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I focus stories on college students who are at a crossroads, particularly those on the first rung into higher education. Many of those students are trying to overcome academic and other challenges because they believe college will be the path to a better life. How do the people around them -- in their personal lives and at the institutions they attend -- help or hinder their success?
Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
For years, two Spanish-language DJs have ruled the roost in Los Angeles. Now a third disc jockey, who goes by the name Don Cheto, has moved into the number two spot. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says that listeners don't seem to care that his on-air persona, a country bumpkin delivering homespun tales and wisdom, is a total fabrication.
Tuesday and Wednesday, thousands of California educators will meet in Sacramento to grapple with a major problem in the state's public schools. School administrators and teachers call it the "achievement gap." As KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports, school leaders want to find solutions for each school, because doing nothing, they say, will cripple the Golden State's future.
About a month ago, the Friends of the Los Angeles River received permits to hold a two-day mural painting event where the river meets the Arroyo Seco. The purpose was to beautify hundreds of feet of drab concrete banks. But the project's turned sour. Event organizers say an L.A. County supervisor called a meeting afterward to criticize the murals' content and demand their removal. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
For a year, a Methodist church in Chicago granted sanctuary to Elvira Arellano, an undocumented immigrant. Federal immigration officials did not move to arrest her at that church. But Arellano was in Los Angeles this weekend and officers were waiting. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.
The LAPD arrested ten pro-immigrant activists who took over a busy intersection in Downtown L.A. today. It was one of the first times police officers used new crowd-control techniques adopted after the May Day confrontation between police and protestors at MacArthur Park. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.
At a meeting Monday, L.A. County Supervisors pledged to re-open the troubled King-Harbor Hospital in less than a year and a half. They may try again to run it, or turn it over to private management, with new administrators and employees in either case. County health officials closed the facility's emergency room on Friday and ordered the entire hospital shut down in less than two weeks. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.
The American Red Cross is sheltering hundreds of fire evacuees at two Orange County facilities. The first is at El Modena High School in Orange. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports from the second one in the city of Lake Forest.
For the last few weeks, pro-immigrant activists protested federal immigration raids in the Southland. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that today, immigration officials revealed those raids have been part of a two week operation that's turned out to be its biggest to date.
Cal State Long Beach student Sierra Brown took the long way to school on Monday. She swam 11 miles through the ports to her campus as part of an art project. Brown dreamed up the "Port To Class Supercommute" as a way of encouraging people to get out of their cars and take alternative forms of transportation.
KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez joined two Latino World War II veterans as they watched the first installment of Ken Burns' 15-hour documentary, "The War," on Sunday night. The filmmaker added interviews with Latino veterans after he was criticized for ignoring the stories of Latinos.
Thirty years ago, an Argentinean hippie who'd been jailed in his home country for playing subversive rock and roll immigrated to Los Angeles. That hippie's become a clean-cut, influential record producer with two Academy Awards under his belt. This week, says KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, L.A. City Hall honored his career.
L.A. Unified voted Tuesday on a first: handing over management of Locke High School in South Los Angeles to a charter school company. The vote took place after three hours of heated public comment about the future of reform at the nation's second-largest school district. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.
On Thursday, lawyers filed the largest batch of claims so far arising from a violent incident between Los Angeles police officers and protestors at MacArthur Park in May. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.
A year and a half ago, KPCC reported on a Los Angeles private collection of African American art painstakingly put together between the 1950s and 1980s. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports 94 of the most valuable pieces are set to be sold at auction by a New York gallery in a few months.
A Latin American musical form called "nueva trova" enjoyed a heyday during the protest movements of the 1960s and '70s. The music traveled north in immigrants' cultural knapsacks. The Bay Area's maintained a strong trova scene for 20 years, fostered by Chilean immigrants. In the Southland, trova hasn't taken root until recently. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports on a young generation of musicians drawn to the music's message of love and social justice.