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The four years I spent covering San Joaquin County included too many visits to homicide scenes and coroner’s name requests, but a cursory glance at the names and figures of the victims unsettled me.
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My own morals and ethics frequently came into play, whether it was weighing the responsibility of protecting a source’s identity against the public’s need for transparency or deciding if a series like this warranted a more discerning look at certain systems and policies in place.
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There are some states that do not require people with domestic violence convictions to surrender their firearms or prohibit them from possessing a gun. California does.
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Once known for their tolerance and to a degree an accepted and somewhat congenial but fragile coexistence with their unhoused brothers and sisters, Mar Vista, Venice and even Santa Monica have become increasingly less patient with homelessness.
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A reporter shares a handful of investigative reporting techniques that proved essential in overcoming blind spots among local health experts who were largely unaware of opioids' toll in their communities.
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How do you know when someone is ready to be interviewed about a trauma she has endured? And what do you do if she wants to back out just before publication?

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