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  • Illegal dumping continues in South L.A.

    Illegal dumping continues in South L.A.
    More than seven months after officials vowed to crack down on illegal dumping, violators continue to operate in some South Los Angeles neighborhoods with virtual impunity, forcing city crews to repeatedly clean the same trash-strewn byways, according to a...
  • King plan nurtures a fragile hope

    Hope and despair have always resided side by side in South Los Angeles, and the hospital complex named for Martin Luther King Jr. has evinced both. It was forced into existence in the tense aftermath of the Watts riots, and nothing has been easy since....
  • Skycaps too feel the effects of airline crunch

    Skycaps too feel the effects of airline crunch
    Not long ago, being a skycap at busy Los Angeles International Airport was a coveted blue-collar job that brought the trappings of middle-class life. With ample tips plus a basic hourly wage, the curbside baggage handlers could buy comfortable homes...
  • Board takes no public action against some King/Drew nurses

    It is no secret that nurses played a central role in the collapse of Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center. At the troubled hospital near Watts, registered nurses gave the wrong medications, ignored patients in distress, falsified records, slept...
  • Utopia is a hard sell in Jordan Downs

    Utopia is a hard sell in Jordan Downs
    Ronald Perkins and his neighbors were nearly outnumbered by the consultants and architects who showed up at the Jordan Downs community center. For three hours, they listened as a procession of planners depicted their home as an "island of poverty," and...
  • Subtle signs of a turnaround on a troubled L.A. campus

    Locke High School English teacher Katy Bridger tried to give her fifth-period seniors a test while Byron Gordon sharpened pencils noisily, Deon Crockett wandered the room complaining at full volume and a girl cursed just as loudly at Deon for being rude....
  • The 1968 walkout didn't matter

    The fantasies of Luis Torres 40 years ago that propelled him and others to empty classrooms and hit the streets have changed not one wit. They romanticized that day by swelling their numbers and their affect on Los Angeles and Mexican America, of which...
  • Where change begins

    The freshman-only academies of Animo Locke 1 and 2 are crammed into rows of rundown portable classrooms on separate campuses. Their courtyards are parking lots. Cafeterias? Folding benches under tarps on the blacktop. The students arrive from Watts middle...
  • South L.A. needs more than a hospital

    The county's decision to close Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital is a sad one that will deal a severe blow to the health of the people of South Los Angeles. It is particularly distressing because the establishment of a comprehensive teaching...
  • Kaiser Permanente farmers markets put nutrition within reach

    Kaiser Permanente farmers markets put nutrition within reach
    An X-ray and a bag of oranges, anyone? It makes perfect sense to Dr. Preston Maring. In the lobby of Kaiser Permanente's Oakland Medical Center, Maring says, he'd regularly pass vendors selling crafts. One day, he had an aha moment: "This has nothing to...
  • Realist with passion

    Realist with passion
    This is the fourth in an occasional series of conversations with Southern California activists and intellectuals. -- The evolving place of African Americans in Los Angeles culture and politics is a topic much discussed in the corridors of city...