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Man, 35, with schizophrenia, reported missing in Lynwood
5/13/2022 12:54:48 PM

LYNWOOD—Authorities Tuesday sought the public's help to locate a 35-year-old man with schizophrenia who was last seen in Lynwood. Christopher Perry was last seen Monday in the 12000 block of Cornish Avenue, near the Century (105) Freeway, according Deputy David Yoo of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Perry is Black, 6-feet-2 inches tall and weighs 251 pounds, with brown eyes, brown hair, unspecified tattoos on his arms and piercings in his lip and left eyebrow. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, white sweatpants and a blue backpack. Anyone with...

City Council builds on justice fund with new immigrant legal services program
5/13/2022 12:53:15 PM

LOS ANGELES—Building on the Los Angeles Justice Fund created in 2017, the City Council Tuesday adopted a new framework to provide free legal services to immigrants in partnership with Los Angeles County, the Weingart Foundation and the California Community Foundation. According to the framework's proposal, the program will prioritize unaccompanied children, immigrants experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, immigrants with Temporary Protected Status, asylum seekers, human trafficking and violent crime victims, fraud victims, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals...

COVID-related deaths in LA County reach 32,000 mark
5/13/2022 12:27:54 PM

LOS ANGELES—More than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported by Los Angeles County Tuesday, while the overall virus-related death toll reached the grim 32,000 milestone. The 2,044 new infections reported Tuesday lifted the county's overall total from throughout the pandemic to 2,897,513. The county logged four more COVID-related fatalities to reach the 32,000 mark. The number of COVID-positive patients in county hospitals ticked up slightly to 252, up 10 from Monday. The number of those patients being treated in intensive care was 27 on Tuesday, the same as the previous...

New reparations focus: Black enclaves lost to development
5/13/2022 12:25:36 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Terrell Osborne knows well what happens when urban renewal comes to communities of color. As a child growing up in Providence, Rhode Island, in the 1950s and 1960s, huge swaths of his neighborhood of Lippitt Hill, a center of Black life at the foot of the stately homes of the city's elite East Side, were taken by eminent domain for redevelopment projects. Hundreds of Black families and dozens of minority small businesses across some 30 acres were bulldozed. In their place rose an apartment complex catering to downtown workers and students and faculty at nearby...

Cedars-Sinai sued for racism in death of Black mother
5/13/2022 12:24:23 PM

LOS ANGELES—The husband of a Black woman who died hours after childbirth in 2016 sued Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Wednesday, saying she bled to death because of a culture of racism at the renowned Los Angeles medical center. Charles Johnson IV said he discovered the disparity in care women of color receive at Cedars compared to white women during depositions in his wrongful death lawsuit that is scheduled to go to trial next week in Los Angeles Superior Court. “There's no doubt in my mind that my wife would be here today and be here Sunday celebrating Mother's Day...

No felony charge for man who tackled Dave Chappelle on stage
5/13/2022 11:28:18 AM

LOS ANGELES—The man who tackled comedian Dave Chappelle during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl will not be charged with any felonies, the district attorney's office said Thursday. Isaiah Lee, 23, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, police said, after rushing the stage toward the end of Chappelle's set in the last of a four-night stint at the outdoor amphitheater as part of the “Netflix Is a Joke” festival. He was carrying a replica handgun with a large blade that folded out of it similar to a pocket knife, according to a photo released by...

New 'Doctor Who' star is 'Sex Education' actor Ncuti Gatwa
5/13/2022 11:27:27 AM

LONDON—Ncuti Gatwa will take the mantle from Jodie Whittaker on “Doctor Who,” the BBC announced Sunday, ending speculation over the iconic Time Lord's next regeneration. “Sometimes talent walks through the door and it's so bright and bold and brilliant, I just stand back in awe and thank my lucky stars,” returning showrunner Russell T Davies said in the broadcaster's release. “Ncuti dazzled us, seized hold of the Doctor and owned those TARDIS keys in seconds.” Gatwa, whose first name is pronounced 'SHOO-tee, currently stars in...

'Doctor Strange 2' conjures up biggest opening of 2022
5/13/2022 11:25:10 AM

The summer movie season is off to a blockbuster start thanks to “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.” The superhero extravaganza grossed an estimated $185 million in ticket sales in its first weekend in U.S. and Canadian theaters, the Walt Disney Co. said Sunday. Not only did it more than double the opening of the first “Doctor Strange,” which opened to $85 million in 2016, it's also the biggest opener of the year, ahead of “The Batman's” $134 million; the second biggest of the pandemic, behind “Spider-Man: Far From...

HBCU medical schools to tackle organ transplant disparities
5/13/2022 11:21:59 AM

A new initiative aimed at increasing the number of Black Americans registered as organ donors and combating disparities among transplant recipients was announced Thursday by a coalition that includes the four medical schools at the nation's historically Black colleges and universities. The collaboration follows a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report, “Realizing the Promise of Equity in the Organ Transplantation System,” that found significant disparities in the nation's organ transplant system. It was released earlier this year and...

Biden to crack down on polluters in poor, minority areas
5/13/2022 10:52:57 AM

WASHINGTON (AP)—Following through on a campaign promise, the Biden administration on Thursday announced a wide-ranging enforcement strategy aimed at holding industrial polluters accountable for damage done to poor and minority communities. The strategy includes creation of an Office of Environmental Justice within the Justice Department to focus on “fenceline communities” that have been exposed to air and water pollution from chemical plants, refineries and other industrial sites. The plan also reinstates a dormant program that allowed fines paid by industry as part of...