Editor's Note: This week we're reporting on the impact of gang violence on a community in Los Angeles called Hollenbeck. We were here five years ago talking to cops, criminals and crusaders about what the violence that plagued the neighborhood. We decided to go back, to follow up on what's changed and the progress that's been made to improve the situation. Take a look at these behind-the-scenes photos.
Former gang member Richard Moya talks to CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the cycle of gang violence in the Hollenbeck community of Los Angeles
The Hollenbeck community is a fifteen square mile area east of downtown Los Angeles. There are 34 gangs here with an estimated 6,800 members.
Angel Candia and his younger brother Ronald Brock were killed in a gang related shooting in the same year. Police believe Ronald was killed in a case of mistaken identity. Ronald was a U.S. Marine. Angel was a gang member.
Soledad Brock poses with her two sons Ronald Brock and Angel Candia. Ronald was about to deploy overseas when he was fatally wounded in a gang related shooting.
Private First Class Ronald Brock
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During last week's health care summit, House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, called for a fresh start in the efforts to reform the nation's health care system. He criticized the bill passed by the Senate, particularly its language pertaining to abortion. Boehner said that the bill "allows for the taxpayer funding of abortion."
President Barack Obama did not directly respond to Boehner's assertion, but said that the minority leader had taken the conversation "back to the standard talking points that Democrats and Republicans have had for the last year." As the summit was winding down, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, strongly addressed Boehner's statement, saying, "There is no public funding of abortion in this bill."
Fact Check: Does the Senate bill allow for taxpayer funding of abortions?
- The Senate bill bans taxpayer subsidies from directly paying for abortions. The bill requires that individuals buying health insurance plans with federal subsidies pay for any abortion coverage out of their own pockets with a separate check. Additionally, states are allowed to choose whether they will ban abortion coverage in health insurance exchange plans, which they can do now.
- Republicans' main argument is that the Senate bill uses taxpayer dollars to help people access abortion coverage. They address this in a summary prepared by the staffs of ranking GOP members of the Senate Finance Committee and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. In the summary,
Republicans say that the Senate bill lacks restrictions like those included in the House bill's Stupak Amendment, thus allowing government money to go toward health care plans whose coverage includes abortion. They also say that since government subsidies are not segregated in the bill, "it is not possible to honestly prevent federal funds from ever being used" for abortion coverage.
Bottom Line: The legislation does not directly allow for federal subsidies to fund abortion procedures. However, Republicans are correct that the legislation would allow federal subsidies for some plans that offer abortion coverage options. But coverage for abortion procedures under those plans would have to be paid for separately by the insured. Under current law, federal money may pay for abortion costs only in cases of rape, incest or circumstances that are life-threatening to the mother. That law, known as the Hyde Amendment, was passed in 1976.
–CNN's Lisa Desjardins contributed to this report.
Editor's Note: Students from Brooklyn, N.Y. are traveling to Ghana as Global Service Ambassadors as part of a trans-Atlantic youth service and advocacy summit, bringing together African-American youth and Ghanaian child labor trafficking survivors. The project is called Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service and is in partnership with the Touch A Life Foundation. The Ambassadors will advocate for the eradication of child slavery when they return and they will visit Capitol Hill and the United Nations as part of their efforts. Read their blogs from the trip below.
Benjamin Goode, Age 13
Journey For Change
Today was day three and we had to get up earlier than yesterday.
Today Joshua (fellow Journey for Change member) and I woke up at 4:55 AM. When we got up I was weak and tired, but after splashing hot water on my body and my face, it all went away.
After being told we had to be downstairs the previous night at 6:15 AM, Joshua and I had an hour and a half to spare. Once it was time to get our day started, the Journey for Change and Touch A Life participants loaded onto the buses and headed out.
A California jury recommended Tuesday that a man who once appeared on "The Dating Game" be executed for the murders of four women and a child.
The jury deliberated an hour before deciding that Rodney Alcala, 66, should pay with his life for the murders of Robin Samsoe, Jill Barcomb, Georgia Wixted, Charlotte Lamb and Jill Parentau, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.
Alcala will be formally sentenced Wednesday in Santa Ana, Orange County, where the case was tried even though most of the crimes were committed in neighboring Los Angeles.
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Within the last month, our country has witnessed two senseless, high-profile acts of criminal violence that would have been labeled terrorism if brown-skinned Arab Muslim men with foreign-sounding names had committed them.
Because two white men committed these acts of violence, however, our political and media chattering class never used the word "terrorism" in its discussions.
Most recently, John Patrick Bedell, a 36-year-old man from California, walked up to two security guards outside the Pentagon Metro station in suburban Washington and started shooting. He was then shot and killed. According to The Christian Science Monitor, Bedell appeared "to have been a right-wing extremist with virulent anti-government feelings" and also battled mental illness before his shooting rampage.
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Special to CNN
Most Republicans have opposed President Obama's health care bill from the first day he proposed reform. If the House passes the Senate bill in the next few days, it will probably do so without any Republican support.
In many ways, Republicans can benefit politically from their tough stand against the health care legislation. If the program does not work as expected and proves to be politically unpopular, Republicans can say they warned America. If health care premiums continue to rise and Americans feel that their policies have not been improved, Democrats will be to blame.
Regardless of whether the legislation passes, Republicans can already claim a victory, given that the struggle for legislation has lasted more than a year and tied up the rest of the Democratic agenda.