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FOR REPORTER - Questions? Contact Storyline Producer Martha Daniel at marthada@usc.edu and cc seidenbe@usc.eduFOR EDITOR
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First NameLast NameReporter EmailSlug (2-3 word title)Date enteredAngle: Please write a summary, less than 200 words, of your story's specific angle: Why do we care? Why now? How does this move the story forward?Background Info (URLs, names, articles, data)Interviews (Names, Contact Info, Relevance to the story; Have they agreed to be interviewed?)Sound elements (What makes this good for radio? What scenes will you have?)Approved
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hollythompsonSouth Park DevelopmentIt may seem like we've already reached peak South Park, but really the neighborhood is just getting started: no fewer than 28 new developments are on the way, from skyscraping micro-cities to low-stakes wood-frame apartment buildings. explore different areas and new buidlings.
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Master Food Preserver ProgramThe UC Cooperative Extension offers a Master Food Preserver Program which gives LA County residents a 12-week training course in food preservatin (canning, drying, freezing, etc.) The courses are given irregularly, but once someone is trained they have to give a certain number of hours a year to community service by educating the general public about home food preservation. Sometimes the food preservers will go to farmers markets, festivals, schools. Could make for great audio to go through the pickling process with someone. http://celosangeles.ucanr.edu/Master_Food_Preserver_Program/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MFPLA
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White StarbucksFrom Marketplace: The whiter a census tract is, except in extreme cases, the more likely it is to have a Starbucks, according to an analysis by Quartz. For example, one in four tracts with 70 percent white residents has a 'Bucks. Starbucks has just begun its Race Together inititiative. South LA has a dearth of Starbucks, especially compared to neighborhoods in West LA or the Valley. How is this initiative received in South LA? What is the disconnect between talking about race and having economic, housing, employment, criminal justice and other policies that are not racially discriminatory?http://qz.com/364587/starbucks-needs-to-have-a-conversation-with-itself-about-race/
http://news.starbucks.com/news/race-together-conversation-has-the-power-to-change-hearts-and-minds
Interviews:
People at Starbucks -- both in South LA and elsewhere.
Starbucks spokesperson
Jody Armour, USC Law Professor and author of Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism
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YOLA to JapanThis is from Councilman Gil Cedillo's newsletter. He mentions one student in his district. It would be great to be at the airport when the group leaves and returns. Would make a good audio story.

The LA Phil’s Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA) is a music learning program for students from ages 6 to 18. The program is a partnership with the EXPO Center, Harmony Project and Heart of LA (HOLA).

This month, fifteen YOLA students will travel to Japan to participate in an open rehearsal with LA Phil Music Director, Gustavo Dudamel.

John Anthony Gonzalez, a fourteen year old bassoonist and First District resident, is one of the YOLA students traveling to Japan.
For more information about YOLA, visit: http://www.laphil.com/education/yola/hola
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RaniaAniftos aniftos@usc.eduTeenage votersIn the Scottish election, 16 and 17 year old were allowed to vote. The vast majority of countries have 18 as the voting age, but a few put it at 16, including Austria, Cuba, Nicaragua. http://www.fairvote.org/ advocates lowering voting age in municipal elections. What are the pros and cons of 16, 17 year olds voting. How could that change the political system. Look back at the effects lowering the age from 21 to 18 had in the 70s;
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Millenials and home ownership2/25/2015Millenials were born between 1980 and 1999. Many are expected (and the market hopes they will) to start buying homes. Look at whether millenials are entering the home ownership market in Los Angeles. Where are they buying houses, considering this is an expensive market. http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-2015-outlook-housing-0102-biz-20141230-story.html
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Cleaning products2/25/2015Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. has introduced legislation that would require manufacturers to disclose the ingredients in cleaning products commonly used by consumers and workers. Look at the dangers that a house or building cleaner faces. What products are they using. Reporter could take the list of products to a scientist or chemist to figure out what's in them and what could cause health problems or cancer. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/10/worst-household-cleaners-cleaning-products_n_1871420.html. Could also find a cleaning person who has suffered health problems.
http://www.ewg.org/release/california-legislation-introduced-give-consumers-right-know-what-s-their-cleaning-products

