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...

Source: Soul Icon Aretha Franklin Is Seriously Ill
8/15/2018 7:45:52 PM

By Mesfin Fekadu   NEW YORK (AP)—Fans and friends, including Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott, offered prayers and well wishes to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who is seriously ill. A person close to Franklin, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, told The Associated Press on Monday that the singer is seriously ill. No more details were provided. Carey, who considers Franklin one of her biggest influences, wrote on Twitter that she is “praying for the Queen of Soul.” Missy Elliott said...

Former El Monte Union High Superintendent Prevails in Suit Against District
8/15/2018 7:43:37 PM

LOS ANGELES—A former El Monte Union High School District superintendent, who alleged she was bullied by a former Board of Education member and that the district did nothing about it, was awarded more than $700,000. The Los Angeles Superior Court panel returned the verdict late Friday in favor of Irella Perez, directing the EMUHSD to pay her $733,000, according to the clerk for Judge Michael Linfield. Perez maintained she was tormented by former board member Maria-Elena Talamantes. She said Talamantes questioned how the plaintiff, a single mother, could be a good mom to her...

States Vow to Press Fight Against Trump's Car Fuel Rules
8/10/2018 9:43:43 PM

By Brian Melley   LOS ANGELES (AP)—State prosecutors from California to Massachusetts blasted the Trump administration last week for proposing weaker auto fuel-efficiency standards they said would imperil clean air and increase greenhouse gases. Months after they pre-emptively sued to block anticipated efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency to roll back mileage regulations, Democratic attorneys general vowed to continue their fight in the courts. “The earth is not flat, and climate change is real,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said, as...

New STEM Library Corner Launched at the Compton Library
8/10/2018 9:41:56 PM

LOS ANGELES—PBS SoCal recently received a $30,000 grant from Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, to create a STEM Library Corner at the Compton Library. The Library Corner will become an educational hub for the community, providing iPads loaded with educational apps, as well as monthly educational services including family coding workshops and bilingual Parent Academies. The STEM Library Corner was launched on July 26, during a ceremony at the Compton Library. “Through our early childhood education work, we fulfill a critical need for early...

California State University, Dominguez Hills Earns Maximum 10-Year Re-Accreditation
8/10/2018 9:39:02 PM

CARSON—California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) has had its accreditation reaffirmed for a maximum 10-year term by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior Commission for Universities and Colleges (WSCUC), the regional accrediting agency responsible for certifying higher education institutions in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific. “Accreditation confirms CSUDH’s commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence,” said CSUDH President, Thomas A. Parham. “To receive WSCUC’s full, 10-year accreditation is further...

Black Public Media Launches Third Round of its 360 Incubator+
8/10/2018 9:37:06 PM

Black Public Media (BPM), the nation’s only nonprofit dedicated solely to media content about the Black experience, has issued an open call to producers for nonfiction broadcast projects (individual programs or series pilots) and scripted or nonfiction digital web series. The third round of BPM’s 360 Incubator+ will see as many as 10 teams contend for up to $150,000 in funding to help produce the pilots or funding reels of their broadcast or digital projects. The program is designed to get quality programming and content into the pipeline and help move it to market. “We...