Leila Miller

Digital reporting fellow, FRONTLINE

Location icon United States of America



This L.A. mall is famous for its African American Santa Claus. Can it survive gentrification?

Justin Jackson jumped at the chance to move his photography studio from downtown L.A.'s Arts District into a historic black community off Crenshaw Boulevard where he grew up. Encouraged by the prospect of new development and increased foot traffic, he relocated last year and from his storefront he can hear the beats of the African drum circle that meets Sundays in the neighborhood square.

Inglewood City Council reapproves negotiating agreement to bring Clippers arena to the city

The Inglewood City Council unanimously voted Friday morning to re-approve a deal that could bring a new arena to the city for the Los Angeles Clippers. The special council hearing was held to address possible problems in a June meeting in which the city approved an exclusive negotiating agreement with Murphy's Bowl LLC, a Clippers-controlled company.

Citizens policyholders face multiple 'opt out' notices

David Rafky, a Kendall retiree, repeatedly has filed forms saying he wants to keep his policy with state-backed Citizens Property Insurance. But the forms keep on coming. Sunrise retiree Ron Smiley has had the same problem. Over the past four years, he's gotten at least 10 letters from private insurance companies looking to assume his policy, he said.

Gay Broward cop gets married in uniform

Although crime-scene detective David Currie considers his work to be separate from his personal life, the two were brought together when he was among the first Florida couples to get married on Tuesday in his police uniform. "It's a really great feeling," said Currie, 50, who married Aaron Woodard, 33, a few hours past midnight in the Broward County clerk's office.

City Limits
Queens Radio Show Aims to Help Day Laborers Avoid Death or Injury on the Job

As a muted telenovela played on a T.V. overhead, Jorge Roldan inched toward the microphone in a basement radio studio in Corona, Queens. Speaking in Spanish, Roldan, a coordinator at the Laborers' International Union of North America who is based in Long Island City, reminded his audience, mainly construction workers, that their bosses are obligated to give them respirators when they work on jobs involving airborne contaminants like asbestos.

City Limits
Venezuelan Asylum Seekers Find Safe Haven and Allies in NYC

Some 9,600 Venezuelans live in New York City, many of whom were opponents of the Caracas government. It's not clear whether most will be able to convince federal authorities that it's fear of repression and not economic desperation that drove them here.


Deaf patients struggle to get adequate interpretation services in ERs

he chest pain was bad enough. Then John Paul Jebian asked staff at Baptist Hospital of Miami for an American Sign Language interpreter. They instead brought a video screen with an internet link to a remote interpreter to help him understand what the doctors and nurses were saying.

For Republicans, Criticism of President Trump Comes at a Cost

Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona had been one of President Donald Trump's most outspoken Republican critics when the president arrived in Phoenix last August and went on the counterattack. Flake had just published a new book, "Conscience of a Conservative," chiding the president for perpetuating "the politics of xenophobia and demonization," and criticizing his fellow Republicans for having "pretended that the emperor wasn't naked."

As "Climate Change" Fades from Government Sites, a Struggle to Archive Data

When the Environmental Protection Agency's website underwent an overhaul of climate change information on a Friday in late April, Toly Rinberg and Andrew Bergman, both Harvard Ph.D. students in applied physics, set off to figure out what was gone. Sitting in their shared Washington, D.C. apartment, they started a spreadsheet to track the changes.

For Refugees in the Trump Era, a Tougher Path to the U.S.

Afkab Hussein takes advantage of his commutes as a truck driver in Columbus, Ohio to speak to his wife and son, both of whom live in Nairobi, Kenya. They talk every day, sometimes for more than three hours, and his wife tells him about the words their two-year-old, Abdullahi, has learned in their native Somali.

For Cities Where MS-13 Lives, a Fight to Keep Youth From Gang Life

In making the case for tougher immigration policies, President Donald Trump has time and again pointed to the threat from the violent street gang MS-13. During his State of the Union address in January, the president called on lawmakers to close loopholes that he says the gang has exploited in order to enter the United States from Central America "as unaccompanied alien minors."


Argentine Jewish center bombing cover-up trial set to ratchet up

Argentina's investigation of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires has seen many twists, including the Jan. 18 mysterious death of Alberto Nisman, the case's special prosecutor, the day before he was to testify to Congress, and a secret video found in 1997 revealing that the investigating judge offered a $400,000 bribe to a suspect in exchange for the incrimination of several provincial police officers.

Jewish Journal
Argentine children of 'Disappeared' learn of Jewish parentage - Jewish Journal

When Mariana Perez was a teenager, whenever she went out to dance and met a boy she liked, she would ask his age. If she was older than he was, she wouldn't get involved, because there was a chance he might be her younger brother, one of the 500 babies abducted during Argentina's military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983.

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In Buenos Aires, an Anne Frank House With Its Own History

by Leila Miller Two legacies shape the Anne Frank Center in Buenos Aires, a two-story house-turned-museum in the city's upscale Belgrano neighborhood. The first is found in a re-creation of the secret upstairs annex where Anne Frank and her family hid for two years during World War II.

Jewish Journal
Surviving terror in two generations - Jewish Journal

Auschwitz survivor Liza Zajac Novera - who goes by Lea - was on an anniversary cruise with her husband to Iguazu Falls in September 1977, when she got the call. Her sister-in-law told her that armed men had come to their apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and had taken away her two sons, law students.


For The Curious
Lifeguarding Since 1974

When Arthur Verge started lifeguarding here in LA, the Vietnam war was still going on. Forty three years later, he still takes his job very seriously. "We're the line between life and death," he says. "You've just got to keep calm... even though all hell is breaking loose."

For The Curious
Equestrian corner of Atwater resists housing development

Tucked away from the traffic, shops and restaurants of Atwater Village, where the Griffith Park hills meet flat housing tracts, people in Los Angeles still keep horses. Gaby Valner, 22, has been coming to The Children's Ranch in North Atwater for five years. She has Rett Syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder, and speaks through a computer.

For The Curious
The Allure of Model Trains

Fred Hill got his first train set for Christmas when he was five years old. Today, operating model trains still lets him be a dreamer, breaking up the stress of life. "It was machinery, it was power, it was an allure," he recalls. "It just drew me into it."

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