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FBI director James Comey announced Friday that there may be new information in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server during her time as Secretary of State.

A new, giant development proposed for South LA is dividing the community. Some see The Reef as an opportunity to breathe new life into an underserved community. But others see it as a harbinger of gentrification.

Another development called the Sea Breeze has been approved near the Port of LA. But a Los Angeles Times investigation raises new questions about how the approval happened and whether shady political contributions greased the city wheels.

The Silver Lake-adjacent breakfast spot Sqirl has a devoted following. Lines often snake down the block on the weekend. Well now you can make some of the best Sqirl dishes in the comfort of your own home.

In honor of Halloween, a tour of L.A.’s haunted nooks and crannies, including spooky hotels and creepy old train depots.

Explaining the latest in Clinton email saga 7 MIN, 34 SEC

The election is a week away and now we have our October surprise. The FBI is examining tens of thousands of emails that may or may not be related to Hillary Clinton and her use of a private server. FBI director James Comey is being criticized for announcing the investigation on Friday. Some say he may have violated the law.

Josh Gerstein, Politico (@joshgerstein)

Abedin tells colleagues she's in dark about new email trove

The Reef: a South LA development that’s split the community 9 MIN, 27 SEC

Downtown Los Angeles has experienced a renaissance over the last several years. High rises, luxury lofts and fancy restaurants abound. And now that building boom is spreading south. A mile from L.A. Live, right on the other side of the 10 Freeway, Washington Boulevard still looks untouched. But developers have a billion-dollar plan to transform the area. The Reef would turn what’s now two parking lots into a 10-acre complex with a pair of high-rise buildings boasting 1400 apartments and condos, a hotel, a grocery store, restaurants and public gardens. For some, this sounds like exciting progress. For others, it represents everything that’s wrong with development in L.A: rich people elbowing out everyone else.

Madeleine Brand, Host, 'Press Play' (@TheMadBrand)

The specter of gentrification follows The Reef, a proposed South LA development

Shady campaign money with ties to a big developer 8 MIN, 33 SEC

Sea Breeze is a $72 million apartment complex planned near the Port of L.A. Last year, city council members unanimously approved it with no discussion. They went against the recommendation of their own planning commission. Now the LA Times has found hundreds of campaign donations from people connected to the developer totalling more than $600,000 to local politicians. But some of those contributors had no idea they’d donated to these politicians, raising the specter that the developer made the contributions in their name without their knowledge.

David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times (@DavidZahniser)

A $72-million apartment project. Top politicians. Unlikely donors.

The woman who made toast hip has a new cookbook 13 MIN, 59 SEC

For those of you who live in or near Silver Lake, you’re probably familiar with the line of people that snakes down Virgil Avenue most mornings and afternoons outside the restaurant Sqirl. Customers can wait upwards of an hour for a chance to try chef and owner Jessica Koslow’s take on California cooking. If the wait sounds daunting, you can now make some of those recipes in your own home. Koslow has a new cookbook out that features some of these dishes. It’s called Everything I Want To Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking.

Jessica Koslow, Sqirl Kitchen

LA's creepiest haunts 7 MIN, 31 SEC

What could possibly be more terrifying than this election season? Well, nothing. But today, we’ll attempt to top the freak show that is American politics in honor of Halloween. Los Angeles is chock full of creepy old buildings with bloody pasts. Places like the Cecil Hotel Downtown and the Queen Mary in Long Beach.

Colin Dickey, journalist and author (@colindickey)


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