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.

The fifth-graders from L.A.'s Pico Union neighborhood, who rarely get to spend time in nature, say it was the best field trip ever. Mandalit del Barco/NPR hide caption

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A New Destination For Kayakers: The L.A. River?

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BooBoo (right) flashes a Playboys gang hand sign, 1993. Robert Yager hide caption

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Ex-L.A. Gang Member Trades Streets For Family Life

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Airlines Poised To Profit From FAA Shutdown

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In L.A., Paying Red Light Camera Fines Now Optional

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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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