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  • In Russia, early African American migrants found the good life
    In Russia, early African American migrants found the good life

    Growing up in the Soviet Union, Emilia Tynes-Mensah did the same things other children did. She read the classics of literary master Alexander Pushkin, listened to the symphonies of Peter Tchaikovsky and heard the propaganda that life here was better than anywhere else.

  • Slain Bell Gardens mayor battled public injustices, personal demons
    Slain Bell Gardens mayor battled public injustices, personal demons

    Daniel Crespo showed up at Bell Gardens City Hall, a young man wearing a sharp suit and a perfectly trimmed beard. He was new to town but rattled off ideas for bettering it in his Nuyorican accent — a Puerto Rican from New York. His wife, high school sweetheart Lyvette, sat by his side,...

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  • Men and violence: Sizing up how men size up one another
    Men and violence: Sizing up how men size up one another

    Daniel Fessler is out at UCLA's Drake Track Stadium to do a bit of discreet academic observation. Spying, really, with a smidgen of fibbing.

  • Joanne Carson's Capote-edited memoir chapter still in limbo
    Joanne Carson's Capote-edited memoir chapter still in limbo

    Joanne Carson is perfectly content to give Truman Capote credit for writing the most beautiful moment of her never-finished memoir, a passage about falling in love with the man who would become king of late-night television.

  • For the nostalgic, the Dodger Dog is a home run
    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 —...

  • Trainer Rick Smith, Angels fixer-upper, is in the house — for 37 years
    Trainer Rick Smith, Angels fixer-upper, is in the house — for 37 years

    Rick Smith gulps black coffee from a travel mug as he bounces past the empty training room's treatment tables and wall-sized photos of former players deep under Angel Stadium.

  • Huge shopping malls change landscape of Brazil
    Huge shopping malls change landscape of Brazil

    Most of the shops in the Monte Carmo mall haven't opened yet, but it's already full of Brazilian kids. They come in droves, filling its cavernous hallways, giggling, ogling sneakers, asking for chocolate.

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