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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
At their regular meeting in Long Beach Tuesday, trustees of the California State University system began to evaluate what their budget next year will look like. More on the story from KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez.
Employees at the 85-branch Los Angeles County Library system are in contract talks. Fearful of job cuts, they urged administrators to adopt a more efficient book-buying plan to save money. More on the story from KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez.
There’s a new contemporary art chief at the Southland’s largest art museum. In January, 40-year-old Franklin Sirmans becomes the head of that department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez talked with the first African-American to reach that level of management at the museum.
After eight months and more than 500 gallons of paint, two Los Angeles artists unveiled Friday a mural project that’s reshaped the climate at an 82-year-old middle school. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced it’s hired a rising 40-year-old curator to head the museum’s growing contemporary art department. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more on the first African-American to reach that level at the museum.
It’s Mexican Independence Day, and millions of native Mexicans in the Southland will mark the day with toasts and cultural events. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that the size of the Mexican community complicates questions of identity.
Important statewide public school test results released today indicate that schools are gradually improving. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.
Doctors say while tragic, Friday night’s on-field death of a Garden Grove high school football player does not appear to point to a trend. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
Santa Ana’s Bowers Museum has just opened an exhibit of 41 works by Latin American master painters. The art’s in the collection of the Mexican company that bottles Dos Equis beer and Coca-Cola sold in Mexico. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
Painter Fernando Botero is best known for his rotund portraits of the Colombian elite. But he’s also depicted the death of drug lord Pablo Escobar and the Abu Ghraib torture victims in Iraq. A new exhibit opened Saturday of a hundred works by Botero is on display at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
Owners of a Colombian mine have lent the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana a large emerald crystal valued at 3-and-a-half million dollars. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez got a peek.
USC’s Thornton School of Music launched its 125th birthday party this week. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says the institution has adapted and thrived in a changing music world.
Across the country in recent years, there’s been a sharp rise in the number of single-gender schools. The Southland has a few. The Los Angeles Unified School District opened its first one yesterday. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was there.
The American Civil Liberties Union said today it’s settled a lawsuit against a school district it said fostered homophobia and sexism among students. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.
The Los Angeles Unified School District opens seven new schools today. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that some offer traditional curricula in new buildings, while others are trying unconventional approaches to learning.