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Rooted Cafe in South L.A.: Made at home, served at home

Catherine Valdez, Community News Editor July 12, 2021

Guadalupe Herrera's cafe gives new meaning to the term "homegrown business." Rooted Cafe is housed in her front yard in South Los Angeles. This story was produced for JOUR 2950 and published after additional...

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Surviving, even thriving in a pandemic

Adjustments help a small business in Japantown
Brian Lai, Community News reporter June 23, 2021

After working hard for nearly a decade to build up her children’s clothing and toy shop, Monkey Pants in Little Tokyo, Mychaela Hardy was excited to spend more time at home with her daughter, who was...

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What almost happened to me could happen to you if you don’t seek help

A personal essay about my mental health
Cornell Chuaseco, Community News reporter June 23, 2021

In 2014, I was studying engineering at Cypress College. I had a caring girlfriend and lived with my loving mother and older brother. From the outside, everything seemed great. I had people around me...

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One battled Covid-19. Another dropped out of school. A third faced desolation.

College students share pandemic experiences and what’s next
Brian Lai, Community News reporter June 17, 2021

Jeremy Lua got the worst surprise on his birthday last year: Covid-19. “I have had asthma in the past, so it hit me harder than normal,” Lua, a student at CSU Channel Islands, said in an interview...

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Leaving corporate America to start a Hawaiian ‘hot dog’ stand

Whittier man decides to invest his hard work ethic into his own business
Stephanie Medina, Community News reporter June 17, 2021

Jay Salazar considered himself a loyal employee. When his boss at the printing company where he worked asked him in late 2020 to drive 100 miles to Palm Springs to service some printers, he didn’t...

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Local La Puente artist pays homage to his city

Briana Munoz, Community News reporter June 14, 2021

La Puente resident Emmanuel Salgado used the city as his canvas in the making of his latest music video “27 Dream”. Salgado, also known by his artistic name “Manny Maverik,” released the video...

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An accident that could have ended his life gave him a new one

The Alhambra’s “Wheels Up” exhibit showcases Martin Vogel’s artwork and others'
Stephanie Presz June 10, 2021

At the age of 21, Martin Vogel was dispatched from rehabilitation after a life-threatening motorcycle racing accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. He knew that newly paralyzed adults...

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When the world turned into a ‘zombie apocalypse’

The pandemic, from a 9-year-old’s eyes
By Mia Alva, Community News Reporter May 13, 2021

For many, the pandemic has been fraught with loneliness, economic hardships and fear of catching Covid-19 or passing it to a loved one. Not so for 9-year-old August Toshima. He felt some fear in...

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Next stop: Back to campus this fall

A personal essay about my grueling commute and learning from home
Erick Cabrera, Community News Reporter May 11, 2021

That annoying ringing. I often asked myself, “Why?” when I heard it. I would stare at the pitch dark ceiling for a few minutes then look to my left.  The time: 4:25 a.m. I’d turn off the alarm,...

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A battle with myself

My journey to overcoming an eating disorder
Genesis Gonzalez, Community News Reporter May 11, 2021

It started when I was 10 years old. “You need to start eating less,” my friend told me. That’s when it hit me: My classmates are almost all thin. Over the next few days and weeks, self-doubt...

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Hollywood producer wrote the roles she once wanted to play

Luisa Leschin has worked on 'Everybody Hates Chris,' 'George Lopez,' 'Mr. Iglesias' and now, 'Gentefied'
Krysta Pae, Community News Reporter April 29, 2021

Growing up, Luisa Leschin was surrounded by the arts and culture. Her mother was a concert pianist and her dad, a former president of El Salvador. As a child, she traveled around the world dancing...

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The pandemic’s toll: Three Eastsiders share their stories

Echo Park, Montebello and El Sereno residents describe struggles, triumphs
Mia Alva, Community News Reporter April 29, 2021

Depression, panic attacks and anxiety. These are some of the challenges faced by three Los Angeles County residents who live in Echo Park, Montebello and El Sereno, respectively. On top of the mental...

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