As California braces for the impact of relaxed marijuana laws that allow recreational use for adults, several small, financially strapped cities in southeast Los Angeles County and elsewhere are at the forefront of efforts to seize business opportunities - despite pushback from some residents.
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.
Eleazar Saldivia is still bitter at the turn of events that led him from a career as a federal criminal judge in Venezuela to driving for Uber in Los Angeles. But he doesn't regret the decision to leave his life and home behind.
When Redgi Woods, 30, moved into a spacious loft in a Fashion District warehouse in July, he could not believe his luck. The high ceiling and lighting appealed to him, and he used the space to host parties and meet with clients for his fashion design projects.
Pastor Kenneth Little knew the family renting out the church's property across the street long before the violence began. When they were younger, the tenants' children sometimes walked over to Ebenezer Baptist Church to help out with small tasks and attend Bible study.
It was close to midnight Friday when the volunteers got off an MTA bus and began their two-hour walk through Hollywood's streets. Starting at Western Avenue and armed with clothing vouchers, granola bars and condoms, they headed down Santa Monica Boulevard in groups, turning onto side streets and peering into alleys.
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.
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.
Thousands of dreamers stream into South Florida businesses, plunking down a couple bucks for a chance to be a billionaire. But the people behind the counter punching in the numbers and doling out the tickets don't exactly feel like winners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Outside interests are having outsize influence over EPA chief Scott Pruitt, says Betsy Southerland, a former 30-year veteran at the EPA. What agency experts are "trying desperately to do," she says, is "hope against hope that their facts will change Scott Pruitt's mind."
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
In a plaza across the street from the Argentine Supreme Court here in Buenos Aires, Sofía Tarlovsky points to two names inscribed on a sundial-shaped memorial, both of them her former kindergarten students.
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.
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."
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.
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."