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Suicide spike on LA’s Metro Blue Line

In sunny Southern California, a cloud of despair lingers above a 22-mile stretch of railroad track that runs from Downtown Los Angeles to the port city of Long Beach. The Metro Blue Line, one of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority’s six public rail transportation lines, has claimed the lives of 33 suicide victims since it began operating in 1990. Ten of these incidents have occurred in the last three calendar years, the most recent on Sept. 5, 2013. Shortly after that suicide, Metro officials held a press conference to ask the public for help. “They keep happening on…

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USC Annenberg Agenda highlights innovation from nation’s top J-School

USC Annenberg recently published the Winter 2013 edition of its biannual USC Annenberg Agenda. With a fresh, contemporary format, “Digital Media Leadership: Ideas From The USC Annenberg School For Communication and Journalism” features original content from faculty and alumni who are shaping the futures of the communication, journalism, public relations and public diplomacy fields. “USC Annenberg is a world-class institution filled with world-class scholars, writers, researchers and thinkers,” said Jeremy Rosenberg, Assistant Dean of Public Affairs and Special Events. “The information we can convey in a 40-page magazine is the tip of the iceberg.” Read more here.

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Starving for Hope in Los Angeles County

On a crisp November morning in Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park, dozens of scattered bodies stir to life. Woken by families setting up picnics and the whistles of tamale vendors, the homeless rise from beds of dirt with aching stomachs. A new morning has arrived with hunger, along with the fear that another day will pass without a hot meal. Kara Smith, a 25-year-old Westlake apartment manager, is doing her best to feed them a little hope. One Sunday a month, she organizes a free community meal in the park. Volunteers come from across LA County and beyond to serve platters…

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LA police department uses “Chinese Twitter” to boost civic engagement

USC Annenberg’s hyperlocal, trilingual news site Alhambra Source launched a groundbreaking social media partnership with the Alhambra Police Department earlier this month. Using Weibo, a Chinese-language micro-blogging site often compared to Twitter, the agency created a digital platform through which the San Gabriel Valley community’s large Chinese immigrant population can interact with city officials. “The long-term goal is to help the Alhambra Police Department establish something to help more Chinese immigrants, especially the newer ones, become more assimilated and engaged in the civil process,” said Walter Ma, an Alhambra Source community contributor. To read the full article, click here.  

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Run

I put on my shoes and started south down my block, blasting “Enema of the State” to drown out the lull of helicopters and sirens. I sprinted and let it all out of me. I ran from my pitchless stories, my guilt and fears. I ran from my indecisiveness, my apathy and self-inflicted wounds. I ran until my back ached and my legs couldn’t take it anymore, then I stopped. The forgotten on Jefferson, packing their carts with bottles from the lavanderia. Two gordidos, no older than 7, scooting down Raymond on skateboards, their mothers watching from inside barricades of…

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LA mayoral candidates to meet in South Central

Looking forward to hearing what the candidates have to say about reducing poverty, homelessness and crime in our neighborhood. Rather, looking forward to hearing fluff about how South LA is turning corners and growing with the help of USC at this PR-stunt. Get ya facts straight! We are the poorest, most violent district of the city. The people of this region need help from the top. TODAY 1177 W 25th St  Los Angeles, CA 90007 6:00 pm – 7:30 pn http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5098/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=51239

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