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LA County health officials on edge as coronavirus cases spike dramatically
7/1/2020 1:13:27 PM

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles County health officials say that without a dramatic reversal in public behavior to control the coronavirus, "we will see a lot more deaths" and possibly run short of hospital beds in a matter of weeks. Local health officials paint a dire picture of upward spikes in coronavirus cases and spread and estimate that on average, one in every 140 people in Los Angeles County is infected with COVID-19 and capable of spreading it to others, likely without having any symptoms or even knowing they are carrying the virus. That figure is up dramatically from last...

Compton College honors nursing program graduates
7/1/2020 1:11:29 PM

COMPTON—Compton College is pleased to announce the names of 33 students graduating with an associate of science degree in nursing at the culmination of the spring 2020 semester, which concludes on June 12, 2020. Congratulations to the following students who have met the requirements for an associate degree: Jeaneth Aldaco Tyler Allen Paulina Atuatasi Magaly Avelar Quezada Joselito Binay Ron Allen Cordova Melanie Escano David Eyo Dominique Fluker Robert Garavito-Chaney Jailene Garcia-Balovines Steffany Gonzalez Sopida Huttayananont-Ng Martha...

The Dixie Chicks officially change their name to The Chicks
7/1/2020 1:08:45 PM

By Kristin M. Hall   NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Grammy-winning country group The Dixie Chicks have dropped the word Dixie from their name, now going by The Chicks. The band's social media accounts and website were changed on Thursday to the refer to the new name for the band, which is made up of Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines and Emily Strayer. The band also recognized that the name was already in use by a band in New Zealand. “A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to ‘The Chicks' of NZ for their gracious gesture in allowing us to share their name. We...

White voice actor to stop voicing Black character on 'Family Guy'
7/1/2020 1:07:51 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—“Family Guy” voice actor Mike Henry said Friday he is stepping down from the role of Cleveland Brown on the Fox animated series. Henry wrote on Twitter that he will stop playing the show's main African American character because “persons of color should play characters of color.” The 54-year-old voice actor, who is a white man, has voiced the character since the series' debut in 1999. Henry had also voiced the Latin maid named Consuela on the series. His decision comes after voice actors Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell—who are...

Country music reckons with racial stereotypes and its future
7/1/2020 1:06:52 PM

By Kristin M. Hall   NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—When country singer Rissi Palmer was working on her debut album, she wanted a song like Gretchen Wilson's “Redneck Woman,” a song that would introduce her and tell her story to fans. On her 2007 debut single, “Country Girl,” she celebrated her country roots while explaining that she didn't have to look or talk a certain way to call herself a country girl. “I said that I am not white in the first verse, and the label was like, ‘No, no, no,”' said Palmer, who then rewrote the...

CeeLo Green discusses the authenticity of his new album
7/1/2020 1:04:06 PM

By Melissa Ruggieri   ATLANTA (AP)—There are many shades to CeeLo Green. The flashy hip-hop root of Goodie Mob. The quirky soul-funk maestro in Gnarls Barkley. The pop culture-loving music fan who steeped his Las Vegas residencies in classics from Culture Club and INXS. But for his fifth non-holiday studio album, “CeeLo Green Is Thomas Callaway,” the Atlanta native isn't only spotlighting his birth name, but revealing the authentic R&B musician behind what sometimes comes across as a caricature. Recorded last fall in Nashville, the album,...

New Executive Director of Western Center On Law & Poverty named
7/1/2020 1:02:45 PM

LOS ANGELES–After a nationwide search, the Board of Directors of Western Center on Law & Poverty has chosen Crystal D. Crawford to be its next Executive Director. Crawford is currently a program director at The California Wellness Foundation, a position she has held since 2012. Crawford will be the first Black woman or woman of color to serve as the organization’s Executive Director. A seasoned leader with more than 20 years of senior management experience in the legal, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, Crawford has played a pivotal role in advancing the health and...

Gilead’s $2,340 price for coronavirus drug draws criticism
7/1/2020 1:01:47 PM

By Marilynn Marchione   The maker of a drug shown to shorten recovery time for severely ill COVID-19 patients says it will charge $2,340 for a typical treatment course for people covered by government health programs in the United States and other developed countries. Gilead Sciences announced the price Monday for remdesivir, and said the price would be $3,120 for patients with private insurance. The amount that patients pay out of pocket depends on insurance, income and other factors. “We’re in uncharted territory with pricing a new medicine, a novel medicine, in...

Images of brutality against Black people spur racial trauma
7/1/2020 1:00:44 PM

By Noreen Nasir   Since Wanda Johnson’s son was shot and killed by a police officer in Oakland, California, 11 years ago, she has watched video after video of similar encounters between Black people and police. Each time, she finds herself reliving the trauma of losing her son, Oscar Grant, who was shot to death by a transit police officer. Most recently, Johnson couldn’t escape the video of George Floyd, pinned to the ground under a Minneapolis officer’s knee as he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. “I began to shake. I was up for two days, just...

Tracking coronavirus cases proves difficult amid new surge
7/1/2020 1:00:00 PM

By Tammy Webber, Brady McCombs and John Mone   HOUSTON (AP)—Health departments around the U.S. that are using contact tracers to contain coronavirus outbreaks are scrambling to bolster their ranks amid a surge of cases and resistance to cooperation from those infected or exposed. With too few trained contact tracers to handle soaring caseloads, one hard-hit Arizona county is relying on National Guard members to pitch in. In Louisiana, people who have tested positive typically wait more than two days to respond to health officials—giving the disease crucial time to...