A group of African-American men are confronted by state troopers with bayonets at a street corner in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Express Newspapers/Getty Images hide caption

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Daniel Harmon, a veteran of the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq, looks out the window of his room at the Hollywood Veterans Center in Los Angeles. The facility provides housing to homeless vets. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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The Eastside Bicycle Club on a 35 mile Saturday evening ride with stops for tacos. Carlos Morales hide caption

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A typical midhike feast once hikers reach their destination. HaeRyun Kang/NPR hide caption

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Officer Ted Simola, a member of the LAPD mental evaluation unit, responds to a call in February. Maya Sugarman/KPCC hide caption

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Metropolitan Division officers finish another "rollback" operation. They searched the apartment of a paroled armed robber and gang member. These rollbacks are a cornerstone of the Metro Division's strategy of tracking people who may re-offend, and suppressing crime before it happens. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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A Philadelphia mural entitled You Go Girl by Jetsonorama and Ursula Rucker. This is just one of many murals that the city's Mural Arts Program helped to create. Steve Weinik/Courtesy of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program hide caption

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Los Angeles started offering a $3.75 rebate on every square foot of grass replaced with a drought-friendly landscape. The drought is a boost in business for local conservation entrepreneurs. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty hide caption

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Supporters of Airbnb hold a rally outside City Hall, in New York. Cities throughout the country have been cracking down on the vacation rental site, prompting protests like these across the country. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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Allen Burnsworth, owner of Sit Means Sit Dog Training in Los Angeles, demonstrates how to fight off a dog attack with Flash, a trained 2-year-old Belgian Malinois. Allie Ferguson/NPR hide caption

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A woman walks past a memorial for some of the victims who are said to have died at the hands of the serial killer dubbed the "Grim Sleeper." Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Los Angeles is trying out 100 of these new parking signs for six months. They're supposed to help streamline the current system. (See photo below.) Sam Sanders/NPR hide caption

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Many of LA's Skid Row residents live in makeshift tents. Kelly McEvers hide caption

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An economist with the Rand Corporation argues that Los Angeles' fast-food ban failed because it merely blocked new construction or expansion of "stand-alone fast-food" restaurants in neighborhoods where that style of restaurant was uncommon to begin with. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Fans hold a "Los Angeles Rams" sign during a San Diego Chargers game against the St. Louis Rams last year. Both teams are part of proposals to build new NFL stadiums in the LA area. Donald Miralle/Getty Images hide caption

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Scent Bar, in central Los Angeles, is home to over 700 niche fragrances — several of which are neatly arranged here. Courtesy of LuckyScent hide caption

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Before a Lakers game this season, Adrián García Márquez and the rest of the TWC Deportes crew tapes a pre-game intro. Nadia Gonzalez/TWC Deportes hide caption

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A few trucks move along the docks at the Port of Los Angeles on Thursday. Seaports in major West Coast cities that normally are abuzz with the sound of commerce are falling unusually quiet due to an ongoing labor dispute. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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Sara Martín reads bedtime stories with her children. When the kids were younger, she says, staying up to date on their frequent immunizations was tough, because of cost and transportation issues. Lauren M. Whaley/CHCF Center for Health Reporting hide caption

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Fast-food workers in Los Angeles march in August 2013 to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Similar protests around the country have been organized by labor unions. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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