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.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (left) and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky hold souvenir concrete chips as they celebrate the demolition of two lanes of the Mulholland Drive bridge over I-405 ahead of schedule Sunday. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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L.A. Drivers Ecstatic As I-405 Reopens Early

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I-405's Closure Will Be A 'Nightmare' For L.A. Drivers

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Prince William Proves 'Fierce' On Polo Field

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Royal Couple To Visit Southern California

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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. AP hide caption

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Hate-Crime Arrests Signal 'Victory' For California City

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L.A. Worries About State's Plan To Reduce Inmates

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Crowds gather at L.A. Street Food Fest last year, where food trucks competed for awards such as "Best in Show" and "People's Choice Award." Mark Krynsky/Flickr hide caption

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Is The L.A. Food Truck Bubble Ready To Burst?

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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. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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New Cultural Center Celebrates L.A.'s Mexican Roots

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Los Angeles Steps Up Security After Bin Laden's Death

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News Corp. Likely To Take A Loss On Myspace Sale

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Los Angeles Anticipates Light Rail Line

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Chef Jamie Oliver takes his reality show Food Revolution to Los Angeles in an effort to revamp lunches in the nation's second-largest school district. Greg Zabilski/ABC hide caption

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'Food Revolution,' L.A. Schools Spar Over Lunches

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'Shenanigans Are What He Does': Is Banksy Gunning For An Oscar?

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Olga Perez is trying to get more healthful food options in Ramona Gardens, her East L.A. neighborhood. Mandalit del Barco/NPR hide caption

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L.A. Community Starved For Healthful Food Options

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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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