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.

Handguns collected in South-Central Los Angeles as part of a Gun for Gift Card exchange in 2009. One teenager here says getting a gun on the streets is just "one phone call away." Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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South L.A. Teens Doubt New Laws Will Change Gun Culture

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The Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation says a county law requiring condom use at porn shoots is necessary to protect actors from sexually transmitted diseases. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Porn Industry Turned Off By L.A. Mandate For Condoms On Set

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South Park Duo Creates Production Studio

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Sofia Campos, 23, is the head of the United We Dream campaign — a national network of youth-led immigrant organizations. Campos was born in Peru, but grew up in California, entirely unaware of her undocumented status until she tried applying for college scholarships. Courtesy of Sofia Campos hide caption

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In Pursuit of Recognition: An Undocumented Immigrant's Resilient Fight

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Hollywood Execs Shift Programming After Newtown Shooting

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Singer Jenni Rivera Presumed Dead In Plane Crash

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Independent Movies Embrace On-Demand Platforms

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Mike Reynolds authored California's three-strikes law after his daughter, Kimber, was killed in a 1992 purse snatching. On Tuesday, Californians approved a ballot initiative that weakens the law — a measure Reynolds opposed. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Calif. Affirms Death Penalty, Amends 'Three Strikes'

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Walt Disney Co. To Buy George Lucas Film Studio

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Makes Final Landing

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EBay Bans Supernatural Goods And Services

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L.A.'s Ban On Marijuana Dispensaries Halted For Now

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Juanes' latest album is all acoustic, and was recorded in front of a live audience as part of MTV's Unplugged series. MTV hide caption

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Juanes: A Superstar Slows Down, Shifts Gears

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Workers dismantle an installation that was set up for the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Paris. It had been scheduled for Friday night but was canceled after a gunman killed 12 people at a Colorado opening of the same film. Jacques Brinon/AP hide caption

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'Dark Knight' Events Canceled, Theaters Add Guards

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