Demographics and daily life

Plunge in kindergartners' vaccination rate worries health officials

California parents are deciding against vaccinating their kindergarten-age children at twice the rate they did seven years ago, a fact public health experts

Concealed weapons permits nearly double in O.C.

Deportation data won't dispel rumors drawing migrant minors to U.S.

Deportation data may fuel the debate over whether the Obama administration is to blame for the influx of Central American minors.

Blighted homes linger in L.A., frustrating neighbors

Foreclosed houses drag down neighborhoods as L.A.'s 4-year-old registry, designed to help prevent squalor, comes under increased criticism.

New map could refocus state's pollution battles

After being criticized for assessing environmental hazards only by the state's 1,800 ZIP Codes, Cal/EPA issues scores for its 8,000 census tracts.

L.A. and Orange counties are an epicenter of overcrowded housing

Los Angeles and Orange counties contain more than half of the nation's most heavily crowded neighborhoods.

Racism dries up in the desert heat

Seeking closure