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Around and about with the L.A. Derby Dolls

Since getting their start 11 years ago, the Los Angeles Derby Dolls have become an L.A. institution, lacing up skates first at Skateland, then on a rooftop in Chinatown, then on the third floor of a Little Tokyo shopping mall, with various parking lots in between. They teach women 7 and older how to skate, and they compete against teams from across the country. Split lips, black eyes, rink rash and bruises are the trophies here -- along with increased self-confidence.
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