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Improving the graduation rate at Belmont High School is one goal of an aggressive boot camp for students run by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District. The other: helping teens learn life skills they lack. Early results are promising.
A new downtown Los Angeles high school dedicated to the performing arts faces numerous challenges in the months before its scheduled fall 2009 opening. But this school is different: it will blend academics with the arts in an approach increasingly seen as a way to boost student achievement. But budget issues threaten the school before it even opens. B. Adriana Venegas-Chavez visits with school officials managing the new school.
Leimert Park shop owners see at least one bright spot in the gloomy economy: President-elect Barack Obama. Memorabilia and collectibles depicting the nation's first African-American president are selling at a brisk rate.
Higher food costs are forcing USC students to shop more carefully for groceries to keep their budgets in check. Watt Way's Sara Lerner follows one student to the store and learns where to find the best prices for bread, cheese and other items.