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Public Media and KCET Legend Bill Kobin Dies at 91

William H. “Bill” Kobin, a public media icon who helped build PBS flagship station KCET into a Los Angeles powerhouse, airing news programs like the acclaimed “Life & Times” and helping to launch Huell Howser’s career, has died.
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SoCal Connected

USC Faculty Pushes for Independent Investigation into Allegations of Shadow and Dirt Files on Colleagues

USC faculty members are pushing their leadership to demand an independent investigation into allegations that university administrators maintained “shadow files” on employees.
The Trojan Shrine | Helki Frantzen for SoCal Connected, 2019
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SoCal Connected

Lawsuit Alleges USC Deleted Evidence, Maintained Negative Files Against Employees

The lawsuit alleges administrators destroyed or hid records in cases against the college's top officials, maintained "shadow files" on employees, and had retaliated against professors that spoke out against university leadership.
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SoCal Connected

Bird is the Word: What's With All the Chirping During Stay-At-Home Orders?

Crows, mockingbirds, house sparrows, house finches, orioles and even some peafowl are attracting attention all over Southern California, sparking interest in bird watching and birding websites.
Eva Sena and her son, Anthony | Courtesy Anthony Sena
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SoCal Connected

Without Gatherings, Large Funerals, COVID-19 Survivors Grieve Alone as the Death Toll Grows

So many survivors of COVID-19 victims are dealing with the natural grief that follows a loved one’s death. But the virus made things different.
Chris Silva holds microphone, speaking for justice for his brother who was killed by Kern County Sheriff deputies in 2013 | Courtesy Chris Silva
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SoCal Connected

Police Reform Movement Sparks New Interest in Dividing Coroner and Sheriff Functions in Some California Counties

Chris Silva speaks regularly about his brother’s death and writes online. Recently, he has taken part in Black Lives Matter rallies following the death of George Floyd, who died as a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
Los Angeles, 1992: Scan from negative of LAPD officers from Parker Center advance across City Hall lawn against stricken rioter in the early evening. | Andy Katz/Corbis via Getty Images
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Lost LA

1992 and 2020: A Look Back and Ahead in the Country’s Struggle for Justice

George Floyd’s death has again triggered demands for police reform and an end to racism — the same cry that occurred almost 30 years ago when King survived a brutal beating at the hands of LAPD.
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SoCal Connected

Citing Inequity, UC Suspends Use of SAT, ACT Exams and Plans to Write a New Test by 2025

The University of California Board of Regents voted unanimously Thursday to eliminate ACT and SAT exams as admissions requirements, setting aside the controversial tests that many believe favor the wealthy.
Handlers walking a cheetah and a dog at the San Diego Safari Park. | Taken March 25, 2020 by Tammy Spratt/San Diego Zoo
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SoCal Connected

Life Goes on Without People at the San Diego Zoo

For zoo workers deemed essential -- the zookeepers, hospital workers and others who care for and feed the animals -- life has gone on as usual during the break.
Father Albert Avenido standing next to Eileen Neri's casket at her funeral. No one was allowed to attend because of COVID-19.
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SoCal Connected

Zoom Masses and Funerals: Love, Death and Technology in the Time of COVID-19

The Rev. Albert Avenido fiddled with the wires connecting the sound board to the cameras, microphones and recording equipment.  He and his assistant worked late the night before to be ready for mass.
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