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  • Ezell Ford mourners say farewell and call for justice

    Ezell Ford mourners say farewell and call for justice
    On a breezy Saturday morning in southwest Los Angeles, they came by the hundreds to lay Ezell Ford to rest and to protest the fatal shooting by police of an unarmed black man struggling with mental illness.
  • 'The Invisible Soldiers' warns of private security forces' rise

    'The Invisible Soldiers' warns of private security forces' rise
    Near the end of "The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security," author Ann Hagedorn recommends that President Dwight D. Eisenhower's famous warning in 1961 about the rise of the "military-industrial complex" should be updated. In the 21st...

    L.A. Unified school board race turns negative, focuses on reputation

    L.A. Unified school board race turns negative, focuses on reputation
    George McKenna has the sort of resume that would appear to make him a natural frontrunner in an important contest this month for the Los Angeles Board of Education. He has five decades of experience as a local educator, much of it in key leadership...

    Act now and name a replacement L.A. school board member

    Act now and name a replacement L.A. school board member
    There has been great consternation in recent days over the best way to select an interim school board member to complete the term of Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who died this month. The two of us, both former school board members, believe that LaMotte'...

    Lois Hill Hale dies at 78; pillar of L.A.-area civil rights movement

    Lois Hill Hale dies at 78; pillar of L.A.-area civil rights movement
    Lois Hill Hale, a longtime congressional aide whose Rolodex of influential contacts and outspoken presence on the school board in Inglewood helped make her a pillar of the local civil rights movement, has died. She was 78. Hill Hale, who also worked...