Detectives Seek Public's Help to Solve 2-Year Old Murder
11/28/2018 10:36:34 PM

LYNWOOD (CNS)—Sheriff's homicide detectives again asked for the public's help to solve the 2-year-old killing of Danah Rojo-Rivas, and were hoping a $30,000 reward would entice someone to identify the killer or killers. Rojo-Rivas, 16, was shot and killed Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 at about 9:30 p.m. at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard in Lynwood. The victim was sitting in the backseat of the vehicle her mother was driving, heading home from church, when a car-to-car chase approached them and gunshots were fired from the vehicle being pursued, described...

Governor Pardons Former Southland Legislator Roderick Wright and Refugees and Others
11/28/2018 10:35:42 PM

By Staff Reports SACRAMENTO—A former state senator convicted of lying about his residence and three refugees from Vietnam who could face deportation are among 38 people pardoned Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Brown's pardons also include a man who just lost his Paradise home in a wildfire. The Democratic governor also commuted the sentences of 70 people still serving time, including Walter “Earlonne” Woods, who co-hosts a podcast called “Ear Hustle” from inside San Quinton state prison. Former Sen. Roderick Wright...

Rep. Lowenthal Tours Long Beach State University Lab to Discuss Research, Diversity
11/28/2018 10:34:53 PM

LONG BEACH—Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) on Friday, Nov. 9 made a stop at Long Beach State University to meet with assistant professor Deepali Bhandari and tour her biochemistry lab. The tour provided Bhandari and Lowenthal an opportunity to discuss the focus of her work, which includes searching for ways to stress and destroy cancer cells. Bhandari, who visited Capitol Hill in May 2018 with a group of scientists from The American Society for Cell Biology as part of a science advocacy effort, invited Lowenthal to campus to visit her laboratory and to engage him in an ongoing...

Compton Unified School District is Awarded $10 Million Dollar Grant
11/28/2018 10:33:25 PM

By Staff Reports COMPTON—Compton Unified School District has been awarded two United States Department of Education Gear Up Grants for the next seven years in collaboration with university and community college partners. Through the grant, CUSD will provide intensive academic and college preparation support to 1,800 6th and 7th grade students. The grant will fund programs that will follow the same students as they journey through middle school, high school and college. CUSD is one of only 60 organizations nationwide (only 11 in California) to be awarded the prestigious grant. The...

L.A. County Looks to Expand Housing for Transitioning Foster Youth
11/28/2018 10:32:23 PM

By Staff Reports   LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles County officials called Tuesday for more housing for young adults coming out of foster care or juvenile detention, to prevent them from starting their new lives homeless. Supervisor Hilda Solis called for a broad, multi-department review of programs to place youth in housing and asked staffers to determine why some beds are underutilized when an estimated 3,300 young adults are homeless countywide on any given night. "Providing these youth with housing will stabilize their lives, and help them focus on school or employment...

Lynwood Unified Families Come Together to Celebrate Parent Involvement Day
11/28/2018 10:26:59 PM

LYNWOOD—Washington Elementary School fifth-grader Lizaey Hernandez feels a sense of calm whenever her mom attends her choir performances. Hearing her mother’s encouraging words and seeing her smile of approval in the audience allow her to sing freely without nervousness. Hernandez and her classmates thanked their parents for their constant support on Nov. 15 when they performed a rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings” for parents and guardians as part of a District celebration of National Parent Involvement Day. “I have five brothers and sisters, but my mom...

Ohio Democrat Says She Won't Challenge Pelosi for Speaker
11/28/2018 10:21:17 PM

By Kevin Freking   WASHINGTON (AP)—Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge, the top potential rival to Nancy Pelosi for House speaker, dropped out of the running Tuesday, delivering a blow to efforts to topple the California Democrat. Fudge announced her decision just as Pelosi said she was naming the Ohio congresswoman as incoming chair of a newly revived elections subcommittee that will delve into voting rights access, a top priority of the new Democratic majority. The move also came the same day Fudge faced questions over her past support for a man now suspected of stabbing his...

Pelosi Announces Push for Staff Diversity for New U.S House
11/28/2018 10:20:24 PM

By Lauren Victoria Burke   WASHINGTON—With the largest Congressional Black Caucus in history along with a historic number of women entering the U.S. House in 2019, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has announced plans for a new emphasis on staff diversity in the U.S. House. The effort will call attention to the ongoing diversity problem on Capitol Hill. Very few senior staff positions on the Senate side are held by Blacks or Latinos. On the House side of Capitol Hill most staff top positions are employed by member of the CBC. “We know that the diversity...

One of the last survivors of 1921 Tulsa race riot dies at 103
11/28/2018 10:18:46 PM

By Staff Reports   OKLAHOMA CITY—Olivia Hooker, one of the last survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race riots and among the first Black women in the U.S. Coast Guard, has died. She was 103. Hooker was 6 years old when one of the worst race riots in U.S. history broke out and destroyed much of a Tulsa neighborhood known as “Black Wall Street.” She hid under a table as a torch-carrying mob destroyed her family's home, she told National Public Radio in an interview this year. She recalled hearing the mob use an axe to destroy her sister's piano. For a child,...

Oldest U.S. Military Survivor of Pearl Harbor Dies at Age 106
11/28/2018 10:17:54 PM

By John Rogers and Julie Watson   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Ray Chavez, the oldest U.S. military survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor that plunged the United States into World War II, died Wednesday. He was 106. Chavez, who had been battling pneumonia, died in his sleep in the San Diego suburb of Poway, his daughter, Kathleen Chavez, told The Associated Press. As recently as last May he had traveled to Washington, D.C., where he was honored on Memorial Day by President Donald Trump. The White House Tweeted a statement Wednesday saying it was saddened to hear of...