5 Stories to Keep an Eye on in the New Year | KCET
5 Stories to Keep an Eye on in the New Year
A star athlete landed among the mentally ill homeless. Summer heat set records. A convicted murderer pleaded her innocence. A politician faced corruption allegations. The news business faced devastation until one publication found a messiah. Their stories appeared on SoCal Connected in 2018. Here are the five stories to keep an eye on in the coming year.
Temperatures soared during the summer, establishing records across Southern California. Emergency room doctors say climate change is no longer a theory. It’s here, already impacting their patients. If we don't act soon, they say, our children and grandchildren will pay the price.
The News Blues
Dozens of journalists and photographers lost their jobs as the Southern California print media continued its decline. The LA Weekly’s ownership laid off nearly its entire staff. Small publications battled to exist. Even the Los Angeles Times struggled until it found its savior, a billionaire who surprisingly purchased the paper and announced plans to return it to glory. Will his hiring spree succeed? And what will become of the Times’ competitors?
People vs Kiera Newsome
Imprisoned 17 years for a South Los Angeles murder she says she did not commit, Kiera Newsome continued to profess her innocence. A team of pro-bono lawyers fought for her, hoping to convince California Gov. Jerry Brown to release her before he leaves office. Will Newsome see freedom again?
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Out of Bounds
Once a gifted Dorsey High School football star on his way to college, Antonio Carrion resides on Los Angeles’ downtown streets. Diagnosed as bipolar and paranoid schizophrenic, Carrion served as an example of the thousands of mentally ill homeless roaming the sidewalks and cycling in and out of jail. His story prompted calls for improved mental health care to deal with the escalating problem. Will anybody listen?
Investigation Launched into Campaign Loans Involving Inglewood Mayor, Council Member
Inglewood Mayor James Butts became a Southern California hero as a new football stadium began rising in the City of Champions. Politically, however, he faced one corruption allegation after another. Did he approve a $100 million contract for a company only after it hired his brother? Did he fail to disclose repayments from loans to the election campaign of an Inglewood councilman? Did he lie to Forum owner Madison Square Garden about how city land across from the arena would be used? Stay tuned.
Gov. Gavin Newsom and many county and city officials statewide have enacted moratoriums on evictions and elicited support from banks to help those unable to pay rent and mortgages. Here are some key questions affecting renters and homeowners.
The coronavirus death toll grew by 11 today in Los Angeles County, pushing the county's total to 65, while 513 more cases were confirmed -- and local health officials joined a growing movement by suggesting that people wear cloth masks when going out.
KCET and PBS SoCal are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with an exciting lineup of environmental programming in April.
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are starting to ripple through an already-taxed mental health care system — with social distancing a particular challenge for people who were already struggling before the current national emergency.
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Take a rare behind-the-scenes look inside the busiest fire station in the country, where firefighters act as both primary care providers and emergency responders for the nearly 5,000 people living on Skid Row.
In 2019, California, one of the nation’s most secretive states when it comes to police files, put SB1421 into effect. But a year into the new transparency law, journalists and the public are realizing that the law may not be as transparent as expected.
State and local regulators are overwhelmed and outgunned when it comes to closing down California’s poisonous pot pipeline.
Parents are willing to spend thousands to get the competitive edge in the college admissions process, but at what cost? Socal Connected takes a revealing look at the high stakes world of the for-profit education consultant business.
Socal Connected looks at what happened to LA Jets’ Obea Moore and the current state of youth track and field today.
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