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When A Budget Motel Is 'Home,' There's Little Room For Childhood

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A group of African-American men are confronted by state troopers with bayonets at a street corner in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Express Newspapers/Getty Images hide caption

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Out Of Long-Gone Rubble Of The Watts Riots, Scars And Signs Of Healing

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Daniel Harmon, a veteran of the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq, looks out the window of his room at the Hollywood Veterans Center in Los Angeles. The facility provides housing to homeless vets. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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The U.S. Declared War On Veteran Homelessness — And It Actually Could Win

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The Eastside Bicycle Club on a 35 mile Saturday evening ride with stops for tacos. Carlos Morales hide caption

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On A 'Tour De Tacos' With Los Angeles' Eastside Bike Club

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A typical midhike feast once hikers reach their destination. HaeRyun Kang/NPR hide caption

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Keeping Alive The Korean Love For Hiking, Thousands Of Miles From Korea

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Officer Ted Simola, a member of the LAPD mental evaluation unit, responds to a call in February. Maya Sugarman/KPCC hide caption

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LA Police Unit Intervenes To Get Mentally Ill Treatment, Not Jail Time

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Metropolitan Division officers finish another "rollback" operation. They searched the apartment of a paroled armed robber and gang member. These rollbacks are a cornerstone of the Metro Division's strategy of tracking people who may re-offend, and suppressing crime before it happens. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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Nationwide Crime Spike Has Law Enforcement Retooling Its Approach

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A Philadelphia mural entitled You Go Girl by Jetsonorama and Ursula Rucker. This is just one of many murals that the city's Mural Arts Program helped to create. Steve Weinik/Courtesy of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program hide caption

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Los Angeles started offering a $3.75 rebate on every square foot of grass replaced with a drought-friendly landscape. The drought is a boost in business for local conservation entrepreneurs. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty hide caption

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California's Drought Makes It Rain Big Bucks For Local Businesses

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Supporters of Airbnb hold a rally outside City Hall, in New York. Cities throughout the country have been cracking down on the vacation rental site, prompting protests like these across the country. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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Rental Rules In California Raise Questions About Who's Using Airbnb

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Allen Burnsworth, owner of Sit Means Sit Dog Training in Los Angeles, demonstrates how to fight off a dog attack with Flash, a trained 2-year-old Belgian Malinois. Allie Ferguson/NPR hide caption

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Helping Postal Workers Fend Off An Age-Old Problem: Dog Bites

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A woman walks past a memorial for some of the victims who are said to have died at the hands of the serial killer dubbed the "Grim Sleeper." Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Too Scared To Talk To Police, Stalker's Victims Open Up In 'Grim Sleeper'

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