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Where Books Are All But Nonexistent

In many high-poverty urban neighborhoods, it’s nearly impossible for a poor child to find something to read in the summer.

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A New Life for Urban Alleys

Once blighted and overlooked, these small streets are transforming into community and sustainability hotspots.

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Los Angeles Dispenses Free Recycled Water to Its Residents

Amid the statewide drought, a new pilot program hopes to promote the local water supply.

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Brutal, Bruising Ads About Train Safety From the L.A. Metro

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A Huge NASA Fuel Tank Will Lumber Through L.A. This Weekend

The 65,000-pound Space Shuttle Program relic has come from New Orleans via the Panama Canal.

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How Los Angeles Is Using Data to Tackle Street Cleanliness

A new system gives a numerical ranking to every block of the city’s 22,000 miles.

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The Diverging Economies of L.A. and San Francisco

A conversation with Michael Storper, the author of a new book on why San Francisco has outperformed L.A. in recent decades.

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California Rises to 111 Degrees Warmer Than the Northeast

The West has broiled with incredible heat, while the East Coast looks forward to more snow.

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Despite El Niño-Fueled Storms, California Remains in a Drought

A survey of mountain snowpack has revealed below-average water content.

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California's Snowpack Is Looking Much Healthier Compared to 2015

Drifts as deep as 16 feet rest atop the Sierra Nevadas.

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California's Drought-Plagued Reservoirs Are Making a Comeback

The state’s two largest reservoirs have finally exceeded their historical averages.

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A Wild Otter Gives Birth at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Never has graphic biological content been so adorable.

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Drought-Struck California Finally Looks Due for an Epic Soaking

El Niño could roar back to life in March, potentially dropping more than 100 inches of snow on the mountains.

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Los Angeles Has a Huge Number of Stray Chihuahuas

Whether it’s because of their popularity or tendency to bolt out the door is anyone’s guess.

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Some Bus Riders Do Secretly Just Want a Car

But a sharp new study also shows that plenty of others truly prefer their transit trip.

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California Hits Its Deepest Snowpack in 5 Years

It’s unknown if this mountain powder will help stop the drought.

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L.A.'s Blind Spot on Extreme Weather

Last week’s torrential storms showed how deeply unprepared Los Angeles is to help its homeless population deal with El Niño—and climate change.

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The Sound and Fury of California's El Niño-Powered Storms

It’s been a week of savage weather on the West Coast.