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Mel Magazine: In Search of the Vanishing Teen Mall Rat 

Growing up, my second home was the mall, but teen culture is changing fast. What do we lose as more malls continue to die?

The Guardian: The Uneasy Racial Truth About Being Homeless in America

The homeless population is disproportionately black. Twenty-five years after the L.A. Riots, we speak to experts and those who have lived on the streets, including Juan King — older brother of beaten motorist Rodney King. 

LADT News: Meet the Skid Row Fixer

Day in and day out, rain or shine, Wendell Blassingame sits in Skid Row's San Julian Park, armed with endless knowledge and lifehacks for getting people help and housing. 

Mel Magazine: "Gook" on the L.A. Riots and Growing Up Asian American 

One of the best and most underrated movies of the year, Justin Chon's Gook is a treatise on what it means to be Asian-American amid racial strife. Of course, my immigrant parents knew something about it, too.

LADT News: The Failing Fight Against Drugs on Fifth Street

"The Nickel" has long been a notorious corridor for drug sales. Here's why new residents feel helpless, and why the cops are struggling to keep control.  

LADT News: Out of the Diner and Into the Boxing Ring

Carlos Morales is a talented young fighter on the cusp of title fights and stardom. He still works at a Chinatown diner, where boss Rod Davis is not only the restaurant owner... but Morales' boxing manager.