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Plastic Surgery in L.A.

 The New L.A. Ideal  The Perfect Woman The image of the torpedo-topped, Beverly Hills trophy babe as the stereotypical plastic surgery patient is about as dated as a Patrick Nagel...
Suzanne Rico

The Road Taken

How an around-the-world adventure taught a former newscaster lessons about what it means to be home

The Cop Whisperer

No filmmaker has captured the LAPD like writer-director David Ayer, whose latest, End of Watch, delves into the inner lives of those who protect and serve

Chefs of the Year

//Fasten your aprons—this could get delicious. The 20 recipients of our first-ever Chef Awards won for more than just their exceptional cooking. Over the past 12 months they...

In Plain Sight

Stephanie Lazarus was an exemplary cop. She is also a murderer. How did she evade suspicion for 23 years when she should have been the prime suspect? The story behind the story
John Deasy

The Takeover Artist

John Deasy is either visionary or delusional, a savior or a Soviet era-throwback. But as head of L.A.’s schools, he has one of the toughest jobs in America

The Dream Factory

The New York Street BacklotThe SoundstageThe Treasure TroveThe MillThe ArchivesThe Costume RoomThe Foley RoomThe Studio Men: Words From Ben Affleck, John Wells, and Barry MeyerWeb Extra The Photographer: A Q&AWeb...
olympics

London Calling

From across the pond this month we’ll be cheering on these seven Angelenos as they reach for Olympian heights
Vibrators

Doctor’s Orders

Vibrators and other sex toys are—no pun intended—big business, and nobody in the United States makes more of them than the father-son team who runs the Valley’s own Doc Johnson. Dave Gardetta roams their empire of rubber

End of the Line

Trains do awful things to the people they hit, wreaking gruesome havoc that can haunt those who work L.A.’s rails. Preventing accidental deaths is challenging enough. The suicides? They seem unstoppable