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Fifty years after riots tore the neighborhood apart, residents and civic leaders examine the impact.

Teacher Returns to Watts
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Teacher Returns to Watts

Those who grew up in Watts in the 1970s in the wake of the riots watched their community struggle to rebuild, only to be torn down again by gangs and crack cocaine in the 1980s. »

Watts Prophets Gave Voice to Community
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Watts Prophets Gave Voice to Community

Any look back at the days of outrage and violence in Watts 50 years ago would be incomplete without including the Watts Prophets. »

LAPD Building Relationships in Watts
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LAPD Building Relationships in Watts

Half a century ago, with its then-gleaming headquarters soon to be named for its then indomitable chief, the Los Angeles Police Department had become widely regarded as the model of modern policing. »

Mayor Says Watts Has Bright Future
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Mayor Says Watts Has Bright Future

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says that despite challenges, the Watts community has a bright future ahead. Michael Brownlee reports for "50Watts" on Aug. 11, 2015. »

50 Watts: Riots 50 Years Later
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50 Watts: Riots 50 Years Later

It began with a routine traffic stop, blossomed into a protest with the help of a rumor and escalated into the deadliest and most destructive rioting Los Angeles had seen. The Watts riots broke out Aug. »

Hospital Among Legacies of Watts Riots
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Hospital Among Legacies of Watts Riots

The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in Willowbrook is part of a $650 million medical campus that already included an outpatient and urgent care centers. Toni Guinyard reports on Tuesday Aug. »

Neighborhood Still Battles Effects of Gangs
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Neighborhood Still Battles Effects of Gangs

Decades after the Bloods and Crips street gangs emerged out of the anger, frustration and lack of opportunities in post-riots Watts, the neighborhood is still battling the effects. »

Watts Native Tyrese Talks Giving Back
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Watts Native Tyrese Talks Giving Back

Actor Tyrese Gibson of "Fast & Furious" fame talks about what it was like to grow up in Watts and how he works to give back to the community. Kim Baldonado reports for "50Watts" on Aug. 11, 2015. »

Rarely Seen Footage Shows Watts Riots
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Rarely Seen Footage Shows Watts Riots

Fifty years after the Watts Riots devastated the community, rarely seen video footage shot by a National Guard cameraman shows glimpses of the violent uprising. »

Woman Works to Show Teens the Right Way
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Woman Works to Show Teens the Right Way

On her own time and her own dime, Shanice Joseph teaches teen girls at a summer program in Compton about her journey to a college education. »

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A collection of stories examining the legacy of the Watts Riots.

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