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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...

Osbourne off 'The Talk' after inquiry into racism discussion
4/1/2021 6:58:26 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—CBS says Sharon Osbourne will no longer appear on its daytime show “The Talk” after a heated on-air discussion about racism earlier this month. The network said Friday Osbourne had decided to leave the show after a review that found in part that “Sharon's behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace.” The network said its internal inquiry said the show's co-hosts, including Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood, were not properly prepared by the show's team for a...

LeBron James, Chadwick Boseman honored at NAACP Image Awards
4/1/2021 6:56:57 PM

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.   LOS ANGELES (AP)—LeBron James received the President's Award for his public service achievements at the 52nd NAACP Image Awards that highlighted works by entertainers and writers of color. After James accepted the award Saturday night, he thanked the NAACP for recognizing his efforts beyond the basketball court. “This award is so much more than myself,” he said. “I'm here receiving it, but this dives into everything that I'm a part of.” The Los Angeles Lakers superstar was recognized for his effort through...

Eddie Murphy inducted into NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame
4/1/2021 6:55:21 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Eddie Murphy was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame at the organization's show that highlighted works by entertainers and athletes of color. After Murphy accepted his induction award Saturday night, the actor-comedian said he was “very moved” by the honor. He was presented the award by his longtime friend and “Coming 2 America” co-star Arsenio Hall. “I've been making movies for 40 years now ... 40 years. This is the perfect thing to commemorate that and be brought into the hall of fame,” he said....