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A Compton woman’s story of escaping domestic violence

Xennia Hamilton, Community News Reporter November 24, 2021

Josephine Lara, of Compton, was a star athlete on her track team in high school when she fell in love with a friend. Over time, her dream guy became a nightmare of a man. This is the story of how she...

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The day that changed my life, maybe forever

Victoria Ivie, Community News Reporter November 24, 2021

I will never forget the color of the sky that day: A vivid blue flecked with clouds. It was a slightly cool day Nov. 18, 2020, at the outdoor skatepark my friend and I frequented. But on this day,...

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How I became the ‘princess of clubs’ in my own Alice in Wonderland adventure

Xennia Hamilton, Community News Reporter November 20, 2021

In high school, I didn't have many friends. I was shy, a bookworm and simply was the person who didn’t speak much. That was until I met my best friend, Robert Canales, in senior year. It would change...

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My reason why: How I became homeless and faced the worst night of my life

Braylin Collins, Community News Reporter November 18, 2021

Some of the toughest battles I have faced in life came from within: Not feeling accepted, doubting my self-worth, feeling angry and depressed. It all seemed to hit me at once in a series of unfortunate...

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Women behind the wheel: The lowrider ladies of Los Angeles

Stephanie Sical, Community News Reporter November 18, 2021

Women aren’t just posing in front of lowriders with sexy bikinis and hot pants. Now, they own the lowriders and are shaking things up with their own style, car clubs and culture. Lowrider culture...

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Businesses and homeowners helped by millions in federal housing funds

Oscar Torres, Community News Reporter November 17, 2021

What has the city South Gate done with its nearly $6 million in funding from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development in the past year or so? That was the subject of part of a council...

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A tale of two cities: El Monte’s battle to preserve its Latinx history

Erik Adams, Community News Reporter November 17, 2021

There are decades-old tensions where the I-605 and I-10 converge. The unassuming Southern California town of El Monte, located about 14 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, is home to many longtime residents...

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How to stop street harassment when you see it

William Baker, Community News Reporter November 16, 2021

When was the last time you saw an altercation or harassment out in public? Did you help or avoid getting involved: After all, who wants to be a bully’s new target? Most people don’t intervene because...

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SoCal Nigerian community and fans enjoy Burna Boy at the Hollywood Bowl

Erik Adams, Community News Reporter November 9, 2021

A funk-laden groove and fiery background stage graphic came to a sudden halt. He waited for a few beats then said: “For those of you who don’t know, they call me Burna Boy.”  The audience’s...

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Alhambra’s farmers market boosts economic recovery

Imari Jackson, Community News Reporter November 6, 2021

  A lot has changed in Alhambra over the years but one thing that has gone strong for 34 years now is the city’s farmers market. That’s not to say it didn’t shut down temporarily during...

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Businesses in Central Alameda are bouncing back

Brian Perez, Community News Reporter November 5, 2021

Freshening up their facades and design aesthetics, following public health guidelines and providing takeout options. These are some of the strategies that kept restaurants in Central Alameda in business...

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The explosion that transformed a neighborhood

By Xennia Hamilton , Community News Reporter October 31, 2021

Earlier this year, in a South Los Angeles neighborhood near 27th and San Pedro streets, there were blue and pink Victorian-style homes and children playing on backyard trampolines under warped orange and...

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