Fernando Hurtado, The National Desk

Fernando Hurtado

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Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Fernando:

This man hunts down pickpockets for a living

Bob Arno calls himself "Thiefhunter" and travels the world studying and chasing down pickpockets. → Read More

Gender-neutral clothing wants you to change the way you think about fashion

LOS ANGELES (Circa) -- When Uzo Ejikeme and Stoney Michelli opened online clothing store Stuzo Clothing in 2008, the married couple admittedly did it for selfish reasons. → Read More

Pet owners are getting fake silicone testicles for their neutered dogs

They're doing it to keep their dogs looking "natural." → Read More

This dog teaches kids with special needs how to swim

LOS ANGELES (Circa) -- Learning how to swim can be scary for any child. For kids like Sky, 7, with severe anxiety, it's a living nightmare. → Read More

Tired of traffic? You can now book a sky taxi.

The on-demand sky taxi service, Skyryde, wants to give your time back. But for a price. → Read More

Alzheimer's in Latinos is expected to increase by 832%. Can telenovelas change that?

An organization in Los Angeles is hoping its soap operas resonate with Latino viewers. → Read More

This 77-year-old with cancer is training for his 101st marathon

LOS ANGELES (Circa) -- This month, Don Wright will be in at least four different states. The 77-year-old from Minnesota has a good reason. He's training to run his 101st marathon. But that's not the… → Read More

The fight for clean air in one of America's most polluted cities

The Wilmington neighborhood of Los Angeles is surrounded by five refineries, two major ports and freeways. → Read More

Brandless’ pop-up shop wants to convince you to stop buying pricey, name-brand products

The e-commerce store sells knives and shampoo for $3. → Read More

California is the first state to mandate solar panels on new homes

LOS ANGELES (Circa)--The California Energy Commission voted Wednesday to make solar panels a requirement for new homes starting Jan. 1, 2020. → Read More

Meet the first undocumented person appointed to a state post in California

She also happens to an attorney. → Read More

The 420 Games are like the Olympics, but for cannabis users

If you like Jiu-jitsu, BMX, 4.20-mile races and weed, these games are for you. → Read More

After losing her son to the ‘choking game,’ this mom is on a quest to save others

LOS ANGELES (Circa) -- Judy Rogg never thought she would lose her son. No mother does. But she especially never thought she would lose him the way she did. → Read More

College students are donating leftover meal swipes to help food-insecure classmates

Since 2009, 1.4 million meals have been donated through Swipe Out Hunger. → Read More

Cesar Chavez's son and Robert F. Kennedy's daughter have a message for Trump

Cesar Chavez's son, Paul Chavez, is still very much on the mission his dad was on, to help underrepresented communities. "The Dreamer issue is a big issue," said Paul Chavez on a recent visit to Los Angeles to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his father's 25-day hunger strike. "We have people that for all purposes are productive members of this society, and they've been used as a political pawn… → Read More

Los Angeles is turning your trash into fuel

The goal is to produce 9,000 gallons of natural gas per day. → Read More

A robotic bodysuit makes it possible for paraplegic people to walk

The device senses tilts in the upper body that make the legs to move. → Read More

Video game-based physical therapy aims to make rehabilitation a little more fun

Universities are looking at how they can use video games to improve the at-home physical therapy experience. → Read More

Los Angeles is installing meters that collect donations for the homeless

Bright orange with a smiley face, this meter isn't actually for your car. → Read More

Los Angeles is trying to cool the city by giving residents free trees

The Southern California city has fewer trees than most U.S. cities. → Read More