House Republican Factions Hunt for Immigration Deal
6/13/2018 12:55:40 PM

By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro   WASHINGTON (AP)—House Republicans failed to produce an immigration compromise Friday as the standoff between opposing conservative and moderate factions head toward a showdown over an issue that has long divided the party. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy convened a closed-door meeting as party leadership faces mounting pressure to produce an immigration bill by a Tuesday deadline. But lawmakers emerged without a deal. With Speaker Paul Ryan away at a fundraiser, the negotiations are seen as a test for McCarthy, a potential...

Comeback In Compton
6/13/2018 12:51:22 PM

By Ashley Smith For “Inside Higher Ed.”   COMPTON—The athletic field at Compton College is a freshly manicured, lush green with new stadium lights hovering above. It’s late spring in California, and as the community college’s soccer team practices, the sun is shining on a field that carries the maroon and silver lettering of the Compton Tartars. This is typical for any college, especially one with a team that nearly won its conference championship last year. But it’s an achievement at Compton—the first public college in California...

Bourdain's Death Means Loss of a Voice for Immigrant Workers
6/13/2018 12:48:42 PM

By Terry Tang   Anthony Bourdain's culinary passions went far beyond the cuisine he put on a plate. He also was committed to the immigrant workers who toil in his and other kitchens throughout the restaurant industry. Bourdain, who died Friday in France in an apparent suicide at age 61, was an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump's immigration policies and a fierce defender of Hispanic workers. The chef, global traveler and author, whose popularity grew with his CNN series “Parts Unknown,” often was the first to tip his hat to his employees from...

Stricter Oversight Sought for Sativa Water
6/13/2018 12:46:29 PM

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas called on the California State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento to appoint a representative to exercise “vigorous oversight” of Sativa Water District after many of its 1,600 customers in Willowbrook and Compton reported brown water running through their taps in April. In a letter to the Water Board’s executive director, Eileen Sobeck, the Supervisor credited state regulators and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health with confirming that there are currently no violations of “primary” water standards within...

Victim of Fatal Compton Hit-And-Run Would Have Graduated H.S. Thursday
6/13/2018 12:45:45 PM

COMPTON—Authorities are seeking public help to find the hit-and-run motorist responsible for a fatal collision in Compton that killed a young man who had been set to graduate from Dominguez High School Thursday. Christopher Frushon, 19, was in a crosswalk at about 8:45 p.m. on May 26 at Wilmington Avenue north of Stockwell Street when he was struck and thrown into the air by a car that kept going. Frushon later died at a hospital from blunt force injuries, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. "The suspect vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed,...

Brown, Legislative Leaders Reach California Budget Deal
6/13/2018 12:44:38 PM

By Jonathan Cooper   SACRAMENTO (AP)—Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders said Friday that they've reached an agreement on California's next budget following negotiations focused on balancing assistance for people in poverty with the need to prepare for future economic emergencies. Brown and lawmakers released few details of their agreement. A news release from Brown's office said the agreement “makes record investments in schools and universities, creates the state's first online community college, fully fills the Rainy Day Fund,...

Congressional Black Caucus Seeks to Decriminalize Marijuana
6/13/2018 12:43:41 PM

By Kevin Freking   WASHINGTON (AP)—Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are calling for decriminalizing marijuana use. The group wants the federal government to get out of the prohibition business when it comes to the drug, a position it says is supported by an overwhelming majority of the 48-member caucus. The lawmakers say Black communities have been disproportionately “policed and convicted for drug offenses.” The group says it supports reforms that would reduce the number of Black people in prison. Among the reforms they seek is removal of...

Trump Signals Support for States Deciding if Pot Is Legal
6/13/2018 12:42:58 PM

By Michael R. Blood   LOS ANGELES (AP)—President Donald Trump said Friday that he was inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana, a proposal that would dramatically reshape the nation's legal landscape for pot users and businesses. The federal ban that puts marijuana on the same level as LSD and heroin has created a conflict with about 30 states that have legalized pot in some form, creating a two-tiered enforcement system at the state and federal levels. The legislation would ensure states have the right to determine the...

Clippers Arena Plan in Inglewood May Get an Assist from Legislature
6/13/2018 12:41:36 PM

INGLEWOOD—A bill that would exempt a proposed Los Angeles Clippers arena in Inglewood from parts of California's environmental laws was introduced Friday by an area legislator. Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove, D-Los Angeles, said the bill would give the basketball arena the same assist that new arenas in Sacramento and the Bay Area have received. The proposed Clippers arena would allow the team to move out of Staples Center, which it shares with the Los Angeles Lakers and Kings. The arena—details of which are still being negotiated with the city—would be built...

Trump Considers Pardon for Ali, Wants ‘Athletes' Advice’
6/13/2018 12:40:27 PM

By Jill Colvin   WASHINGTON (AP)—Reveling in his pardon powers, President Donald Trump said last Friday he's thinking “very seriously” about pardoning former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, whose conviction was already overturned by the Supreme Court in 1971. It's one of “thousands” of cases the president's team is reviewing, he told reporters as he left the White House en route to a world leaders' summit in Canada. And Trump said he's thinking about soliciting recommendations about other cases to consider from pro football...