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.

Glendale, Calif., Police Sgt. Steve Robertson was first incapacitated by a laser beam while landing a helicopter in the mid-1990s. Since then, he says, he and his fellow police pilots in Glendale have been targeted dozens of times by people shining cheap, easy-to-buy lasers. Mandalit del Barco/NPR hide caption

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Los Angeles-Area Pilots Face Increased Laser Attacks

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Los Angeles police officers point to known local gang suspects after a  federal gang raid operation in Los Angeles on Aug. 25. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Finance Probe Raises Ire Among Some LAPD Officers

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Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck (middle), Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (left) and Police Commission President John Mack detail the city's crime figures, the lowest in four decades. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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L.A.'s Homicide Rate Lowest In Four Decades

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Savvy Real Estate Investors Still Flipping Properties

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LA Closes Clinic Catering To Porn Industry

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Hello Kitty Hooks Generations On Cute, Kitsch

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Imagine A Saturday Without Mail

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Mexican and Peruvian fighters take aim at the American eagle that sits above Siqueiros' crucified peasant in America Tropical. Courtesy of Luis C. Garz hide caption

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Revolutionary Mural To Return To L.A. After 80 Years

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Legalized Pot's Unlikely Supporters: Moms And Cops

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Jars full of medical marijuana are seen at Sunset Junction medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles in May. As of the end of September, the dispensary was still open. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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How Many L.A. Pot Clinics Will Survive Crackdown?

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Zapping Inmates To Control Them: Harmless Or Torture?

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Administrator Takes Over $20 Billion BP Fund

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LAPD To Sort Out Discovered Infant Skeletons

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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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Last month, former adult film star Diana Grandmason and officials from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation announced a lawsuit against Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation, or AIM, a Los Angeles-area HIV testing clinic funded by and serving the adult film industry. Grandmason and another former adult film actress, Bess Garren — who is also her daughter — are suing because they say the release forms actors are required to sign at the clinic are too broad. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Mom-Daughter Porn Actresses Want Medical Privacy

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