At 84, this fierce champion of people with disabilities has decided to retire — sort of

Norma Jean Vescovo is retiring after decades of working to improve the lives of people with disabilities

The 101 Coffee Shop was my diner around the corner — before COVID-19

The famous 101 Coffee Shop has closed its doors for good. Known for celebrity sightings and film appearances, it was also a neighborhood joint of a sort unlikely to be replaced.

Counting the lives lost to COVID-19, not by the numbers

COVID-19 numbers can be numbing. Look instead at the stories behind them.

What Hollywood Boulevard looks like when COVID-19 drives the tourists away

Hollywood Boulevard is normally Los Angeles' tourist strip. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is eerily empty

Who has it harder than homeless people when the pandemic closes indoor spaces?

Our homeless neighbors worry about staying well in a deadly pandemic. But they have at best a thin membrane of tent to protect them.

The election’s over. It’s time to unclench our fists and open our ears

The post-election divisions in America run deep. The nation is polarized. But many efforts are underway to get people who don't vote the same talking and listening to on another.

Will the pandemic turn our favorite old-time L.A. shops and restaurants into memories, or can we do more together to save them?

Can seeing old L.A. restaurants and shops up close stir us to fight to help them survive COVID-19? Kieran Wright is creating miniature versions of some of our favorites

When the president gets COVID-19, my fever-dream nightmares come to life

A dream of Dr. Fauci on mute, as President Trump gets COVID while scientists are sidelined.

This new citizen’s view of America might help cut through the rancor and division

Clemencia Morales from Guatemala just became a new U.S. citizen. She's been thanking America by making thousands of masks and big pots of food to give out for free

Summer at the Hollywood Bowl, 2020: No concerts but food boxes for the hungry

The Hollywood Bowl, its concerts canceled due to the coronavirus, reaches out with music and offers space to help feed the needy.