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Here’s a look at the top stories of the last week
A House committee released six years of Trump tax returns documenting his aggressive efforts to minimize what he paid the IRS. With that, his seven-year battle to keep the public from seeing his taxes ended in defeat.
The Jan. 6 committee is running out of time. Key documents may soon be locked away for decades.
Southwest meltdown was “perfect storm” of well-known vulnerabilities, not a shock.
Final California inflation relief payments are coming, with debit cards being sent by Jan. 14.
The extensive professional relationships Sam Bankman-Fried cultivated with current and former federal regulators risk embarrassment for all. Good thing the L.A. Times got the emails showing his courtship of federal regulators.
You should take a solo trip in January. Here are seven rejuvenating spots around California.
UCLA football: How Chip Kelly and Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s mutual trust elevated UCLA.
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ICYMI, here are this week’s great reads
“The War on Drugs Part II”: California taxes, rules are killing small legal weed farms.
Dancing is in, dissent is out: Saudi Arabia’s crown prince transforms his country.
I’m Mexican American: The L.A. City Council audio leak reminded me that I’m Oaxacan too.
“What’s up! I can’t read”: He went viral after schooling left him functionally illiterate. Meet TikTok’s unlikeliest literary hero.
More great reads from 2022
I asked Column One editor Steve Padilla to share some of The Times’ most memorable reads of the year. Here’s what he wanted you to see:
P.S.: Here are the best dishes to celebrate New Year’s and beyond. See you in 2023.
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