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District Judge Weighs in on Homelessness, Battle for Vaccine Equity, The Band 'SPARKS'




Tents used by the homeless line a downtown Los Angeles street with the skyline behind Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015.
Tents used by the homeless line a downtown Los Angeles street with the skyline behind Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015.
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COURTS SEEK SOLUTIONS FOR LA'S HOMELESS 

A homeless man pushes his cart of belongings along a street in Los Angeles, California on February 9, 2016.
A homeless man pushes his cart of belongings along a street in Los Angeles, California on February 9, 2016.
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Frustrated over a seeming lack of progress on that front,  U.S. District Judge David Carter called city and county officials to the Downtown Women’s Shelter today to discuss what it being done to house the more than 66-THOUSAND people living on the streets or in shelters across our region.

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COMMUNITIES OF COLOR STRUGGLE FOR VACCINATION EQUITY

As governments around the world prepare to approve the first coronavirus vaccines, social media companies are cracking down on hoaxes and conspiracy theories.
As governments around the world prepare to approve the first coronavirus vaccines, social media companies are cracking down on hoaxes and conspiracy theories.
Ashley Landis/AP

We’ve talked a lot about the slow  and confusing COVID-19 vaccine rollout around LA County and beyond Virtually everyone trying to get vaccinated -- or their vulnerable family members -- has dealt with ever-changing eligibility rules AND a glitch-y online signup system. Unfortunately, these systemic flaws are impacting those communities who’ve gotten sick and are dying at higher rates of COVID0-19 than others. That Black and Latino people  as well as older adults of all backgrounds. As of Jan. 23, only 5% of those vaccinated so far were black.

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VETERANS STRUGGLE TO OPEN NEW BIZ

Several states run programs designed to encourage entrepreneurship among veterans who recently left the armed forces. But the pandemic has made it especially difficult for vets who are trying to start businesses. Bradley George has this report for the American Homefront Project.

LA BAND SPARKS COMING TO THE BIG SCREEN

Naia Izumi's guitar and miscellaneous gear
Naia Izumi's guitar and miscellaneous gear
Steven Cuevas

Sparks is a Los Angeles band that's widely recognized as one of the most influential rock bands that many people have never heard of. To this day, they’re wrongly considered an English outfit, or, as the joke has it, “The best British band ever to come out of America.” The band if the subject of a new documentary from director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) .

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