Native American Woman Advances in New Mexico Primary
6/13/2018 12:38:58 PM

By Morgan Lee   SANTA FE, N.M. (AP)—New Mexico Democrats rallied around progressive female candidates in the primary—including the party's nominee for the Albuquerque area's U.S. House seat who will try to become the first Native American congresswoman. The Tuesday primary also set up a November race that will mean the most Hispanic congressional district in the most Hispanic state in the nation will be represented by a woman for the first time. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a three-term congresswoman who won the Democratic nomination for governor, said...

Want to Turn Your State Blue? Don’t Ignore Black Voters
6/13/2018 12:36:25 PM

By Jeffrey L. Boney   This November, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate will be up for grabs, making this one of the most crucial midterm elections in recent memory. Thirty-three of the 100 seats in the Senate will be regular elections, while the other two seats will be special elections, where the winner will serve a six-year term from January 3, 2019, to January 3, 2025. If Democrats are able to successfully flip 23 Republican-held House seats, while holding on to all of their current seats, they will take...

Senator Robert Kennedy
6/13/2018 12:29:15 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman On the night Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who had announced his decision to run for president, was campaigning in Indiana when the news came of Dr. King’s assassination. He movingly shared the terrible news with the waiting crowd of mostly Black people, urging them not to hate and reminding them that a White man had killed his brother too, and spoke even in that terrible heartbreaking moment about his vision for what America could be: “[Y]ou can be filled with bitterness, with hatred, and a desire for revenge. We...

Blacks Fare Surprisingly Well in Prostate Cancer Research
6/11/2018 1:29:44 PM

By Lindsey Tanner   Black men with advanced prostate cancer fared surprisingly well in two new studies that challenge current thinking about racial disparities in the disease. Blacks are more likely to get prostate cancer and to die from it than whites, but the new research suggests getting access to the same treatment may help balance the odds—even if it doesn't greatly extend life after cancer has spread. Given the same standard treatments, Blacks with advanced disease may do even better than whites, the studies suggest. Both were presented Friday at an American...

Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs of Depression
6/11/2018 1:12:33 PM

Philadelphia, Pa.—While it is common for everyone to feel down or sad at times, a person whose symptoms last for more than two weeks may be having a major depressive episode, according to The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA).1 An estimated 16.2 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2016, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.2 The treatments for depression can vary and include medications, psychotherapy or a combination of the two. “Often the most difficult cases of depression can be...

Busboy Who Held Dying RFK Speaks of Lingering Pain
6/7/2018 12:20:19 PM

By Russell Contreras   LOS ANGELES—Juan Romero was a teenage Mexican immigrant working as a hotel busboy 50 years ago when he was thrust into one of the seminal moments of the decade. Romero had just stopped to shake the hand of Robert F. Kennedy on the night of his victory in the California presidential primary on June 5, 1968 when a gunman shot the New York senator in the head. Romero held a wounded Kennedy as he lay on the ground, struggling to keep the senator's bleeding head from hitting the cold floor of the Ambassador Hotel kitchen. For almost a half-century,...

Guatemala Volcano Death Toll up to 62, Expected to Rise
6/7/2018 12:19:26 PM

EL RODEO, Guatemala—Rescuers pulled survivors and bodies Monday from the charred aftermath of the powerful eruption of Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire, as the death toll rose to 62 and was expected to go higher from a disaster that caught residents of remote mountain hamlets off guard, with little or no time to flee to safety. Using shovels and backhoes, emergency workers dug through the debris and mud, perilous labor on smoldering terrain still hot enough to melt shoe soles a day after the volcano exploded in a hail of ash, smoke and molten rock. Bodies were so thickly coated...

Pushed by Voters, GOP Moderates Rebel on Immigration
6/7/2018 12:18:13 PM

By Alan Fram and Nicholas Riccardi   HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Cipriano Garza says Rep. Carlos Curbelo is “a decent man, a family man.” He lauds the South Florida Republican for defiantly pushing his party to protect young “Dreamer” immigrants from deportation. Founder of a nonprofit that helps farm workers, Garza happily hosted Curbelo at a reception honoring high school graduates last week at the massive Homestead-Miami Speedway. But his praise came with a warning about this November's elections. “He better do what's right for the...

Lynwood Unified Names Biomedical Instructor as Teacher of Year
6/7/2018 12:17:14 PM

Lynwood—Biomedical Sciences teacher Deena Smith, a 20-year instructor at Lynwood High School, is as dynamic as her curriculum in the classroom where she always seems to draw a crowd of current and past students who gather to analyze fake murder scenes or observe a dissection of an animal. For Smith’s ability to continually inspire her learners and grow the school’s medical career technical education (CTE) program, she was named Lynwood Unified’s 2018-19 Teacher of the Year. “When she teaches she really engages and applies things that make it fun,”...

Never Again: Pope Denounces 'Culture of Abuse, Cover-up'
6/7/2018 12:16:07 PM

By Nicole Winfield and Eva Vergara   VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis became the first pope to publicly denounce a “culture of abuse and cover-up” in the Catholic Church, saying last week he was ashamed that neither he nor Chile's Catholic leaders truly ever listened to victims as the country's abuse scandal spiraled. “Never again,” Francis said in a pastoral letter to the Chilean faithful on the eve of another weekend he will spend listening to victims of Chile's most notorious predator priest. The letter was issued on the same day the Vatican...