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Laura J. Nelson

Laura J. Nelson covers transportation and mobility issues across Southern California. She was part of the team of reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news for coverage of the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino. Before joining The Times in 2012, Nelson wrote for the Boston Globe, the Tampa Bay Times and the Los Angeles Daily News. Laura grew up in suburban Kansas City in a family of journalists and graduated from the University of Southern California.
Goodbye, upholstery. Hello, vinyl: L.A. Metro is phasing out some of its infamous fabric seats

Propelled by years of complaints and a sizable dry-cleaning bill, Metro has begun to swap out the subway’s wool and nylon seats for sleek, patterned vinyl.

Brown will consider new DNA testing in Chino Hills murder case

Gov. Jerry Brown is considering additional DNA tests in the case of Kevin Cooper, who was convicted of murdering four people with an ax and an ice pick in San Bernardino County in 1983.

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