September 20, 2011 Los Angeles city officials have opened once-polluted and often-ridiculed Los Angeles River to kayaks and canoes. NPR's Mandalit del Barco rode on it with a group of 10-year-olds and a City Council member — where they discovered herons, carp and 32 discarded shopping carts.
September 6, 2011 Seventeen years ago, a girl named BooBoo was a hard-core member of the Playboys gang in Los Angeles. She drifted in and out of juvenile probation. Now, Cindy Martinez is a mother of five who has lasered off her tattoos and teaches her kids not to make her same mistakes.
August 9, 2011 From Earthquake to The Day After Tomorrow, why have filmmakers always loved demolishing L.A.? We offer a list of movies in which the city is attacked by aliens or killer robots, plagued by zombies and (most frequently) crushed by natural disasters.
August 3, 2011 The city did away with its red light camera program, which sent photos of moving violations to drivers, along with fines of nearly $500. It turns out the courts weren't following up on the citations; the tickets don't show up at the DMV or on insurance or credit records. "If you don't pay it," one City Council member said, "nothing happens."
July 18, 2011 Los Angeles officials have reopened a major interstate freeway that was closed for construction. Fearing traffic jams of epic proportions, many drivers stayed off the roads over the weekend. But cars were back on Interstate 405 a day ahead of schedule.
June 14, 2011 A gang in Azusa is accused of waging a two-decade campaign of violence to drive out the city's black residents. Now dozens of alleged Varrio Azusa 13 members are charged with racketeering and civil rights violations. One resident calls the arrests "an amazing victory."
May 18, 2011 With more and more entrepreneurs starting up food trucks in Los Angeles — and corporate trucks like Domino's getting into the act — some fear the once-underground foodie scene has been co-opted. And some food bloggers and trend watchers are predicting the movement's demise.