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Police Are Looking into Whether Armed Robbers Targeted Lady Gaga’s Dogs

Dog walker Ryan Fischer was reportedly shot in the chest by men who made off with two of the celeb's three French Bulldogs

Santa Monica Has Made a Mess of Investigating Last Spring’s Public Safety Disaster

Thousands of dollars were spent on a report on what went wrong the day looters ransacked the city, but it never saw the light of day
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Trump’s Last-Minute Pardon of a College Scandal Dad Has ‘Supporters’ Scratching Their Heads

USC trustee Tom Barrack and billionaire businessman Sean Parker were named in Robert Zangrillo's pardon—but both say they weren't involved

LAPD Reports a Sharp Increase in Violent Crime. So What’s Behind It?

There's no consensus, but analysts have some theories
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Ed Buck’s Trial Has Been Postponed Again, and Further Delay Could Follow

As the families of Buck's alleged victims await justice, COVID-19 considerations have temporarily taken precedence
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Disgraced Attorney Michael Avenatti’s Quiet 2020 Is About to Give Way to a Wild 2021

A look inside the Newport Beach-based lawyer's dizzying legal affairs—and all the people who've been swept up in them
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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
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A New National Geographic Series Goes Inside the World of L.A.’s Pimps and Their Prey

The fifth episode of the docuseries 'Trafficked' is a revealing glimpse at one of the city's many dark sides

What We Know So Far About the LAPD’s Dramatic Cost-Cutting Measures

Facing a $150 million budget cut, the department is preparing to decrease its ranks and disband units that handle things like sex crimes and animal cruelty

Inside the Santa Monica Police Department’s Botched Response to May’s Looting Spree

As business owners and the public continue to demand answers, the political casualties are piling up