Mandalit del Barco As an arts correspondent based at NPR West, Mandalit del Barco reports and produces stories about film, television, music, visual arts, dance and other topics.

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$500 For Running A Red Light? Blame The Camera

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Inmates sit in crowded conditions at California State Prison in Los Angeles. Like many California prisons, L.A. County jails are releasing prisoners early — before serving their entire sentences — because of budget constraints. AP hide caption

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L.A. County Jails Releasing Some Inmates Early

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Crews, Weather Assist In Fighting Calif. Fires

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Calif. Wildfires Spread, Homes Destroyed

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2 Firefighters Killed Amid Massive S. Calif. Wildfire

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To Flee Or Not To Flee? Texans Decide As Ike Looms

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Grief, and Warmth, Among Soldiers' Families in Puerto Rico

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