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Robin Abcarian

Robin Abcarian is a columnist at the Los Angeles Times. Focusing mostly on California culture, news and politics, she roams the Golden State, reporting stories that help readers understand what makes this place unique. Over the past year, she has devoted many columns to helping readers understand the complex issues they would have to consider as they made up their minds about whether to legalize cannabis for adult recreational use. Abcarian has held many positions at The Times. She covered the 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns full time, and wrote occasionally about the 2016 campaign. As a culture writer for the paper’s Calendar section, she has covered the Oscars, the Emmys and the Sundance Film Festival. For most of the 1990s, she was a columnist for The Times’ feature section, before becoming its editor in 2003.
Turns out Shaun White, world's best snowboarder, can be a creep. A hero would cop to his own bad behavior

His Olympics performance cements him as the world's greatest snowboarder, but Shaun White has gotten caught up in the Me Too moment. The drummer for his band, Bad Things, accused him in a 2016 lawsuit of sexually harassment, wage theft and wrongful termination. The suit was settled confidentially.

Does recalling the judge who gave Brock Turner a light sentence for sexual assault imperil judicial independence?

I wrote that concerns over judicial independence in the recall of Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky are "hogwash." Legal scholars, including UC Berkeley Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, took me to task. I disagree with them.

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