Marcia Muller's long-running Sharon McCone mystery series is set in San Francisco and follows Detective Sharon McCone as she helps clean the city up -- one murderer at a time.
Real-life "Madonnas" of Echo Park: Sixteen-year-olds (from left) Ana Rivas, Michelle De Leon, Brenda Marones and Yesenia Pum pose at a neighborhood grocery store on Sunset Boulevard. They are all participants in the writing group 826LA.
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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.