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New York City to Set Up Random Covid Testing at Schools

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Trying Out Los Angeles’ New Coronavirus Testing Regime

At a time when a shortage of tests still impedes efforts to grapple with the virus in many parts of California and the rest of the U.S., it is noteworthy that Mayor Eric Garcetti is now offering testing to all 10 million-plus residents of the nation’s largest county.

Do-It-Yourself Cheek Swab Tested As Next Best Thing To Detect Coronavirus

Three California jurisdictions are using a new way for patients to provide samples instead of the long swab up a nostril that must be performed by a health care provider. Could this help ramp up testing or are the results too uncertain?

Los Angeles Opening Up Coronavirus Testing to All Residents

The city’s mayor says it is the first major city in the U.S. to do so. Even people without symptoms can get a test.

Concerts and Sporting Events Could Be Canceled Until 2021, Mayors Say

Fearing a resurgence of the novel coronavirus, a handful of mayors said they would consider banning mass gatherings until next year.

Postcard From The Edge: L.A. Street Vendors Who Can’t Stop Working

Shutting down the economy because of the coronavirus has made the hardscrabble life of Los Angeles' sidewalk vendors even harder.

A City Moves to Ban Wild and Exotic Animals at House Parties

People are free to behave like party animals in Los Angeles, but legislation the City Council approved this week aims to prevent them from partying with animals.

One of the Largest U.S. Library Systems Just Eliminated Late Fees

The Los Angeles Public Library will eliminate fees for overdue items this spring, joining a growing number of library systems that have identified fines as barriers to access for low-income residents.

The Future of the Streetlight Might Be in the Past

A new competition from the L.A. mayor’s office invites designers to reimagine the rich history of civic illumination and create next-generation streetlights.

The Problem With ‘Cool Pavements’: They Make People Hot

A tool to help solve the problem of urban heat islands could have an unwelcome side effect, new research in L.A. finds.

Why Are America’s Three Biggest Metros Shrinking?

After a post-recession boomlet, the New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago areas are all seeing their population decline.

Does L.A.’s Scooter Data Program Violate State Privacy Laws?

As more cities adopt a controversial scooter tracking system pioneered by Los Angeles, concerns about rider data privacy are spreading.

Congress Looks At Ways to Help Los Angeles With Homelessness Crisis

At a House Financial Committee hearing, members of Congress heard about possible local, state, and federal solutions.

A City Seeks to Create a Unique Asset in a 32-Mile River Bike Path

The path along the Los Angeles River could connect a large swath of this famously car-centric city. But first the city needs to build out an eight-mile gap—no easy undertaking.

Los Angeles Is in Crisis. So Why Isn’t It Building More Housing?

COMMENTARY | Rising rents are feeding a surge in homelessness.

Denver Voters Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms

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Alabama House Passes Bill to Criminalize Most Abortions

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The Homeless Are Dying In Record Numbers On The Streets Of Los Angeles

Deaths increased 76% in the past five years, according to an analysis of coroner data.

Los Angeles Moves to California’s IT Infrastructure

“We can only succeed better as we do more collaboration among all the government entities,” said the state’s CTO.

L.A.’s Teachers Got What They Wanted—For Their Students

The strike showcased unions' strategy of advocating not just for their members but also for better resources for schools.