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Anthony Bourdain doc 'an act of therapy' for an acute loss
6/24/2021 10:10:26 PM

By Jake Coyle   NEW YORK (AP)—When the filmmaker Morgan Neville began making a documentary on Anthony Bourdain, the late chef and globe-trotting television host, one of the first things he did was comb through every song Bourdain had ever referenced. He came up with a playlist 181/2 hours long and called it “Tony.” Neville, the director of the Fred Rogers portrait “Won't You Be My Neighbor?” and the Oscar-winning “20 Feet From Stardom,” was determined to approach Bourdain through a prism other than his death. Music was only a small...

The Drew League is back in full force
6/24/2021 10:02:51 PM

By Dennis J. Freeman Bulletin Staff Writer   The Drew League is back. The renowned summer pro-am basketball league has returned after taking a summer off due to Covid-19. Saturday, June 19, was the first official day the Drew League has operated since 2019. Of course, as always, the crowd became the scene as basketball junkies made their way to the start of another season of sensational hoops play. But there is a caveat to this bit of good news for the faithful. Well, at least it is for media members hoping to catch an NBA player or two. According to two Nike...

LUSD graduates honor those lost during emotional return to in-person commencement ceremonies
6/24/2021 10:00:06 PM

LYNWOOD—Lynwood Unified School District honored the Class of 2021 from four schools from June 14-16 during emotional ceremonies that honored both achievement and perseverance through loss. Nearly 750 Students and families from Firebaugh, Lynwood, Vista and Pathway high schools gathered on Lynwood Unified’s District Field for their long-anticipated in-person commencement after last year’s graduating class was limited to a virtual ceremony due to COVID-19 safety measures. The impact of the past year could be felt during the ceremonies and was especially challenging for...

LUSD collaborates with community on new LCAP committed to culturally inclusive education for all students
6/24/2021 9:54:19 PM

LYNWOOD—Lynwood Unified School District is set to submit a new three-year Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) that leaned heavily on community collaboration with the goal of providing every student with a well- rounded, culturally inclusive education while also focusing on English Language Arts and mathematics. After an extensive months-long process that included community surveys and inclusive input from teachers and other school personnel, parents, and students through a variety of mediums, the LCAP will be brought before the Board of Education at the June 24...

Pharrell Williams to open school for low-income families
6/16/2021 1:32:20 PM

By Sarah Gregory   NORFOLK, Va. (AP)—Singer Pharrell Williams' nonprofit plans to open a group of small private schools for students from low-income families, starting in Norfolk. The first school will open this fall in Ghent—the group declined to specify where—for students in the city in grades three through five with the goal of expanding on the equity-focused nonprofit's decade of experience running summer programs for students. “If the system is fixed and unfair, then it needs to be broken,” Williams said in a news release. “We...

Teen who recorded Floyd's arrest, death wins Pulitzer nod
6/16/2021 1:27:50 PM

By Amy Forliti   MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—The teenager who pulled out her cellphone and began recording when she saw George Floyd being pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer was given a special citation by the Pulitzer Prizes on Friday for her video that helped to launch a global movement to protest racial injustice. Darnella Frazier was cited “for courageously recording the murder of George Floyd, a video that spurred protests against police brutality, around the world, highlighting the crucial role of citizens in journalists' quest for truth and...

Compton College student overcomes odds to create impressive success story
6/16/2021 1:22:13 PM

COMPTON—“It blows my mind that in just a few years, I’m a single mother who went from having no high school diploma, no job, no transportation, and no means to support my family to now having a job, graduating from community college, and transferring to a university this fall,” said Jessica Ramos, Compton College class of 2021 graduate and mother of two. Ramos is graduating from Compton College this month with an associate degree and was accepted to California State University, Dominguez Hills to major in business administration. She is considering a career in human...

Biden revokes Trump report promoting 'patriotic education'
6/16/2021 1:16:02 PM

By Collin Binkley   President Joe Biden revoked a recent Trump administration report that aimed to promote “patriotic education” in schools but that historians mocked and rejected as political propaganda. In an executive order signed on Wednesday in his first day in office, Biden disbanded Donald Trump's presidential 1776 Commission and withdrew a report it released Monday. Trump established the group in September to rally support from white voters and as a response to The New York Times' “1619 Project,” which highlights the lasting consequences of...

Racial diversity in children's books grows, but slowly
6/16/2021 1:13:47 PM

By Christine Fernando   CHICAGO (AP)—In the world of children's books, villagers can protect their water from a black snake, dark skin is as beautiful as the night sky, and a little girl's two puffs of hair can make her feel like she's floating above the clouds. Kids are seeing more of these possibilities in the books they read as authors make a bigger push to reflect the diversity around them. Racial diversity in children's books has been picking up since 2014, reversing a 25-year plateau, according to Kathleen T. Horning, director of the University of...

Rash of mass shootings stirs U.S. fears heading into summer
6/16/2021 1:09:47 PM

By Kathleen Foody   CHICAGO (AP)—Two people were killed and at least 30 others wounded in mass shootings overnight in three states, authorities said Saturday, stoking concerns that a spike in U.S. gun violence could continue into summer as coronavirus restrictions ease and more people are free to socialize. The attacks took place late Friday or early Saturday in the Texas capital of Austin, Chicago and Savannah, Georgia. In Austin, authorities said they arrested one of two male suspects and were searching for the other after a shooting early Saturday on a crowded...