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How below-the-line workers are surviving the Hollywood strikes

Oct 18, 2023
As actors continue to picket for a better contract, some Hollywood workers are forced to make tough decisions.
Thousands of Hollywood strikers marched from Netflix to the Paramount lot where SAG-AFTRA held a special rally.
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California paves the way for certification of mental health peer support providers

Jan 4, 2021
Proponents of the new law point to research that peer support programs can reduce hospitalizations for people with mental health care needs.
“It’s hard to navigate everything. So having somebody who’s been through [it] ... they’re kind of like your GPS,” Keris Jän Myrick, above, says of peer support.
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Los Angeles businesses feel sting of COVID-19 travel restrictions

Mar 5, 2020
The city welcomed more than 1 million visitors from China in 2019.
A woman wears a face mask at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on March 2, 2020.
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After 13 years of teaching, illustrator and graphic designer goes freelance

Oct 24, 2017
"It's been fun and profitable. It's been moving forward," says Ron Hill of Cleveland.
A comic artist works on his computer.

Tech companies head to Capitol Hill over political ads

Is Congress ready to regulate Facebook and Google?
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, looks on as Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia introduces the Honest Ads Act on Capitol Hill on Oct. 19. The legislation is designed to increase the transparency of political ads on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
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The economics of future technology ... explained with comics

Oct 17, 2017
Kelly and Zach Weinersmith investigate the not-too-distant future in “Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything.”
 Comic from “Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything.”

My Economy: Anxious about medical bills down the road

Oct 16, 2017
"There has to be a more efficient way" to get health insurance.
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“We don't ever want to be the cheapest provider of lodging services,” says Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International.

What is EDGAR and why do we care if it was hacked?

Sep 21, 2017
The SEC believes "illicit trading" might have occurred after the breach.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seal hangs on the facade of its building in Washington, DC.
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In Los Angeles, mariachi musicians fight gentrification to keep tradition alive

Sep 15, 2017
In the Boyle Heights neighborhood of LA, mariachis struggle to pay rent near a plaza named for them.
Mariachi Plaza and the larger Boyle Heights neighborhood have become the focal point for gentrification in Los Angeles. 
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