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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
The present is by common definition the instant between the not yet and the already, a moment as narrow and treacherous as a tightrope. But you might instead define it…
A life without food
From a quiz drafted by the police department of Long Beach, California, and used as part of a training presentation. The quiz was cited in a report by the A.C.L.U.…
The story of a Tibetan refugee living in California, as told to the illustrator Read More
Greeting the holidays in an age of mass incarceration
In early 2015, fire ravaged a three-story building at the corner of 22nd and Mission in San Francisco. The blaze killed Mauricio Orellana, an immigrant from El Salvador, and destroyed…
Chances are that you are living the good life, at least in the most fundamental sense. You have the liberty to leave your home and the security of a home…
Southern California homeowners vs. nature
The legend of the Watts Towers
"The overall impression I came away with from the court decision was that Jarvis Jay Masters was considered a low-grade person who only deserved a low-grade trial. It’s certainly what he got."