- Making News: Davis Recall Election on Heels of State Election
California-s Republican Party lost all statewide offices last November, including the Governorship, which stayed with Democrat Gray Davis. At this weekend-s convention in Sacramento, GOP delegates are expected to endorse a recall effort against the man re-elected just three months ago. Linda Gledhill is following the story from Sacramento for the San Francisco Chronicle.
- Reporter-s Notebook: LA Photographer Wins World Press Photo of the Year
Nearly 4,000 photographers submitted almost 54,000 images to be World Press Photograph of the year. The winner is a black and white shot of a young boy, crouched by an open grave in northwest Iran, holding on to the pants of his father, who-s about to be buried. The photographer, and winner of World Press Photo for 2002, is Eric Grigorian of Los Angeles.
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Then and Now: Is LA Still the Car Capital of the World? Urban planners got some bad news today. Ridership on public transit in Southern California is on the decline, despite the billions being spent in recent years to build light rail and subway lines. Why aren't more drivers leaving their cars at home, as traffic gets more congested than ever? Meantime, there's a shortage of money to repair aging roads, bridges and other parts of the infrastructure. We look at the impact on the state's economy.
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Is 'Warfare' a Thing of the Past at the LAPD? Video of police misconduct wasn’t as common 25 years ago as it is today. The spectacle of LAPD officers beating Rodney King was a wake-up call, but didn’t persuade a jury in Simi Valley. When the cops received not-guilty verdicts, the city exploded. We hear from veteran officers who say they’ve changed. What about their tactics? Have they gained the trust of marginalized communities and people of color?
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