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Students receive bottled water after South L.A. schools report murky tap water

Teachers handed out bottled water to hundreds of students at Grape Street Elementary School on Wednesday amid concerns about murky, discolored water flowing from taps and fountains at that school and four others in South Los Angeles. The precautions are the latest hits to Watts and the neighboring...

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  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

  • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

  • The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    In celebration of National Pizza Day, here's a run-down of Los Angeles pizza, including go-to delivery spots, Chicago-style, New York-style, Neapolitan-style and New York-Naples hybrids. Here's where to get your gooey, cheesy, melty, crispy- and/or chewy-crusted pizza fix. 800 Degrees Neapolitan...

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  • Noah Purifoy, an artist forged by fire

    Noah Purifoy, an artist forged by fire

    They hit the streets almost as soon as the fires had died down. Noah Purifoy and his pal, musician Judson Powell, tugging a wagon that they filled with whatever interesting scraps they could find: Twisted pieces of charred steel. Singed bits of family photographs. The contorted letters that had...

  • Latinos now dominate Watts, but some feel blacks still hold power

    Latinos now dominate Watts, but some feel blacks still hold power

    The women set out on a brisk walk every Friday morning — past broken bottles, graffiti, an occasional stray dog and the smell of marijuana. They circle the rim of their home, the Jordan Downs housing project, not just for the sake of exercise but to show the world that Watts, these days, is brimming...

  • After the Watts riots, a transformative shift in Inglewood

    After the Watts riots, a transformative shift in Inglewood

    Columns of smoke darkened the sky along the Harbor Freeway as 11-year-old Richard Rankin rode home to Inglewood through South Los Angeles. His father shushed him from the driver's seat when he asked about the fires. It would have been awkward to explain a race riot to a trio of sixth-grade boys...

  • L.A. seeks injunction to end gang activity at Watts home

    L.A. seeks injunction to end gang activity at Watts home

    Bullets have left pockmarks in homes and frontyard fences in the 2000 block of East 110th Street in Watts.On Saturday nights, neighbors say, young men walk to a house at the end of the cul-de-sac, where they drink, do drugs, blast music and crowd the road. Parents tell law enforcement that they...

  • In Watts housing project, 'the wall' pays tribute to community's dead

    In Watts housing project, 'the wall' pays tribute to community's dead

    Here in the Nickerson Gardens public housing project in Watts, it's simply called "the wall." On it, written in black in Old English script, are the names of the dead. The first names to grace the wall were those killed in gang violence, but there are also names of people who meant something to...

  • New L.A. city guidelines take aim at sharp health disparities

    New L.A. city guidelines take aim at sharp health disparities

    In what experts say reflects a shift in thinking about public health policy, Los Angeles lawmakers Tuesday adopted new planning guidelines aimed at reducing sharp health disparities across the city. The objectives include improving access to grocery stores and increasing life expectancy. But they...

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