Former Obama Housing Chief Julian Castro Joins 2020 Campaign
1/17/2019 10:42:32 PM

By Paul J. Weber   SAN ANTONIO (AP)—Assailing President Donald Trump for “a crisis of leadership,” former Obama Cabinet member Julian Castro joined the 2020 presidential race Saturday as the rush of Democrats making early moves to challenge the incumbent accelerates. Castro, who could end up being the only Latino in what is shaping up to be a crowded Democratic field, made immigration a centerpiece of his announcement in his hometown of San Antonio, less than 200 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. Two days after the president visited the border to promote...

Forgeries of African American Art on the Rise
1/17/2019 10:41:02 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   For African American artists, prior to 1980, exhibition venues were few, museum opportunities rare and there wasn’t concrete infrastructure for Black art. “Before that time, the primary infrastructure for African American art lay in the hands of academia,” said Larry “Poncho” Brown, one of Maryland’s most prolific artists. Brown noted that such talented individuals as Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden and others stood above the industry prior to the 1980s while the Harlem Renaissance,...

Jury Decides to Strip Mongols Biker Gang of Trademark Logo
1/17/2019 10:39:57 PM

By Brian Melley   LOS ANGELES (AP)—A California jury decided last week that the Mongols motorcycle gang should be stripped of its trademarked logo in a first-of-its-kind verdict, federal prosecutors said. The jury in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana previously found Mongol Nation, the entity that owns the image of a Mongol warrior on a chopper, guilty of racketeering and conspiracy. The verdict caps an unusual decade-long quest by prosecutors to dismantle the gang responsible for drug dealing and murder by seizing control of the trademark they said was core to the...

L.A. County to Prohibit Landlord Discrimination Against Section 8 Families
1/17/2019 10:39:02 PM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to spend $5 million to prevent housing discrimination, including drafting an ordinance to prohibit landlords from denying renters who use Section 8 vouchers. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl recommended doing more to enforce and expand protections offered by federal fair housing laws in place for decades. "Implementation of the nation's Fair Housing Act is 50 years overdue," Kuehl said. "L.A. County is saying we will wait no longer. Discrimination in housing is exacerbating our...

L.A. County Approves Up to $10 Million in Mental Health Funding to LAUSD
1/17/2019 10:26:50 PM

By Elizabeth Marcellino   LOS ANGELES (CNS)— In a move that partially addresses at least one demand of the striking teachers' union, the county Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved up to $10 million for the Los Angeles Unified School District to pay for mental health services for students and staff. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who recommended the funding, said $10 million would be enough to fund a school nurse on every LAUSD elementary school campus. District Superintendent Austin Beutner announced the planned county funds last week as part of the...

Alfonso Cuarón, Regina King, Mahershala Ali, ‘Green Book’ and ‘Roma’ Score Score Golden Globe Wins
1/9/2019 5:34:05 PM

By Staff Reports   BEVERLY HILLS—"Green Book," the story of the bond that grows between a Black musician and a white New York nightclub bouncer during a 1960s tour through the Deep South, took home a trio of Golden Globes Sunday evening, while the Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" was named best drama film. "Green Book" earned Globes for best comedy/musical film, best screenplay and best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali. Director Peter Farrelly called the film honor "beyond anything we ever imagined when we started shooting this...

DJ Art Laboe, 93, Spins Oldies to Link Inmates and Family
1/9/2019 5:32:37 PM

By Russell Contreras   PALM SPRINGS—It's approaching 9 p.m. and Art Laboe adjusts the microphone as Sister Sledge's “We Are Family” ends. “And now it's time for you to call up for those goodnight dedications,” Laboe announces. “Hello?” a young girl says. “I want to dedicate this to my dad that's in Lancaster (prison) and I miss tonight ... I just want to say, Dad, I love you no matter where you go...” She dissolves into tears. The 93-year-old DJ based in Palm Springs, California, credits one group of...

Netflix and Chill No More—Streaming Is Getting Complicated
1/9/2019 5:31:13 PM

By Mae Anderson   Streaming TV may never again be as simple, or as affordable, as it is now. Disney and WarnerMedia are each launching their own streaming services in 2019 in a challenge to Netflix's dominance. Netflix viewers will no longer be able to watch hit movies such as “Black Panther” or “Moana,” which will soon reside on Disney's subscription service. WarnerMedia, a unit of AT&T, will also soon have its own service to showcase its library of blockbuster films and HBO series. Families will have to decide between paying more each...

Arrest Made in Torrance Bowling Alley Shooting That Killed Three
1/9/2019 5:26:13 PM

By Staff Reports   TORRANCE—Police Monday announced the arrest of a 47-year-old parolee accused in the shooting deaths of three men during a fight at a bowling alley in Torrance. The arrest of Reginald Wallace of Los Angeles, who had been on parole since 2017 following a conviction for assault with a deadly weapon involving a firearm, was announced by Torrance police Chief Eve Irvine at a Monday afternoon news conference at police headquarters. Wallace was arrested early Sunday and was being held without bail at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, according to...

L.A. County Earthquake Early Warning Mobile App Available for Download
1/9/2019 5:22:57 PM

By Staff Reports   LOS ANGELES—The nation's first publicly available earthquake early warning mobile application was officially launched Thursday by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who said the program could help save lives by potentially providing critical seconds of warning before shaking actually starts. The ShakeAlertLA app is designed to send a warning to anyone who has downloaded it and is within Los Angeles County when sensors placed by the U.S. Geological Survey detect that an earthquake of magnitude 5.0 or greater is striking. "We often say here in...