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  • Gerrik Thomas -- a slain black life that mattered too

    Gerrik Thomas -- a slain black life that mattered too

    To the editor: I wholeheartedly agree with Michael Krikorian that there is a horrible lack of outrage about Gerrik Thomas' killing in South Los Angeles. Where are the protests? Do black lives matter only when those lives are taken by people who are not black? ("Just another South L.A. killing?,"...

  • LAPD Chief Beck: LAPD leads the way on transparency

    To the editor: I was very disappointed with this editorial's headline. ("LAPD's wall of secrecy has to go," editorial, Feb. 4) As you wrote deep into your editorial, the Los Angeles Police Department's inability to disclose additional details of an officer-involved shooting and any resulting discipline...

  • Barbie's perfect, but only inside her box

    To the editor: Barbie may be “basic,” as Meghan Daum writes, but playing with her is anything but. ("Curvy or no, Barbie is still a mean girl," Opinion, Feb. 4) We used to stick pins through her entire head and call them earrings, break her legs trying to make her ride a plastic horse. Ken got...

  • What happens when the wrong guy is arrested

    To the editor: Years ago as a young attorney, I represented a Mexican immigrant who had been arrested pursuant to a felony warrant issued in Los Angeles. He was held for several weeks and spoke no English. ("Mistaken ID case: Man was jailed despite being 9 inches taller than the wanted man," Feb....

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    Why 'The People v. O.J. Simpson' should be required watching for America's police chiefs

    "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," FX's new miniseries about one of L.A.'s most spectacular celebrity trials, isn't perfect. It gets some details a little wrong — it conflated Nicole Brown Simpson's funeral with the viewing of her body in the first episode, for instance, and exaggerated...

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  • Don't let the Syrian talks collapse

    Don't let the Syrian talks collapse

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  • California is being a cheapskate with its earthquake early warning system

    California is being a cheapskate with its earthquake early warning system

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  • LAPD's wall of secrecy has to go

    LAPD's wall of secrecy has to go

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    California's new vaccine law is already a success

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  • President Obama's inability to integrate a divided America

    President Obama's inability to integrate a divided America

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  • Congress must act to restore voting rights

    Congress must act to restore voting rights

    A federal court could rule soon on challenges to North Carolina's photo ID requirement for voters, which plaintiffs claim undermines the voting rights of racial minorities under the pretext of combating fraud. A federal appeals court held last year that a similar requirement in Texas violated the...

  • Four Supreme Court Justices are older than 75. Is that a problem?

    Four Supreme Court Justices are older than 75. Is that a problem?

    In a law review article I wrote 15 years ago about cognitive decline on the U.S. Supreme Court, I predicted that, in the coming years, no one would take action to mitigate the problem. Instead, another half a dozen mentally decrepit justices would join “the roster of jurists who harmed their court...

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    Ted Cruz does the country a favor by beating Donald Trump in Iowa

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    Blowback: This time, county supervisors are serious about ending homelessness

    The Times' Robert Greene has asked why we should expect the current effort by the city and county of Los Angeles to combat homelessness to succeed when past attempts have failed. Mental illness continues to be the major factor contributing to the homelessness problem. Addressing the issue requires...

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    From the back of the bus to the back of the house

    In the restaurant industry, the darker your skin, the more likely you will work in the “back of the house.” It's a world in which your accent prevents you from getting server and bartender jobs, regardless of your qualifications. Unless, of course, you have a European accent. This is true even...

  • Go ahead, reinvent probation again - but do it right

    Go ahead, reinvent probation again - but do it right

    Probation was a concept dreamed up in the mid-1800s by a Boston boot maker who saw the folly of throwing children into jail for petty crimes. If he could give them a better chance outside of jail and show them the way toward a successful adulthood, he figured, then everyone — the kids, their families,...

  • Victims of confidence schemes have something in common: They think they're special

    Victims of confidence schemes have something in common: They think they're special

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