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Andrea McNichol has made her mark as a handwriting expert

<b>The gig:</b> Los Angeles graphologist Andrea McNichol is no stranger to high-profile court cases. As an examiner of questioned documents, she has worked on the murder trials of<p>O.J. Simpsonand Ted Bundy and the legal challenge of Howard Hughes' will. Clients of McNichol, the author of "Handwriting …

Crime

Fight over waterfront condo height goes to San Francisco voters

SAN FRANCISCO — On its face it doesn't look menacing: a proposed waterfront development of upscale condominiums that step down from 12 stories to five near San Francisco's towering financial district.<p>Cafes and stores on the ground floor. Public pathways and a small park with stunning views of San …

UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium as contested territory

UCLA BASEBALL<p>UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium as contested territory<p>The NCAA baseball champions' home lies on the Department of Veterans Affairs campus in West L.A., and homeless veterans, citing their needs, have challenged its lease.<p>November 02, 2013|By Paresh Dave<p>The UCLA Bruins are the reigning …

UCLA Bruins

California probe of campaign donations sheds light on 'dark money'

SACRAMENTO — Tony Russo had a multimillion-dollar problem.<p>The Republican consultant and his team had raised piles of cash to use in California politics as last November's election approached. But a wrinkle in state law meant he couldn't spend it in the final two months of the campaign without …

Koch Industries

Use of tough federal sentencing laws varies widely nationwide

WASHINGTON — As drug dealers go, Lori Ann Newhouse was strictly small time.<p>A high school dropout from a little Iowa town, Newhouse had three sons, a low-paying job as a telemarketer and a relentless<p>methamphetaminehabit. OnSt. Patrick's Dayin 2011, Newhouse bought cold tablets used to make meth and …

Criminal Justice

British Parliament's straight shooter taking on big business

LONDON — She's been called the scourge of big business, and some other choice appellations.<p>Margaret Hodge, a senior member of the British Parliament, has become well-known here for taking on the likes of<p>Google,Starbucksand Amazon in her crusade against companies that use creative accounting methods …

United Kingdom

The Mystery Zone - Spoon

Self-driving cars inch closer to mainstream availability

Automakers including Nissan, GM and Mercedes have done thousands of miles of successful tests, hoping to sell self-driving vehicles by 2020. But who would be liable in a crash?<p>October 12, 2013|By Jerry Hirsch<p>The Nissan Leaf is cruising at 35 mph when a pedestrian jumps into the roadway.<p>But there's …

In Brazil, more buildings are seized by residents in need of housing

SAO PAULO, Brazil — As shoppers and businessmen pass by the 13-story office tower, a middle-aged man peers through a hole in a thick metal door, pulling back a heavy steel rod to allow in only members of the Movement of Housing for All.<p>Upstairs, children, low-income workers and a few revolutionary …

Brazil

Mental health court helps save a troubled talent from the street

A talented young violinist's descent into mental illness and crime is checked by generosity and San Francisco's Behavioral Health Court. Now Kim Knoble is playing again.<p>October 13, 2013|By Lee Romney<p>A promising musician, Kim Knoble nearly hit bottom after mental illness,… (David Butow / For The …

Mental Health

Forced from Long Beach courthouse, vendor is no longer a no-ware man

When Rick Lopez packed up the sodas, chips, gum and candy on his final day, he knew he was leaving a lot behind.<p>There was the security guard who helped him set up shop in the morning and would give him a ride home in the evening, the judicial commissioner who raved that his egg salad sandwich was …

Crime

Oscar Hijuelos: An appreciation

The late Oscar Hijuelos, photographed while at St. Malo Book Fair in St.… (Ulf Andersen / Getty Images )<p>Oscar Hijuelos, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who died Saturday, was a cultural pioneer who wrote elegant novels about ambitious Cuban expatriates and music-loving New Yorkers. He told …