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/10/worst-household-cleaners-cleaning-products_n_1871420.html
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Arroyo Seco homeless cleanup2/10/2015Another large-scale clean up of homeless encampments along the Arroyo Seco has been taking place in recent days. The clean up and sweep comes only about six-months after a similar effort took place last August. However, many homeless returned to the area within a few months.
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SarahWindhamTeach for America2/10/2015Teach for America is attracting fewer graduates to its program. Take a look at how this might affect Los Angeles, especially South LA schools where there is a high number of charters. See this NYT article: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/06/education/fewer-top-graduates-want-to-join-teach-for-america.html
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Inglewood Football Stadium2/10/2015The proposed football stadium in Inglewood has garnered tons of signatures. Plenty to get it on the ballot by mid-year. What will this mean for the community? Should we assume everyone is happy about this? Get reactions from community members. Maybe some people are upset that the old Hollywood Park will be rezoned?http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-inglewood-stadium-plan-garners-20k-signatures-20150126-story.htmlTina Gutierrez -- anti stadium viewpoint
Tara Campbell -- pro stadium viewpoint
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HeidiCarreonhcarreon35@gmail.comVaccinations in Latino community2/10/2015The recent outbreak of measles (and before that whooping cough) has shown that the people least likely to vaccinate their kids are people in wealthy communities and poor ones. The poor ones might be from lack of access or education. Investigate what the vaccination rate in the Latino communities of South LA. Where are vaccinations being given in the community, how are they publicized. Is there any cultural bias against the vaccinations in the Latino community.contact LA County Dept. of Public Health
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The Evolution of Chinese Bookstores in the United States2/14/2015In the United States, what were once prominate Chinese Bookstores are having to adapt to something much more in order to stay alive. Online retail has nearly crippled these stores from making profit off books
http://www.latimes.com/local/great-reads/la-me-c1-chinese-bookstores-20141125-story.html#page=1
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CaitlinPlummercplummer@usc.eduHuman Trafficking2/22/2015Immigration has always been a controversial topic in the United States - especially in Southern California. But what about those who enter the United States unwillingly or under false pretenses? Two law students in USC's International Human Rights Clinic helped two human trafficking victims gain legal status in January.http://news.usc.edu/58520/human-trafficking-victims-gain-legal-status-with-law-clinics-help/Leticia (the trafficking victim from Mexico) and Joey (the victim from the Philippines) - both not contacted yet; will probably only feature one, depending on who will talk to me. Rosemary Dipietrantonio and Joel Frost-Tift/Michelle Shaffie, the law students who worked on each case respectively - not contacted yet; will probably only feature the corresponding lawyer(s) of the victim. Hannah Garry, the professor who directs the International Human Rights Clinic and can speak to how often this kind of work is done, but also give me the contacts of those above - not contacted yet (hgarry@law.usc.edu).Discussion in the International Human Rights Clinic and the personal voices and perspectives of those who went through the human trafficking - their quotes in the article seemed very forced (although that could have to do with a language barrier - a problem to be determined).
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GreysonPeltiergpeltier@usc.eduClothing and Car Donation Scams9/15/2015Boxes put out by groups that aren't charities or are pseudo-charities have been popping up in communities nationwide collecting clothes in a similar manner to legitimate charities. Other fake or less-than-legitimate charities are seeking car donations and not following through on helping the people they said they would or giving promised rewards to donors. An analysis of groups' finances shows substantial deviousness and the legal loopholes that may be letting them get away with it.Heritage for the Blind car donations: http://www.bbb.org/stlouis/news-events/bbb-warnings/2014/09/heritage-for-the-blind-ads-for-car-donations-raise-bbb-concerns/ Earth Aid clothing donations: https://www.charitywatch.org/charitywatch-articles/planet-aid-39-s-34-recycling-34-program-debunked-/88Representatives of the charities involved (likely won't respond), legitimate charities like Goodwill, non-profit accounting professor/expert on attribution of expenses to "programs" that are really just for ads - Have not made contact with anyone yetSounds of cars, bin opening and closing noise
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GreysonPeltiergpeltier@usc.eduCERN research conjures demons?9/15/2015Suspicious creatures have been emerging in the organization's "God Particle" work. CERN's facilities have potentially religious symbolism that concerns ministers and experts about the possibility that the research may have untold negative consequences on the public.Will finish this soon.
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