Framed, Chapter 3: Secret lovers, legal maneuvering and a fictional blueprint for 'the perfect crime'

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Opinion L.A. Observations and provocations from The Times' Opinion Staff
Huma Abedin finally left Anthony Weiner. Hold the party streamers. Heartbreak is lonesome, even for the powerful.

This morning I was bombarded by the same news as everyone else:  Huma Abedin’s husband, Anthony Weiner, cannot stop sexting. Abedin is Hillary Clinton’s closest advisor and the vice chairwoman of her 2016 campaign. Weiner is a former Democratic U.S. representative and a current stay-at-home dad.

This is Weiner’s third sexting scandal.

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Gentrification on skid row? We should be so lucky

In a time of skyrocketing rents and stagnant income growth, the specter of gentrification hangs over working-class neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles. Residents of Boyle Heights warily view the construction cranes dotting the downtown skyline, seeing them as harbingers of change for their predominantly minority neighborhood.

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Is Trump smart to ignore conventional political wisdom?

You have to hand it to Donald Trump — he’s committed to breaking the mold for a presidential campaign. Which invites the question of why there’s a mold to begin with.

Trump revealed this week that he’s expanding his leadership team, which is not an unusual step for someone whose campaign has hit a rough patch. What was unusual was where Trump went looking for help.

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Direct democracy goes wild in San Francisco

“At least I’m not in San Francisco.” That’s what voters in the city of Los Angeles can tell themselves when they start to feel lightheaded contemplating the achingly long Nov. 8 ballot. 

There will be 17 state ballot measures and  at least seven local measures on the ballot on the ballot that goes out to folks in Los Angeles (possibly more depending on where they live).

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Trump was wrong about free speech and falsehoods, but in an interesting way

I had a professor who liked to say to students that “you’re wrong, but in an interesting way.”

I’d bestow the same left-handed compliment on Donald Trump for his recent Twitter tirade against the “dishonest and corrupt media.”

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Academic 'boot camp' for 4-year-olds? The American Dream is truly dead.

This is why they hate us on the East Coast: According to an article in The Times that seems written for the sole purpose of angering bootstrap-pullers like me, parents can set aside two or three minutes’ worth of the salary required to live on the Westside and send their kids to a weeklong “boot camp” in Santa Monica so they can be spared the humiliation of starting kindergarten not knowing how to

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