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Margarita Engle

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Seventy five years ago this month, the streets of Los Angeles turned violent in an event that came to be known as the Zoot Suit Riots. The cause is still unclear, but we know this: for 10 days in 1943, white service members attacked young Latino men on the streets of Southern California, while police turned the other way. The attacks are the subject of a new young adult novel by acclaimed children’s author Margarita Engle. In 2009, the Clovis author’s book "The Surrender Tree" won the prestigious Newberry Medal, the first book by a Latina to receive the honor.

This week on Valley Edition, we talk about a new study that links the health of Valley residents with their neighborhood. It turns out where you live can tell you a lot about your health and lifespan. We'll also learn more about efforts to change state laws about immunization policies in an effort to protect public health. We close our program with a profile of Newbery Award winning local author Margarita Engle. 

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