The Unsung Songwriters Who Helped Make Appetite for Destruction a Classic

Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin weren’t the only ones whose songwriting contributions made Appetite for Destruction one of the biggest rock records in history. Thirty years after the album’s debut, here are the stories of the two Los Angeles musicians who co-wrote two of Appetite‘s songs and contributed to the band’s legacy.

Author: Matt Wake
Source: LA Weekly
Published: Jun 17, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,493 words)

Rape Choreography Makes Films Safer, But Still Takes a Toll on Cast and Crew

Rape in film is difficult enough to deal with as a viewer — but what about the actors who have to physically endure the portrayal, or the directors and film editors who spend countless hours re-watching the footage?

Source: LA Weekly
Published: Jul 11, 2017
Length: 17 minutes (4,253 words)

In Tijuana, The Recently Deported Are Trapped In Purgatory

In southern California, ICE is deporting people of Mexican descent who have lived most of their lives in the U.S. and feel only a vague connection to the Mexico they’re sent “back” to. “Trump says he’s up there removing criminals,” José Armando Guerrero said from a Tijuana hotel. “I was working. I’m not a criminal.”

Source: LA Weekly
Published: Mar 28, 2017
Length: 17 minutes (4,436 words)

Why Are So Many Inmates Attempting Suicide at the California Institution for Women?

Something is driving female inmates at the California Institution for Women to attempt suicide at a rate five times higher than the state and national averages. Prevention is not a priority.

Source: LA Weekly
Published: Jul 20, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3,592 words)

Recovery Sham

An in-depth investigation into an exceedingly shady drug rehab mogul: Christopher Bathum built a veritable empire of more than 20 sober-living houses and outpatient clinics in the Los Angeles area, despite being neither a licensed drug counselor nor a therapist. Amidst allegations of sex abuse, drugs, and fraud, he’s now the target of probes by nearly every large insurance company in California, as well as the FBI, LAPD, L.A. County District Attorney and California Department of Health Care Services.

Source: LA Weekly
Published: Dec 17, 2015
Length: 19 minutes (4,982 words)

House of Horrors

First, an LA landlord made a film about murdering his tenants. Then he knifed one.

Source: LA Weekly
Published: Oct 12, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4,439 words)

The Murdered Mayor of Bell Gardens

Daniel Crespo, the mayor of a small industrial city in southeast L.A. County, battered his wife for 28 years. She shot him the day he turned on their son.

Source: LA Weekly
Published: Jul 27, 2015
Length: 16 minutes (4,180 words)

How Hollywood Keeps Out Women

A look at the history of women in Hollywood, and the systemic bias against female directors.

Source: LA Weekly
Published: Apr 29, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4,250 words)

Extra, Extra

Inside the strange, often lucrative world of Hollywood background actors.

Source: LA Weekly
Published: Feb 18, 2015
Length: 16 minutes (4,120 words)

Street-Tough Racers Fight for Supremacy in L.A.’s Underground Cycling World

A look at LA’s vast underground cycling community, where intense training and occasional sponsorship meet drag racing and wild, late-night cycling escapades.

Source: LA Weekly
Published: Feb 4, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4,390 words)