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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,”...

Amid outcry, states push mental health training for police
4/7/2021 4:01:00 PM

By Farnoush Amiri   The officer who Cassandra Quinto-Collins says kneeled on her son's neck for over four minutes assured her it was standard protocol for sedating a person experiencing a mental breakdown. “I was there watching it the whole time,” Quinto-Collins told The Associated Press. “I just trusted that they knew what they were doing.” Angelo Quinto's sister had called 911 for help calming him down during an episode of paranoia on Dec. 23. His family says Quinto didn't resist the Antioch, California, officers—one who pushed his...

LAUSD announces staggered school reopening schedule For April
4/1/2021 7:08:05 PM

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles Unified is moving ahead with plans to reopen 61 elementary schools and 11 early education centers the week of April 12, requiring weekly COVID-19 testing for students and staff and enforcing rigorous safety standards, the superintendent announced Monday. "To put this in perspective, these 72 schools we are opening the week of April 12 would be, by themselves, the eighth-largest school district in the state," Superintendent Austin Beutner said in his weekly address. Most of California's 6.1 million students in 1,037 public school districts have...

LA renters can now apply for second round of rental assistance
4/1/2021 7:07:10 PM

LOS ANGELES—Starting Tuesday, Los Angeles renters can apply for up to $10,000 in rent relief through the city's $259 million COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. This second round of rental assistance, which was approved by the City Council unanimously on March 2, uses federal and state government funding to help about 64,000 families pay off their owed rent, with $235 million earmarked for direct rent assistance and $3 million for eviction defense. "The nice thing about this (program) is it goes backwards, it's from April 1 of last year to March 31 of this...

Is California blowing it on unemployment reform?
4/1/2021 7:05:40 PM

By Lauren Helpler   SACRAMENTO—If not for a persistent mail carrier, Lance Hastings might not have discovered all of the fake unemployment claims. Last September, the head of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association got the first jobless claim from a worker he’d never employed. Mistakes happen, he thought, and reported the letter sent to the group’s boarded-up former Sacramento office as suspected fraud. “They even used our old CEO’s name and address,” said Hastings, the association’s current CEO. “When we got...

Award-winning Filmmaker Ava DuVernay to deliver 2021 virtual commencement address for Compton College
4/1/2021 7:04:06 PM

COMPTON—Compton College will hold its 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. The commencement ceremony will be streamed via the college’s YouTube channel and accessed via its website at www.compton.edu and will include pre-recorded keynote speeches and brief videos or pictures submitted by graduates. The keynote speaker for the ceremony will be award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay. Academy Award nominee and Emmy, BAFTA and Peabody Award winner Ava DuVernay is a writer, director, producer and film distributor. Her feature directorial work...

Public invited to join FUMC 153rd church celebration via FB
4/1/2021 7:02:55 PM

COMPTON—First United Methodist of Compton (FUMC) will celebrate its 153rd Anniversary on Sunday, April 25, 2021 during the 10:00 am morning worship service “First United Methodist Church, Compton” via Facebook. “The public is invited to join us for our 153rd church celebration” said Pastor, Rev. Dr. Arnetha Inge. She points out that FUMC is one of the oldest religious institutions in all of California. The Anniversary theme is “Let Us Not Love in Just Word or Speech—But in Deed and in Truth!” Scripture 1 John 3:16-24—Guest Speaker is...

CSUDH names Dena Freeman-Patton Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics
4/1/2021 7:00:39 PM

CARSON—California State University, Dominguez Hills Vice President for Student Affairs William Franklin announced that Dena Freeman-Patton has been named Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics. She will assume her new role April 12. Freeman-Patton comes to the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toro Athletics program from the University of New Orleans, where she served as the Privateers’ deputy athletic director and chief operating officer for the last two years. Freeman-Patton is also no stranger to the California State University system, as she spent six years as CSU...