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How one scientist came to defend animals used in research

Kathy Bentson keeps the brass ID tags in a small table inside her front door. They belonged to research subjects at the University of Washington, two monkeys that died and one that survived. The tags are a reminder that her work is not done, that she has not published data showing the monkeys endured...SEE THE STORY

  • From a bridge in South Africa, sidewalk bookseller believes in the power to change lives

    From a bridge in South Africa, sidewalk bookseller believes in the power to change lives

    He spends his day on his knees, reverently arranging and rearranging his books on the plastic sheets that serve as his sidewalk shop on a downtown bridge, as thoughtful as a fortuneteller turning over cards. To Sandile Mavimbela, the books have more mystical pull than any deck of cards, and he...

  • War can change what we eat. Just ask Hiroshima.

    War can change what we eat. Just ask Hiroshima.

    It’s midday on a Thursday and Yoshihiro Ueuchi is preparing to preach some culinary gospel. He puts on a white garrison cap embroidered with his name, sound-checks his microphone headset, and picks up his hera, or spatula. Arrayed around two pool-table-size teppanyaki grills, 18 acolytes in orange...

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  • Why a historic highway that united California's two halves may never reopen to cars

    Why a historic highway that united California's two halves may never reopen to cars

    Harrison Scott discovered the Ridge Route in 1955. Then 18, he was out freewheeling in a brand new Ford he'd bought with a loan from his parents. The sinuous route, an engineering marvel that tamed the San Gabriel Mountains through the highway corridor that is now known as the Grapevine, was already...

  • A tiny Eiffel Tower is a reminder of barbershop owner's daughter, killed in Paris attacks

    A tiny Eiffel Tower is a reminder of barbershop owner's daughter, killed in Paris attacks

    There was a salad, small sandwiches and peanuts. Her daughter's send-off to Paris was a neat, organized and quiet affair that ended before the night grew old. To Beatriz Gonzalez, it seemed like a formal baptism into a brave new world that many immigrants who came to America poor could only dream...

  • A peek into the mysterious art of citrus flavoring

    A peek into the mysterious art of citrus flavoring

    Geoff Marshall-Hill finds the tango mandarin's scent "a bit catty." He can't even imagine a market for the Indio mandarinquat. But the rich wine and berry undertones of the sanguinelli blood orange elicits a string of superlatives. He wanders a dusty orchard in Riverside, surrounded by co-workers...

  • Bangladeshi surfer girls go against the cultural tide

    Bangladeshi surfer girls go against the cultural tide

    The girls ply this endless stretch of beach every morning, weaving through flocks of tourists to sell snacks, the ocean breeze whipping the gossamer scarves of their traditional shalwar kameez. They rarely went into the water. In their conservative world of southern Bangladesh, it was said, decent...

  • In China, a traditional bow maker finds his calling in 'noble art'

    In China, a traditional bow maker finds his calling in 'noble art'

    Even after half a century, Yang Fuxi can still remember the pungent smell of his grandfather's bow and arrow workshop in central Beijing. "There was the odor of glue and bull horn when you grind it, almost a burning scent as if you are stewing something and run out of water," Yang said. "Worst...

  • Alarming news from the NRA — via a calm, steady voice

    Alarming news from the NRA — via a calm, steady voice

    Cam Edwards moved to this historic town full of old tobacco warehouses along the Appomattox River to trade city life for a 40-acre farm with room for his family and a few heritage hogs. At 8:30 a.m., he heads to work in a studio in a former insurance office on Main Street and starts scrolling Twitter...

  • Art collective builds a dream house in Santa Fe with millions of dollars — and junk

    Art collective builds a dream house in Santa Fe with millions of dollars — and junk

    Something about the old sprinkler pipe, the way its black metal has corroded and blossomed in bright patches of rust, puts a smile on Matt King's face. "Perfectly aged," he says. "Like gold to me." The 31-year-old artist thinks it will look great in his latest creation, a room he has transformed...

  • How an anonymous blogger stands out on California water policy

    How an anonymous blogger stands out on California water policy

    On a Thursday in February four years ago, the self-described "low-level civil servant" who produces OnthePublicRecord.org, an anonymous blog about California water, posted an existential lament about life amid the policy wonks. "Sometimes I wonder what terrible thing I did wrong in a previous lifetime...

  • On a spiritual prowl for the elusive, endangered snow leopard

    On a spiritual prowl for the elusive, endangered snow leopard

    High atop a mountain in Mongolia, a team of trackers splits into three groups to check their traps each morning. Their goal: to catch a snow leopard, one of the most elusive creatures on Earth, so rare that few have seen one of the big cats in the wild. After failing to catch a leopard during the...

  • Not bound by history, L.A.'s Caravan Book Store continues to turn pages

    Not bound by history, L.A.'s Caravan Book Store continues to turn pages

    A shuffling step carries Leonard Bernstein onto Grand Avenue. The pilasters and garlands of the PacMutual Building rise above him. Nearly 70, a balding man with a gray cattle-catcher mustache, he finds his keys and stoops to the lock in the threshold. Two bells tied to a red ribbon jingle as the...

  • In Myanmar, a young Rohingya dreams of leaving despite foiled boat journey

    In Myanmar, a young Rohingya dreams of leaving despite foiled boat journey

    He was small for his age — still a boy, really, with spiked hair and pimples speckled across his cheeks. He looked even smaller in a pair of oversize flip-flops, curling his toes so they didn't slip off. School was never his thing. Back before his home was bulldozed and he was displaced in his...

