Lynwood Unified Expands BRIDGE Theatre Project to Include High School Students
10/31/2018 10:21:40 PM

LYNWOOD—Lynwood Unified will expand its theater program to include Firebaugh High School students through a master class that will give students the opportunity to pursue their theatrical passions. The Building Relationships and Inspiring Dialogue through Global Exchange (BRIDGE) Theatre Project was previously limited to Lynwood Unified students in grades four through eight. The expansion will give high school students access to a more immersive theater experience, covering topics like scene study, vocal technique, playwriting, improvisation, and world theater traditions. The...

Olympic Champ Tommie Smith to Speak on Athletes and Social Activism
10/31/2018 10:20:27 PM

CARSON—CSU Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) will kick off its inaugural Distinguished Presidential Lecture Series on Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. with a program titled “Silent Gesture: Athletics and Courageous Conscience.” The featured speaker will be legendary Olympic athlete Tommie Smith, whose raised fist on the medal podium at the 1968 Mexico City games became an iconic moment in civil rights history. The event commemorates the 50th anniversary of Smith’s protest. He will speak about the difficult decision to transform his personal achievement into a platform for speaking out...

California Schools Race Sets Record for Most Expensive
10/31/2018 10:19:28 PM

By Sophia Bollag and Sally Ho   SACRAMENTO (AP)—California is again recording the most expensive state superintendent election in history, with a cast of billionaires who are outspending the teachers unions in support of a former charter schools executive. The California State Superintendent of Public Instruction is a nonpartisan office that is featuring two Democrats vying for the job. It has no legislative authority but would be an important symbolic victory for the charter school movement. The role has long been eyed as a school choice prize for education policy watchers...

Enthusiasm Bump Not Reflected in Early California Voting
10/31/2018 10:18:18 PM

By Kathlene Ronayne   SACRAMENTO (AP)—The enthusiasm both parties say exists in the electorate hasn't yet translated into early voting in California, where the percentage of people who have voted so far is similar to this time four years ago. Voters who are Republican, white and older are sending in their ballots early at a higher rate, which is typical in California elections, said Paul Mitchell of Political Data Inc., a firm that collects voter data from the counties. About 570,000 Californians had cast ballots as of early Monday. That's about 100,000 more...

Early Voting Numbers Signal Big Turnout for Midterms as Voter Suppression Looms
10/31/2018 10:17:30 PM

By Lauren Victoria Burke   In Georgia, close to three times the number of people who voted early during the last midterm election have voted early. The numbers went up over the first week of early voting in a state featuring one of the biggest races for governor in the U.S: Democrat Stacey Abrams vs. Republican Brian Kemp. Abrams would be the first African American female governor elected in history if she wins. Over 482,000 people have voted in Georgia in advance which included 92,000 on October 19 alone. According to the New York Times, “vote totals have increased...

Kentucky Murders Called ‘Hate Crimes’
10/31/2018 10:16:31 PM

Larger Tragedy at Predominantly Black Church Averted A police chief has acknowledged that the killings of two black people at a Kroger grocery store were racially motivated, days after the FBI announced that it is investigating the shootings as a potential federal hate crime. Jeffersontown Police Chief Sam Rogers told the congregation at First Baptist Church on Sunday that racism is “the elephant in the room” of this case. Civil rights activists in Kentucky are calling for a hate crime prosecution of Gregory Bush, who is being held on state murder charges in last...

A Look at the Science Used to Find Mail-Bomb Suspect
10/31/2018 10:15:14 PM

By Lisa Marie   A 56-year-old Florida man was charged Friday in the nationwide mail-bomb scare targeting prominent Democrats. Experts had predicted that forensic evidence left behind by the bomb maker would help law enforcement track down a suspect. Here are some of the issues involved:   EXAMINING THE DEVICES The innards of the devices—the type of pipe used, the filler and the type of mechanism designed to set it off—offered all sorts of clues. Besides any genetic material that the alleged bomber left behind, the materials themselves often point...

Baseball's Top Minority Showcase Renamed After Hank Aaron
10/31/2018 10:14:15 PM

By Joe Reedy   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Major League Baseball's largest developmental effort for minority players is being renamed after one of the sport's greatest players. The Elite Development Invitational has been renamed the Hank Aaron Invitational and will include a showcase game beginning next season. The event has been held since 2015 for high-school age players to get them to the next levels of the game either on or off the field. The program has been run by Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and USA Baseball. The announcement...

Man Who Made Online Threats to Inglewood Courthouse Sentenced to Prison
10/31/2018 10:12:08 PM

By Fred Shuster   LOS ANGELES—A South Los Angeles man was sentenced Monday to a year and a day behind bars for making online threats to kill law enforcement personnel and disrupt proceedings at the Inglewood courthouse. John Patrice Hale, 43, must also pay $6,000 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release—to include 20 hours of community service per week—following his federal prison term. U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer recommended that Hale undergo a mental health evaluation while in custody and ordered him to self-surrender on Nov. 26...

Police Issue Warning Against Drinking and Driving on Halloween
10/31/2018 10:10:01 PM

EL MONTE—With Halloween a day away, police are encouraging everyone to avoid putting themselves and others at risk by drinking and driving. “Halloween should be a fun night for kids and adults,” Sergeant Jimmie Pitts of the El Monte Police Department said. “By planning ahead, abiding by the rules of the road and driving sober, everyone can enjoy a safe night out.” Halloween night has seen an increase in drunk-driving related crashes, including a total of 168 drunk-driving deaths across the nation on Halloween night between 2012 and 2016, according to data...