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India’s capital to lock down amid explosive virus surge
4/21/2021 5:36:49 PM

NEW DELHI (AP)—New Delhi imposed a weeklong lockdown Monday night to prevent the collapse of the Indian capital’s health system, which authorities said had been pushed to its limit amid an explosive surge in coronavirus cases. In scenes familiar from surges elsewhere, ambulances catapulted from one hospital to another, trying to find an empty bed over the weekend, while patients lined up outside of medical facilities waiting to be let in. Ambulances also idled outside of crematoriums, carrying half a dozen dead bodies each. In an effort to combat crisis, India announced that it...

Black Americans experiencing collective trauma, grief
4/21/2021 5:33:27 PM

By Kat Stafford   CHICAGO (AP)—Carlil Pittman knows trauma firsthand. As the co-founder of the Chicago-based youth organization GoodKidsMadCity-Englewood, he grieved the loss of Delmonte Johnson, a young community activist, more than two years ago to the very thing the teen fought fiercely against: gun violence. He’s also been angered and frustrated by the onslaught of stories of Black Americans killed at the hands of police across the nation throughout the past year. First, there was Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was fatally shot in her Louisville,...

Biden’s appeals for action on guns, policing face reality
4/21/2021 5:23:19 PM

By Zeke Miller and Alexandra Jaffe   WASHINGTON (AP)—As the nation struggles with yet another mass shooting and faces a reckoning over the deaths of Black men at the hands of police, President Joe Biden is calling for action. Going beyond that, however, is proving a lot more difficult. Three months into his presidency, Biden’s robust agenda is running up against the realities of his narrow Democratic majority on Capitol Hill and the Senate’s limited ability to tackle multiple pieces of large-scale legislation at once. With the White House focusing first on a...

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...