99-Year-Old Winifred Carter Throws First Pitch at Dodger Game
9/6/2018 8:59:47 PM

LOS ANGELES—A 99-year-old woman who became a reserve police officer when she was 67 years old and graduated from college when she was 78 threw the honorary first pitch at Monday evening's Los Angeles Dodgers game. Winifred Carter was born in the Boston suburb of Somerville, Massachusetts on April 13, 1919, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, according to her memoir, "The Decades of a Blessed Life," completed when she was 92. Carter's father Alexander Mattis died on Dec. 24, 1923, when she was 4 years old. With its church, The Christian Brothers Fellowship,...

LA Chamber Orchestra Names Rising African-American Composer Derrick Spiva Jr its First Artist Educator
9/6/2018 8:09:27 PM

Derrick Spiva Jr, an esteemed music educator and composer noted for his music influences that reflect Southern California’s multicultural fabric, has been named Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) first Artist Educator, it was announced by LACO Executive Director Scott Harrison. Spiva, previously associated with the Orchestra as 2015-16 Composer In Residence, brings enhanced creative vigor to LACO’s educational and music programs. The three-year appointment, beginning in this season, runs through the 2020-21 season. Spiva will have a major artistic role during each...

Acclaimed ‘Funk Brother’ Eddie Willis Dead at 82
9/6/2018 8:04:06 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   Eddie “Chank” Willis, a member of the famed Motown session group known as “The Funk Brothers,” died at his home in Gore Springs, Mississippi. The 82-year-old was part of a team of musicians who helped create some of the most memorable hits in music history. “His guitar playing was heard worldwide on countless Motown Records classics, including the Marvelettes’ ‘Please Mr. Postman,’ and Stevie Wonder’s ‘I Was Made to Love Her,’ and ‘My Cherie Amour,’” the Recording Academy...

'ER' actress Vanessa Marquez killed in police shootout
9/6/2018 7:39:31 PM

By AMANDA LEE MYERS   Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP)—An actress who appeared on the TV medical drama “ER” and starred in the film “Stand and Deliver” was fatally shot by police officers in South Pasadena after they say she pointed a replica handgun at them. Vanessa Marquez, who gained attention last year when she said George Clooney helped blacklist her from Hollywood, died at a hospital following Thursday's shooting at her apartment. South Pasadena police officers responded to a call from Marquez's landlord that she needed medical...

Center to Hold Start-to-End Reading of 'Bless Me, Ultima'
8/30/2018 6:59:39 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)—The National Hispanic Cultural Center will hold a beginning-to-end reading of Mexican-American writer Rudolfo Anaya's “Bless Me, Ultima” as part of an exhibit of the seminal novel. The Albuquerque, New Mexico-based center is scheduled in October to host the complete reading of the book and has invited activists, dignitaries and acclaimed writer Santiago Vaquera-Vasquez to join the event. The center has been celebrating “Bless Me, Ultima” since an exhibit opened in March around the 1972 novel. The exhibit will be open through Nov....

'Black Panther' Costume Designer Celebrated in Retrospective
8/30/2018 6:54:50 PM

By Kristin DeGroot   PITTSBURGH (AP)—For more than 30 years, costume designer Ruth E. Carter's creations have brought the African-American experience to life on the big screen, from 19th century slave ships in “Amistad” to 1980s Brooklyn in “Do the Right Thing,” to the Afrofuturistic land of Wakanda in “Black Panther.” Now, she's bringing the spectrum of her work to Pittsburgh for a new exhibit called “Heroes & Sheroes: The Art & Influence of Ruth E. Carter in Black Cinema.” The show opens Saturday at the...

Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill Among All-Star Lineup for Franklin
8/29/2018 10:39:45 PM

By Nekesa Mumbi Moody   NEW YORK (AP)—An all-star lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and many more will perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral next week. The Queen of Soul's service will be held in Detroit on Friday. Also slated to perform are Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday and Franklin's son, Edward Franklin. The list was provided to The Associated Press on Thursday by Franklin's longtime publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn. The service will reflect Franklin's strong gospel...

For a Veggie-Packed Frittata, Swap the Potatoes for Broccoli
8/29/2018 10:21:47 PM

By America’s Test Kitchen   A frittata is a hearty brunch option but is often loaded with potatoes, cheese, and sausage or bacon. For a more nutritious version, we nixed the meat and swapped out potatoes for broccoli. To make a substantial, veggie-packed frittata, we used a dozen eggs and a full 4 cups of broccoli, chopping the florets small so they would be surrounded by the eggs, ensuring a cohesive whole. Adding healthful turmeric and black pepper gave the filling a bold, slightly spicy flavor. But we weren't ready to omit cheese entirely. We opted for Parmesan,...

Community Examines the Future of Gang Injunctions
8/29/2018 10:16:42 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   OXNARD—The Oxnard Community Relations Commission had a lively meeting, Aug. 20, as the Oxnard Police Department used the agenda as a venue to get resident feedback about gang injunctions within the City of Oxnard. The event brought a wide range of residents to the forefront, as residents applauded the presentation by the police while others refuted the report and said it doesn’t do enough. A gang injunction is a court order that deems a gang a public nuisance and spells out behavior limits for people served with those...

Lions Club Fundraiser Rocks Downtown
8/29/2018 10:02:08 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   OXNARD—Great drinks, food, music, dancing and a silent auction and a party atmosphere highlighted the 1st Annual Wine, Craft Beer, Tequila and Art Trail at Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard, Aug. 18. The event, hosted by the Downtown Oxnard Lions Club, drew a massive crowd with all the proceeds going to the many programs the Lions sponsor. The Lions Club is known for its five charity pillars in the community, including raising money for people with diabetes, the environment, eyesight and eye care, and the downtown club also...