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After delays, construction on Obama Center begins in Chicago
8/18/2021 7:58:05 PM

CHICAGO (AP)—Five years after Barack Obama chose Chicago as the site for his legacy project, construction officially began Monday on the Obama Presidential Center. Roadway closures were set up and a bulldozer pulled up to start digging up part of the 19-acre lakefront site in Jackson Park, which is near the Obama family home and the University of Chicago where the former president once taught law. The Obama Foundation, which announced preliminary work in April, said a formal groundbreaking ceremony would take place in the fall. Progress on the $500 million center has been delayed...

South LA families impacted by fireworks blast rally outside City Hall
8/18/2021 7:54:42 PM

LOS ANGELES—South Los Angeles families gathered Monday outside Los Angeles Police Department headquarters and City Hall to demand the city immediately fix their damaged homes and hold officers accountable for a destructive fireworks blast set off by a bomb squad on June 30. A couple of dozen people organized by Union del Barrio and Comites de Resistencia gathered with a letter outlining the families' demands addressed to Mayor Eric Garcetti. The families are seeking: immediate repairs for their homes; the names of the officers who gave the order to detonate the...

New police use-of-force training focuses on 'moral courage'
8/18/2021 7:53:11 PM

By Dave Collins   HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)—A new use-of-force training program that will be required for all police officers in Connecticut will emphasize “moral courage,” empathy and de-escalation in an effort to reduce fatal shootings and other violent acts by officers. Officials believe it is one of the first use-of-force training programs in the country to be mandated across an entire state. Most police departments provide their own such training to officers based on state laws, which can result in patchworks of different standards and interpretations, said...

Church of MLK's 1st leadership position gets museum funding
8/18/2021 6:39:35 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP)—As the Alabama church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was elected to his first leadership position in the civil rights movement marks its 155th anniversary, work has begun to make a museum out of the crumbling building where that vote was taken. King was 26 when the Montgomery Improvement Association met at Mt. Zion AME Church on Dec. 5, 1955, the first day of what turned out to be a yearlong bus boycott that ushered in the civil rights movement. In his 1958 memoir about the boycott, King wrote that his election “happened so quickly that I did not...

Prospects ever fainter for bipartisan policing overhaul deal
8/18/2021 6:34:48 PM

By Alan Fram   WASHINGTON (AP)—Prospects seem increasingly faint for a bipartisan Senate deal on overhauling policing practices as deadlocked lawmakers have fled the Capitol for August recess and political pressure for an accord eases with each passing week. Bargainers insist they're still talking and haven't abandoned hope, though they've repeatedly blown past self-imposed deadlines. This spring, President Joe Biden pumped momentum into talks with a nationally televised address telling Congress to “get it done” by May 25, the anniversary of a...

Indiana church that aided the Underground Railroad turns 200
8/18/2021 6:23:07 PM

By Emily Cox   BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP)—When the Bloomington Reformed Presbyterian Church was founded, Indiana was 5 years old, Abraham Lincoln wasn't a teenager yet, and one year had passed since the state confirmed Bloomington as the site of Indiana Seminary, which later became Indiana University. Now, in 2021, the church is celebrating its 200th anniversary throughout the year with the theme “Growing Under Grace.” Members of the church at 302 E. First St. have been researching its history, digging into its influence on the Bloomington community and...

Black former Netflix worker sues, alleging racial discrimination, retaliation
8/11/2021 5:27:34 PM

LOS ANGELES—A Black former Netflix Inc. employee is suing the company for racial discrimination and retaliation, alleging he was fired earlier this year because of his ethnicity and for complaining about his disparate treatment on the job. Jerrold Ivery's Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges race discrimination, failure to prevent discrimination and harassment and retaliation. He seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages in the suit brought Thursday. A Netflix representative could not be immediately reached. "Netflix's manner of treating Black or...

Compton College’s virtual new student welcome day set for August 18
8/5/2021 5:54:51 PM

COMPTON—Incoming students will have a chance to prepare for college at Compton College’s Virtual New Student Welcome Day via Zoom from 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. All students are welcome to attend this annual event! New Student Welcome Day provides an ideal opportunity for new students to learn important information about Compton College, connect with the campus community, and: Meet Compton College President/CEO, Dr. Keith Curry, and Associated Student Govern-ment President, Stephanie Leonor Del Cid. Learn about the campus from faculty,...

What election? California Democrats worry over recall apathy
8/5/2021 5:51:01 PM

By Kathleen Ronayne and Michael R. Blood   SACRAMENTO (AP)—California Gov. Gavin Newsom has a simple way to beat back the recall election that could force him out of his job: Get Democrats to vote. But it may not be as easy as it sounds. Democratic registration almost doubles that of Republicans in the state, but party leaders are alarmed because Republicans appear more eager to vote, which is backed up by polling. Some Democrats might not be paying attention because they are convinced Newsom is headed toward an easy victory. The kind of voter Newsom needs to connect with...

After court victories, Michael Jackson estate eyes revival
8/5/2021 5:44:05 PM

By Andrew Dalton   BEVERLY HILLS (AP)—Michael Jackson's musical legacy never left, but a kind of comeback is coming. With a series of court victories that bring the end to serious legal crises, with a Broadway show beginning and a Cirque du Soleil show returning after a long pandemic pause, the Jackson business is on the upswing 12 years after the pop superstar's death. Very recently, things looked grim. The 2019 HBO documentary “ Leaving Neverland “ raised child molestation allegations anew. The once-dead lawsuits brought by the two men featured in...