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.

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. shakestercody/Flickr hide caption

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Sharon McCone: P.I. On The Pier Of San Francisco Bay

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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. Mandalit Del Barco/NPR hide caption

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'The Madonnas Of Echo Park': Residents, Reinvented

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Supporters argue that traffic cameras increase safety as well as revenues, but angry drivers cry foul. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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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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