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Politics

California gas prices to rise under bill signed by governor

California drivers will see their gas prices rise in November and will pay more to register their vehicles come January. The tax hike would raise $5 billion a year to pay for the state's crumbling roads and freeways, but residents will have to wait months before crews actually begin the repairs.

LA Riots

As Los Angeles burned, the Border Patrol swooped in

Looking back at the L.A. Riots, people often remember tensions between African-Americans, white law enforcement officers and Korean business owners. That story gets even more complicated when you step into Pico-Union — a neighborhood that was, and still is, predominantly Latino.
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Looking for tech solutions to foster care's problems

Can technology help solve problems within L.A. County's foster care system? That's what a group of former foster kids, software developers and officials from the county's Department of Children and Family Services are getting together to figure out this weekend during a two-day hackathon.

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LA Riots

Timeline: Rodney King and the LA Riots

It's been 25 years since the start of one of the deadliest race riots in American history. The violence erupted in South Los Angeles after a jury acquitted four white police officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King. This timeline looks at key events before, during and after the unrest.
Arts & Entertainment

6 things to do this weekend in SoCal

Bid April farewell with a Taste of the Eastside in Cypress Park, Packchella's comedy music festival, a celebration of independent bookstores, RuPaul's DragCon at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Dessert Fest in Studio City and more. See our full roundup of events.
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The Triforium

What it is:
Designed by artist Joseph Young, the Triforium was initially supposedto be a "polyphonoptic" sculpture. Young wanted to use motion sensors and a computer system to translate the motions of passers by into psychedelic patterns of light, sound, and music.
Why it's cool:
The computer system never worked quite right, but it’s still a unique work of overlooked public art in downtown LA.
You should know:
Parking downtown can be tough. But taking the Red or Purple Line to Grand Park Station will put you within walking distance (about four blocks). Get directions.