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Early Tally Shows Newcomer and Former 'Gangster Mayor' Heading to Runoff in Compton

Despite facing criminal charges, it appears that former Compton Mayor Omar Bradley will get a chance to reclaim his old job during a June 4 runoff election.

According to an unofficial tally from Tuesday's election, urban planner and political newcomer Aja Brown topped the field of 12 candidates seeking the mayor's office, collecting 1,601 votes, or 27.8 percent. Bradley was second with 1,509 votes, or 26.2 percent.

Judge Orders Lights Out for Most Digital Billboards in L.A. by Monday

In a decision from the L.A. Superior Court today, Judge Terry Green ordered that 67 Clear Channel and 13 CBS digital billboards be shut off by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 15. There are roughly 22 more signs still in dispute. All parties involved will be in court on Tuesday to iron out the details.

This decision could mark the final chapter in L.A.'s six-year battle over digital billboards, a story that "SoCal Connected" has covered extensively.

Extended Interview: Arianna Huffington on 'Leaning In' and Finding a Work-Family Balance

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"SoCal Connected" profiled several working mothers and discovered that women are finding different paths to success that do not always include "having it all" or "leaning in," as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg suggests.

Arianna Huffington is the media mogul behind "The Huffington Post," and she is no stranger to the difficulties of being a working mother. In this extended interview, she discusses her own work-life balance and the "third revolution" in feminism.

Map: Exploring the Priest Abuse Scandal in L.A.

As we revealed in an exclusive investigation, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for years responded to some of the sexual abuse allegations against priests by moving them around from one parish to another. We wanted to find out just how many churches the accused men had lived at or worked at. In other words, we wanted to know how extensive the scandal had really become in our own back yard.

We created the following map to give people another way of engaging with the records released by the archdiocese in January 2013. Where possible, we got assignment information directly from those priest files, but we also relied on information from, a site that tracks and archives records pertaining to clergy abuse.

The numbers on the map pins indicate how many accused priests worked at that parish at one time or another. They do not mean an incident of abuse occurred there. It's likely that some of the numbers are lower than they should be, because in some cases names and locations were redacted from the records. Consider these numbers to be estimates.

You can use the controls below the map to find specific priests or parishes. Click on a priest name to load and read his file. Click a parish to see which accused priests worked there.

NOTE: The map displays information on all 128 priests whose files were released in January 2013. These priests have had their names associated with allegations of sexual abuse but were not necessarily charged or convicted of any crime. The church maintains that the allegations against some of the priests were false. We chose to include all of them in order to give the public the ability to explore the documents and draw their own conclusions.

Showing: All Parishes

Credits: Developed by Brian Frank and David Egen with support from KCET Web programmer Jason Bazalar and graphic designer Alex Savakis. Research and reporting by Karen Foshay, Vince Gonzales, Lata Pandya, Benjamin Gottlieb, and Miguel Contreras, with assistance from interns Jerome Campbell, Shako Liu, Shweta Saraswat, Mengyi Jenny Sun, and Joshua Woo.

City Attorney Orders Billboard Companies to Turn Off Over 100 Digital Signs

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich called on billboard companies CBS and Clear Channel Outdoor today to shut off more than 100 digital signs, citing a court order that determined the permits for them were given out illegally under a 2006 settlement.

Clear Channel Outdoor sent a letter to the city last month threatening to sue if their permits are revoked.

Full Transcript: Rosetti Tape Reveals How Church Dealt with Sexually Abusive Priests

If there's anyone who knows the internal politics of the Catholic church as it attempted to navigate the clergy sexual abuse scandal, it's Father Stephen J. Rossetti. For many years Rossetti headed the St. Luke Institute, which sought to rehabilitate priests who were known to the church to have sexually abused or exploited their parishioners, adults and children alike. Rossetti even traveled and gave lectures to other clergy about how best to handle such priests, becoming something of an expert on the subject.

"SoCal Connected" has obtained one of Rossetti's lectures from 1996, a talk titled "Post-Treatment Options for Clergy Perpetrators" that has never before been made public. Some of this lecture became part of our exclusive investigation into the church's practice of moving priests around in the L.A. Archdiocese. But we wanted to make it public in its entirety. We feel that it is a valuable contribution to the historical record about a scandal that has rocked the Catholic church for decades. We offer it now without any analysis or further explanation other than a closing note on Rossetti himself: Father Rossetti's positions have evolved over the years, and he says he now supports a policy of zero tolerance, which places emphasis on taking care of the victim first.

Read the document below:

White Smoke over Rome, Pope Francis I Elected

White smoke has ascended from atop the Sistine Chapel, marking the election of a new leader for the Roman Catholic Church. After two days of deliberation, the 115-cardinal conclave has chosen Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 77, former Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina the new Pope. Pope Francis I, as he will be known, is the first chosen from outside of Europe and the first from Latin America, the area of the world where the church's membership is strongest.

Inside Look at the Average L.A. Home Shows How Angelenos Live

What's life like in the average L.A. home? For 10 years starting in 2001, UCLA conducted a landmark study of 32 Los Angeles-area families to see how typical, middle-class people really live. Step inside their homes and see, room by room.

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Early Election Results Posted: Greuel, Garcetti Advance in L.A. Mayor's Race

With all precincts reporting in the Los Angeles municipal election as of early this morning, it became clear in several races who would be an outright winner and who would advance to the runoff on May 21.

In the closely contested mayor's race, Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti secured a healthy enough lead to advance, with 29.2 percent and 32.9 percent of the vote respectively.

In the city attorney's race, Assemblymember Mike Feuer and incumbent Carmen Trutanich head to the runoff. In the controller's race, it will be businessman Ron Galperin and Councilmember Dennis Zine.

Head over to KCET's Ballot Brief for a complete recap.

Greuel, Garcetti Locked in Dead Heat, But Voters Remain Tentative

A survey conducted late last week shows Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti locked in a statistical dead heat, though of the voters who have already chosen their candidate, roughly half said they could still change their minds, according to a USC Price/Los Angeles Times poll released yesterday.

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