Former Trojan, Charger and Inglewood Native Kevin Ellison Dies on Valley Freeway
10/10/2018 9:50:53 PM

LOS ANGELES—Former USC safety Kevin Ellison died last week while walking along the 5 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley, it was reported today. He was 31. The school confirmed Ellison' passing in a social media post Saturday with a simple hashtag: “#FightOnForever.” Chris Ellison told the Los Angeles Times that his brother was walking along the 5 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley at the time of his death. “He was disoriented and didn't know where he was at,” Chris Ellison said. “I'm sure he was trying to come home and find his family....

28-Year Prison Sentence Caps Long Downfall for 'Suge' Knight
10/10/2018 9:38:53 PM

By Andrew Dalton   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Marion “Suge” Knight was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison for mowing down and killing a Compton businessman in a case that completed the former rap music mogul's downfall from his heyday as one of the biggest—and most feared—names in the music industry. Knight, 53, will now likely live out most, if not the rest, of his life in a California prison. He showed no emotion in court Thursday as relatives of Terry Carter, the man he killed, described their loved one as a devoted family man and...

Ballot Measure Would Lock Lower Taxes for Older Homeowners
10/10/2018 9:37:18 PM

By Elliot Spagat   SAN DIEGO (AP)—Recently divorced and raising a teenager on her own, Vicky Campbell moved to San Diego because of the weather but it didn't hurt that she could bring her low property taxes with her. Campbell's house in the San Francisco suburb of San Ramon was taxed based on the $220,000 she paid 26 years earlier, well below the $729,000 that her new house cost in the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista. As a result, her annual tax bill stayed below $3,000 instead of jumping to about $8,000. “It wasn't a deciding factor, but it sure made...

Initiative Seeks to Repeal California's Gasoline Tax Hike
10/10/2018 9:35:53 PM

By Amy Taxin   FULLERTON (AP)—California voters will soon decide whether to drive out a gasoline tax increase passed to fund transportation projects across the state. Proposition 6 seeks to repeal last year's decision by the Democratic-led Legislature to raise fuel taxes and vehicle fees to pay for roughly $5 billion a year in highway and road improvements and transit programs. Republicans and Democrats agree the sprawling state known for its car culture needs a transportation overhaul, with suburban commuters clamoring for better freeways and urban dwellers...

Clyburn Eyes Midterm Wins, Pelosi’s Chair
10/10/2018 9:26:07 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   While there’s at least a perceived growing number of Democrats who say they want to replace Nancy Pelosi as speaker, Rep. Jim Clyburn has emerged as a favorite among his peers to become the first African-American to hold that role. However, the 25-year congressman told NNPA Newswire in an exclusive interview that while he's ready for the challenge, Democrats currently have much bigger fish to fry. “The first order of business is to win the election on Nov. 6, the midterms,” the South Carolina congressman said. “That's what...

Inglewood on Bill and Hillary Clinton Speaking Tour Circuit
10/10/2018 9:25:14 PM

INGLEWOOD—Bill and Hillary Clinton will appear on stage together in 13 cities across North America beginning next month in Las Vegas and concluding their joint tour at The Forum in Inglewood on May 4, it was announced today. According to Live Nation, which is producing the tour, attendees “will have the opportunity to hear one-of-a-kind conversations with the two leaders as they tell their stories from some of the most impactful moments in modern history. From the American presidency to the halls of the Senate and State Department, to one of the United States' most...

Kavanaugh Impartiality to Be Tested in Blue State Lawsuits
10/10/2018 9:24:28 PM

By Geoff Mulvihil   Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court has put a spotlight on the dozens of federal cases pitting the Trump administration against Democratic-leaning states, on issues including auto emission standards, immigration and a free-flowing internet. He lashed out against “left-wing opposition groups” and others during the recent Senate hearing over a high school-era sexual assault allegation, raising questions about whether he can be impartial deciding cases that revolve around Democratic policies or that directly involve...

Finding Home: A Foster Youth Story, Offers Free Screening Next Wednesday
10/10/2018 9:06:46 PM

Photo by Samuel Garza Bernstein   PBS SoCal presents a pre-premiere screening event for the documentary film Finding Home: A Foster Youth Story. As part of PBS SoCal’s social impact initiative to Foster Change, the documentary follows four young adults as they transition out of foster care and into adulthood. The film shares the remarkable journeys of four foster youth preparing for independent lives as adults. Summer, 17 and transgender, yearns to be adopted. Glorianna, 19 and an artist, struggles to live on her own after spending years in a residential care facility....

Winfrey to Present Literary Award to Toni Morrison
10/3/2018 11:27:53 AM

NEW YORK (AP)—The latest prize for Nobel laureate Toni Morrison will be presented by Oprah Winfrey. The Center for Fiction announced Thursday that Morrison will receive a lifetime achievement honor for “Excellence in Fiction.” Winfrey, who has chosen such Morrison novels as “Song of Solomon” and “Paradise” for her book club, will introduce the author during a Dec. 11 dinner ceremony. Morrison's longtime publisher, editor-in-chief Sonny Mehta of Alfred A. Knopf, also will be honored that night. He is the winner of the Maxwell Perkins...

Accuser's Testimony Detours into Details of Memory Machinery
10/3/2018 11:03:21 AM

By Malcolm Ritter   NEW YORK (AP)—In her testimony to a Senate committee, the woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers dipped briefly into the mechanics of memory. Experts say she got it pretty much right. When asked Thursday how she could be sure it was Kavanaugh who put a hand over her mouth to keep her quiet, psychologist Christine Blasey Ford cited levels of chemical messengers called norepinephrine and epinephrine in her brain at the time of the alleged attack. She said those chemicals helped encode memories in a brain...