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Another Case of Alzheimer’s
5/16/2019 11:11:53 AM

By Bill Fletcher, Jr.   When I looked at my email in-box this afternoon, I encountered one of those messages that I dread: yet another person I know has been institutionalized as a result of Alzheimer’s. The sadness conveyed by this person’s partner was clear in their words. They had been together for decades. I could feel the loss. By coincidence, around the same time that I read this email I found myself looking at commentaries regarding Trump’s budget proposals. Drastic cuts in everything except for the military. Though this may, at first glance, seem to...

House Votes to Block Trump's Eased Health Coverage Rules
5/16/2019 11:10:48 AM

By Alan Fram   WASHINGTON (AP)—The Trump administration would be blocked from easing coverage rules required by President Barack Obama's health care law under legislation Democrats pushed through the House on Thursday as the two parties rejoined a battle that roiled last year's congressional elections. Under guidance the administration issued last year, states could allow insurers to offer low-cost, low-coverage policies that could deny coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Democrats said that by blocking that language, Thursday's bill would...

Drugmaker Will Donate Meds for U.S. Push to End HIV Epidemic
5/16/2019 11:10:00 AM

By Staff Reports   WASHINGTON (AP)—The Health and Human Services Department announced Thursday that California-Based Gilead Sciences Inc. has agreed to donate medications that reduce the risk of HIV transmission for up to 200,000 people a year. “Will help us achieve our goal of ending the HIV epidemic in America!” President Donald Trump said in a celebratory tweet. The pledge may last up to 11 years, said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. Gilead will donate its Truvada prevention pill until a second-generation version becomes available. The Trump administration...

Compton Station Honors 5 Fallen Officers from Compton PD and LASD
5/9/2019 6:33:02 PM

By Staff Reports   COMPTON—Since its incorporation in 1888, the City of Compton has been serviced by two law enforcement agencies, the Compton Police Department, and beginning in 2000, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. In more than 130 years, five officers have fallen in the line of duty. Last week, Compton Station unveiled a memorial wall honoring officers who died in the line of duty serving their city, all since 1962. Thanks to the efforts of retired Sergeant James Rewald, Deputies Javier Flores (Aero Bureau), Steven Kankiewski (Aero Bureau), and Jesse...

Controller Commends Compton on Transparency and Progress in Audit Findings
5/9/2019 6:31:55 PM

COMPTON—The City of Compton is undertaking several efforts to address findings in a 2018 State Audit Report. Mayor Aja Brown, the City’s independent auditors, City Controller, Rafaela King and City Manager, Cecil Rhambo met with the State Controller’s Office April 11, 2019 to provide a comprehensive update on progress toward addressing concerns raised by the audit. The update included information on the City’s planned use of Measure P funding over five years, significant staffing and structural changes at the City’s Controller’s Office, and formal timelines...

Covered California Has Options for Those Suddenly Losing Employment
5/9/2019 6:23:39 PM

LOS ANGELES—Life can change in an instant, whether it’s your health or your personal situation. Elvira of Los Angeles lost her health insurance when the auto dealership she worked for closed its doors suddenly at the end of January. “I did not want to be without a job and without health insurance. You never know when you might need to go to the doctor or the hospital,” she said. “Who knows? Life is very unpredictable.” Elvira got a quote from COBRA that would let her keep the health plan she had had through work, but with her employer no longer...

California to Review Sex-Abuse Responses of All 12 Dioceses
5/9/2019 6:05:33 PM

By Staff Reports   LOS ANGELES (AP)—The California attorney general's office will review how all 12 Roman Catholic dioceses in the state handled allegations of child sexual abuse that have resulted in payouts of hundreds of millions of dollars to victims. Attorney General Xavier Becerra sent out letters to the dioceses on Thursday, Sacramento diocese spokesman Kevin Eckery told the Sacramento Bee. The letters ask diocese to voluntarily preserve documents relating to abuse allegations involving clergy, staffers and volunteers that were received from 1996 to the...

Remembering the Legacy of Director John Singleton
5/9/2019 6:02:28 PM

By Lauren Victoria Burke   Like a meteor, John Singleton, the youngest-ever Best Director nominee in the history of the Academy Awards, died on April 29 after a stroke. He was 51. “An inspiration to us all. John Singleton, you will be greatly missed,” the Academy of Arts and Sciences said in a statement on April 29. At age 24, Singleton became the youngest African American—and youngest person ever—to be nominated for an Oscar. Nominated for Best Director for his 1991 film, ‘Boyz N the Hood,’ which was also nominated for Best Original...

3 Black Women Win Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America
5/9/2019 5:58:28 PM

By Mark Kennedy   NEW YORK (AP)—When Cheslie Kryst won the Miss USA crown, it marked more than a personal triumph: It meant that for the first time, three Black women are the reigning Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America. The North Carolina lawyer completed the historic triple Thursday with pageant winners 2019 Miss America Nia Franklin and recently crowned 2019 Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris. “The three young women who have focused their energy on demonstrating how standards of Black beauty speak for American standards of beauty are to be commended,”...

3 Black Women Win Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America
5/9/2019 5:54:46 PM

By Mark Kennedy   NEW YORK (AP)—When Cheslie Kryst won the Miss USA crown, it marked more than a personal triumph: It meant that for the first time, three Black women are the reigning Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America. The North Carolina lawyer completed the historic triple Thursday with pageant winners 2019 Miss America Nia Franklin and recently crowned 2019 Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris. “The three young women who have focused their energy on demonstrating how standards of Black beauty speak for American standards of beauty are to be commended,” said...