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The End: What Really Happens After You Die?

Death in L.A. can be an odd undertaking
Port of L.A.

Going Deep with the 25-Man Dive Patrol Keeping the Port of L.A. Secure

Keeping an eye on the docks is challenging enough; diving its depths to search massive freighter hulls or look for wrecks involves a type of police work like no other

The Ongoing Saga of Billy the Elephant

The years-long battle over Billy, the Los Angeles Zoo’s best-known pachyderm, didn’t end when he moved into a new $42 million enclosure. He’s part of a plan to save the very survival of a species—not wild elephants but the ones that live in zoos

The Palomino: An Oral History

The Valley’s legendary honky-tonk played host to country music’s brightest stars

Of Sons and Guns

A lone shooter turned Los Angeles International Airport’s Terminal 3 into a corridor of terror. Sue McCullough was there

The Northridge Earthquake: “Like a Punch Delivered from Below”

It’s been two decades since the magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake shook Los Angeles to its core. Richard Andrews presided over the Herculean effort to make the city whole again

Pulp Friction

Time was, Hollywood had two “trades” that covered all things entertainment. Now it has four, and the competition for news, ads, and readers is down and dirty, 24 hours a day

Ghost Cat: On the Trail of L.A.’s Mountain Lions

The city’s most mythic predators are as elusive as they are fierce. With the inevitable turf battles over their shrinking kingdom, the question is whether mountain lions can survive one another

The Life of Pie

A genuine Neapolitan pizza is not easy to make. As more and more L.A. restaurants try, they’re turning to master pizzaiolo Peppe Miele for guidance. One writer works the oven at Miele’s pizza school to learn firsthand the diabolically treacherous art

Face the Music

L.A. is a great place to learn the Argentine tango. There’s no more intimate partner dance, but the closest connection new students make is with themselves