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L.A. County Board expected to fund body cameras for Sheriff's deputies
9/3/2020 9:10:38 PM

By Elizabeth Marcellino   LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote Tuesday to transfer $25.5 million to the Sheriff's Department to fund the roll-out of body-worn cameras to five stations over the next year. The board had set aside $35 million for the cameras without releasing that money to the department. Supervisors Janice Hahn and Kathryn Barger co- authored a motion calling for a transfer of funds sufficient to cover the first year of operations. "Body-worn cameras are an important tool for transparency and I have been...

Adult film legend Jeremy’s accusers now number 17
9/3/2020 9:09:38 PM

LOS ANGELES—Adult film star Ron Jeremy pleaded not guilty Monday to 20 additional rape and other sexual assault charges involving 12 more women and a teenage girl in attacks dating back to 2004, bringing the number of his alleged victims to 17. In June, Jeremy, 67, entered a not guilty plea in response to allegations that he raped three women and sexually assaulted another in separate attacks going back to 2014. The District Attorney's Office amended the complaint Monday against the defendant—whose real name is Ronald Jeremy Hyatt—to include a total of eight...

Chadwick Boseman, who embodied Black icons, dies of cancer
9/3/2020 9:07:15 PM

By Ryan Pearson   LOS ANGELES (AP)—First Chadwick Boseman slipped on the cleats of Jackie Robinson, then the Godfather of Soul's dancing shoes, portraying both Black American icons with a searing intensity that commanded respect. When the former playwright suited up as Black Panther, he brought cool intellectual gravitas to the Marvel superhero whose “Wakanda forever!” salute reverberated worldwide. As his Hollywood career boomed, though, Boseman was privately undergoing “countless surgeries and chemotherapy” to battle colon cancer, his family...

Shock, grief, and gratitude after death of Chadwick Boseman
9/3/2020 9:06:33 PM

By The Associated Press “He was a gentle soul and a brilliant artist, who will stay with us for eternity through his iconic performances over his short yet illustrious career. God bless Chadwick Boseman.”—Denzel Washington, via a statement. “Chadwick.....no words to express my devastation of losing you. Your talent, your spirit, your heart, your authenticity........It was an honor working beside you, getting to know you....Rest well prince...May flights of angels sing thee to thy heavenly rest. I love you!”—Viola Davis, co-star in “Get on...

Chadwick Boseman's death leaves saddening mark on rough 2020
9/3/2020 9:05:49 PM

By Jonathan Landrum, Jr.   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Kobe Bryant. Rep. John Lewis. And now, Chadwick Boseman. So far, 2020 has been marred with bad news and tragedy with the deaths of several popular Black icons including Bryant, Lewis and recently Boseman, who died Friday. All three were viewed as leaders in their respective fields of sports, politics and film—places where people, particularly in the Black community, have often looked for inspiration during a year of racial tension and protests against the police brutality of unarmed Black people. But for many, the loss of...

Obama, Johansson and more react to death of Chadwick Boseman
9/3/2020 9:00:48 PM

NEW YORK (AP)—“Chadwick came to the White House to work with kids when he was playing Jackie Robinson. You could tell right away that he was blessed. To be young, gifted, and Black; to use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain—what a use of his years.”—Former President Barack Obama tweeted Saturday. “Chadwick was not only a deeply soulful and powerful actor, but he was such a kind, thoughtful, funny and gentle person. He brightened every ones day every time he walked into our hair and makeup trailer or on set with his...

Insider Q&A: Pharma CEO talks rapid testing for coronavirus
9/3/2020 8:59:53 PM

By Matthew Perrone   WASHINGTON (AP)—Speed and accuracy are key features when screening for coronavirus. Quidel Corp. is one of a handful of U.S. companies authorized to sell a rapid test for COVID-19, yielding results in about 15 minutes. The test is run on a small machine that is used in clinics and doctor offices. Unlike some other quick tests, U.S. regulators have ruled that Quidel's test is nearly as accurate as older tests that take hours to run in a laboratory, known as the PCR test. The Associated Press spoke with Quidel's CEO Douglas Bryant about the...

Wave of evictions expected as moratoriums end in many states
8/26/2020 6:03:46 PM

By Regina Garcia Cano and Michael Casey   BALTIMORE—Kelyn Yanez used to clean homes during the day and wait tables at night in the Houston area before the coronavirus. But the mother of three lost both jobs in March because of the pandemic and now is facing eviction. The Honduran immigrant got help from a local church to pay part of July’s rent but was still hundreds of dollars short and is now awaiting a three-day notice to vacate the apartment where she lives with her children. She has no idea how she will meet her August rent. “Right now, I have...

Community leaders come together against racism and discrimination protesting Senate Bill 793
8/26/2020 6:01:54 PM

LOS ANGELES—Neighborhood FORWARD was joined by hundreds of Californians, including local faith leaders, retired law enforcement, and civil rights activists, to ensure the voices and pleas of the Black community are heard by California legislators. While wearing masks and practicing social distancing, people peacefully marched in front of the home of California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon chanting, “Defeat SB793. Another bill to put Black people at the mercy of law enforcement. We’re arrested more. Beaten more. Killed by police more. Stop SB793—another potential...

Louis-Dreyfus 'proud to be a nasty, nasty woman' for Dems
8/26/2020 5:58:55 PM

By David Bauder   NEW YORK (AP)—The star of “Veep” brought some bite to her role at the Democrats' virtual convention. Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the celebrity host for the convention's final night Thursday, took some pointed shots at President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. “I'm proud to be a nasty, nasty woman,” said the 11-time Emmy winner. Promotion of the “30330” text address for information on Biden's campaign provided fodder for two jokes at Trump's expense. She said 30330 “would be the...