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An apparent link between risky behavior and bias-related bullying tends to be stronger in California’s more segregated counties.
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Climate change is fueling increasingly extreme weather events, and someone needs to defend communities against them and clean up after them. In California, that person is often a low-wage immigrant worker.
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“I think the common thread connecting these various actions that are happening largely out of the public eye is limiting supports for certain people — and for immigrants and families of color in particular.”
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Every day Wendy McEntyre gets a call from parents who have lost children in addiction treatment in California. She wants to see more accountability in a system that’s operating with little to no oversight, with deadly consequences.
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The average 30-day stay at a California rehab costs families $40,000. It’s expensive and often highly risky. We’ve learned hundreds of patients are dying in detox.
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In the state of California, it is off-limits to administer an IQ test to a child if he or she is Black. That’s because of a little-known case called Larry P v Riles that in the 1970s put the IQ test itself on trial.
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The Desert Sun invited community members Nora Soliz, Julie Hernandez and Greg Rodriguez to tell first-person stories about their struggles with homelessness and their successes out of it.
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This series was produced with the support of the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Impact Fund....
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With an early $50 million in government funding, Tanti and his organization, Headspace, would spend the next decade creating a network of 100 mental health centers serving 355,000 people throughout the country, each one with its own personality.

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