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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
Although California voters dismantled the state's extensive bilingual education program in the 1990s, bilingual instruction didn't disappear. Some parent and school district-initiated programs remain. Thousands of bilingual educators continue to gather in search of better ways to serve English learners in public schools. The annual conference, organized by the California Association for Bilingual Education, takes place in Long Beach this weekend.
The California State University is embroiled in a bitter fight between its professors' union and administrators. They've faced each other at the negotiating table for almost two years, but haven't been able to work out a contract for the union's 23,000 members. Pay is an issue, but so is the more subjective matter of respect.
A new art exhibit in Los Angeles pairs the car culture and the Chicano Movement work of Frank Romero with the storybook prints of Sonia Romero. It's the first exhibit by the father and daughter team.
Art dealers are seeing a growing number of first-time buyers, and the real estate market may have something to do with it. Other observers credit the glitz and glamour of record-breaking auctions.
Members of a well known Salvadoran musical group from the 1980s are reuniting in Los Angeles this weekend after an 18-year hiatus.
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.
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 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.
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.
"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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.