The words "black market" usually summon images of drugs, guns or pirated DVDs — not tubas. Yet authorities in Los Angeles say the instrument is in such high demand that the black market may be what's driving a wave of local tuba thefts.
Ruben Gonzalez is teaching an after-lunch band class at the scene of one recent tuba crime — the music room at South Gate High School outside L.A. He starts with a request only a band teacher would make.
"Make sure we rinse out folks — we don't need any hamburgers or hot chilies coming through those instruments," he says.
Colorado lawmakers are once again debating a measure that would allow reduced public college tuition for undocumented students. While that bill faces an uncertain future, one private University in Denver has preempted the issue since 2009 by actively recruiting immigrant students, and giving them an education at a very low cost.