- Making News: $100 Million Health Initiative to Care for Uninsured Children
On last night-s 6 o-clock news, Univision reported that 50 organizations were raising enough money to provide healthcare for all the uninsured children in LA County. The Spanish-language TV station broadcast a telephone number (888-4LAKIDS) and received147,000 calls. Howard Kahn, CEO of LA Care, talks about the goals of the Children's Health Care Initiative of Greater Los Angeles.
- Reporter's Notebook: Belmont High School Approved; LA Times Job Cuts
Deep in today's back pages, the LA Times reported the LA School Board's final approval of Belmont High School, where dense population has led to extreme overcrowding. Earthquake and environmental concerns will result in the demolition of two newly constructed buildings, with two more constructed on the site in downtown Los Angeles. Veteran journalist Bill Boyarsky reports on final approval of Vista Hermosa High School and, after five Pulitzer Prizes, layoffs at the LA Times.
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