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Next for the New York Times in LA: Gangs
"At twilight on Friday, in the heart of the territory of the latest notorious Los Angeles gang, a woman in a passing car calls out a tip to Officer Dan Robbins, sending him racing toward a corner and a man he believes is a member of the 204th Street gang." (New York Times)

Occidental College claims Obama
"U.S. Sen. Barack Obama is usually described as an alumnus of Columbia University, where he earned his bachelor's degree, and of Harvard Law School. But the Illinois Democrat began his undergraduate education at Occidental, and the 1,825-student liberal arts college in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles isn't shy about claiming him as an alumnus for his two years there (1979-81) on full scholarship. Perhaps, some think, it's where his political and oratory skills were nurtured." (LA Times)

Welcome to Transit Court
"But few do. Sheriff's deputies issued 25,502 fare evasion citations on the Blue Line between July 1, 2004, and June 30, 2005, according to the latest Los Angeles County Superior Court statistics. Less than one-quarter of people cited paid their tickets or appeared in court." (LA Times)

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New York Turning into Los Angeles?
"One reason New York is losing its New York edge may be that the city’s revival is partly based on a strange reversal: the city is the new suburb. Families have returned to the New York that was abandoned years ago for lawns and better public schools. They’ve brought with them a love of cars. A new study by Bruce Schaller, a local transportation consultant, shows that half the drivers in Manhattan are from the city — and that more city residents than suburbanites drive to work every day." (New York Times)