Author: The Argonaut

A Matter of Life and Death

The Affordable Care Act has been a lifeline for homeless and low-income people. A Trump administration lawsuit could leave millions uninsured. By Gary Walker This article was produced as a project for the USC Center for Health Journalism’s California Fellowship. When he lost his job as a finance officer at U.S. Bank at the start of the Great Recession in 2007, Kenrick Bascom also lost his health care coverage.  After suffering from a consistent pain in his abdomen, the Venice resident was referred to the nonprofit community health center Venice Family Clinic where he was diagnosed with potentially fatal...

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Where Music Lives

McCabe’s Guitar Shop cuts through the noise of L.A.’s relentless cultural disruption, staying true to artists and audiences for 50 years and counting By Steve Appleford A musical moment isn’t always about sound. It’s also about silence, the spaces between the notes, the beats and the breaths taken at the microphone. And nowhere does the quiet carry more weight than in the back room at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, where performers find a room of genuine warmth and aching clarity, facing a crowd of respectful but demanding music fanatics, while accompanied by the kind of quiet that amplifies the slightest...

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Gang Member to Face Trial for Pedro Ruiz’s Murder

A 26-year-old man reputed to be a member of the Venice 13 street gang has been charged with murder for the July 21 beating death of Venice native Pedro Ruiz, a beloved parent volunteer at Westminster Avenue Elementary School whom police say also had ties to the gang. Juan Perez was arrested and pleaded not guilty in August. Two other suspects remain at large, LAPD Pacific Division Capt. James Setzer said. Ruiz, 29, was attacked in an alley between Fifth and Rose avenues and died from blunt force trauma to the head. LAPD Det. Sean Kinchla, one of the...

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LAPD Crime Stats: January to June

You wouldn’t know it from obsessive neighborhood chatter on the Nextdoor app, but the overall number of crimes reported in the city of Los Angeles went down 5% in the first six months of 2019. Perceptions of crime, however, depend largely on people’s expectations and experiences — which in turn are greatly influenced by where they live. An analysis of LAPD data by Crosstown LA (, a nonprofit spinoff of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, found significant fluctuations among parts of coastal Los Angeles when comparing January to June crime stats with the same time frame...

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LMU Builds Campus Housing for Ospreys

By Gary Walker You might say restoration biologists have a familiar mantra for bringing important migratory bird species back to the Ballona Wetlands: If you build it, they will come. In an effort to entice the return of the large brown-and-white raptors known as osprey, Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Urban Resilience is offering the fish-eating birds of prey new lodging on the campus bluffs. On Tuesday, center Executive Director Eric Strauss and Southern California Edison environmental project manager David Kay presided over a campus celebration to inaugurate an osprey pole and nesting platform erected near the Tongva Memorial....

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