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The scene that greeted Raymond Aguilar in his old Stockton neighborhood on his release from prison four months ago was too familiar: boarded-up windows, liquor stores, prostitutes and gang members...

First-graders at Belvedere Elementary plopped down on their assigned carpet squares, chattering in Spanish as the day’s lesson got underway. Teacher Ivon Rabago displayed the book “La...

Affordable homes with ample lots lure many families to the town of Apple Valley in the Mojave Desert. But amenities are limited—no department stores, no Costco and, more importantly, few affordable...

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