Working journalists are teaming up with community members in a bid to take "citizen journalism" to a new level. They want to know why the long-talked-about Marlton Square development sits empty after all these years.
Now comes the challenge of locating individuals who are due back-payments on benefits. Experts say 7,000 live in Los Angeles area, with senior citizens and members of ethnic communities making up a significant portion of the total.
They are viewed by many as piranhas or parasites. Most of them will remain so — whether in prison or on the streets — because they're as addicted to the game as most of their customers are to the product they peddle.
It's easy to knock right-wing Republicans, but go below the surface and you'll start hearing this question: Have members of the generation who reaped the first harvest of the Civil Rights movement grown too reluctant to question African-American politicians?