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Compton, the People and the Police
9/18/2020 10:03:47 AM

By Libre Lelliott for Bulletin   COMPTON—The shooting of two deputies as they sat in their patrol car last Saturday finally gave Police and elected officials, Black activists, and the people of Compton something all could agree on: violence is loathsome, condemned, an assault against an entire community, whether it is actually perpetrated by the police against a citizen or by a citizen against the police.     Although Compton Mayor Aja Brown has herself experienced the potentially life-threatening behavior that is a key grievance of Black and Brown...

Lynwood City Manager placed on leave after controversial statement
9/18/2020 10:01:01 AM

By Allison Bratcher   LYNWOOD—Lynwood City Manager, Jose Ometeotl, has been placed on administrative leave after suggesting that two Compton deputies who were shot in the head deserved it. “The chickens have come home to roost,” Ometeotl wrote in on Instagram following the shooting. The meme was placed over an image of Malcolm X. The expression is normally used to mean that the bad things that someone has done in the past have come back to bite or haunt the individual. Within hours of Ometeotl’s social media post, Lynwood city councilman Sal...

LA Sheriff to politicians: Emphasize trust in justice system
9/18/2020 9:57:07 AM

By Stefanie Dazio   The Los Angeles County sheriff on Monday criticized elected officials, sports figures and civic leaders for “fanning the flames of hatred” as America grapples with racism and police brutality, saying they instead should emphasize trust in the criminal justice system. Sheriff Alex Villanueva's comments to The Associated Press came after the weekend ambush of two deputies who were in their parked police vehicle when a man walked up to the passenger's side and fired multiple rounds. The deputies were struck in the head and critically wounded...

New PBS film probes construction boom on Latino workers
9/18/2020 9:49:01 AM

By Russell Contreras   RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP)—Since the Great Recession, cities like Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, and Hobbs, New Mexico, have seen construction booms. Homes and skyscrapers have popped up almost overnight thanks to cheap labor Latino immigrants provide contractors. But at what cost? “Building the American Dream,” a new VOCES/PBS documentary, examines the effects of this construction boom in the American Southwest on Latino workers by telling the stories of those erecting buildings in Texas. The film dives into the lives of one Mexican immigrant...

Oscars diversity criteria 'not about exclusion' say leaders
9/18/2020 9:47:47 AM

By Lindsey Bahr   HOLLYWOOD—Any change to the Oscars is going get people talking, so the leaders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were not exactly surprised that the new best picture inclusion standards became a trending topic on social media as soon as they were announced Tuesday night. “Change doesn't come without some variation of views,” said Paramount Pictures CEO Jim Gianopulos, who co-headed the task force behind the criteria with film producer DeVon Franklin. “Nothing is absolutely perfect, but this is a very progressive effort...

Poll: Pandemic takes toll on mental health of young adults
9/18/2020 9:45:34 AM

By Cheyanne Mumphrey and Jennifer Sinco Kelleher   PHOENIX (AP)—The coronavirus pandemic has taken a harsh toll on the mental health of young Americans, according to a new poll that finds adults under 35 especially likely to report negative feelings or experience physical or emotional symptoms associated with stress and anxiety. A majority of Americans ages 18 through 34—56%—say they have at least sometimes felt isolated in the past month, compared with about 4 in 10 older Americans, according to the latest COVID Response Tracking Study conducted by NORC at the...

How Did We Get Here?
9/18/2020 9:43:47 AM

As White House played down virus, health experts' alarm grew By Kevin Freking   WASHINGTON (AP)—Public health officials were already warning Americans about the need to prepare for the coronavirus threat in early February when President Donald Trump called it “deadly stuff” in a private conversation that has only now has come to light. At the time, the virus was mostly a problem in China, with just 11 cases confirmed in the United States. There was uncertainty about how the U.S. ultimately would be affected, and top U.S. officials would deliver some...

9/9/2020 7:39:08 PM

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) announced it is reopening enrollment for its popular L.A. College Promise educational success program, effective immediately. The new deadline to enroll now in the Promise Program is September 15, 2020 for the Fall 2020 Semester. The L.A. College Promise Program is open to any first-time college student who enrolls full-time, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, social or economic background or immigration status. Apply today at http://www.lacollegepromise.org/apply.html before the September 15, 2020 deadline! Email...

Intern heads White Coats for Black Lives chapter
9/9/2020 7:30:49 PM

LOS ANGELES—To put it mildly, Azaria Lewis has a very full plate. Lewis is a second-year osteopathic medicine student, a teaching assistant and president of her campus' newly formed White Coats for Black Lives chapter-while also paying her bills by working part-time as a model. What's more, she recently has gotten involved in volunteer work to help sexual assault survivors and the Pomona Homeless Outreach Program. All of that is happening along with returning to Cedars-Sinai for another in her series of research internships at the medical center, opportunities Lewis...

Racial tensions roiling U.S. pose target for election meddling
9/9/2020 7:21:18 PM

Racial tensions roiling U.S. pose target for election meddling By Mary Clare Jalonick   WASHINGTON (AP)—The tensions coursing through the United States over racism and policing are likely targets for adversaries seeking to influence the November election, lawmakers and experts warn—and there are signs that Russia is again seeking to exploit the divide. Earlier this year, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pulled down dozens of accounts with names like “Blacks Facts Untold” that had been followed or liked by hundreds of thousands of people. The accounts...