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  • Pershing Square vision? Not so good

    Pershing Square vision? Not so good
    The security guard and the Occupier were deep in philosophical discussion. Someone had posted a video of police at Pershing Square throwing a violent mentally ill woman to the ground.
  • Metrolink train collides with freight cars in Rialto

    For the second time in less than three months, a Metrolink train and a freight train heading in opposite directions collided Thursday morning, raising fresh concerns about the commuter rail line's ability to navigate tracks it shares with other carriers....

    L.A. schools falling apart, literally

    L.A. schools falling apart, literally
    The dilapidated bleachers at Marshall High School in Silver Lake have been in such a sorry state for so long, I stopped noticing until recently, when I saw a grandfather teeter as he stepped over a sinkhole in the floorboards. That made me really look...

    Mayoral candidates step into sidewalk debate

    Mayoral candidates step into sidewalk debate
    Les Butts of Woodland Hills was walking his dog earlier this month, which can be a dangerous activity in a city with nearly 5,000 miles of ruptured sidewalk. Butts, a musical instrument salesman, hit a patch of uneven pavement and took a tumble, falling...

    Lender 2.0: Kiva's Premal Shah

    Lender 2.0: Kiva's Premal Shah
    I could just see the eyebrows rising around the room. I was moderating a panel on philanthropy not long ago, and on my left, Premal Shah, the president of Kiva.org, was talking animatedly about how much fun Kiva donors had, competing with each other, in...