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

LAPD Announces Arrests in Alligator Caper

The arrests of two men by the LAPD answer the question many Harbor City residents have been asking - "Who let the gator out?"

Mediation Talks Held Over Future of Southwest Museum

The Autry National Center and a coalition of neighborhood resident groups participated in mediated talks yesterday, but little was resolved in their dispute over the future of the Southwest Museum.

Community Meets to Discuss Crenshaw High

Exasperated parents and school officials hold a meeting to discuss Crenshaw High School's loss of accreditation and what is being done about it.

USC Engineer Wins Award for Groundbreaking Music Research

USC Engineer Elaine Chew recently received a Presidential "early career" award through the National Science Foundation for research that could one day answer the question, "Why do we enjoy music?"

Standardized Test Results Show Racial Gap

State Superintendent of Public Schools Jack O'Connell says he's concerned with the latest standardized tests results showing white students scored significantly higher than black and Latino students.

Charter Company Proposes Takeover of Jefferson High

Green Dot Public Schools has unveiled a proposal to take over Jefferson High School in South LA, which has recently been the site of racial tensions.

Looking Back on the Watts Riots 40 Years Later

This week marks the 40th Anniversary of the Watts Riots and KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez returned to the scene of the unrest to look at what happened and explore how the area has changed.

Former South Gate Treasurer Convicted of Corruption

A jury found former South Gate Treasurer Albert Robles guilty on 30 counts of federal corruption charges including bribery, money laundering and wire fraud.

Muslim Group Says Discrimination Complaints Up

The Council on American Islamic Relations reports there were nearly 100 more discrimination complaints last year than in 2003. But the group did find some good news in the report.

Restaurant Owner Brings Taste of Italy to Southern California

Clare Karbowski has been dispensing Italian ice cream for more than two decades from a busy storefront in Beverly Hills. Her generosity has some calling her "The Mother Theresa of Beverly Hills."

Border Protection Unveils New Security Tool at Port of LA

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Robert Bonner was at the port of LA to introduce a new device that detects radiation.

Latino Community Expresses Hope Over Villaraigosa Inauguration

Many Mexican-Americans are excited that LA has elected its first Latino mayor in over a century, but some Latinos are taking a wait and see approach

Temporary Closure of East LA Latino Arts Center Prompts Protest

Artists and residents are upset over a decision to temporary close "Self Help Graphics and Art" in East Los Angeles. The board of directors for the arts center says the closure's necessary to get finances in order.

Incarcerated Teens Compete in Academic Bowl

Residents of four LA County probation camps tried to prove more than their knowledge as they competed in an academic competition sponsored by the LA County Office of Education.

UCLA Engineering Program Hits Milestone

As the UCLA engineering program turns 60, KPCC profiles a current chemical engineering major and a graduate who was with the engineering program from the beginning.