L.A. County Expands Access to Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants
11/28/2018 9:35:55 PM

By Staff Reports LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to expand access to healthcare for residents who do not qualify under the Affordable Care Act, primarily undocumented immigrants. My Health LA is a partnership between the county and local community clinics and health centers aimed at providing health care for every county resident. Clinics provide primary care services like screenings, physicals, chronic disease management and prescription medications. The Department of Health Services offers specialty care and more acute services. More than 150,000...

9 L.A. County Residents Sickened in Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce
11/28/2018 9:35:08 PM

By Staff Reports LOS ANGELES—Nine of the 32 people across the country who were sickened by an E. coli infection linked to romaine lettuce are Los Angeles County residents, public health officials said Tuesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a food safety alert Tuesday warning people not to eat any romaine lettuce due to an E. coli outbreak. According to the CDC, 32 cases have been reported in 11 states, with 10 of the cases being in California. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported Tuesday afternoon that of the 32 outbreak...

A Thanksgiving Countdown: Holiday Planning Made Easier
11/23/2018 9:39:04 PM

By Katie Workman   With Thanksgiving coming tomorrow, hopefully you’ve been thinking of how you might plan things better this year, how to make it all a bit less stressful. Here are some last second tips. Let me start by saying, striving for perfection is overrated. The messiness and imperfectness of the holidays is part of what makes each one memorable and particular to your family or the band of friends you share the occasion with. Still, there are strategies and tricks to making sure Thanksgiving runs smoothly. Here’s a game plan for getting things done ahead...

Mississippi Campaign Heats Up After ‘Lynching’ Remark
11/23/2018 9:34:48 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   It’s a campaign that flew quietly under the radar—though the outcome could not only make history but change the dynamics in the United States Senate. Down in the Delta—where the public lynching of African Americans was the rule and not the exception and the Ku Klux Klan was usually law enforcement, judge, jury and executioner—Mike Espy, a Black man, has forced a runoff against Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith. As stunning as Espy’s rise in one of the classic “Good Ole Boys” states, Hyde-Smith, perhaps in a fit of...

Stacey Abrams Ends Historic Gubernatorial Run
11/23/2018 9:33:01 PM

By Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D   The State of Georgia’s Democratic Gubernatorial nominee has ended her historic run for governor in a controversial political race that has captured the attention of the country. In a press conference at her Kirkwood headquarters, Stacey Abrams acknowledged GOP candidate and former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be Georgia’s next governor but failed to concede the race. “I will not concede because the erosion of our democracy is not right,” she stated. Abrams announcement comes days after post-election lawsuits demanding...

In Wake of Professor’s Comments, Katherine Johnson Is Still Celebrated in Physics
11/23/2018 9:25:37 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   For many, the words of a senior scientist who said physics “was invented and built by men,” stung. The words earlier this month of Professor Alessandro Strumia, who was suspended from working with the European nuclear research center, Cern, served as a reminder of the great accomplishments of Katherine Johnson, who recently turned 100. Celebrate indeed. Strumia also claimed in his controversial comments that physics is “becoming sexist against men.” “Let’s celebrate our sister leader, Katherine Johnson,” NNPA...

Lap Dogs, Not Laptops
11/23/2018 9:22:50 PM

LOS ANGELES—Forget the latest gadget or electronic device...this Black Friday, pet lovers can get a great deal on a lap dog or smart cat during Best Friends Animal Society’s #Holiday100 adoption promotion. Kicking off on Black Friday, Nov. 23, at 6 a.m., all pets at the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center and select pets at the NKLA Pet Adoption Center are just $10 for the first 100 adopters, emulating “mall mania” with a goal of three record-breaking adoption days. The promotion ends Sunday at 8 pm. There will be more hundreds of dogs, cats, and kittens of all ages...

L.A. County Officials Highlight Success of Fight Against Sex Trafficking
11/23/2018 9:20:56 PM

Program Began at Compton and Century Stations   LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Los Angeles County's victim-centered, trauma- informed approach to combating the commercial sexual exploitation of children has taken root and is transforming young lives, authorities said Tuesday. The county's first responder protocol, begun four years ago, focuses law enforcement efforts on targeting pimps and johns for arrest and humiliation, while recognizing that children are victims in need of support services. Since then, 361 young people have been "recovered" from a life of...

ICE Head Denounces Political Vitriol, Apologizes for Tweet
11/23/2018 9:19:12 PM

By Colleen Long   WASHINGTON (AP)—The acting head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told senators Thursday that employees' morale has suffered because of the bitter political climate, and he apologized for sending a tweet in 2015 that suggested renaming the Democratic Party as the “NeoKlanist” party. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee heard testimony on whether to confirm Ronald Vitiello as head of an agency that some Democrats want to abolish. Vitiello said ICE employees are threatened with violence or targeted at...

U.S. Closes Busiest Mexico Border Crossing for Several Hours
11/23/2018 9:17:27 PM

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP)—The United States closed off northbound traffic for several hours at the busiest border crossing with Mexico to install new security barriers on Monday, a day after hundreds of Tijuana residents protested against the presence of thousands of Central American migrants. The U.S. also closed one of two pedestrian crossings at the San Ysidro crossing in a move apparently aimed at preventing any mass rush of migrants across the border. The installation of movable, wire-topped barriers threatens to complicate life for Mexicans using San Ysidro, where about 110,000...