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Benjamin Oreskes

Benjamin Oreskes is the co-author of the Essential California newsletter and a general assignment reporter in the California section. Before coming to The Times in February 2017, Oreskes covered foreign policy at Politico in Washington, D.C.  He graduated from Northwestern University, and looks forward to seeing the Wildcats play in the Rose Bowl sometime soon.
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Essential California: The O.C. jail snitch case — whatever happened?

Five years after one of the nation's most infamous jailhouse snitch scandals rocked Orange County and spawned multiple investigations, no one has been disciplined, fired, or prosecuted for misconduct.

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Essential California: ‘Life may have been bad, but it made me strong’

A Perris couple who for years tortured, abused and imprisoned their children, starving them and at times chaining them to their beds, were sentenced Friday to 25 years to life in prison. Some of the children publicly spoke for the first time about their parents and the future.

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