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By John M. Glionna
Los Angeles Times 

Sunday Reader: A harmless kind of homeless


April 14, 2019

Los Angeles Times: Genaro Molina

"I think you're a genius," says Judy Westgard to James Zyla, 68, who plays the piano at The Gourmet Room at Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada.

KINGMAN, Ariz. - In an era where the legions of homeless are at best tolerated, residents in Kingman, Ariz., have embraced an eccentric man they call "Santa James" like a long-lost friend.

For years, the white-bearded man in the red Santa Claus ou...

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