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New era for CSUDH ushered in with simultaneous ribbon-cuttings
10/20/2021 6:36:07 PM

LOS ANGELES—On October 15, 2021, California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) hosted four simultaneous ribbon cuttings, three of which were on major capital project buildings totaling more than $200 million. The grand openings marked the biggest transformation of the campus in more than a decade, and the first additions of brand-new academic facilities in more than 20 years. Several hundred employees, students, alumni, and community leaders came out to celebrate the growth of campus and tour the new buildings. Prior to the simultaneous ribbon cuttings, which were streamed on...

City Council might expand Skid Row clean team citywide
10/20/2021 6:26:40 PM

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday took a first step toward expanding citywide the Skid Row Clean Team, which works to prevent trash and debris buildup in the area. The team—which consists of people in the community who are homeless or were formerly homeless—is managed by the homeless outreach organization Urban Alchemy and operates on an annual basis. The current contract runs through the next year, with two one-year extension options. The motion—which was introduced by Councilmen Kevin de Leon and Mitch O'Farrell—requested a report from...

Posthumous Chuck Berry live album to be released in December
10/20/2021 6:23:53 PM

By Mark Kennedy   NEW YORK (AP)—Dualtone Records is marking the birthday of Chuck Berry by announcing the release of a live album from the late rock ’n roll legend. “Live From Blueberry Hill” is taken from performances recorded between July 2005 and January 2006 at Blueberry Hill café in St. Louis, one of Berry’s favorite places to play. The album will be released Dec. 17. The album features Berry tearing through classics like “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Johnny B. Goode.” In 1986,...

Woman sues (again) newly freed Bill Cosby over 1990 incident
10/20/2021 6:17:21 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP)—A prominent Bill Cosby accuser filed suit Thursday against the actor over a 1990 hotel room encounter in Atlantic City, New Jersey, before the state's two-year window to file older sexual assault claims expires. Los Angeles artist Lili Bernard told The Associated Press she was prompted in part by Cosby's recent release from prison. The 84-year-old Cosby has been free since June, when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his 2018 sexual assault conviction in another case on procedural grounds. He had served more than two years of a potential 10-year...

Colin Powell dies, exemplary general stained by Iraq claims
10/20/2021 6:12:02 PM

By Robert Burns, Eric Tucker and Eileen Putman   WASHIINGTON—Colin Powell, the boundary-breaking military leader and diplomat whose sterling reputation of service to Republican and Democratic presidents was stained by his faulty claims to justify the 2003 U.S. war in Iraq, died Monday of COVID-19 complications. He was 84. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Powell spent 35 years in the Army and rose to the rank of four-star general before becoming the first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His oversight of the U.S. invasion of Kuwait to oust the Iraqi army in 1991...

Black actors making big noise at 2021 New York Film Festival
10/13/2021 11:12:10 AM

By Dwight Brown NNPA News Wire Film Critic   In 2021 the New York Film Festival was live and in-person and exhibited a wide array of international films. Documentaries and feature films that broke new ground, showcased Black actors at their best and premiered some blockbusters that will be in movie theaters and on streaming services later this year or early 2022. Anticipation is high for “The Tragedy of Macbeth” with Denzel Washington. There comes a point in every year when audiences see a film they believe is this year’s masterpiece. This is that time, that...

California makes ethnic studies a high school requirement
10/13/2021 11:11:45 AM

By Jocelyn Gecker   SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Along with English, science, math and other graduation requirements, California high school students will have to take a course in ethnic studies to get a diploma starting in 2029-30. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Friday that makes California among the first in the nation to list ethnic studies as a graduation requirement for all public high school students. Assemblyman Jose Medina, a Democrat from Riverside who authored the legislation that has been years in the making, called it a huge step for California. “It's...

California makes ethnic studies a high school requirement
10/13/2021 11:10:00 AM

By Jocelyn Gecker   SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Along with English, science, math and other graduation requirements, California high school students will have to take a course in ethnic studies to get a diploma starting in 2029-30. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Friday that makes California among the first in the nation to list ethnic studies as a graduation requirement for all public high school students. Assemblyman Jose Medina, a Democrat from Riverside who authored the legislation that has been years in the making, called it a huge step for California. “It's...

LETTER TO THE ED
10/13/2021 11:06:52 AM

Dear Editor, In a recent column about your friend dying, you cited a number of hot-button current issues that you felt frustrated by your inability as a private citizen to address. A couple of times you mentioned The Homeless, followed immediately about housing costs in the state. Lightbulb Moment! Maybe the two issues are related. Maybe it’s the same exact issue at different stages in its lifespan. If that was true, there ought to be one solution that redresses both grievances, as intertwined as they are. These days, regular, tax-paying folks go from restaurant manager who already...

Facebook unveils new ‘controls’ for kids; critics skeptical
10/13/2021 11:06:01 AM

NEW YORK (AP)—Facebook, in the aftermath of damning testimony that its platforms harm children, will be introducing several features including prompting teens to take a break using its photo sharing app Instagram, and “nudging” teens if they are repeatedly looking at the same content that's not conducive to their well-being. The Menlo Park, California-based Facebook is also planning to introduce new controls for adults of teens on an optional basis so that parents or guardians can supervise what their teens are doing online. These initiatives come after Facebook...