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  • Christian and Muslim clerics plead for peace
    Christian and Muslim clerics plead for peace

    In the midst of horrific attacks that killed thousands and caused an exodus of Muslims from Central African Republic, clerics are reaching across the sectarian divide to preach reconciliation. One cleric asks: 'Why do you want to kill this boy?'

  • In a decaying resort area, a pot war erupts
    In a decaying resort area, a pot war erupts

    Transients hole up in the old cottage resorts where vacationing families once came to fish and swim. Rotted docks and pier pilings litter the lake's shoreline.

  • In this group, she's just Gloria Molina, quilter
    In this group, she's just Gloria Molina, quilter

    L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina shows her fabric-loving softer side at the East Los Angeles Stitchers, which she and friends founded to share their love of quilting and bring more Latinas into its sisterhood.

  • Jesus Burgers offers Isla Vista food for body and spirit
    Jesus Burgers offers Isla Vista food for body and spirit

    Angela Boyd bounced on the balls of her feet as the smell of sizzling meat pierced the ocean breeze. The 19-year-old and her friends were about to celebrate her birthday in Isla Vista, but they were making a pit stop at the Jesus Burgers house.

  • One man's uphill fight to stem childhood obesity
    One man's uphill fight to stem childhood obesity

    A short walk from the fast-food drive-throughs, taco joints and doughnut shops lining Hawaiian Gardens' palm-tree-dotted main drag, a classroom of energetic kindergartners begins a well-rehearsed routine.

  • Ex-leader's estate embodies Ukraine's past, present, hope for future
    Ex-leader's estate embodies Ukraine's past, present, hope for future

    On a summer's day in the park, children gripped Frisbees and ice cream cones as they tottered next to distracted parents. A wedding party simulated a conga line for a patient cameraman. A trio of twentysomething men sipped kvass, a favorite only-looks-like-beer beverage.

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  • A newsstand where the world still unfolds as print fades to black
    A newsstand where the world still unfolds as print fades to black

    A red truck pulls into an empty parking lot off Fairfax Avenue just before 6 a.m. René Portillo gets out in a rush and heads to a blue shoe box of a building wearing a message in faded paint: "THE NEW YORK TIMES Expect The World." To the right, a California Lottery banner...

  • California drought imperils a dream
    California drought imperils a dream

    At first they called Fred Lujan a gentleman farmer.

  • Kenyan kids jump across the world
    Kenyan kids jump across the world

    When she first picked up a jump-rope, at age 11, Beryl Atieno was just another young girl in Kibera, Nairobi's notorious slum. Her horizon didn't extend far past its mud-slick streets and jagged patchwork of rusting rooftops.

  • Playwright's 'ghosts' reflect spirit of Santa Ana
    Playwright's 'ghosts' reflect spirit of Santa Ana

    Writing 'The Long Road Today' required Jose Cruz Gonzalez to convince locals to share memories, fears and hopes about their home.

  • A decades-old same-sex marriage complicates a green-card case
    A decades-old same-sex marriage complicates a green-card case

    Anthony Sullivan and Richard Adams were spending a quiet evening watching television in their Tujunga home when Johnny Carson joked about some liberal county clerk in Colorado who had done the unthinkable: issued a marriage license to two men.

  • A tree's cinematic fame continues to grow in East L.A.
    A tree's cinematic fame continues to grow in East L.A.

    After traveling to Los Angeles from a small town in Hungary, Richard Hellenbort could have shadowed the Brentwood Country Mart, the Chateau Marmont or the Ivy hoping to catch a glimpse of stars such as Kobe, Brad or Angelina.

  • As vinyl returns, they've got it covered
    As vinyl returns, they've got it covered

    Vinyl albums are popular again. So are the cardboard jackets that hold them. Stoughton Printing in the City of Industry is working full-out to meet demand.

  • Dinosaur hunter is making prehistory
    Dinosaur hunter is making prehistory

    Scott Richardson is up at dawn, standing atop a rocky ridgeline near his base camp, a solitary figure in the slanting light. He surveys a primordial wilderness of dry creek beds and stands of juniper and pinyon pine.

  • For him, satellite reboot is about reconnecting with an old friend
    For him, satellite reboot is about reconnecting with an old friend

    His wife calls him an egotist, NASA calls him a genius, and his friends call him a sore loser and insufferable winner.

  • Creative San Francisco laments death of guerrilla art
    Creative San Francisco laments death of guerrilla art

    Brian Goggin perched on the blue sofa that hung halfway off the roof. He looked down one last time on his guerrilla art masterpiece, "Defenestration," that had become one of the city's unlikeliest icons.

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