Markle Offers Insight into Her New Role as Duchess of Sussex
5/24/2018 4:21:18 PM

LONDON—Meghan Markle has offered a glimpse of how she sees her new role as the Duchess of Sussex in two new pages posted on the royal website hours after the former actress married Britain’s Prince Harry. The newly minted duchess’ pages highlight her focus on social issues and notes that she campaigned successfully at age 11 to have a company change the sexist language it used to sell dishwashing soap. The “About the Duchess of Sussex” page also pointed out that she volunteered at a soup kitchen in Los Angeles’ Skid Row and worked at another kitchen in...

Oprah to Idris: Celebrities Spice Up Royal Wedding
5/24/2018 4:20:24 PM

By Leane Italie   Oprah Winfrey seemed a tad confused about her seating assignment. Serena Williams documented her journey to St. George's Chapel on Instagram. Idris Elba smiled broadly as he escorted his fiancee, model Sabrina Dhowre, who wore the obligatory hat. They were among a slew of celebrities among the 600 guests Prince Harry and Meghan Markle invited to their wedding ceremony on Saturday, an event from which politicians were excluded. Several of Markle's former co-stars on the USA Network paralegal drama “Suits” were invited. Among them were Gina...

'Shoplifters' Wins Palme d'Or, Grand Prize to Spike Lee
5/24/2018 4:18:15 PM

By Jake Coyle and Thomas Adamson   A tumultuous Cannes Film Festival culminated Saturday with the Palme d'Or awarded going to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's “Shoplifters,” a tender portrait of a poor, improvised family, while Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento vowed justice will come to sexual predators. At the closing ceremony for the 71st edition of the French Riviera extravaganza, the Cate Blanchett-led jury selected one of the festival's most acclaimed entries, one hailed as a modest masterpiece from a veteran filmmaker renowned for his...

Guess Who’s Coming to Windsor? Royal Ceremony Weds Cultures
5/24/2018 4:15:43 PM

BURLINGTON, New Jersey—With a gospel choir, Black cellist and bishop, Oprah, Serena and Idris Elba in the audience and an African-American mother-of-the-bride, last Saturday’s wedding of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle was a blend of the solemn and the soulful. Guess who’s coming to Windsor? The ceremony married the pomp and circumstance of Britain’s most sacred institution with elements of Black culture, drawing viewers not normally drawn to the spectacle of the monarchy. “This was Black history,” said Joy Widgeon, who attended a...

Lawyer Who Broke Civil Rights Barriers in the Courtroom and the Military, Dies at 104
5/24/2018 4:04:24 PM

Dovey Johnson Roundtree.   Dovey Johnson Roundtree, a courtroom warrior for civil rights who challenged segregationist practices when she was in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, died May 21 at an assisted-living facility in Charlotte, North Carolina. Roundtree, who played a critical early role in the desegregation of interstate bus travel and mentored several generations of black lawyers, was 104. The cause was complications from Alzheimer's disease, said Jerry Hunter, her cousin and law partner. In a career that spanned nearly half a century, Roundtree was a...

Compton High Honors Prestigious Group of Graduates
5/24/2018 4:02:45 PM

With the intent to bring national attention to the rich history and many positive accomplishments of Compton High School alumni in all professions, the jerseys of 16 former athletes and coaches were retired on Saturday. This year’s group covers the 3 plus decades from 1952-85, including players, coaches and championship teams.  The Compton Recognition Advisory Committee inducted ninety-five individuals, in the first two years of the program covering a century of the school’s sports history.   In order of graduation year, this year’s inductees...

Immigration a Fraught Issue for GOP as Midterms Approach
5/24/2018 4:00:54 PM

By Alan Fram   WASHINGTON—The chaos among House Republicans this past week on immigration shows just how problematic and risky the issue is for a party that badly needs unity heading into the elections in November that will decide control of Congress. GOP leaders thought they had found a way by last Friday morning to make the party's warring conservative and moderate wings happy on an issue that has bedeviled them for years. Conservatives would get a vote by late June on an immigration bill that parrots many of President Donald Trump's hard-right immigration...

Stroke-Healing Gel Created by UCLA Researchers
5/24/2018 3:56:56 PM

LOS ANGELES—A new gel created by UCLA researchers helped regrow neurons and blood vessels in mice whose brains had been damaged by strokes, suggesting that such an approach might eventually be used to treat human patients, according to findings reported Monday. The brain has a limited capacity for recovery after stroke. Unlike the liver, skin and some other organs, the brain does not regenerate new connections, blood vessels or tissue structures after it is damaged. Instead, dead brain tissue is absorbed, which leaves a cavity devoid of blood vessels, neurons or axons—the thin...

Two Teen Girls Rescued from Human Trafficking Operation
5/24/2018 3:53:40 PM

COMPTON—Two teenage girls, described as sex trafficking victims, were rescued during a joint law enforcement operation in Compton and 27 people were arrested, authorities said last Thursday. The Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Taskforce, along with deputies from the sheriff's Compton Station, carried out a human trafficking operation in Compton on Wednesday in the area of Long Beach Boulevard and Elm Street, said Lt. Barry Hall of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Seventeen men and nine women were arrested after allegedly soliciting undercover...

Charter Backers Outspend Teachers in 2 California Races
5/24/2018 3:52:12 PM

SACRAMENTO—Charter school advocates are far outpacing teachers unions in spending to support candidates for California governor and state schools chief. Wealthy donors who support charter schools and education reform have poured more than $22 million into independent committees to support former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for governor and former schools executive Marshall Tuck for state schools chief. Teachers unions have dropped about $4 million on committees to back Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom for governor and Tony Thurmond for superintendent. All four men are Democrats...