LA Observed

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Warner Music just moved its employees to a new home in an old factory building in the Arts District.

Friends, family and fans continue to mourn the loss of rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed over the weekend outside his clothing store in South Los Angeles.

The L.A. County Coroner’s Office has concluded that a man who died at the home of a prominent Democratic donor in West Hollywood overdosed on crystal meth.

Before former Governor Jerry Brown left office, last year, he put his pen to a couple, new transparency laws.  Both have to do with public access to internal police investigations and…

Think of Santa Monica and there are a number of things that come to mind: an idyllic, beachside setting; a tech-saturated economy; a bastion of liberal politics.

Those who cast their ballot in the LA Unified School Board election at a local school or church likely did so for the last time.

It’s the team that’s had to deal with a geography and identity crisis for years, with some of the most supportive fans in Major League Baseball. The L.A.

A landmark bill signed by then-Governor Brown last year is intended to make records of police misconduct available to the public.

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Dry January is over but abstainers in LA have more options than ever to keep drinking less or not at all.

from Greater LA

Retired LA lawyer and Chinese restaurant chronicler David R. Chan is undeterred from dining near the site of the recent Monterey Park mass shooting.

from Greater LA

Boyle Heights native Hadda Brooks was one of the most popular musicians of post-war 1940s America. Why isn’t she remembered today?

from Greater LA

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A comet with a green tail will be the most visible in tonight's sky. It last passed through our solar system 50,000 years ago.

Look up! You could see a green-tailed comet from the Milky Way’s origins

A comet with a green tail will be the most visible in tonight's sky. It last passed through our solar system 50,000 years ago.

Starting May 11, the U.S. government will no longer fully pay for COVID testing, treatment, and vaccines for people who don’t have health insurance.

Federal COVID emergency declaration ends in May. What’s changing?

Starting May 11, the U.S. government will no longer fully pay for COVID testing, treatment, and vaccines for people who don’t have health insurance.

A new Frontline documentary explores why American presidents have declined to aggressively confront Vladimir Putin as he tried to rebuild the Soviet Union.

Putin’s relationship with 5 US presidents led to his invasion of Ukraine

A new Frontline documentary explores why American presidents have declined to aggressively confront Vladimir Putin as he tried to rebuild the Soviet Union.

The Academy is investigating the promotional campaign behind Andrea Riseborough’s Oscar nomination for her role in “To Leslie.”

Did ‘To Leslie’ promo campaign involve lobbying and harassing?

The Academy is investigating the promotional campaign behind Andrea Riseborough’s Oscar nomination for her role in “To Leslie.”

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The new documentary “Sometimes When We Touch” explores the rise of soft rock during the 1970s and 1980s.

How 1970s saccharine soft rock influenced early hip-hop

The new documentary “Sometimes When We Touch” explores the rise of soft rock during the 1970s and 1980s.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Small acts of kindness make a huge difference to patients and families

Making three wishes at the end of life

Small acts of kindness make a huge difference to patients and families

from Second Opinion

Dr. Robert Waldinger, director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, unlocks some of the secrets discovered via 80 years of research on happiness.

In search of happiness: The secrets and science behind leading a good life

Dr. Robert Waldinger, director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, unlocks some of the secrets discovered via 80 years of research on happiness.

from Life Examined

Director Kasi Lemmons’s films span over two decades and include “Eve’s Bayou” and “Talk to Me.” Her latest is “Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”

Director Kasi Lemmons on Whitney Houston’s divided self

Director Kasi Lemmons’s films span over two decades and include “Eve’s Bayou” and “Talk to Me.” Her latest is “Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”

from The Treatment