January Special!
Michael Jackson’s Mother, Katherine Jackson, Reportedly Gravely Ill
1/2/2019 10:55:55 AM

By Stacy M. Brown   Katherine Jackson, the matriarch of the famed Jackson family, is reportedly gravely ill, with family members already fighting over her share of the late Michael Jackson’s estate. Outlets like Radar Online, the National Enquirer and even Atlanta Black Star have reported that Jackson, 88, is facing brain surgery. Previously, the outlets reported that Jackson has had several strokes and other ailments that have left her wheelchair-bound and dependent upon caretakers. The latest reports also suggest that several of Jackson’s children have...

LA County Library Director Named 2019 Librarian of the Year
1/2/2019 10:25:58 AM

LA COUNTY—Skye Patrick joined LA County Library in February 2016, with ambitions to champion change and position the Library as a center of learning accessible to all residents of Los Angeles County. She’s done just that, and so much more, as made clear by her award of 2019 Librarian of the Year from Library Journal. Since joining LA County Library, one of the largest library systems in the US, Patrick has focused on breaking down barriers and increasing access for all customers. Embracing the unique communities that the Library serves, she launched the iCount equity...

Congresswoman Maxine Waters: First Woman and First African American to Chair House Committee
1/2/2019 10:24:55 AM

By Stacy M. Brown   One day after saying she wants President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to testify before her committee about his work overhauling the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA 43)was elevated to another position where she will undoubtedly continue to hold President Trump and his administration accountable. Waters, the fiery and outspoken California Democrat whom Millennials have adopted as “Auntie Maxine,” was named by the Democratic Caucus to serve as the first woman and the first...

Commanding Officer to Leave Compton Station with Promotion
1/2/2019 10:24:11 AM

Capt. Michael Thatcher, who assumed command of Compton Station nearly three years ago, has informed community leaders that he will soon leave due to a promotion by new Sheriff Alex Villanueva. After assuming command in March 2016, Thatcher oversaw the implementation of what was originally called the Violence Reduction Network, formed in the fall of 2015. A joint city, county and federal program, it is credited with a significant decrease in violent crime in the city, in large part due to unprecedented cooperation between the locals and feds. “Often times you have turf battles...

Gov. Brown Orders New DNA Testing in Old Murder Case
1/2/2019 10:23:15 AM

By Kathleen Ronayne and Don Thompson   SACRAMENTO (AP)—California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered new DNA tests that a condemned inmate says could clear him in a 35-year-old quadruple murder case, which has drawn national attention. Brown ordered tests of four pieces of evidence that Kevin Cooper and his attorneys say will show he was framed for the 1983 Chino Hills hatchet and knife killings of four people. The items that will be tested are a tan T-shirt and orange towel found near the scene and the hatchet handle and sheath. Cooper was convicted in 1985 of killing Doug and...

Funds Being Raised for Woman Fatally Wounded During Inglewood Robbery Attempt
1/2/2019 10:22:27 AM

By Staff Reports INGLEWOOD—Funds were being raised Friday to benefit the family of a grandmother who was shot in the face and fatally injured on Christmas Day while trying to fend off another woman who was attempting to steal her purse in Inglewood. The shooting took place about 1 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Yukon Avenue and 104th Street, police said. Responding officers found the wounded woman, later identified as Lourdes Padilla, down on the sidewalk. Padilla was in critical condition when she was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead two days later, police...

Woman Pleads No Contest in Attack On 91-Year-Old Man
1/2/2019 10:20:45 AM

By Staff Reports COMPTON—A woman pleaded no contest last Thursday to a felony elder abuse charge stemming from an attack with a brick on a 91-year-old grandfather who was beaten in Willowbrook on the Fourth of July. Laquisha Jones of Los Angeles, 30, is facing 15 years behind bars in connection with the apparently unprovoked attack, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The aftermath of the attack was captured on cell phone video that showed Rodolfo Rodriguez on the ground, with blood covering much of his face. Rodriguez...

Watts-Willowbrook Conservatory & Youth Symphony Sign-ups to Begin
1/2/2019 10:19:31 AM

By Staff Reports   The 10th year for the Watts-Willowbrook Conservatory (WWC) begins next Thursday January 10th with registration for interested musicians from beginners to advanced skills. Serving youth from 6 to 18 years old, the Winter/Spring session runs through June 6th with twice weekly classes in Cello as well as “beginning” and “continuing” strings. Registration and orientation will be held at the “Old Library Building,” at 1501 E 103rd St, ½ block west of Compton Ave. The Watts-Willowbrook Conservatory (WWC) was...

Cindy Crawford Pays Off Compton Walmart Layaways
1/2/2019 10:16:53 AM

By Staff Reports   Following the leads of Tyler Perry in Atlanta and Kid Rock in Nashville, Model/Actress Cindy Crawford and her husband, businessman Randy Gerber paid the balances due for layaway items at Compton’s Walmart. These Christmas-spirit entertainer gestures began with Perry on December 7th, when he foot the bill for all layaways at two Atlanta area Walmart stores. “I was trying to do this anonymously but oh well!!!” The Actor and filmmaker wrote checks to cover $434,000 in due bills, writing on Twitter, “I know it’s hard times,...

Metro Green Line to Close for Several Weeks in January
1/2/2019 10:15:52 AM

LOS ANGELES—Metro announced last week that it will suspend Green Line service between the Crenshaw and Redondo Beach stations for two consecutive weeks beginning Jan. 4 to complete and activate the connection with the future Crenshaw/LAX light rail line. The work is scheduled to be completed by Jan. 20. The following stations will not have rail service: Hawthorne/Lennox, Aviation/LAX, Mariposa, El Segundo, Douglas and Redondo Beach. Metro bus shuttles will replace rail service between the Crenshaw station and Redondo Beach station and all stations in between. Regular Green Line...