Bald Eaglet with Online Following Returns Home After Fall
5/10/2018 10:28:14 AM

BIG BEAR LAKE—A baby bald eagle who already has a social media following has learned to fly and returned to his nest two weeks after falling from it. The San Bernardino National Forest posted video of Stormy the eaglet's return home Saturday near Big Bear Lake, east of Los Angeles. The video shows Stormy fly back and quickly begin nuzzling one of his parents after what could be distressed or excited squawking. Stormy and his brother hatched earlier this year in an event watched by nature lovers via an online feed. The feed caught the moment when Stormy fell from his home on...

Georgetown's 'Lost' Slaves Were Closer to Home Than Known
5/10/2018 10:24:22 AM

By Terrence McCoy   WASHINGTON—The search for the lost slaves began with a simple question. Every month for two years, Richard Cellini, founder of an organization looking for descendants of the slaves sold to save Georgetown University, had updated a spreadsheet. It showed consistent progress: More and more descendants were learning the truth—that the Jesuit priests running Georgetown had sold their ancestors in 1838 to two Louisiana plantation owners to pay university debts. But Cellini couldn't get past a problem. Roughly a full third of the sold...

Time's Up Takes Aim at R. Kelly Over Sex Misconduct Claims
5/3/2018 9:28:13 PM

By Nekesa Mumbi Moody   NEW YORK—The Time's Up campaign is taking aim at R. Kelly over allegations he has sexually abused women. The organization devoted to helping women in the aftermath of sexual abuse issued a statement Monday urging further investigation into Kelly's behavior, which has come under closer scrutiny over the last year as women have come forward to accuse him of everything from sexual coercion to physical abuse. Kelly has denied such charges. “We demand appropriate investigations and inquiries into the allegations of R. Kelly's abuse...

Oxnard Incumbents Coast to Victory
5/3/2018 9:26:48 PM

By Chris Frost Special to the Tri County Sentry   The City of Oxnard's May 1, Special Election was a significant victory for city council incumbents, Mayor Tim Flynn, Councilman Bert Perello, Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramirez and Councilman Oscar Madrigal, as all four coasted to convincing victories. Mayoral Candidate Aaron Starr collected the signatures to prompt the election after four members voted to raise wastewater rates through 2022. The website Ballotpedia reported on its website that Starr was the driving force behind Measure M, which repealed the rate...

Council Reviews the Budget
5/3/2018 9:26:09 PM

By Chris Frost Special to the Tri County Sentry   The Oxnard City Council took a look at it budget for the upcoming fiscal year and revealed opportunities for additional revenue and challenges ahead. Interim City Manager Scott Whitney said the item was not originally scheduled for the council meeting. “This is part of our budget process,” he said. “We’re doing these presentations throughout the months of April and May.” He said they’ll be done through the neighborhood council meetings and each one is a little bit...

CDC Chief Asks for, and Gets, Cut to His Record $375K Pay
5/3/2018 9:20:47 PM

By Mike Stobbe   NEW YORK (AP)—Government officials say the new head of the top U.S. public health agency has asked for—and will receive—a cut to his record-setting pay. Officials are not yet saying what Dr. Robert Redfield Jr.'s new salary is. The 66-year-old HIV researcher was picked in March to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His annual compensation was set at $375,000. That sum was at least $150,000 more than any previous CDC director had received. It also was well above the compensation of other top federal health...

Trump's Pick to Lead Immigration Agency Announces Retirement
5/3/2018 9:19:37 PM

By Jill Colvin and Elliot Spagat   WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump's pick to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has taken himself out of the running less than six months after he was nominated, saying Monday that he will retire this summer to focus more on family. Thomas Homan, who was acting director since Trump took office, spearheaded a 40 percent surge in deportation arrests and established policies to make immigration arrests at courthouses and detain pregnant women. He has been one of the administration's most outspoken and enthusiastic advocates...

Only the Truth Will Set Us Free
5/3/2018 9:18:04 PM

Marian Wright Edelman   We want to tell the truth, because we believe in truth and reconciliation but we know that truth and reconciliation are sequential. We can’t get to where we’re trying to go if we don’t tell the truth first. —Bryan Stevenson   On April 26 I was deeply honored to participate in the opening summit of the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. These profoundly moving new landmarks are the vision of Bryan Stevenson, the brilliant founder and executive director of the Equal Justice...

Facebook has Failed the Black Community One Too Many Times
5/3/2018 9:16:12 PM

By Derrick Johnson President and CEO, NAACP   “Mr. Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?” That was a question Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) posed to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional hearing in which the latter responded with an awkward “no.”  It is likely that Mr. Zuckerberg found this question too intrusive, yet when 87 million users lost their privacy under Facebook’s neglectful watch; its CEO doesn’t bat an eye, offering only an...

Difficult Positions: The Death Penalty and the Parkland Killer
5/3/2018 2:47:52 AM

By Laura Finley   Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." I’ve been thinking about that quote a lot lately, and about the importance of holding positions that are particularly difficult. I live not 30 minutes from Parkland, Florida, where Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentines Day. Cruz left 17 others wounded and devastated not just the school but the entire community....