A Talkative Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Reflects on Becoming Himself
2/21/2018 1:41:36 AM

By John Rogers NEWPORT BEACH—Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been a best-selling author, civil-rights activist, actor, historian and one of the greatest basketball players who ever lived. One thing Abdul-Jabbar has never been—at least not in public—is chatty. “I'm not known for being a blabbermouth, you know?” the soft-spoken Abdul-Jabbar concedes with a smile, something else he was never particularly known for during his playing days. But, he adds, still smiling, his public can expect to see that change—and soon. This fall Abdul-Jabbar will embark...

Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents
2/21/2018 1:41:19 AM

By Matt O’Brien and Mae Anderson Last Friday's election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists. And it's not clear if the companies have taken sufficient action to prevent something similar from happening again. Thirteen Russians, including a businessman close to Vladimir Putin, were charged last Friday in a plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election through social media propaganda. The indictment said the...

California Latinos Make Up Small Fraction of Mortgage Market
2/21/2018 1:40:51 AM

By Janie Har Latinos are the largest ethnic group in California but a new analysis reveals they make up just a fraction of people applying for conventional home loans and were more likely to be denied loans in two rural Northern California metro areas. A national analysis by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting found Latinos accounted for nearly half of the population in the Los Angeles area in 2015-2016, yet applied for just 18 percent of conventional loan applications. In the Central Valley city of Fresno, Latinos made up more than half of the population but only...

LAX Improvements Taking Shape
2/21/2018 1:40:33 AM

LOS ANGELES—The plan to decrease auto traffic at Los Angeles International Airport with the construction of an automated people mover took a step forward last week as the airport's civilian oversight board approved a recommended developer for the project. LAX Integrated Express Solutions was chosen by the Los Angeles World Airports Board of Airport Commissioners as the recommended developer for the project, and LAWA will present a 30-year contract valued at about $4.5 billion to the BOAC and City Council for approval. Under the deal, LINXS would design, build, finance, operate...

Author, Freedom Fighting Journalist Lerone Bennett Jr. Passes
2/21/2018 1:39:49 AM

  By Stacy M. Brown   Perhaps no other voice—or pen—captured the real life of Africans and African Americans like Lerone Bennett Jr., the former editor of EBONY and Jet magazines who died on Wednesday, February 14 at the age of 89. Chicago Sun-Times reported that, Bennett suffered from vascular dementia. Among his many hard-hitting and compelling works was the exposé, “Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America,” in which Bennett traces Black history from its origins in western Africa, through the transatlantic journey and slavery,...

Bubba Wallace Makes History as Black Driver in Daytona
2/21/2018 1:39:11 AM

By Dan Gelston DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP)—Darrell Wallace Jr. sobbed in his mother’s arms after he posted the best finish for a Black driver in the Daytona 500. Wallace was runner-up to winner Austin Dillon, and the emotion of the achievement hit the rookie driver inside the track’s media center. Wallace, the son of a Black mother and a white father, cried with his mother and then with his sister on the stage. Desiree Wallace told her son how much she loved him, and sister Brittany, who gave her kid brother his nickname “Bubba,” told her brother how proud...

Man Arrested After Selling AR-15s to Undercover Agent
2/21/2018 1:38:22 AM

Authorities say a California man was arrested for manufacturing and selling AR-15 rifles—known as “ghost guns” that are virtually untraceable—to an undercover federal agent. The Sacramento Bee reports court documents say the arrest stems from a five-month Homeland Security investigation that used the dark web, Bitcoin payments, secret meetings, and discussions of buying grenades, anti-personnel mines and explosives. A 31-page criminal complaint unsealed last Friday unveiled the alleged plot. The man made an initial appearance in federal court on charges of...

Shooting Survivors on Potential Collision Course with Trump
2/21/2018 1:37:21 AM

By Jason Dearen, Terry Spencer and Allen G. Breed PARKLAND, Fla. (AP)—Student survivors of the deadly Florida school shooting who hope to become the face of a revived gun control movement are on a potential collision course with President Donald Trump. Several of the students have criticized the president, whose election was strongly supported by the National Rifle Association and who ran on a platform opposing gun control. Trump spent the weekend at his estate in South Florida, only an hour's drive from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were fatally shot...

Senate Rejects Immigration Bills; Young Immigrants in Limbo
2/21/2018 1:36:20 AM

WASHINGTON—The Senate has left hundreds of thousands of “Dreamer” immigrants in limbo, rejecting rival plans that would have spared them from deportation and strengthened the nation's border security. Senators dealt President Donald Trump an especially galling defeat as more than a quarter of fellow Republicans abandoned him on an issue that helped propel him to the White House. Trump, on Twitter last Friday, accused Democrats of abandoning Dreamers because they wouldn't back his immigration plan. Trump tweeted: “Cannot believe how BADLY DACA recipients have...

We Must Resist the Dangerous GOP Agenda #ThankYouBlackWomen and the Power of the Black Vote
2/14/2018 9:55:42 PM

By Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) In the Age of Trump, logging onto Twitter can elicit everything from hysterical laughter to deep concern and fear. From time to time, I’ve even had the urge to teach the Trump Administration basic math. However, the Wednesday after Democratic candidate Doug Jones won the special election in Alabama for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ vacant U.S. Senate seat, I woke up excited about the election results in Alabama The first thing that I did that morning was log onto Twitter. When I looked at the trending hashtags, I saw one that I’d...