Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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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

Salvadoran Protest Group Cutumay Camones Reunites in Los Angeles

Members of a well known Salvadoran musical group from the 1980s are reuniting in Los Angeles this weekend after an 18-year hiatus.

Activists: Inglewood Beatings Being Ignored

Inglewood police officers have interviewed, for the second time, several Latinas who said they were beaten by a group of African American youths last week. Some Southland activists complain that Inglewood city officials and the news media are paying scant attention to this case.

L.A. Unified's Food Czar Has High Hopes for School Meals

The new director of L.A. Unified's food services department says he wants to make the district's meal program a model for other schools around the U.S. and the world.

Nine Convicted in Long Beach Beating Trial

Nine of ten black youths charged with beating three white women during Halloween last year are guilty of felony assault. That ruling was handed down Friday by a Long Beach Superior Court judge.

LA Teacher's Union Sets Strike Vote

The head of the United Teachers of Los Angeles is accusing LAUSD officials of bargaining in bad faith and wants his 48,000 members to go on strike.

Tijuana Artists Try to Cast New Light on a 'Strange New World'

"Strange New World," a new exhibit of contemporary art from Tijuana, is on display at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Tijuana artists said their work is a reminder of their city's harsh realities, but also of Tijuana's role as Northern Mexico's most vibrant cultural metropolis.

Boys and Girls Club is Safe Haven for Harbor Gateway Kids

In today's newscasts and talk programs, KPCC has been examining racially-charged gang violence in Los Angeles. The 14-year-old girl shot dead last month in L.A.'s Harbor Gateway neighborhood spent a lot of time at the Harbor City Boys and Girls Club. Amid the violence on neighborhood streets there, the club is trying to provide a safe haven for kids. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez paid a visit to the club and brings us this report.

Thousands Attend Parade Honoring Martin Luther King

Thousands of people celebrated the legacy of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday with a parade through South LA's Crenshaw District.

LA Museum Displays Work of Influential Surrealist Artist

The LA County Musueum of Art is hosting an exhibit on the works of Belgian painter Rene Magritte. During an artistic career that spanned more than 50 years, Magritte transformed the out-of-place into the commonplace.

Roadside Memorial Honors Long Beach Teen, One Year After Her Death

During the last week, fans flocked to the Apollo Theater in Harlem to remember legendary singer James Brown. The Capitol Rotunda was one of several locations in which Americans honored former President Gerald Ford before his burial Wednesday. Place is important for those who mourn, and not just for the high and mighty. More than a dozen people gathered at a Long Beach intersection this week to remember the death of their 16- year-old friend.

An Old Japanese New Year's Tradition is Transformed in the US

The New Year's feast known as Oshogatsu is the most important holiday celebration in Japan. In the United States, many Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans have abandoned it, but by some accounts that's changing.

Southland Growers Fill Demand for Hard-to-Find Holiday Drink Ingredient

Many Mexicans and Central American immigrants can't imagine Christmas without a hot fruit drink called ponche, but one of its main ingredients has been hard to find in this country - until now

Local Band Puts Modern Twist on Old Hanukkah Song

There's plenty of music to accompany the Jewish "Festival of Lights." But an LA-based music producer decided most Hanukkah songs out there are boring, so he produced his own.

LA Mayor's School Reform Law is Struck Down

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled unconstitutional Thursday the law that would have given Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa a significant role in managing the LA Unified School District.

Southland Schools Struggle to Meet Needs of Homeless Students

The LA Unified School District estimates that there are 10,000 students in the district whose families don't have their own homes, but only five people are assigned to serve as advocates and counselors to them.