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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Can the Los Angeles We Know Survive the Death of Its Trees?

L.A.'s 6 million trees keep us healthy—and they are all in jeopardy
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In 1982, a Family Disappeared From Their Valley Home—What Happened to the Salomons?

A writer and former neighbor is still trying to put the pieces together

The Last Caravan: Hope for Salvation at the U.S.-Mexico Border Died Along with Two Honduran Teens

As the Trump Administration limits the number of asylum seekers who can enter the country, young Central Americans are vulnerable to drugs, gang violence, and worse
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How a Former Bank Robber Saved Her Football Star Son from a System Unkind to the Mentally Ill

Antonio Carrion was headed for the NFL when the voices started and he drifted away. Then his estranged mother finished her time for robbery and saved his life
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L.A. Foster Parents Face an Agonizing Reality

Couples who foster may fall in love with children only to have them taken away; but for many, the risk is worth the reward

An Intense Look Back at the Griffith Park Fire of 2007

Los Angeles experiences more wildfires than any other American city

What Pickup Basketball Reveals About L.A.

Whether the setting is one of L.A.’s more rarefied neighborhoods or one of its most destitute, the rules are the same: Anybody can play, but it takes something else to stay
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Philip Righter’s Basquiats Were as Fake as His Origin Story. How the Masquerade Unraveled

The shape-shifting, Ripley-esque West Hollywood man-about-town duped an aspiring actor into serving as his front to sell six million dollars’ worth of art masterpieces