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Immigration Raids, Summer Free Lunch, The World Stage




Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents lead a suspect into custody during a multi-day operation on Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Costa Mesa, California.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents lead a suspect into custody during a multi-day operation on Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Costa Mesa, California.
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We look at how immigration raids might play out this weekend in Southern California if President Trump pursues his plans to find and deport illegal immigrants. Plus, a new report looks at how California is responding to the need for free and reduced-price lunches for students over the summer. And, Leimert Park's World Stage celebrates 30 years.

Immigration Raids

President Trump says he will begin immigration raids this weekend. We look at what that means for Southern California.

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Summer Free Lunch

There are a lot of kids in the L.A. school system who get free or reduced-price lunches during the school year, but since hunger doesn't go on summer break, a new report from the Food Research & Action Center looks at the need during this time of year and how California is responding to that need.

The Crystal Cathedral Set to Reopen

It's an iconic building in Southern California and you can see it as you drive along the five freeway in Orange County. The Christ Cathedral, formerly known as the Crystal Cathedral, is a 128-foot-tall building adorned with 11,000 glass panes. It was completed in 1980 for Christian Televangelist Robert Schuller. He used it to host his famous "Hour of Power" services. Now, the cathedral has just gotten a $77-Million dollar makeover into a Catholic Church. 

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The World Stage

For decades now, Leimert Park has been a cultural hub for L.A.’s African-American arts community -- and the World Stage, one of its cultural centers. Founded by the late jazz drummer Billy Higgins and poet Kamau Daaood, the World Stage just celebrated its 30th birthday and it continues to nurture local artists with weekly workshops.

Reuniting Artists

Rhode Montijo writes and illustrates children’s books - and he was a co-creator of the online animated series Happy Tree Friends. But before all of that, he was was student at Tokay High School in Lodai. Floyd Nordwick was his art teacher when he graduated in 1991.  As part of our series reuniting artists with their teachers, we tagged along as Montijo, who now lives in Southern California, visited Mr. Nordwick in his Northern California home.

Census update

With the 2020 census less than a year away, outreach groups for some of the country's most vulnerable communities have been hard at work raising awareness about the importance of getting counted. But — over the past year —those efforts have been complicated by the Trump administration's efforts to add a so-called "citizenship question" to census forms. Legal challenges to that addition went all the way to the Supreme Court, which blocked its inclusion last month. But we are not quite done with this issue yet. Just minutes ago, President Trump announced that he'll take a different tack. He's asked federal agencies to provide the commerce department with any records it requests in an effort to get an accurate count of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

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