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Lynwood Unified Students Surprise Former Teachers in Honor of Teacher Appreciation Week
5/16/2019 11:38:38 AM

LYNWOOD—Lynwood High School senior Alexa Hernandez fought back tears as she expressed her appreciation to her former Cesar Chavez Middle School history teacher Adolph Lopez, who inspired her through his belief and enthusiasm. Hernandez was one of a handful of LHS students who returned to their former elementary and middle schools on April 30 to thank teachers for the impact they’ve had on their success. The surprise visits were in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week and came with invitations to next month’s LHS graduation ceremony. “Mr. Hernandez really helped...

Embezzlement Sentencing Due for L.A. Charter School Founder
5/16/2019 11:33:58 AM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—The founder of Los Angeles charter school network Celerity Educational Group faces a possible federal prison term when she is sentenced Monday for conspiring to misappropriate and embezzle public funds. Vielka McFarlane pleaded guilty to the single felony count in January, admitting that she misspent $2.5 million in public education funds intended for Celerity students. The charge stems from the 57-year-old Sylmar resident's habit of using her schools' credit cards to pay for expensive clothing, luxury hotel stays and first-class flights for her and her...

L.A. County Approves $460 Million in Homeless Initiatives
5/16/2019 11:30:57 AM

By Elizabeth Marcellino   LOS ANGELES (CNS)— The five elected officials who govern Los Angeles County Tuesday approved $460 million in Measure H spending on homelessness, increasing their commitment to the problem in the face of a widely anticipated rise in the numbers of people without a permanent home. Prior to the vote, the Board of Supervisors gathered on the steps of the downtown Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration to underline the county's determination to find permanent solutions for thousands of people living in encampments on city streets and empty...

White House Hopefuls Swarm Rival's Home Turf of California
5/16/2019 11:27:32 AM

By Brian Slodysko   BEVERLY HILLS (AP)—The Democrats who want to be president are swarming California, competing for campaign cash and media attention while courting longtime allies of home-state Sen. Kamala Harris on their rival's own turf. Former Vice President Joe Biden swooped in to Los Angeles on Wednesday to raise money and snack on tacos with Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has yet to offer an endorsement despite backing Harris in the past. Biden went to three events over two days, including one that netted $750,000 and was attended by Hollywood powerbrokers, as well...

U.S. Will Train Dozens of Border Agents to Screen for Asylum
5/16/2019 11:24:49 AM

By Amy Taxin   LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP)—Immigration officials will train dozens of U.S. border patrol agents to start screening immigrants arriving on the southwest border for asylum amid a surge in the number of families seeking the protection, a government official said Wednesday. L. Francis Cissna, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said his agency will train about 60 border agents over the next few months to join in conducting the screenings on the U.S.-Mexico border. The first group of 10 agents will start receiving training in Los Angeles...

Ice Cube, Others Mourn Director Singleton at Private Funeral
5/16/2019 11:20:07 AM

By Andrew Dalton and Chris Pizzello   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Family, friends and dignitaries including Ice Cube, Stevie Wonder and Congresswoman Maxine Waters were among those mourning director John Singleton at his Los Angeles funeral on Monday. The private service was held at Angelus Funeral Home in South Los Angeles, the neighborhood formerly known as South Central, where Singleton spent part of his childhood and where his career-defining film, “Boyz N the Hood,” was set. Media was not allowed inside the funeral, which lasted about two hours before...

Peggy Lipton, 'Mod Squad' and 'Twin Peaks' star, dies at 72 Former wife of Quincy and Mother of Rashida Jones
5/16/2019 11:18:47 AM

By Staff Reports   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Peggy Lipton, a star of the groundbreaking late 1960s TV show “The Mod Squad” and the 1990s show “Twin Peaks,” died of cancer Saturday. She was 72. Lipton died surrounded by her family, her daughters, Rashida and Kidada Jones, said in a statement. “We are heartbroken that our beloved mother passed away from cancer today,” they said. “She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side. We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her. We can't put all of our...

Michael Jackson's Eldest Child Prince Is a College Graduate
5/16/2019 11:17:09 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Michael Jackson's eldest child Prince is a college graduate. Twenty-two-year-old Prince Jackson—whose real name is Michael Joseph Jackson Jr.—went through commencement ceremonies Saturday at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Prince Jackson graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration. The day was celebrated in social media posts from the graduate and relatives in his famous family. T.J. Jackson, the cousin who served as Prince's guardian after his father died, tweeted, “it's been a long road but...

Court TV Pounds Gavel Again as All-Trial Channel Is Reborn
5/16/2019 11:15:55 AM

By Andrew Dalton   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Court TV is ending its long recess. The channel for legal junkies that thrived during the trial-crazy 1990s comes back from the dead after more than a decade Wednesday amid a true-crime craze that its backers hope will launch it into a long new life. Managing editor John Alleva says the timing could not be better for long-form, deep-dive coverage of court stories of the kind Court TV once provided of the Menendez brothers' and O.J. Simpson trials. The new Court TV, which will be available over the air and on some cable...

Learn Your Numbers During Stroke Awareness Month
5/16/2019 11:12:57 AM

By Roger Caldwell   May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and it is very significant to me, because I am a stroke survivor. As a stroke survivor, I consider myself to be a miracle. One of my goals in life is to educate Americans (particularly Black men), that 80% of strokes can be prevented with knowledge and education. Strokes have the potential to be a silent killer, and nearly 85% of all strokes that occur show no warning signs. Although there are no major warning signs, there are risk factors, diseases, and health issues, which make an individual more susceptible to having...