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.

Looking down from his rooftop lookout post to a homeless shelter on Skid Row in Los Angeles, LAPD senior lead officer Deon Joseph says: "See that guy in the wheelchair right there? Looks like he may be trying to stuff a crack pipe ... Yup, he just made a drug deal." Mandalit del Barco/NPR hide caption

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LAPD Targets Drugs Dealers By Name On Skid Row

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Priest's Answer To Gang Life Faces Hard Times

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Brits In U.S. Weigh In On Prime Minister Debates

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Bricia Lopez, 25, teamed with her younger brother Fernando, 22, to open the Oaxacan fast-food restaurant Cemitas y Clayudas Pal Cabron in Huntington Park, Calif. She says she believes in the U.S. government and has seen her — and her parents' — American dreams come true. Mandalit del Barco/NPR hide caption

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Recent Immigrants More Trusting Of U.S. Government

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LA Police Chief During Rodney King Riots Dies

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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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Aftershocks Rattle California, Mexico

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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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Letters To Haiti Provide A Different Kind Of Help

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'Hurt Locker' Wins Best Picture, Director

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Haitian Officials Say Americans Tried To Take Kids

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L.A. Close To Curbing Pot Dispensaries

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Los Angeles police and FBI agents process detained suspected gang members outside the Sport Arena parking lot in Los Angeles in October 2009. The city's crime rate is at an all-time low, in part because the troublemakers have either been locked up — or have turned into interventionists to help put a dent in crime. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Ex-Gang Members Take Bang Out Of L.A. Crime

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S. Calif. Chihuahuas Airlifted To Northeast Owners

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Los Angeles Aims To Close Some Pot Dispensaries

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