Michelle Obama Lunchtime Visit Surprises New York Girls
12/6/2018 4:54:25 PM

By Verna Dobnik   NEW YORK (AP)—Thirty New York City girls were in for a lunchtime surprise on Saturday: a vegetable bowl with toasted farro shared with a very famous woman. Michelle Obama stunned them with a visit to the Lower Eastside Girls Club in Manhattan, slipping into a room to a chorus of squealing delight. She helped prepare healthy lunches for them with Sam Kass, the former executive director of the Let's Move! campaign that Obama championed when her husband was president. It's aimed at reducing childhood obesity through a healthier lifestyle. After...

Deported Nurse Wins Approval to Return to U.S.
12/6/2018 4:53:43 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—A nurse who was deported to Mexico has won her improbable fight to return to her four children and job in California after winning a ticket in a visa lottery. Maria Mendoza-Sanchez told the San Francisco Chronicle she learned Friday her visa had been approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. “This is amazing,” she said. “I could barely believe it.” Mendoza-Sanchez, 47, and her husband were deported to Mexico last year amid the Trump administration's crackdown on undocumented immigrants. Her case drew support from...

Mexican City Shuts Down Migrant Shelter Near U.S. Border
12/6/2018 4:52:42 PM

By Staff Reports   MEXICO CITY (AP)—The city government of Tijuana announced Saturday that it has closed down a migrant shelter at a sports complex close to the U.S. border that once held about 6,000 Central Americans who hope to get into the U.S. Officials said all the migrants were being moved to a former concert venue much farther from the border. The city said in a statement the sports complex shelter was closed because of “bad sanitary conditions.” Experts had expressed concerns about unsanitary conditions that had developed at the partly flooded sports...

Villanueva Sworn in as L.A. County Sheriff, Vows to ‘Restore' Department
12/6/2018 4:40:00 PM

By Staff Reports MONTEREY PARK—Alex Villanueva was sworn in as Los Angeles County's new sheriff today, echoing his campaign vow to “reform, rebuild and restore” the department while saying the agency would not be influenced by “divisive policies” from outside the county and state. This city and our entire county is standing at a crossroads,” Villanueva told the crowd gathered for his swearing-in ceremony at East Los Angeles College. “We can either decide to go along to get along or to challenge a status quo that has only worked for a select...

Former President George H.W. Bush Once Lived in Compton
12/6/2018 4:39:17 PM

By Staff Reports COMPTON—In one of the lesser-known chapters in the extraordinary life of George H.W. Bush, the nation's 41st president—who died late Friday at his Houston home at age 94—lived in Compton for about six months in 1949 and 1950. The Bush family patriarch is usually associated with Maine and Texas—the two states where he spent most of his adult life. But according to his autobiography, Bush and his wife Barbara lived in Compton while on assignment for Dresser Industries, selling oil-drilling equipment. His eldest daughter, Robin, was born in...

Lynwood Unified High School Students Spread Holiday Joy through Helping Hands Club
12/6/2018 4:38:30 PM

LYNWOOD—Firebaugh High School student Paola Valadez packed gift bags Nov. 21 with items including toothpaste, socks and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches alongside 350 fellow Lynwood Unified students in preparation for delivering holiday cheer. Valadez, president of Firebaugh’s Helping Hands Club, joined the volunteers in creating more than 1,000 gift bags to take to the streets of Los Angeles on Thanksgiving as part of the club’s philanthropic efforts. “Giving back to the community is something I have always been interested in,” said Valadez, a sophomore....

Black Business Advocate Aubry L. Stone Remembered
12/6/2018 4:37:36 PM

By Genoa Barrow   SACRAMENTO—He fought tirelessly to secure economic opportunities for African Americans throughout the state and beyond and now, after a long battle with cancer, he’s at rest. Aubry Stone, founder and CEO of the California Black Chamber of Commerce died Nov. 28. He was 74 years old. Stone, affectionately referred to by many as “Stoney,” was a formidable champion for Black entrepreneurs and was considered to be a giant in the small business community. While he was a native of Brooklyn, New York, his name was synonymous with California...

Sundance Award-Winning ‘Hale County This Morning, This Evening’ to be Screened at CSUDH
12/6/2018 4:36:49 PM

Film Director/Producer RaMell Ross to take questions following the screening “Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” RaMell Ross’ debut feature film that received the U.S Documentary Special Jury for Creative Vision award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, will be screened at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. Ross will field questions from the audience about the film after the screening. Set in a predominately African American community in rural Alabama, “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” provides an emotional...

To the Shock of Many Progressives, Hero Rep. Barbara Lee Defeated for House Leadership Post
12/6/2018 4:36:09 PM

By Lauren Victoria Burke   Two years ago, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) ran for a leadership post, House Democratic Caucus Chair, against Rep. Linda Sanchez. Sanchez barely won over Lee by a margin of less than five votes out of the more than 190 members of the Democratic Caucus. The position is the fourth highest for House Democrats. When Lee announced in July she would run for Democratic Caucus Chair again she appeared to have a lock. There has never been a woman in the position of House Democratic Caucus Chair. The first African American to hold the position was the late...

Rep. Barragán Elected Second Vice-Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
12/6/2018 4:35:13 PM

Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44) was elected by her colleagues to serve as the Second Vice-Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus for the next Congress. In her leadership role, the Congresswoman is expected to serve as Acting Chair in the absence of both the Chair and First Vice-Chair. “I am grateful to my CHC colleagues for giving me the opportunity to serve in leadership as the next Second Vice-Chair,” said Rep. Barragán. “The CHC is the frontline in combating the Trump Administration’s assault on our Hispanic communities, and as the next...