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Opinion L.A. Observations and provocations from The Times' Opinion Staff
Why we should use the Oregon gunman's name

Almost as predictably as mass killings set off new debate about gun control, they now raise calls for omitting the gunman’s name from news stories, discussions and press conferences. Talk only about the victims, not the killer, people say.

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Mass killing in Oregon: Yes, we've been here before -- too many times

Seven dead? Ten dead? Thirteen? Another 20 or so wounded? Do the numbers really matter?

Today's mass shooting at an Oregon community college brings us once again to the national crisis that we, as a democratic society, keep proving we're incapable of resolving.

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A calm before the storm of gentrification on Crenshaw

I meet Nitro on the corner of Buckingham Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, an area straddling the border of the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw and Leimert Park neighborhoods of South Los Angeles. He sits in front of a large, abandoned building with boarded windows, cracked paint and sprayed-on warnings not to trespass onto “private property.”

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Message to Gov. Brown: To protect elephants, outlaw bullhooks and the sale of ivory

Elephants, the world’s largest land mammal, are a precious and endangered species. The California legislature has done its part in helping protect them by passing two bills—AB 96 and SB 716—that represent important milestones in how we conserve elephants and how we take care of them. AB 96, introduced by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) would bar the sale of almost all ivory in California.

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Despite court ruling, college athletes deserve a richer slice of the pie

This looks like a tie.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld a lower court’s ruling that the NCAA violated federal antitrust laws by barring colleges from offering athletic scholarships for more than the cost of tuition. But it also struck down the same judge’s decision that schools could pay athletes up to $5,000 a year to be held in trust until they left school.

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Building a livable Los Angeles

What makes a city livable? Clean streets? Plenty of parks? Big wide highways, free of traffic?

The answer, of course, is that there is no single right answer. Ideas about livability change with the times. While we all look forward to the day when Elon Musk’s pneumatic transportation tubes connect our cities with fossil-fuel-free efficiency, livability can’t simply be left to the futurists.

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