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Nas, Eve, Snoop, Aaliyah's mom react to death of rapper DMX
4/14/2021 2:41:47 PM

Reaction to the death of Grammy-nominated rapper DMX, who died Friday at 50. • “Earl Simmons was a wonderful, caring father, and a sensitive, thoughtful man. Unfortunately, Dark Man X took over and ran amok, tormented and struggling to find the light. ... DMX gave me the inspiration to keep going at Def Jam when rap became soft and silly,” Lyor Cohen, a former executive at Def Jam, said in a statement. • “DMX is a legend,” said hip-hop and electronic music producer Flying Lotus. “You can't be a fan and not feel empathy for him in his...

LUSD appoints new board member to fill open seat
4/14/2021 2:36:40 PM

LYNWOOD—Lynwood Unified administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed Board member Julian Del Real-Calleros who was selected during a special meeting on April 8 to review applicants for the open Board seat. Del Real-Calleros was one of seven applicants who appeared before the District’s Board of Education, and the Lynwood community watching via livestream, and was voted in to replace recently retired Board member Alma- Delia Renteria. “I’m honored to be given this opportunity to serve this community in a greater capacity,” Del Real-Calleros said....

Biden, lawmakers pay tribute to slain Capitol Police officer
4/14/2021 2:33:34 PM

WASHINGTON (AP)—Slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer William “Billy” Evans was lauded for his dedication to country, love for his job and for a mischievous sense of humor as President Joe Biden and congressional leaders honored him during a memorial service Tuesday. Evans is lying in honor in the United States Capitol Rotunda in a special tribute to the fallen officer. He was killed earlier this month in an attack near the Senate side of the Capitol building, where he and another officer were manning a barricade. Biden, looking intently upon Evans’ family as he...

Compton College achieves Federal Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) designation
4/14/2021 2:19:48 PM

COMPTON—Compton College recently achieved its goal of achieving a federal Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) designation, which can open avenues to pursue HSI sources of funding and create increased opportunities for students to excel and achieve their goals. HSIs are one of several federal Minority-Serving Institutions designations from the U.S. Department of Education for institutes of higher education that categorically or historically enroll a targeted racial/ethnic group. Colleges and universities that enroll a minimum of 25% of full-time degree-seeking Latinx students, with at...

For Black journalists, working Chauvin trial drains emotions
4/14/2021 1:58:15 PM

By David Bauder   NEW YORK (AP)—At the end of a stressful day, Sara Sidner seeks the friendly wag of a dog's tail. Shaquille Brewster turns to sports on TV, and Julia Jenae talks things out with colleagues. Each is covering one of the nation's biggest stories, the murder trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin. Each is also a Black journalist, reporting on an issue of great racial significance and forced—as part of their jobs—to watch video of George Floyd's life ending again and again. “You really feel the consequences of...

U.S. colleges divided over requiring student vaccinations
4/14/2021 1:42:27 PM

By Collin Binkley   BOSTON (AP)—U.S. colleges hoping for a return to normalcy next fall are weighing how far they should go in urging students to get the COVID-19 vaccine, including whether they should—or legally can—require it. Universities including Rutgers, Brown, Cornell and Northeastern recently told students they must get vaccinated before returning to campus next fall. They hope to achieve herd immunity on campus, which they say would allow them to loosen spacing restrictions in classrooms and dorms. But some colleges are leaving the decision to...

Inside organization’s push to remove a statue to an enslaver
4/14/2021 1:40:38 PM

By Colin Campbell   BALTIMORE (AP)—The closure of O'Donnell Square Park in Canton without warning Monday evening set off an immediate flurry of emails, texts and phone calls among one group of neighbors in particular. The 50 members of the Canton Anti-Racism Alliance dared to wonder: Had their plan worked? They'd spent the past eight months doing historical research and community outreach, writing letters to state lawmakers and successive mayors, and collecting more than 900 signatures on a petition. “This may be it! I'm headed there now!” read...

Compton College alumna completes bachelor’s degree during pandemic
4/7/2021 6:03:53 PM

COMPTON—Compton College alumna and mother of three Irma Leyva earned a bachelor’s degree in May 2020 from California State University, Dominguez Hills a decade after becoming a teen mother the same year she graduated from Paramount High School. Now, she has plans to help her community with mental health recovery after earning a master’s degree. “I want to help my community and the population that suffers from mental illness,” said Leyva. “The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting adults, children and babies’ mental well-being, and I want to be part of the...

In show of Pharaonic heritage, Egypt parades royal mummies
4/7/2021 4:10:37 PM

By Sandy Magdy   CAIRO (AP)—Egypt held a gala parade on Saturday celebrating the transport of 22 of its prized royal mummies from central Cairo to their new resting place in a massive new museum further south in the capital. The ceremony, designed to showcase the country's rich heritage, snaked along the Nile corniche from the Egyptian Museum overlooking Tahrir Square to the newly opened National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in the Fustat neighborhood, where Egypt's first Islamic capital was located. The mummies were being transported in climate-controlled...

Palin confirms COVID-19 diagnosis, urges steps like masks
4/7/2021 4:03:45 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP)—Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she tested positive for COVID-19 and is urging people to take steps to guard against the coronavirus, such as wearing masks in public. “Through it all, I view wearing that cumbersome mask indoors in a crowd as not only allowing the newfound luxury of being incognito, but trust it's better than doing nothing to slow the spread,” Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, told People magazine. “And history will show we Masked Singer visitors were masked before being masked was cool,”...