Books

Forced from Long Beach courthouse, vendor is no longer a no-ware man

Column One<p>Ousted vendor is no longer a no-ware man<p>Rick Lopez ran the cafeteria and snack bar at the Long Beach courthouse for 20 years. Now he's set up shop in Downey and Compton.<p>By Christine Mai-Duc<p>Photography by Barbara Davidson<p>When Rick Lopez packed up the sodas, chips, gum and candy on his …

Crime

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Brazil property rights: Tribes and farmers battle to the death

Brazil's agricultural boom, led by exports to China, has made the problem worse, indigenous groups say.<p>October 02, 2013|By Vincent Bevins<p>SIDROLANDIA, Brazil — Early one morning in May, gunfire rang out in a rural encampment of the indigenous Terena tribe in southwestern Brazil, killing Oziel …

Brazil

Team takes healthcare plan to ethnic areas

Outreach workers go through ethnic neighborhoods, explaining Obamacare in Hindi, Urdu, Bangla, Punjabi and Gujarati<p>October 01, 2013|By Anh Do<p>Nina Sharmin, left, informs Taher Majumder about Covered California at… (Cheryl A. Guerrero, Los…)<p>Inside Deshi Restaurant and Grocery, standing near the bags …

Health Care

A blend — or clash — of old and new at Grand Central Market

Plans to make the downtown market more upscale might alter the downtown's crossroads of race and class.<p>October 01, 2013|Steve Lopez<p>A shopper examines produce at grand Central Market. Adele Yellin, head… (Wally Skalij, Los Angeles…)<p>I'm an unrepentant sucker for a good, lively, mixed-use urban market …

Urban Design

Ex-cops lead O.C. volunteers in rescuing prostitutes

Former cops lead O.C. volunteers in rescuing prostitutes<p>Former officers use their police skills and religious faith to help volunteers get women away from their pimps.<p>The stocky man with a goatee walks across the darkened parking lot of the motel and bangs on the door to Room 156.<p>Greg Reese …

Crime

In Wyoming, he's tough enough to be a Sissy

He's tough enough to be a Sissy in Wyoming<p>Longtime cross-dresser Sissy Goodwin of Douglas, Wyo., has been anything but weak as he stands up to bigotry in the Cowboy State.<p>Reporting from Casper, Wyoming<p>Sissy Goodwin is out shopping. He's on the hunt for an industrial-sized wrench for a home handyman …

Secession drive gathers steam in rural Colorado

AULT, Colo. — Jennifer Weichel stood scowling behind the counter of her antique shop, in front of a life-size cutout of John Wayne, and fairly spat the word out: "Used!"<p>It's how, she said, people in rural northern Colorado feel they're treated by those in Denver and its sprawling suburbs, the ones …

John Hickenlooper

Ukulele players from near and far gather in Montrose to play

For Kate Friedricks, a Tujunga resident who grew up in Glendale and taught herself to play the ukulele as a girl, the instrument has become an addictive mode of expression that keeps her up at night playing song after song.<p>All it takes, she says, is a quality ukulele and the Internet for her to put …

Wang Jianlin's film studio plan in China has a Hollywood following

Wang Jianlin is the wealthiest man in China, owns the biggest theater chain in the world and wants to create the world's largest movie studio in his home country.<p>Hollywood is taking the billionaire chairman of Dalian Wanda Group Corp. seriously, but proceeding cautiously.<p>Studio executives, talent …

China

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Skipping college for Wyoming oil fields can be a boom-bust trap

No college is needed for big-bucks Wyoming oil field jobs, but regrets abound when boom turns to bust.<p>September 23, 2013|By John M. Glionna<p>Jonathan Odlin had it made, or so he thought. With only a high school degree,… (John M. Glionna / Los Angeles…)<p>CASPER, Wyo. — These are boom times in the …

College & University

Family reunited after child welfare system odyssey

The college application essay was the tipoff. It was beautifully written but painfully rendered; a high school student's story of her family's tumble from middle-class stability into homelessness and addiction.<p>It helped Danielle Stone earn a spot at<p>UCLA. But it also drew her family into a yearlong …

Homelessness

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