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LAUSD Plans to Start the New School Year, ICU Nurse Shares Experience on the Frontlines, California Tourism Hit by Pandemic

Published May 4, 2020 at 3:06 PM PDT
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FILE: The Los Angeles Unified School District is organizing a series of forums to gather public comment on the selection of its next superintendent.
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FILE: The Los Angeles Unified School District is organizing a series of forums to gather public comment on the selection of its next superintendent.

LAUSD Plans to Start the New School Year 

LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner announced that classes will resume in the fall on schedule, but the question is how. It is still not clear that students and teacher can return to campus for class in person. 


  • Kyle Stokes, KPCC's Education Reporter 

On the Frontlines: ICU Nurse 

Though we are getting some good news about allowing some businesses to re-open soon, the number of people diagnosed with COVID-19  in LA County continues to climb. We now have a total of 26, 217 cases of COVID-19 with the addition of 568 new cases announced today. With that in mind, we hear from someone who has been on the frontlines of this pandemic since March, helping patients during their most critical moments. Lindsey Burrell is a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance. She saw her first COVID-19 patient on March 17th and shared with us her experience so far. 

Ask an Expert: Mental Health

We answer all your burning questions about life in the time of coronavirus, but this time, we're focusing on mental health.


  • Nataria Joseph, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University 

Midshow Moment of Zen: Yoda

You may be aware already but in case you're not... May the Fourth be with you: It is May 4th, the day Star Wars fans in this galaxy and even in ones that are far, far away celebrate all things Star Wars. We want to remind you how in The Empire Strikes Back when Master Yoda is training Luke Skywalker to use the Force to pull the X-Wing fighter out of the water and Luke, after failing to do so, complains that it's too big...Yoda drops some Jedi knowledge and Zen all at the same time.

The OC Update

All eyes are on Orange County. After the Governor told officials there to close down all the beaches, there’s has some loud opposition. And on Friday, one city there, Huntington Beach, was the site of a fairly large protest. 


  • Nick Gerda, Reporter with the non-profit news site the Voice of OC

Small Businesses in Venice amid the Coronavirus

During the first week of government shutdown orders in mid-March, reporter Emily Guerin visited every small business on two blocks of Lincoln Blvd in Venice. Six weeks later, she checked in again to see how things had changed.

California Tourism Hit by Pandemic

California is our home but it's also a destination for travelers from all over the country and the world. And the tourism industry is one of the biggest employers in the state. So, what's the impact of the stay-in-place order on these people and, really, all of us?


  • Caroline Beteta, President and CEO of the non-profit organization "Visit California"   
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