How a Ballet Dancer Reinvented UCLA Gymnastics, Survived Cancer, and Inspired a Community

Miss Val can’t teach you to cartwheel, but she has changed how young gymnasts think about the sport—and themselves

An Intense Look Back at the Griffith Park Fire of 2007

Los Angeles experiences more wildfires than any other American city
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This Sperm Donor Didn’t Think Much About His Side Gig—Until 20-Plus Children Surfaced

Decades after a stint as a prolific sperm donor, Peter Ellenstein’s biological brood continues to grow
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Meet Shari, the One-Time ‘Supreme Queen’ of Silver Lake

Before the matcha shops and chic boutiques took over, Shari and her hard-partying Shriner pals ruled

The Queen of Florencia

A mother of four, Arlene Rodriguez lived a double life as the first female shot caller for the Florencia 13 Gang, and a real estate agent

A Spanish-Speaking Clown’s Burbank-Filmed Talk Show Has Become a Cultural Bridge

Not far from where the Tonight Show was filmed, Noches con Platanito is transcending late-night TV
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Under the Desert Sun

Scant water. Blistering heat. When prominent real estate broker Ed Rosenthal went missing for six days in Joshua Tree one summer weekend, people assumed that he was a goner. They were wrong.

The Cop Who Became a Robber

Randy Adair was a celebrated LAPD detective. In his retirement, he knocked off banks.
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How I Infiltrated One of L.A.’s Most Vicious Motorcycle Gangs—and Lived to Talk About It

ATF agent Darrin Kozlowski went deep undercover to take down the Hollywood chapter of the Vagos
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Leaving Los Angeles

The dream of living here comes at a price. A writer contemplates parting ways with the city he can no longer afford