39436848-30162456.jpgSticking To His Story: Good on Duke Helfand for following up on the story he wrote in 2004 about a group of L.A. kids who were sent to college in Iowa on a special scholarship. Today’s story was damn well poignant, and if we weren’t hardened cynics, we’d admit that we teared up a bit reading it.

universsnap.jpgReady For Its Close Up: Universal Studios is still giving tours. And Hollywood being Hollywood, the still-smoking ruins of movie sets and still-working firefighters have now become just another part of the attraction.

39548714-02185627.jpgA True ‘Hit’: We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Katy Newton‘s ICU feature is a stroke of genius. Part reality show, part journeyman journalist piece, ICU is breaking ground (and entertaining us to boot!).