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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...

Henrietta Lacks' family hires prominent civil rights lawyer
8/5/2021 5:38:11 PM

BALTIMORE (AP)—The family of a Maryland woman who unwittingly spurred a research bonanza when her cancer cells were taken without her knowledge in 1951 has hired a prominent civil rights lawyer to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies. The relatives of Henrietta Lacks have hired Ben Crump, a Florida-based attorney who has represented the families of a number of Black people who have died at the hands of police and vigilantes in recent years. Those clients include the families of George Floyd, Trayvon Martin and Breonna Taylor. The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday that a...

Compton College STEM Center paves way for emerging physicist
8/5/2021 5:35:44 PM

COMPTON—“As a child, I liked to watch space documentaries and shows about the history of the universe. I remember questioning why things are the way they are; I was always trying to figure out how things work,” said Tre Willingham, a member of Compton College’s 2021 graduating class. “There are not many people of color in the physics field and I want to break that barrier.” Compton College’s current STEM Club president will graduate with multiple associate of science degrees in June and will continue his studies as a physics major at California...

Heat, wind and low humidity create fire danger this week in Southland
8/5/2021 5:21:44 PM

LOS ANGELES—Heat advisories and extreme heat warnings are in place for much of Southern California Tuesday through midweek, with the National Weather Service warning that critical fire conditions are expected, including triple-digit temperatures in some areas, low humidity and gusty winds. "An upper level high pressure system centered over Arizona ... will strengthen across Southern California the next few days," the advisory said Monday. "This will bring a drier air mass into the region, along with a warming trend for most areas." Heat advisories were in...

LA County COVID-19 hospitalizations nearly quadruple in one month
8/5/2021 5:17:12 PM

LOS ANGELES—As the Delta variant of the coronavirus continues to spread, county health officials are continuing to urge vaccinations as the best defense against COVID-19 infections, which are disproportionately affecting the unvaccinated and landing them in hospitals. According to state figures, there were 1,242 people hospitalized in the county due to COVID as of Wednesday morning, with 269 people in intensive care. County officials noted that one month ago, on July 2, there were only 280 people hospitalized due to COVID-19. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said last...

'Vote them out': Willie Nelson headlines Texas protest rally
8/5/2021 5:08:12 PM

By Acacia Coronado   AUSTIN, Texas (AP)—Country music legend Willie Nelson led more than a thousand spectators in singing “vote them out” Saturday from the steps of the Texas Capitol during a rally wrapping up a four-day march in support of Democratic state legislators who bolted for Washington two weeks ago to block GOP-backed voting restrictions. Families with lawn chairs spread out across the sprawling Capitol greens in Austin. Clergy, politicians, constituents and musicians all spoke out about the proposals to impose voter ID requirements, limit ballot drop...

Florida breaks record with more than 21,000 new COVID cases
8/5/2021 4:57:56 PM

By Mike Schneider   ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)—Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state's highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to federal health data released Saturday, as its theme park resorts again started asking visitors to wear masks indoors. The state has become the new national epicenter for the virus, accounting for around a fifth of all new cases in the U.S. as the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus continues to spread. Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has resisted mandatory mask mandates and vaccine...