Reporter Randy Paige reexamines the well-known hazard to children's health lead, lead paint, and finds it still to be a pervasive problem in southern California schools. In this five-part series, Paige demonstrates on video how children rub their hands on peeling paint and contaminate their mouths and skin. Backing up the pictures with tests measuring the lead content on school buildings and picnic tables, Paige confronts the appropriate school officials and state leaders. Within days of the first reports, schools began inspections and repairs, children's blood levels were tested for lead and legislators sprang into action. This series proves the value of reporting on new aspects of the leading environmental health threat to children.

Randy Paige, reporter/producer; Larry Greene, Francisco Alferez, Dolorez Lopez, photographers; Clay Thornton, editor; Jennifer Cobb, executive producer.

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