Rent Control Fuels Costliest Fight on California 2018 Ballot
8/15/2018 8:42:46 PM

By Sophia Bollag   SACRAMENTO (AP)—A Los Angeles-based health care nonprofit known for funding controversial ballot measures is waging an expensive battle with the real estate industry over rent control in California. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has poured more than $12 million into a November initiative it's spearheading to let cities and counties regulate rental fees in buildings that state law currently shields from such control. A $10 million contribution the foundation reported Wednesday made the initiative the most expensive on the 2018 ballot so...

Queen Latifah & Common Join at The Hollywood Bowl
8/15/2018 8:35:06 PM

The ever-versatile Queen Latifah returns to her throne for a soul-driven set showcasing the emotional power of her voice and her sophisticated presence as a singer. Fresh off his second Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Song – an award he won in 2013 for “Glory” – rapper, poet, and actor Common fuses social justice and large-hearted positivity for a highly charismatic performance. Their performance is next Wednesday night, August 23rd at 8pm at the Hollywood...

Music Festival to Honor Charles Neville
8/15/2018 8:32:40 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP)—Charles Neville, the legendary saxophone player for the Neville Brothers, is being honored by an annual music festival in Massachusetts. The fifth Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival that opens Saturday has been designated a living monument to Neville, who died in April at age 79. The festival was co-founded by Neville's wife, Kristin Neville. After Hurricane Katrina devastated the Nevilles' home city of New Orleans, Kristin worked with musicians and nonprofits there to help get artists back on their feet. Struck by the historical, cultural,...

No Easy Answers on Best Heart Check-Up for Young Athletes
8/15/2018 8:29:36 PM

By Lauren Neergaard   WASHINGTON (AP)—What kind of heart check-up do young athletes need to make the team? A large study of teenage soccer players in England found in-depth screening didn't detect signs of trouble in some athletes who later died—yet allowed others at risk to get treated and back in the game. At issue is cardiac arrest, when the heart abruptly stops beating. It is rare in young people, especially athletes thought to be at the peak of health. But sometimes the strenuous exertion triggers an underlying heart problem and how to find the young...

As Trump Distorts NFL Players’ Messages Let’s Instead Join Together
8/15/2018 8:08:34 PM

By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. As teams gear up for the NFL season, President Trump is reviving his destructive and diversionary attacks aimed at turning fans against players. The league office stepped in it, by unilaterally declaring that players who do not wish to stand during the national anthem, should stay in the locker room. The NFL players association had little choice but to force negotiations over that insult. Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, is a decent guy. But he stuck his foot in it as well, when he recently announced that the Cowboys had to stand for the anthem...

Getting Real About High School Graduation for Black and Brown Students
8/15/2018 8:06:25 PM

By Nate Davis   Our nation’s graduation rate is at an all-time high. The national figure shows 84 percent of young people, overall, graduating from high school within four years after first entering the 9th grade, a trend that has been on a consistent upswing since the 2010-2011 school year. Still, despite much progress with that indicator, major gaps still exist. And there is great concern that the graduation rate hype not only masks those gaps, but distracts us from what must be our ultimate goal: ensuring all students earn a high school diploma and are college and...

Charlottesville Anniversary: Peaceful Protests, Few Arrests
8/15/2018 7:56:58 PM

WASHINGTON (AP)—Thousands of people wanting to send a message that racism is unwelcome in the United States gathered in a park outside the White House to protest a white nationalist rally on the anniversary of the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. In the end, fewer than two dozen white nationalists showed up. The events in Washington and others in Charlottesville, largely peaceful though tense at times, marked a year since one of the largest gatherings of white nationalists and other far-right extremists in a decade. One person was arrested in Washington on Sunday, and...

Grant Benefits ‘Sun Forces’ Mural Restoration at Long Beach State
8/15/2018 7:55:12 PM

LONG BEACH—“Sun Forces,” a Long Beach State University mural painted by Rita Letendre for the historic 1965 California International Sculpture Symposium, will be a part of campus life for many more years to come, thanks to a grant that will finance the mural’s conservation. The Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association provided a grant to conserve the large 22-by-21 foot mural, which the University Art Museum will undertake with the help of partners at The Getty Conservation Institute and RLA Conservation of Art & Architecture as part of the University Art...

In wake of critical book, Trump calls Omarosa 'a lowlife'
8/15/2018 7:53:43 PM

By Jill Colvin   BRIDGEWATER, N.J.—President Donald Trump has one word to describe former White House staffer and fellow reality-TV star Omarosa Manigault Newman: “Lowlife.” Manigault Newman claims in an upcoming book, “Unhinged,” that Trump used racial slurs on the set of his reality show “The Apprentice.” She also says she later concluded that he is a racist and a bigot. On Saturday, reporters asked Trump during an event at his golf club in New Jersey if he felt betrayed by Manigault Newman. He responded: “Lowlife. She's a...

Five Star Urban Waters Grant Awarded to Project in South Los Angeles
8/15/2018 7:49:06 PM

SAN FRANCISCO—The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced grants to three organizations in California including the Trust for Public Land in Los Angeles. The funding will help restore wetlands, provide environmental stewardship and science education, and improve stormwater management. The Trust for Public Land will receive $45,000 to engage residents in planning, implementing, and monitoring the Central-Jefferson and Quincy Jones Green Alleys Networks in South Los Angeles. The green alleys network improves community...