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Los Angeles

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Casualties of War

A couple’s only son is killed in Iraq.

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Escape from Cuba

Yasiel Puig’s journey to the Dodgers.

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The Hugo Problem

The downfall of Hugo Schwyzer, feminist.

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Downfall

The undoing of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who resigned in January amidst multiple swirling scandals.

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The Secret Life of Johnny Lewis

A murder involving the late actor leaves unanswered questions.

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Ghost Cat

On the mountain lions of Los Angeles.

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Freeway Rick Is Dreaming

A profile of legendary L.A. crack dealer Freeway Rick Ross, now out of jail and trying to sell everything from weaves to his own biopic, written by a journalist who has known him for decades.

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In the Footsteps of a Killer

From 1976 to 1986, one of the most violent serial criminals in American history terrorized communities throughout California. He was little known, never caught, and might still be out there. The author, along with several others, can’t stop working on the case.

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Broken Promise

On the meeting of shaggy-haired American ping pong ace Glenn Cowan and Chinese master Zhuang Zedong (who died this week), and how their fleeting friendship thawed relations between the twon nations during the U.S. team’s historic 1971 tour of China.

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The Tip of the Spear

A reporter who investigated Scientology tracks down the man who once ran the church’s intelligence operations – and who may hold the secret to years of harassment (and the mysterious death of a pet dog).

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This Is Amazing!

A profile of Huell Howser, the happiest man on TV.

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End of the Line

Suicide-by-subway, and how the dead haunt the living.

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Doctor's Orders

A profile of Doc Johnson, “the Procter & Gamble of sex toys.”

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Empire of the Bun

How one man made millions with a fancy hamburger.

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Under the Desert Sun

Ed Rosenthal recounts the six days he got lost in Joshua Tree National Park.

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Left Behind

How Yvette Vickers, a B-movie starlet who had appeared in Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman, ended up mummified in her Los Angeles home last year.

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Hello, I’m Attorney Gloria Allred

As mainstream news loses its relevance, Allred becomes only more relevant to mainstream news. She’s provided thousands of hours of titillating material that has helped keep cable networks from grinding to a halt. The players come and go. Past clients like Amber Frey and Tiger Woods Mistress No. 1 Rachel Uchitel slip back into obscurity. Scott Peterson rots disregarded on death row in San Quentin, and Woods’s sexual escapades no longer mesmerize. But Allred retains her significance. There are always new victims to premiere and promote, new serial sexual harassers or psychopaths to square off against. In this spectacle of scandal, grisly murder, and celebrity wrongdoing, Allred has made herself the stage manager, the content provider, the indispensable performer.
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Between the Lines

On the science of parking spaces.

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Straight Time

Things go terribly (and illegally) wrong at a rehab center for well-off L.A. teens.

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Charlton Heston's Last Stand

A profile of the late actor-turned NRA president:

A figure emerges from the wings, more than six feet tall but appearing shorter, his torso inclined forward. Speedo propylene beach slippers make the journey to the podium with hesitant steps. Hip-replacement surgery and old age have dampened the fabled dynamism: no more battles with broadswords; no more chariot races for him. But above the uncertain legs, the chest is still massive, the cheekbones still chiseled, the broken nose as resolute as the NRA eagle on all those baseball caps bobbing above the crowd. As Charlton Heston approaches the microphone, his lungs swell, the vocal cords making their splendid, vibrant music out of ordinary air. "I'm inclined to quit while I'm ahead," he jokes. "But I won't. No!"

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Enchanted Aisles

The history of Trader Joe’s.

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The Last Ride of Jesse James Hollywood

A tony bedroom community in Los Angeles, a kidnapping gone horribly wrong, and the birth of a teenage fugitive.

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What Happened To Mitrice Richardson?

After acting erratically and trying to skip out on a dinner bill, she was detained briefly in Malibu before being released in the middle of the night. Twenty-four years old and in an unfamiliar area, she had no car, no phone, and no wallet. A year later, her body was found in a nearby canyon. On the search for answers.

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The Teenager & The Porn Star

An early profile of Sasha Grey.

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California or Bust

On the culture of plastic surgery in Los Angeles, and how the reporter’s life changed when she got a pair of fake boobs.

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The Zankou Chicken Murders

The creator of the California-based food chain kills his mother, sister and, finally, himself:

From Hollywood to Anaheim, he had opened a chain of fast-food rotisserie chicken restaurants that dazzled the food critics and turned customers into a cult. Poets wrote about his Zankou chicken. Musicians sang about his Zankou chicken. Now that he was dying, his dream of building an empire, 100 Zankous across the land, a Zankou in every major city, would be his four sons’ to pursue. In the days before, he had pulled them aside one by one -- Dikran, Steve, Ara, Vartkes -- and told them he had no regrets. He was 56 years old, that was true, but life had not cheated him. He did not tell them he had just one more piece of business left to do.

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Hollywood’s Information Man

As editor-in-chief of Variety, Peter Bart was one of the most powerful people in the entertainment industry. This piece got him suspended.

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Death on Terminal Island

An investigation into the death of Victoria Arellano at a Los Angeles County immigration detention facility.

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Anatomy of a Prison

A glimpse into the overcrowded California State Prison, Los Angeles County.

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Manson: An Oral History

The story of the 1969 murder spree by Charles Manson and “Family” as told by those close to the case.