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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
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.
The East Hollywood courtyard apartment where writer Charles Bukowski wrote his first novels could be torn down. Bukowski's fans learned of the news while they were planning events to celebrate the late writer's birthday. Bukowski would have turned 87 on Thursday.
Federal officials announced today that King Harbor hospital in South L.A. has failed a second audit of its facilities and quality of care. The federal government plans to cut off funding next week. Without that money the hospital's operators, the County of Los Angeles, can't keep it open in its current configuration. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.
For almost a quarter century, three L.A.-based comic actors known as Culture Clash have used sharp satire to skewer politics and culture. Their appeal has broadened from Chicano radicals in the early days to ethnically mixed audiences from the suburbs. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.
Live music is returning to the band shell at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. The city closed the 70-foot-wide performance stage five years ago because it was in such bad shape and the park around it was so dangerous.
L.A.'s Getty Museum announced today it's returning 40 ancient art objects the Italian government alleged were illegally looted from that country. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports the agreement wraps up foreign governments' claims that the Getty owned artifacts art thieves had smuggled out of their countries.
Sacramento Republicans are proposing a series of cuts to close a state budget deficit next year. One of the minor cuts would erase the budget for a very visible academic center in Los Angeles. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.
Los Angeles writer Eloise Klein Healy retired last year from a 14-year teaching career at Antioch University in Marina del Rey. Now she's released a new book called "The Islands Project." KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez sat down with her.
Redevelopment in Hollywood is changing the face of a fabled, formerly gritty Los Angeles neighborhood. City officials say they're halfway through a 40-year effort toward achieving the landscape they want. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that some arts leaders fear redevelopment may erase what makes Hollywood unique.
Executives of Telemundo and parent company NBC placed reporter Mirthala Salinas on leave yesterday after she admitted having an intimate relationship with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Latinos in the Southland say they have mixed feelings about whether the scandal undermines their trust in Spanish-language television news.
There's no shortage of opinion in the Southland about what constitutes a landmark. Earlier this week, in the dead of night, one Los Angeles artist cemented her own historical plaques to commemorate the Latino gay bars she says have been gentrified out of the Silver Lake area. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez went along and filed this report.