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6 Dr. Seuss books won’t be published for racist images
3/3/2021 3:28:52 PM

By Mark Pratt   BOSTON (AP)—Six Dr. Seuss books—including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo”—will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author’s legacy said Tuesday. “These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday. “Ceasing sales of these books is only part of...

MLK Hospital among recipients of generous pandemic-related grants
3/3/2021 3:27:36 PM

LOS ANGELES—Martin Luther King Community Hospital and Venice Family Clinic are among five local recipients of $1.3 million in COVID-19 Response Grants awarded Tuesday by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles to address urgent physical and mental health care needs arising out of the pandemic. The grants will also support small businesses struggling to stay afloat through interest-free loans. The distributions are part of the previously announced multi-stage initiative through which The Foundation has committed more than $8 million in giving, the largest amount ever earmarked...

3/3/2021 3:25:21 PM

SACRAMENTO—The state of California in partnership with The Center at Sierra Health Foundation has launched a “COVID-19 Community Champions” campaign to recognize COVID-19 warriors who have made significant contributions in their communities. Honorees of the campaign include medical community leaders, Dr. Elaine Batchlor, CEO, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (Los Angeles); Dr. David M. Carlisle, President, Charles R. Drew University (Los Angeles); Dr. Rodney Hood, Founder of the San Diego County COVID-19 Equity Task Force; Dr. Adrian James, Chief Medical Officer...

‘Hamilton’ actor-rapper inspires kids with virtual school visit
3/3/2021 3:21:35 PM

LYNWOOD—Actor and rapper Daveed Diggs, known for his role in the award-winning play “Hamilton”, spread a message of inspiration and embracing creativity on Feb. 24 when he joined Abbott Elementary School students for a virtual Black History Month Assembly. Diggs shared his journey to artistic success and encouraged more than 300 students to pursue their passions during the special visit. Diggs is a mentor in the Turnaround Arts: California program which sees creative professionals engage with partner schools to celebrate the power and potential in...

It is back to the basics for Major General Kevin Vereen
3/3/2021 3:10:50 PM

The U.S. Army’s recruiting commanding General finds time to speak with local soldiers about diversity By Dennis J. Freeman Staff Writer   LOS ANGELES—U.S. Army Major General Kevin Vereen made his rounds in Southern California on Friday, Feb. 22, to get a feel of what’s happening on the ground regarding local recruitment offices getting enlistment brought up to speed. The Army’s recruiting commanding General, Vereen was scheduled to hit up recruitment offices in Hollywood and Koreatown as part of a broader discussion with soldiers about diversity as...

Laying out data, Netflix touts its record on inclusivity
3/3/2021 3:07:29 PM

By Jake Coyle   NEW YORK (AP)—Netflix on Friday released a study it commissioned from top academic researchers that shows the streaming giant is outpacing much of the film industry in the inclusivity of its original films and television series. For years, academic studies have sought to capture inequalities in Hollywood and to hold studios accountable for making film and television that doesn’t reflect American demographics. Those studies have generally relied on box-office or ratings data, often leaving out streaming platforms. Netflix is trying a different route...

Hulu sets Mike Tyson miniseries, but boxer punches back
3/3/2021 3:05:56 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Hulu announced it has ordered a limited series dramatizing the life of boxing great Mike Tyson, who quickly slammed the production as “cultural misappropriation.” In a press release Thursday, Hulu said “Iron Mike” will explore “the wild, tragic and controversial life and career” of a polarizing athlete. Tyson, who is not involved in the project, criticized Hulu on social media, saying the series smacked of insensitivity. “Hulu’s announcement to do an unauthorized mini-series of the Tyson story without...

Doctor appears in court video call while performing surgery
3/3/2021 2:53:12 PM

SACRAMENTO (AP)—The Medical Board of California said it would investigate a plastic surgeon who appeared in a videoconference for his traffic violation trial while operating. The Sacramento Bee reports Dr. Scott Green appeared Thursday for his Sacramento Superior Court trial, held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic, from an operating room. He was dressed in surgical scrubs with a patient undergoing the procedure just out of view; the beeps of medical machinery can be heard in the background. “Hello, Mr. Green? Hi. Are you available for trial?” asked a...

Early COVID-19 patients recall a lonely year
3/3/2021 2:51:05 PM

By Jake Griffin   PALATINE, Ill. (AP)—As it turns out, there are no perks to being first in a pandemic. “That’s the wrong lottery to win,” Bob Dix said. It’s been a full year since Dix arrived at the Northwest Community Hospital emergency room in Arlington Heights with a 103-degree temperature that wouldn’t break, confounding doctors who had ruled out the flu, bronchitis and other respiratory ailments. A few days after that hospital admission, he would be diagnosed as the suburbs’ first case of COVID-19. His wife, Regina, would be...

No charges against officers involved in Daniel Prude’s death
2/24/2021 10:01:32 AM

Police officers shown on body camera video holding Daniel Prude down naked and handcuffed on a city street last winter until he stopped breathing will not face criminal charges, according to a grand jury decision announced Tuesday. The 41-year-old Black man’s death last March sparked nightly protests in Rochester, New York, after the video was released nearly six months later, with demonstrators demanding a reckoning for police and city officials. State Attorney General Letitia James, whose office took over the prosecution and impaneled a grand jury, said her office...