Suge Knight Pleads to Manslaughter in Deadly Compton Hit-and-Run
9/26/2018 12:08:53 PM

By Andrew Dalton   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Averting a murder trial that had been nearly four years in coming, former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to voluntary manslaughter for running over and killing a Compton businessman and agreed to serve nearly 30 years in prison. The Death Row Records co-founder entered the plea in Los Angeles Superior Court after striking a deal with prosecutors, and has agreed to serve 28 years. Jury selection for his trial, which could have led to a life sentence, had been scheduled to begin Monday. Knight was...

Quincy Jones at 85: 'I'm Too Old to Be Full of it'
9/26/2018 12:07:32 PM

By Jake Coyle   TORONTO (AP)—Quincy Jones holds out his hands. Like Jones, an easy raconteur, they tell stories. There's a small scar from when he, as a youngster in 1930s Chicago, accidently wandered into a gang's territory. “They nailed my hand to a fence with a switchblade, man,” he says. Jones points to a ring on his right pinkie left to him by Frank Sinatra, bearing the singer's family crest. It has stayed lodged on his finger for years just at it did on Sinatra's. “The friendship was so strong. You can't describe it. We loved...

Compton Murder Victim Was NBA Player's Father
9/26/2018 12:06:29 PM

COMPTON—Authorities said a man killed in a Compton shooting last week was the father of NBA player Richard Jefferson, as they continued their efforts to solve the crime. Richard Allen Jefferson, 65, of Inglewood was fatally shot about 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of West Peach Street, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported. No arrests have been reported. According to the sheriff's department, the victim was on the southwest corner of Peach Street and Paulsen Avenue when a dark-colored vehicle with several men inside drove southbound on Paulsen and...

GETTY LAUNCHES AFRICAN AMERICAN ART HISTORY INITIATIVE, to ACQUIRE ARCHIVE OF L.A. ARTIST BETYE SAAR
9/26/2018 12:03:32 PM

LOS ANGELES – The Getty Research Institute (GRI) announced yesterday, the establishment of the African American Art History Initiative with the acquisition of the archive of world-renowned artist Betye Saar (American, b. 1926). The African American Art History Initiative is an ambitious program to establish the Getty Research Institute as a major center for the study of African American art history. In addition to acquiring archives and related original sources, the initiative will establish a dedicated curatorship in African American Art History, a bibliographer with a specialty in...

Michelle Obama Co-Chairs ‘When We All Vote’
9/26/2018 12:01:21 PM

“When We All Vote,” a non-partisan organization inspiring voter turnout in the run up to Election Day in November, is working on a National Week of Action. Former First Lady Michelle Obama is serving as a co-chair. “When We All Vote, we get new ideas and new energy. We get leaders that share our values” says Mrs. Obama in a new commercial running on prominent digital platforms and on radio across the U.S. The commercial will air over the 14 days before voter registration deadlines. On September 20, When We All Vote launched a text message campaign allowing people...

CARSON RECEIVES THE SILVER BEACON AWARD AT THE LEAGUE OF CALIFORNIA CITIES CONFERENCE
9/26/2018 12:00:16 PM

Last week, on September 13, 2018, during the League of California Cities Annual Conference, the Institute for Local Government awarded the City of Carson the 2018 Silver Beacon Award and the Spotlight Award in the Sustainability Best Practices for the following environmental achievements: 17% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions; 26% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions; and 9% Energy Savings. “We are honored to receive the 2018 Beacon Award as we continuously strive to improve our environment and reduce our carbon footprint and amount of greenhouse gas emissions. We are proud to provide...

50th Dodgers Dreamfield Unveiled
9/26/2018 11:58:35 AM

LOS ANGELES—The 50th Dodgers Dreamfield was unveiled Saturday, fulfilling the goal made by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, with owner Mark Walter pledging to build another 25 fields by 2033, the 75th anniversary of the team's move to Los Angeles. The 50th field to be renovated or built under the program was at Algin Sutton Recreation Center at 88th and Hoover. Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw, outfielder Yasiel Puig, manager Dave Roberts and team president and CEO Stan Kasten attended the ceremony. Work on the field cost $300,000 and was partially funded by donations from...

A Starring Role: Long Beach State Among Nation’s Best Theatre Arts Programs
9/26/2018 11:57:27 AM

LONG BEACH—Long Beach State University has one of the 25 best theatre arts programs in the United States for students who want to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in the field, according to a new ranking. “We know that we have one of the top theatre programs for students in the Southern California area, and we hope that more students from around the country also come to train with us,” Theatre Arts Department chair Jeff Janisheski said, following publication of the rankings. OnStage Blog, which also reviews theater productions in California, New York and elsewhere,...

California’s Adolescent Birth Rate Continues to Decline
9/26/2018 11:56:09 AM

SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced that California’s adolescent birth rate (ABR) continues to decline. A new state report indicates a record low of 15.7 births per 1,000 females between the ages of 15 and 19. Those numbers reflect an 11 percent decline between 2015 and 2016. Declining rates can be attributed to a number of factors, including improved access to reproductive health services and increased use of contraception; delayed first sexual intercourse; and public health prevention, education and support programs. “While we...

U.S. Considers Limit on Green Cards for Immigrants on Benefits
9/26/2018 11:54:54 AM

By Eliot Spagat   SAN DIEGO (AP)—The Trump administration has proposed rules that could deny green cards to immigrants if they use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance. Federal law already requires those seeking green cards to prove they will not be a burden—or “public charge”—but the new rules detail a broad range of programs that could disqualify them. The Department of Homeland Security said Saturday that current and past receipt of certain public benefits above thresholds would be considered “a...