Alana Semuels is a former Los Angeles Times staff writer who was based in the New York bureau, covering economic and national stories in the eastern part of the U.S. The Boston native joined The Times in 2006 and wrote about topics as diverse as the changing workplace, a hard-fought rock, paper, scissors contest, and the 2012 elections.
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The border between Grosse Pointe Park and Detroit represents a huge dividing line separating the haves and have-nots: Detroit’s median household income is $26,955.
Oct. 18, 2014
Rob Greenfield is standing barefoot and shirtless in a dumpster when he finds the strawberries.
Oct. 15, 2014
The numbers have changed little over the decades: A majority of Americans support abortion.
Oct. 11, 2014
Like many former autoworkers, when Jim Mattson retired, he left the state where he’d spent his life and headed west.
Oct. 5, 2014
Half a century ago, engineers constructed a massive elevated highway through the center of this industrial city to quickly funnel traffic from downtown to the growing suburbs to the north.
Sept. 27, 2014
Meaye Ndoye, a 34-year-old student from Brooklyn, volunteers frequently in his community, but he’s never participated in the type of public march that seems to occur on a weekly basis here, calling for an end to America’s military presence in Iraq or protesting the NYPD or celebrating unions.
Sept. 18, 2014
A rule that would have prohibited doctors from prescribing abortion pills by videoconferencing was blocked Tuesday by the Iowa Supreme Court in a last-minute decision hailed as a victory by abortion rights advocates.
Sept. 17, 2014
More than two years after James E.
Sept. 16, 2014
As the afternoon sun blazed down on the 9/11 Memorial, Derek Cooper weighed another U.S. military plunge into the Middle East.
Sept. 13, 2014
In less than a month, a new law will require women in Missouri to wait 72 hours before they can have an abortion, after the state’s Republican-led legislature overrode Gov.
Sept. 11, 2014