Mandalit del BarcoAs an arts correspondent based at NPR West, Mandalit del Barco reports and produces stories about film, television, music, visual arts, dance and other topics.
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U.S. Marshals deputies restrain a suspected member of an Azusa, Calif., gang after a raid in Irwindale on June 7. The Latino gang conspired to rid the Southern California city of its black residents through threats and violence dating back to the early 1990s, according to an indictment.
Displays at La Plaza include film posters featuring Mexican actresses Lupita Tovar and Dolores del Rio, as well as Mexican actor Ramon Novarro, star of 1925's Ben-Hur.
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.
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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.