January Special!
America’s Oldest Veteran, Richard Arvin Overton, Dies at 112
1/2/2019 10:14:08 AM

By Lauren Victoria Burke   Born on May 11, 1906, Richard Arvin Overton, a member of what is often called America’s “Greatest Generation,” died on December 27th in Austin, Texas. At 112 years and 230 days, Overton was believed to be the oldest living man in the United States as well as America’s oldest veteran. He enlisted into the Army on September 3, 1940 at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. Overton then fought in World War II, serving in the all-black 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion. He fought in the South Pacific from 1940 through 1945, a time which...

Beach Closure Lifted in Long Beach
1/2/2019 10:13:05 AM

LONG BEACH—A 10-day beach closure in Long Beach caused by a sewage spill that occurred in Glendale has been was lifted. The closure went into effect on Dec. 18 for the ocean water along all seven miles of the city's public beaches. About half of the beaches were reopened three days after the closure was ordered. According to Long Beach city officials, the spill on Dec. 17 dumped about 10,400 gallons of sewage into the Los Angeles River, which carried it to the ocean. City officials said state law mandates the beach closure "out of an abundance of caution." The...

Sharon Caples McDougle, NASA’s Modern Day ‘Hidden Figure’
1/2/2019 10:12:09 AM

By Staff Reports   Sharon Caples McDougle is somewhat of a "hidden figure." Everyone knows that Dr. Mae Jemison was the first African American woman to travel into space—but many don't know that an African American woman from Moss Point, MS "suited her up" and has several firsts of her own. McDougle was Jemison's suit tech for the historic mission STS-47 aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor September 12, 1992. McDougle worked closely with her during her training leading up to launch, as well as the actual launch day and landing of the space shuttle...

Governor Jerry Brown Caps 5 Decades on Political Scene
1/2/2019 10:10:41 AM

By Kathleen Ronayne   SACRAMENTO (AP)—It was a matter of life and death in 2015 when California Gov. Jerry Brown pondered an assisted suicide bill granting terminally ill people the right to choose when they die. After much speculation, Brown signed the measure, a victory for “death with dignity” advocates and a blow to the Catholic Church, which vigorously opposed it. Brown, who once considered becoming a priest, added to his signature a five-paragraph statement outlining how he made his decision: He sought contradicting perspectives from the church, families...

Nancy Wilson, Grammy-Winning Jazz Singer, Dies at 81
12/19/2018 9:19:14 PM

By Andrew Dalton and Hillel Italie   Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning “song stylist” and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died. Wilson, who retired from touring in 2011, died after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert community near Joshua Tree National Park, her manager and publicist Devra Hall Levy told The Associated Press late Thursday night. She was 81. Influenced by Dinah Washington, Nat “King” Cole and other stars, Wilson covered everything from jazz...

New Film Honors the Life of Harriet Tubman
12/19/2018 9:17:57 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   When one speaks of freedom fighters, Harriet Tubman’s name should always be among the first—if not highlighted as a primary justice crusader. For it was on this date 169 years ago—Dec. 6, 1849—that Tubman escaped slavery. The brave African American who became known as the “Moses” of her people, didn’t stop with her own freedom but went back—repeatedly—to help others and over the course of a decade, led countless slaves along the Underground Railroad so that they too could taste freedom. Tubman became...

Film Review: ‘Green Book’ Is Must-See Moviemaking
12/19/2018 9:17:02 PM

By Hollywood Hernandez Live   The Green Book was a travel guide for African Americans that was written by an African American mail carrier named Victor Green. "The Negro Motorist Green Book" started out in the late 40's and it was a travel guide of places in The Jim Crow South. It listed places that were safe havens for African Americans to stay, grab a bite to eat, or even get a haircut. The book was put into publication throughout the 1960's. GREEN BOOK is based on a true story about classically-trained black jazz pianist, Don Shirley (played by...

Child's Death Highlights Communication Barriers on Border
12/19/2018 9:06:56 PM

By Julie Wilson   Shortly before a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died in U.S. custody, her father signed a form stating that his daughter was in good health. But it's unclear how much the man understood on the form, which was written in English and read to him in Spanish by Border Patrol agents. The death of Jakelin Caal highlights the communication challenges along the U.S.-Mexico border as agents come in contact with an increasing number of migrants who speak neither English nor Spanish. Her father's native language is the Mayan tongue known as Q'eqchi'. His...

Enforcement Officers to Conduct Compliance Field Licensing Efforts in Local Unincorporated Areas
12/19/2018 9:04:23 PM

By Staff Reports   Officers from the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) will be conducting field licensing enforcement in the unincorporated areas of Compton (zip codes 90220, 90221 and 90222), Long Beach (zip code 90808) and Torrance (zip code 90502) beginning on Wednesday January 2, 2019. Field enforcement efforts are designed to ensure that residents’ dogs and cats are in compliance with mandatory licensing requirements, spay/neuter, and microchipping. Additionally, California law requires that all dogs over the age of four months be...

District Attorney's Office Warns of Scammers Selling Mutts as Purebred Pups
12/19/2018 9:02:37 PM

By Staff Reports   LOS ANGELES—Animal lovers considering a purebred puppy as a holiday gift should make sure they're getting what they bargain for, authorities warned Monday. Victims of scams have spent hundreds and even thousands of dollars on supposedly purebred pooches that turn out not to be what sellers claimed, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, which issued the warning. Pet stores and other resellers may simply accept a breeder's word that an animal is a specific breed. To determine if a dog is a recognized purebred,...