Woman is lost, then found among the homeless

I have written many stories about the homeless, particularly women. One recent day, I met Susan Lest, who had been living in her Volkswagen for 18 months in North Hollywood. She was "rescued," but so many women are simply deemed mentally ill and forgotten.  She reminded me that in these economic times, homelessness can happen... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Hotel Hollywood Sign

Every now and then,  the Hollywood sign makes news.  In the last few days,  a severed head,  and a pair of hands and feet,  have been discovered scattered near the trails below the sign, prompting a true Hollywood mystery.    But in 2010,  there was a different drama developing.  Developers wanted to sell the rugged... Continue Reading →

Michael Jackson’s star on Hollywood Boulevard

Dr. Conrad Murray's present trial reminds  me of the day Michael Jackson died and an unusual moment in Los Angeles.  I was sent to Hollywood Boulevard to interview fans who had gathered around his star,  which is placed in front of Grauman 's Chinese Theatre.  But his star was obscured by scaffolding for an upcoming Hollywood premier.  So fans flocked instead to another star---that of a  local radio... Continue Reading →

Hollywood’s homeless youth

Hollywood still lures the young to its streets, hoping for fame. But it also shelters youth on the run, those who can't live at home, or else never had a stable place to call home during childhood.  I spent a night with an outreach team from the non profit organization Covenant House for this story (Daily News,... Continue Reading →

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