  • A night of violence that shattered a South African's view of her white privilege

    A night of violence that shattered a South African's view of her white privilege

    On a lazy summer's night, a South African family drifted indoors after arriving home. A gunshot rang out and the evening flipped. Gunmen materialized in the low light. A second shot, and Tracey Lomax saw her husband fall. "You're not the boss!" one of them kept yelling furiously at him. Lomax didn't...

  • Casey Wasserman carries the torch to bring Olympics to L.A. in 2024

    Casey Wasserman carries the torch to bring Olympics to L.A. in 2024

    The glasses are unusually large and square, with thick, dark rims. Casey Wasserman keeps them in a display case behind the desk in his Westwood office. They belonged to his grandfather, Lew Wasserman, the late studio boss often described as Hollywood's last mogul before corporations took over. ...

  • 'Miss Kay,' broken by loss, finds love and care at life's end

    'Miss Kay,' broken by loss, finds love and care at life's end

    A small, stuffed pink elephant rests in the crook of Hayok Kay's arm. A ventilator tube snakes down her throat. After 61 years, her life has come to this: Bleeding on both sides of the brain. A broken nose, eye socket and ribs. A punctured lung. And, beneath all that damage, cancer. Patients like...

  • A shadow hangs over Mexico's 'magical city' of Ocotlan

    A shadow hangs over Mexico's 'magical city' of Ocotlan

    The children paid no heed to the priest from Jalisco as he celebrated a fiesta Mass in the backyard of a La Puente ranch, or to their parents urging them to sit still for themisa, or even to the rooster crowing nearby. They were too busy studying the animals they didn't see in Los Angeles every...

  • Nuclear accord paves way for importing Persian rugs into U.S. again

    Nuclear accord paves way for importing Persian rugs into U.S. again

    The earthy smell of silk and wool fills a showroom piled waist-high with thousands of hand-woven rugs, some of them centuries old. It is a familiar scent, one that links this Westwood shop to Tehran's bazaars nearly 8,000 miles away. Some of the carpets, dyed with natural ingredients such as walnut...

  • Dreaming of a happy ending: Bedtime stories capture the longing of deported parents and their children

    Dreaming of a happy ending: Bedtime stories capture the longing of deported parents and their children

    The nighttime ritual has always been the same for Emma Sanchez Paulsen and her three sons: They pile onto her bed as she begins to weave a tale. The bedtime stories in their home in Vista, Calif., used to be about her childhood in Mexico — running through green pastures or strolling through city...

  • Team of sleuths stalks cancer in L.A. County

    Team of sleuths stalks cancer in L.A. County

    Three men hunch over a table, scrutinizing a document. Maps paper the walls around them. The moment, captured in a black-and-white photograph, marks the beginning of a quest to catch a villain. For more than four decades, this team has been stalking the killer's every move, trying to identify patterns...

  • A java man's adventure in Japanese coffee roasting

    A java man's adventure in Japanese coffee roasting

    How, exactly, did I end up on the roof of a coffeehouse in Tokyo, kneeling over a single-burner camp stove and something called a Whirley Pop? Sweat soaked my T-shirt as the wind kept blowing out the fire. To make matters worse, the sun made the flame nearly invisible, so I couldn't even tell when...

  • For former professional drummer Robin Russell, no gig tops Griffith Park

    For former professional drummer Robin Russell, no gig tops Griffith Park

    For 14 years now, sometimes three times a week, Robin Russell has gotten up around 3 a.m. and driven his maroon van from Pasadena to the same spot in Griffith Park, not far from the zoo. In the dark, he rakes out a small clearing under an oak tree, unpacks a six-piece drum kit and sets up, everything...

  • After 30 years of helping gang members, Father Greg Boyle is slowing a bit but still determined

    After 30 years of helping gang members, Father Greg Boyle is slowing a bit but still determined

    In a small mortuary in East Los Angeles, a mother wept over the silver casket holding her son. Behind the pews, photos of Roger Soriano showed a young man throwing up gang signs with friends, a tattoo reading "J13" for Jardin 13 etched into his scalp. He had been killed at 21, shot dead as he allegedly...

  • Can the 'worst kid ever' survive probation camp and thrive?

    Can the 'worst kid ever' survive probation camp and thrive?

    On her first day of freedom after a year locked up in Camp Scott, teenager Stephanie Valdivia headed straight to San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills. She began crying as soon as she turned the corner and saw her grandfather's name etched on a bronze plaque. Daniel Valdivia was 69 when...

  • An American magician takes his tricks to China

    An American magician takes his tricks to China

    Magician Franz Harary is driving through the Las Vegas of China, trying to remember the last time he did a show in the United States. "Three years ago, maybe?" he says tentatively. "I think it was some Christmas thing. Or maybe it was an Indian casino." As he pulls into the parking lot of a new...

  • Russia's military clubs for teens: Proud patriotism or echoes of fascism?

    Russia's military clubs for teens: Proud patriotism or echoes of fascism?

    In a playground outside a shabby warren of cinder-block apartments in north Moscow, children play on swings and climbing bars as Stepan Zotov instructs a squad of teens in knife-throwing nearby. Thirteen-year-old Andrei Polivoi is aiming his knife at a foam cushion about the size and shape of a...

  • Retailers are exasperated -- and empathetic -- over number of homeless streaming to Sylmar strip mall

    Retailers are exasperated -- and empathetic -- over number of homeless streaming to Sylmar strip mall

    Florist shop owner Bonnie Bernard found him sitting behind a dumpster at the Sylmar strip mall, wearing a hoodie in the mid-July heat and staring at a cinder-block wall. He was new. Was he going to be one of the scary ones? "How long have you been here?" she asked. He slipped the hood off his head,...

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