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L.A. roadway reckoning: safety advocates vs. firefighters

Essential California A coalition of community activists, labor groups and environmental organizations say the surging death toll on L.A. streets requires dramatic action. Firefighters say safety upgrades will slow response times.  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  February 28, 2024   View in browser Firefighters against Measure HLA stand in front of supporters of the ballot measure just before a press conference by firefighters union leaders in downtown Los Angeles on Feb. 14, 2024. (Courtesy Healthy Streets LA - Yes in HLA campaign) By Ryan Fonseca Good morning. It's Wednesday, Feb. 28 . Here's what you need to know to start your day. L.A.'s ro

Social media must stop child exploitation

Columnist Mary McNamara addresses what may have begun as a fun little hobby but has turned into a family-supporting business that rests entirely on the ability of a child to churn out videos.
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Column: Social media platforms must stop the exploitation of child performers. Now Click to view images

As a recent Times investigation revealed, social media producers, including parents, often flout child labor laws, arguing that kids are 'just having fun.'

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The local music community mourns as yet another pillar, Bedrock.LA, closes its doors Click to view images

The shuttering of beloved Echo Park rehearsal and recording complex Bedrock marks the loss of yet another small business amid the area's increasing gentrification.

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Jelly of the Month Club brings music to kids with online course Click to view images

The band catering to kids offers young fans their first exposure to instruments and melody through a new, online interactive music course.

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Review: Fast and furrious, 'Puss in Boots: The Last Wish' demonstrates a lust for life Click to view images

Eleven years later, Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek return in the irreverent sequel "Puss in Boots: The Last Wish," in which the ferocious feline lands on his ninth (and final) life

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How 2022 became the year of the fragmented-identity novel Click to view images

It's been a broken, chaotic year in life and in fiction. Authors such as Hernan Diaz and Namwali Serpell broke their novels and heroes into pieces.

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'Rust' first assistant director Halls countersues Baldwin in spiraling web of litigation Click to view images

Dave Halls, the first assistant director on fraught film "Rust," has countersued Alec Baldwin and other crew members as part of litigation first started by the film's script supervisor.

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As controversies pile up and irk fans, James Gunn defends his choices as new DC boss Click to view images

"Perhaps these choices are great, perhaps not, but they are made with sincere hearts & integrity," DC Studios head James Gunn said in a statement.

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