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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?
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A group of Orange County Sheriff's department employees has been suspended with pay following the beating death of an inmate by fellow inmates. The sheriff has also asked the FBI to investigate whether inmates' civil rights were violated at the Theo Lacy Jail. Acting Sheriff Jack Anderson made that announcement to the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. As KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports, the sheriff promised several reforms to address serious breaches of professional conduct uncovered in a grand jury report on the inmate's death.
For almost a year, an Orange County criminal grand jury's been investigating the brutal murder of an inmate at the hands of other inmates. The grand jury's findings are out, and the information reveals widespread negligence by sheriff's deputies at the county's largest detention facility. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.
A large exhibition of Chicano art opens at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art this Sunday. The show explores how a branch of art produced by Mexican-American activists 40 years ago has blossomed and inspired a slew of young Latino artists today.
Los Angeles County's second-largest school district is in the final days of a bare-knuckled school board campaign. The race for two school board seats in Long Beach Unified pits two incumbents against candidates backed by the teachers union. The candidates have been crisscrossing the school district's neighborhoods and speaking at forums organized by civic groups. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez attended one of those forums.
The union that represents Cal State University faculty staged a large rally at the system's Long Beach campus Wednesday. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that the event is part of a larger strategy to generate opposition to Governor Schwarzenegger's proposed budget cuts.
KPCC is focusing this week on the anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. One important angle is military recruiting. The Defense Department says it's meeting recruitment goals. But a Defense Undersecretary recently said recruitment was dragging because young people today look down on military life, many are out of shape and the war is five years old. The counter-recruitment movement isn't helping either. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez looked at one Southland group's effort to limit military recruitment in public schools.
The presidential primaries have shed a light on a growing political activism among young people in their twenties. An art exhibit at Loyola Marymount University argues there are similarities between today's youth activism and the more massive student movement of the late 1960s. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez talked to some of the artists and brings us this story.
Schools administrators, labor unions, and parent groups from the Southland announced Tuesday that they've banded together to fight Governor Schwarzenegger's nearly $5 billion proposed cut to California's education budget. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
The LAPD announced an arrest Thursday night in a shooting at a South Los Angeles bus stop at Vernon and Central 24 hours earlier. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was at the police news conference, and gave Shirley Jahad details on the incident and the suspect.
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has named a veteran San Diego educator to carry out the public school reforms he's positioned front-and-center in his first term. More on the story from KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez.
After five years and $60 million, a new museum to house philanthropist Eli Broad's private art collection opens this weekend at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. L.A. is already home to one contemporary art museum. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez stopped by the "members preview" yesterday.
Los Angeles County officials say proposed state budget cuts could make quality day care scarcer than it is now in working class neighborhoods. They point to the example of Centro de Ninos, a 35-year-old day care center in East LA. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez paid a visit.
Latino voter turnout appears to be strong in yesterday's elections. They supported Hillary Clinton by a two-to-one margin over Barack Obama. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spoke with a few thirty-something Latinos gathered to watch election returns at a Los Angeles restaurant.
This week, performers all over the world are preparing for boisterous carnivals that precede the solemn Christian season of Lent. Music and dancing will overtake the streets in Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans, and even Artesia in Southeast L.A. County. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez tells us about a Portuguese-American group that's staged performances in Artesia for a quarter century.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney toned down his campaign rhetoric the day after he sparred in a debate with main rival John McCain. Why? Might've been manners -- Romney was the guest in the home of a Republican family in Long Beach. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was there.