Deputies Who Helped Save Baby Boy's Life Reunite with Child and His Parents
9/13/2018 10:41:14 AM

LAKEWOOD—Two deputies who helped save a 9-month-old boy's life in Lakewood were reunited with the child Monday and thanked by his grateful parents. Steven Hanna's parents brought him to the Lakewood sheriff's station to see deputies Tyler Milton and Alissa Farrington, whose boss, Sheriff Jim McDonnell, was on hand to witness the reunion. On Aug. 27 about 10:30 p.m., Milton saw a car being driven erratically and made a traffic stop on southbound Lakewood Boulevard near the Artesia (91) Freeway. The visibly distraught driver got out of the vehicle holding his son, who...

Nia Franklin Wins Miss America Crown
9/13/2018 10:39:59 AM

By Stacy M. Brown   The genius, intelligence, beauty and spirit of Black women, which continues to transform the world, shined brightly again Sunday as Nia Franklin became the first Miss America in the post-swimsuit era. “It took a lot of perseverance to get here,” Franklin, the freshly crowned beauty queen, said after her win. “I want to thank my beautiful family, my mom and my dad, who is a survivor of cancer.” An opera singer, Franklin is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and earned her master’s degree in music composition from UNC...

CDPH Confirms First Two Human West Nile Virus Deaths of 2018
9/13/2018 10:35:55 AM

SACRAMENTO–The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today two confirmed deaths in California due to West Nile virus (WNV). The deceased persons were residents of Glenn county and Yuba county. “We are still in a peak period of West Nile virus transmission in the state so we urge everyone to take every possible precaution to protect themselves against mosquito bites,” said CDPH Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. As of September 7, CDPH has reported 56 human cases of WNV from 21 California counties this year. Additionally, 422 dead birds...

Inglewood and Baldwin Hills Selected for Air Monitoring of Oil Fields
9/13/2018 10:34:41 AM

LOS ANGELES—Two Los Angeles communities were among four selected Friday by the California Air Resources Board for a new program to monitor air quality near oil and gas extraction facilities. Both the Inglewood Oil Field in Baldwin Hills and the Las Cienegas Oil Field in South Los Angeles will be involved in the Study of Neighborhood Air near Petroleum Sources (SNAPS) program, and will host mobile air monitoring units to identify and measure pollutants of concern over several months to help inform efforts to protect public health from environmental hazards, the board said. The...

Brown Sets Ambitious Carbon, Clean Energy Goals by 2045, Signing de Leon Bill
9/13/2018 10:33:17 AM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday authored by a Los Angeles legislator that sets a 100 percent clean electricity goal for the state, and also issued an executive order establishing a new target to achieve carbon neutrality -- both by 2045. Senate Bill 100, authored by Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, pledges that California will obtain 100 percent of its power from clean sources by 2045, including wind, solar and hydropower. "In California, Democrats and Republicans know climate change is real, it's affecting our lives right now, and unless we take...

Obama in Campaign Mode, back to Promoting Hope Over Fear
9/13/2018 10:32:18 AM

By Elliot Spagat   ANAHEIM (AP)—Former President Barack Obama said Saturday that November midterm elections would give Americans “a chance to restore some sanity in our politics,” taking another swipe at his successor as he raises his profile campaigning for fellow Democrats to regain control of the House. Obama didn't mention President Donald Trump by name during a 20-minute speech in the key Southern California battleground of Orange County but the allusions were clear. “We're in a challenging moment because, when you look at the arc of...

Boston City Council Member Ayanna Pressley Becomes the Latest New Young Candidate to Win Big
9/13/2018 10:30:34 AM

By Lauren Victoria Burke   One week following a stunning political victory coming out of Florida with Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s unforeseen win in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, a political surprise arrived out of Boston. At-large Boston City Council member, Ayanna Pressley, 44, has stunned political prognosticators and defeated longtime Congressman Mike Capuano in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts’ 7th congressional district. Congressman Capuano, who is well regarded by colleagues, has been in Congress for twenty years. In less than sixty...

Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles Emerges From Bankruptcy, Inglewood Survives
9/13/2018 10:29:31 AM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—The parent company of several Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles restaurants emerged from bankruptcy this week when a Los Angeles judge confirmed a modified confirmation plan to repay creditors, it was announced Thursday. No further substantive court hearings are anticipated in the case. East Coast Foods Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March 2016. The filing came months after the company was ordered to pay $3.2 million to a former employee who won a wrongful termination and discrimination lawsuit against the soul food chain. In...

Good for Business? Nike Gets Political with Kaepernick Ad
9/13/2018 10:28:08 AM

By Mae Anderson   NEW YORK (AP)—Why do it? Nike has touched off a furor by wading into football's national anthem debate with an ad featuring Colin Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback who was the first athlete to kneel during “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest police brutality against Blacks and hasn't played a game since 2016. The ad copy reads: “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.” The ad, part of Nike's 30th anniversary “Just Do it” campaign, has outraged many. Online, people...

Massive Boom Hopes to Corral Pacific Ocean's Plastic Trash
9/13/2018 10:25:16 AM

By Olga R. Rodriguez   SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Engineers set to sea Saturday to deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world's largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. The 2,000-foot (600-meter) long floating boom was being towed from San Francisco to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch—an island of trash twice the size of Texas. The system was created by The Ocean Cleanup, an organization founded by Boyan Slat, a 24-year-old innovator from the Netherlands who first...