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Sylvia Welker feeds the pigeons on Skid Row in Los Angeles. There are currently 47,000 homeless people in and around Los Angeles. Gloria Hillard for NPR hide caption

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On LA's Skid Row, Homeless Women Seek Shelter From The Streets

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Juana Zacharias, 18, lives in a group home for foster children in Oxnard, Calif. She came out as transgender when she was 10; she entered the foster care system when she was 11, after her father was killed. Leo Duran/KPCC hide caption

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Los Angeles Pioneers Program To Help Educate Foster Parents For LGBT Kids

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Jimmy Page (right) and Robert Plant (left) of Led Zeppelin performing in the U.K. in 1975. Mick Gold/Redferns hide caption

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LISTEN: Opening riff, Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven'

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Waze is a traffic app that relies on users' feedback about road conditions to find the quickest possible route. Ruby Wallau/NPR hide caption

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The Road Less Traveled? Not Since Waze Came To Los Angeles

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The last remaining space shuttle external propellant tank is moved across the 405 freeway in Los Angeles on Saturday. The ET-94 will be displayed with the retired space shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center. Chris Carlson/AP hide caption

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Quail in dandelion's nest — one of Pascal Baudar's wild-crafted culinary creations. "So many wild plants, so little time," says Baudar. He leads foraging expeditions in the forests of Los Angeles and works with chefs to create meals based on wild foods. Courtesy of Pascal Baudar hide caption

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Urban Foraging: Unearthing The Wildcrafted Flavors Of Los Angeles

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Many of LA's Skid Row residents live in makeshift tents. Kelly McEvers hide caption

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When It Comes To Policing LA's Skid Row, What Tactics Work?

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Former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten is seen during a hearing on Thursday before the California Board of Parole Hearings at the California Institution for Women in Corona, Calif. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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Oil rigs extract petroleum in Culver City, Calif., on May 16, 2008. Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Before Hollywood, The Oil Industry Made LA

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Los Angeles Police Capt. Andy Neiman announced in March that a knife possibly linked to the murder of O.J. Simpson's ex-wife was undergoing forensic tests. Those tests have determined that it was not involved in the crime. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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The tortillas at one of Gold's favorite restaurants — El Parian — are handmade, and heavenly. Arezou Rezvani/NPR hide caption

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'City Of Gold,' Patchwork Of Cultures: A Tour Of LA's Food Scene

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O.J. Simpson, flanked by defense attorneys F. Lee Bailey (left) and Johnnie Cochran Jr., reacts as he is found not guilty on Oct. 3, 1995, of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Myung J. Chun/AP hide caption

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