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Thumbnail image for homeless-virgil-avenue.jpg Joe Domanick argues that the city's rising poverty and crime rates are related, "coming together in an era of astounding, Third World-like income disparity, declining social services and desperate poverty." And you thought Uber getting into LAX was the big issue of the day.
fireworks-smmirror.jpg Right at midnight, unannounced booms from fireworks barraged the coast cities on Santa Monica Bay.

News crew shot dead on live TV in Virginia*

parker-ward-wdbj.jpg WDBJ photographer Adam Ward, 27, and reporter Alison Parker, 24, were interviewing a chamber of commerce official at a strip mall this morning. The shooter was a former reporter at the Roanoke station.
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marichal-roseboro-annotated.jpgA week after the 1965 Watts riots, Juan Marichal clubbed John Roseboro. David Davis annotated the iconic Dodgers-Giants moment last year: Revisit.
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hillhurst-liquor-sign.jpgNeon liquor in Los Feliz.
Listen to me Marlon
brando-streetcar.jpgNew documentary is based on tapes that Marlon Brando made over the course of his career, trying to make sense of himself and his life. Iris Schneider
Theater in the canyon
Mockingbird-theatricum.jpg Alfresco theater is one of the best features of an LA summer, yet the big LA media usually ignore it, Don Shirley writes. Native Intelligence
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grace-slick-woodstock-dark.jpgGrace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane at Woodstock. Turn it up.
For your consideration
bessie-still.jpgTwo costume designers who should have received Emmy nominations in our blogger's judgment.
gayley-terrace-ww.jpg Gayley Terrace in Westwood Village.
ice-cream-man-pdr.jpg By the bike path in Playa del Rey.
The edge
ocean-vdt.jpg The view at the edge of the continent. Veronique de Turenne
LA's newest mountain lions
p-43-kitten.jpgKittens P-43 and P-44 caught and tagged.
LA's lizard season
baby-lizard-nhmla.jpgBaby lizards are all around in August. Story
Studying LA coyotes
coyote-dtla-nps.jpgWhere two Central LA coyotes go. Map