Out with the Old, in with a New Understanding to Improve SCD Care
8/29/2018 10:25:51 PM

By Dr. Kevin Williams   The “Ask Dr. Kevin” series is brought to you by Pfizer Rare Disease in collaboration with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) to increase understanding of sickle cell disease. With National Sickle Cell Awareness Month just next month, I’ve been thinking a lot about the challenges that people with sickle cell disease (SCD) face and what can be done to make a meaningful change in their care. Evolution of the science behind SCD has advanced in recent years, resulting in a new understanding of the disease. However, this...

Children on the Front Lines
8/22/2018 11:00:28 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman I can make a difference!” Every July thousands of students from Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools® sites across the country participate in the CDF Freedom Schools National Day of Social Action. This year’s action focused on the need to vote for children and the fact that every vote matters. Though children and teenagers in Freedom Schools are too young to vote themselves, they held rallies and marches urging adults to get registered and vote for leaders this election cycle and in every election who will stand for children. Young...

Betsy DeVos’ $5 Billion Giveaway to For-Profit Colleges
8/22/2018 10:59:24 AM

By Charlene Crowell   Today’s increasingly competitive global economy requires and recruits those who are highly-skilled and knowledgeable. People understand and accept that higher education is a means to become employable, marketable, and competitive. It is equally true that the rising costs of higher education have now forced 44 million consumers to borrow $1.4 trillion in student loans to finance their educations. This debt was often viewed as more of an investment than a cost. That rational works so long as institutions deliver what was promised: a quality...

Improving America’s HEART Health Must Be Our Top Priority
8/22/2018 10:57:51 AM

By Sean C. Bowers   HEART (Humanity Equality Acceptance Responsiveness Thankfulness) is an acronym for the type of heart protections America professes to have in abundance, grandfathered in from our founding fathers’ principles, constitutionalized and “Bill-of-Righted” into our nation’s permanent future, to prevent corporate corruption of her heart health. America, the patient, is approaching the point of no return where companies vote, rig and buy elections wholesale through unlimited funding, lobbying, and a general ransacking of public elections, the...

$350 Million Upgrade of Metro Blue Line Includes Partial Closures
8/15/2018 8:44:26 PM

LOS ANGELES—The Metro Blue Line will undergo a $350 million modernization beginning in January, necessitating that portions of the line be temporarily closed for two extended four-month periods, Metro announced last week. Work to modernize the Blue Line, which is Metro's oldest rail line at 28 years old, has been ongoing since 2014, and the upcoming "New Blue" project will improve reliability, enhance safety and improve the customer experience, Metro officials said. In addition to the closures, Blue Line service to Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station will be closed for...

Schools Shouldn't Separate Students by Age
8/15/2018 8:12:54 PM

By Siri Fiske   Imagine a company that keeps entry-level workers separate from more senior employees. One team consists exclusively of 22-year-old new hires, another of 45-year-old middle managers, and a third of 60-year-old senior vice presidents. No inter-team collaboration allowed. Such a setup would be a terrible business decision. Upper management would operate in a bubble with zero feedback. And younger employees would suffer from a lack of mentorship. No one would ever structure a company this way. Yet it's exactly how we organize our schools. Segregating students...

Our Children Are Crying Out
8/15/2018 8:10:07 PM

By Marian Edelman Wright   Last weekend in Chicago, 12 people were killed and at least 60 others were injured by guns. Fourteen of these shooting victims were children and teenagers, the youngest an 11-year-old boy who was shot in the leg. Seventeen-year-old Kenny Ivory was shot and killed on Sunday afternoon while riding his bike a block from his home. Seventeen-year-old Jahnae Patterson died after being shot in the face while standing outside during a nighttime block party. Her mother said Jahnae, the middle child in her family and oldest daughter, wanted to be a lawyer someday....

LB State Among Top in Nation Awarding STEM Degrees to Minority Students
8/15/2018 1:08:20 PM

LONG BEACH—Long Beach State University is among the top U.S. universities awarding engineering and other STEM degrees to minority students. The Long Beach campus issued the 14th-most bachelor’s degrees to minority students among U.S. universities during the 2016-17 academic year, according to the July 26 issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. “We appreciate the recognition for the work of our colleges’ leadership and faculty as they continue strengthening our STEM-related education offerings,” said Brian Jersky, provost and senior vice president for...

Levi's, Yelp Join Coalition Pledging Not to Discriminate
8/10/2018 9:25:33 PM

By Dee-Ann Durbin   Levi Strauss, Yelp and Lyft are leading a coalition of 1,200 businesses and cities that are pledging not to discriminate against employees or customers based on race, sexual orientation, or other characteristics. Normally, making a promise to serve every customer might seem like a no-brainer. But the Open to All coalition is launching in a highly charged atmosphere, with florists refusing to provide flowers for gay weddings and stores turning away Muslim customers. On the same June weekend that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked to leave a...

Fox Exec: Up to 'Simpsons' Creators to Handle Apu Criticism
8/10/2018 11:31:08 AM

By Lynn Elber   BEVERLY HILLS (AP)—Creators of “The Simpsons” have the freedom to handle the show's depiction of Indian shop owner Apu in the right way for their show, a top Fox executive said Thursday. Apu, the Kwik-E-Mart clerk who has sold expired food and ripped off customers in the long-running animated Fox series, has come under fire as racist and stereotypical. The criticism flared after the recent release of the documentary “The Trouble with Apu.” “We have had conversations with (executive producer) Jim Brooks and his team, and...