's tradition for parents to briefly slip a blade under the sleeping infant's head to guarantee a long and...

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