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The student news site of California State University - Los Angeles

University Times

The student news site of California State University - Los Angeles

University Times

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Rapper’s family mourns his death

Xennia Hamilton, Community News Reporter March 31, 2022

The family of local rapper Zerail Dijon Rivera, who went by the name “Indian Red Boy,” is desperately looking for answers after he was gunned down in Hawthorne last year. In an interview with UT...

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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...

A Photo of Braylin Collins and his daughter Evelynn by Braylin Collins (Braylin Collins/UT Community News)

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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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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El Monte abolition reading circle emphasizes community resources

Victoria Ivie, Community News Reporter November 4, 2021

Abolition has come up a lot over the past year or so in discussions of police brutality and defunding prisons. For one El Monte abolition reading circle, abolition is that and also a more personal journey. One...

A catalytic converter sits underneath a car. (Nicholas Juarez, Community News)

Catalytic converter thefts in La Puente and neighboring areas concern residents

Nicholas Juarez, Community News Reporter November 4, 2021

Perhaps fueled by job losses during the pandemic, La Puente residents report an uptick in mentions of thefts of catalytic converters on social media networks such as NextDoor and Facebook. Catalytic...

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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...

Deputy Daniel Padilla is at the sheriffs station in the city of Industry as he prepares for a 10-hour shift.

Should La Puente have a public safety committee?

Briana Munoz, Editor-in-Chief March 15, 2021

The city of La Puente has a committee that honors the beauty of the area’s homes and one that works with local school districts. But a bigger concern of some residents is public safety in light of...

El Sereno fatal shooting remains a mystery

Juan Ricardo Gomez, Community News Reporter December 28, 2020

Updated Jan. 20: An arrest has been made. Dominic Holden was 20 years old when he was tragically shot and killed in El Sereno on July 23, 2020. He was found in his mother’s car at 4227 Lowell Ave.,...

Bar graph displaying a timeline, from 2010 to Aug. 2020, of the total crime reports made in the city of South Gate ranging from homicide, rape, robbery assault, burglary, larceny, GTA, and arson. Data visualization by Tahiti Salinas using data from South Gate Police Dept.

Even as crime dips, South Gate community ambivalent about ‘defunding’ police

Tahiti Salinas, Community News Reporter October 18, 2020

Supporters of "defunding" the police in South Gate point to a downward trend of violent and nonviolent crimes in the city, adding the money could go into community programs that prevent criminal activity...

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