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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
The first of two reports on Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to base teachers' pay on performance examines a school where merit pay has been called a success
As the International Music Products Association holds its trade show in Anaheim, some say the poor state of music education doesn't bode well for the industry.
Boat owners at the Long Beach Marina are cleaning up from a storm that washed tons of debris into local waterways.
The budget proposal released by Governor Schwarzenegger would keep fees the same at community colleges. It would also provide money for additional student enrollment.
The Museum of Contemporary Art previews its 2005 schedule. Exhibits will include works by a 1980s "art star," and a collection of psychedelic art.
In his State of the State speech, Governor Schwarzenegger called for a merit pay system for teachers, where salary would be linked to performance rather than tenure. The proposal is not going over well with many Southern California educators
The need for relief is unquestioned among Indian immigrants in Southern California, but there is a great deal of debate over how aid should be delivered
A study by the non-profit Rand Corporation finds schools in California lag behind other states in most qualitative measures.
A 13-member crew from the Philippines is left behind by the officers of a cargo ship. The officers skipped bail after being accused of creating subhuman living conditions aboard the ship and dumping oil waste near the shore.
Graffiti advocates lose fight to save Belmont Tunnel, which spray paint muralists have used for decades to display their art.
Thousand of California State University teaching assistants hold a one-day strike, accusing the university of using stalling tactics in labor negotiations.
Los Angeles school teachers hold an informational picket line calling for a cost of living increase. School district officials say they can't afford it.
Chinatown youth use art to learn about their community. Adults see the younger generation as the best hope for the area's revitalization.
Operation USA, which provides humanitarian aid to foreign countries, is giving free medical supplies to community clinics in Southern California.
Pierce College hosts an art exhibition called "The Missing Community College Student." It features sculptures created by students who are outraged by fee hikes and cutbacks at colleges across the state.