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L.A. riots, 30 years later | National Public Radio

Thirteen days after police beat Rodney King, there was another grainy video tape capturing a horrific act of violence … [the] shooting 15-year-old Latasha Harlins in the back of the head. “These cases really play out in the public in tandem with one another,” says Brenda Stevenson, a UCLA professor who wrote a book about the Latasha Harlins’ case, “almost as if they were parallel.” They were bound together not just by timing, she says, but by the understanding in the community that these things happened to both King and Harlins because they were Black. (UCLA’s Robin D.G. Kelley and Kyeyoung Park are also quoted. Also: Stevenson and Hunt were interviewed by KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk” about the evolution of language and media coverage since the uprising.)

Korean–Black relations and the L.A. riots | NBC News

Black residents felt that the Korean merchants were taking from them, experts say. “It brings up the historically old idea of how Black lives have been treated,” said Kyeyoung Park, a professor of anthropology and Asian American studies at UCLA. “Korean merchants came into South Central without understanding that.”

Plan to relocate youths from L.A. juvenile hall | Los Angeles Times

When Kilpatrick opened in its current incarnation five years ago, Jorja Leap, a professor at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, co-authored a brief extolling the promise of taking a therapeutic approach to juvenile rehabilitation. Five years later, her confidence has wavered somewhat. “The real problem is that that promise of trauma-informed care … has not been completely fulfilled,” she said, attributing some of the lack of progress to resistance by some at the Probation Department, who were unwilling to let go of the “get tough” approach of the past.

COVID spikes in Coachella after music festival | NBC News

“When you’re in close proximity to others singing and dancing and eating and drinking — all the things that you do with these festivals — it’s not surprising that we’re going to see transmission,” said Anne Rimoin, an epidemiology professor at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

COVID vaccine for kids under 5 | Los Angeles Times

(Commentary by UCLA’s Dr. Nina Shapiro) As with all things COVID, sentiments about vaccinating kids are strong and split. Millions of families with young children are counting the minutes until their infants and toddlers can get shots. Most, however, seem inclined to pass or wait — as of this January, just 31% of parents with kids under 5 in one survey said they would get their child the vaccination immediately after one was authorized.

With inflation, food banks serving more people | Wall Street Journal

“I think one of the things that the pandemic illuminated is that food insecurity has plagued much of America even before this pandemic took hold,” said Allison Korn, the director of the Food Law & Policy Clinic at the University of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Korn said that with the addition of inflation, people who weren’t necessarily part of historically disenfranchised groups are now experiencing food insecurity at higher rates. 

New LGBTQ rights battle: Birth certificates | Washington Post

According to a study by UCLA’s Williams Institute, about 0.6 percent of adults and 0.7 percent of youth identify as transgender, which includes a nonbinary designation. According to another UCLA study, as many as 476,000 transgender adults do not have a driver’s license or other state identification that matches their gender identity. That represents about 34 percent of trans people across the country.

Colleges and mental health reporting | USA Today

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Dr. Catherine Sarkisian) Meanwhile, though death from COVID-19 is exceedingly rare among college students, it is well known from pre-pandemic data that approximately 100 U.S. college students die by suicide each month. According to more recent Centers for Disease and Control Prevention data, 1 in 4 adults ages 18–24 contemplated suicide in June 2020.

Evolution didn’t wire us for 8 hours of sleep | The Atlantic

Gandhi Yetish, a human evolutionary ecologist and anthropologist at UCLA, has also spent time with the Hadza, as well as the Tsimane in Bolivia and the San in Namibia. In a 2015 paper, he and other researchers assessed sleep across all three groups and found that it averaged between only 5.7 and 7.1 hours.

Musk, Twitter and free speech | San Francisco Chronicle

(Commentary by UCLA’s Jason Sexton) Belief is back. At least it is for Jack Dorsey, the billionaire co-founder and former CEO of the social media outlet Twitter, who last week extolled the virtues of the company’s newest owner: Elon Musk. Dorsey believes that to ensure Twitter’s value as a public good, it ought to be run by Musk and revealed the depth of this unequivocal belief in an April 25 tweet: “Elon is the singular solution I trust.”

The future of public parks | New Yorker

Kian Goh, an assistant professor of urban planning at U.C.L.A., said she uses Olmsted as an example of the lineage of urban parks — but one for which students swiftly see the limits. “Yes, you have idealistic ideas of full access, but, really, parks like Central Park and others have become centers of real-estate speculation in the city,” and the recent critiques of both the High Line and Little Island on Manhattan’s West Side bear this out.

Patients’ rights: In health care, who speaks for you? | The Hill

(Commentary by UCLA’s Marie-Christine Nizzi) Major health care groups joined patients’ advocates and the general public last week to highlight the importance of patients being able to take part in decisions on health priorities. This was the central challenge at stake in this year’s Patients’ Rights Day. But this public conversation on patients’ rights was taking place in Europe — not in the United States.

The bright side of Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover | Axios

“There is definitely a partisan divide,” when it comes to who is happy or not about the deal, said Courtney Radsch, a fellow at the UCLA Institute for Technology, Law and Policy and a senior fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation. “A lot of the people who are [very] concerned about Twitter are the people who are very invested in Twitter” and have spent many years building up their presence on the platform, she added.

Long COVID mystery: Do vaccines help or hurt? | Bay Area News Group

These research efforts could offer insights into Long COVID, which affects an estimated 30% of people whose infection was severe enough to need treatment, according to a study at UCLA’s COVID Ambulatory Program. Long COVID is defined as a range of often disabling symptoms that can last weeks or months after infection — and can happen to anyone, even if illness was mild.

‘Essential’ immigrant workers going hungry in California | Capital & Main

A just-published report by Nourish California and CIPC, which used statewide survey data collected from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research from 2017 to 2020, found that 45% of undocumented immigrants in California are affected by food insecurity. Among children under 18, the rate is even higher, at 64% — meaning that nearly two out of every three undocumented children are food insecure. 

California opens Medi-Cal coverage to undocumented seniors | EFE

“This is a key moment when you want to bring all these older undocumented immigrants into the health care system,” says Arturo Vargas Bustamante, a professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. If you leave their chronic conditions unattended, he says, they’ll just end up in the ER and be more expensive to treat. (Translated from Spanish.)