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Every week we highlight a few stories produced by PIN partner newsrooms informed by sources in the Public Insight Network.

No Place Like LA: Michelle is a prodigal Angeleno

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NO PLACE LIKE L.A. IS OUR NEW SERIES THAT ASKS L.A. TRANSPLANTS AND IMMIGRANTS: “WHEN WAS THE MOMENT YOU FELT THAT LOS ANGELES WAS TRULY HOME?”THIS IS THE STORY OF MICHELLE KIM WHO’S ORIGINALLY FROM L.A.

Parents still wary of Normandy schools, despite upgrade in academic standing

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The Missouri Board of Education recently raised the academic standing of the Normandy Schools Collaborative from “unaccredited” to “provisionally accredited.” But with annual test scores and the high school graduation rate still fall below state averages, many parents, including a few PIN sources, are wary of whether the district has improved as much as it appears to have on paper.

Celebrate uniqueness: Your personal holiday traditions

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The holidays are a special time of year when people come together to celebrate. However, not everyone celebrates the same way, especially here in SoCal. So we asked you — our listeners — to share your unique holiday traditions.

The highs and lows of recreational pot — listeners weigh in

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The sale of recreational marijuana becomes legal in the state of California on Jan. 1, 2018, and that means anybody 21 or older will be able to buy marijuana products from a licensed retailer. We asked listeners: “What does this mean for you?” Not surp…

Free speech vs. hate speech on college campuses

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As hate crimes increase, Southern California is experiencing rising tensions and more protests at colleges and universities. Conversations about what’s acceptable speech on campus have been heightened by elevated tensions around the Trump administration. What are the experiences of students of color and immigrant students on campus? How have they changed in the current climate? We asked community members to share their experiences.