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FATHERS IN HIP HOP BRING THE BLESSING TO COMPTON
10/15/2020 1:03:11 PM

COMPTON—Last Saturday, Rap Artist and community activist Justified Smith and his organization, Fathers In Hip Hop were scheduled to bring a big blessing to the city of Compton with their BLESSED IN THE MESS RELIEF EFFORT CAMPAIGN by going to the Walmart Super Center On Long Beach Blvd to bless the mess. Justified and his team of supporters and contributors are trying to raise $5,000 to put towards the purchase of Walmart gift cards in the amounts of $50 and $100.  After the purchase of the gift cards, Justified and rap comrades planned to walk through the store in search of...

Celebrating the Life of Verner Patterson
10/15/2020 12:59:08 PM

Sunrise: August 9th, 1939 – Sunset: October 5th, 2020 Verner L. Patterson affectionately known as "G-Ma" to her grandchildren fought valiantly against cancer until her death on Monday, October 5th. Born in Boley, Oklahoma in 1939, she moved to Compton, California in 1959. After attending business college, she was hired with the Los Angeles County in finance, where she dedicated 41 years of service until her retirement in 2004. She and her husband Clarence Patterson (proceeded in death) were active volunteers in the community where they committed service to the voters of...

Memorials grow in Eddie Van Halen's adopted hometown, Pasadena
10/15/2020 12:45:57 PM

By Beth Harris   PASADENA (AP)—The childhood home of Eddie Van Halen and a sidewalk outside a nearby liquor store have been turned into memorials to the legendary rock guitarist in his adopted hometown near Los Angeles. The shrines began popping up shortly after Van Halen's death from cancer at age 65 earlier in the week. The tributes have continued to grow and attract a steady stream of visitors day and night. Van Halen was born in the Netherlands, and moved to Pasadena, California, with his parents and older brother Alex when he was 7. A couple dozen people...

LA-area school removes name of eugenics backer
10/15/2020 12:45:02 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—The Los Angeles school board has renamed David Starr Jordan High School to simply Jordan High School to remove its association with its namesake promoter of eugenics but retain an identity defined by students who include famous athletes and jazz musicians. The vote this week followed a push by school and community leaders who told the board the school's legacy has been formed by the success of its alumni, the Los Angeles Times reported. David Starr Jordan was the founding president of Stanford University and an advocate of the racist eugenics movement....

Wave of 'Nutcracker' cancellations hits dance companies hard
10/15/2020 12:43:40 PM

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins   COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—For many, it's not Christmas without the dance of Clara, Uncle Drosselmeyer, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King and, of course, the Nutcracker Prince. But this year the coronavirus pandemic has canceled performances of “The Nutcracker” around the U.S. and Canada, eliminating a major and reliable source of revenue for dance companies already reeling financially following the essential shutdown of their industry. “This is an incredibly devastating situation for the arts and in particular for organizations...

Texas cop charged in shooting of Black man offering handshake
10/15/2020 12:41:41 PM

By Jamie Stengle   DALLAS (AP)—A Black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer in a small East Texas city had offered a handshake to the officer, asking if he was “doing good,” as the officer arrived at a convenience store to check out a report of a fight, according to a court document released Wednesday. Wolfe City police Officer Shaun Lucas has been charged with murder in the weekend death of 31-year-old Jonathan Price, whose funeral will be held Saturday at the high school football field in the city of about 1,500 people located about 70 miles (113...

Virus imperils AA co-founder's birthplace, a virtual shrine
10/15/2020 12:40:52 PM

By Wilson Ring   EAST DORSET, Vt. (AP)—The shrinelike birthplace of one of the two Vermont natives who founded Alcoholics Anonymous is in danger of closing, another victim of the restrictions made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic. The shutdown from March until midsummer meant no people could stay in rooms in the hotel where AA co-founder Bill Wilson, who according to the organization's lore, was “born behind the bar” in 1895. “The house is a symbol of hope. It's a symbol of humanity. It's a symbol of our commonality, and it's a place...

Whistleblower who alleged White House virus failures resigns
10/15/2020 12:40:03 PM

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar   WASHINGTON (AP)—A high-ranking government whistleblower who alleges the Trump administration fumbled its coronavirus response resigned Tuesday, saying he has been forced out. Lawyers for Dr. Rick Bright said he was sidelined at the National Institutes of Health, where he had been transferred this spring after being ousted as head of a biodefense agency. Attorneys Debra Katz and Lisa Banks said NIH superiors ignored a national coronavirus testing strategy that Bright developed because he had become politically toxic within the Trump...

Newsom’s Supreme Court pick would be state’s first Black man in 3 decades
10/7/2020 5:55:15 PM

By Cat Keniston   SACRAMENTO—Governor Gavin Newsom today announced his nomination of Justice Martin Jenkins for Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. Jenkins has held several prominent state and federal judicial positions throughout his career. He would be the first openly gay California Supreme Court justice and only the third African American man ever to serve on the state’s highest court. It has been 29 years since an African American man has served on the California Supreme Court. “Justice Jenkins is widely respected among lawyers and jurists,...

COMPTON VOTING CENTERS
10/7/2020 5:53:53 PM

Roosevelt Middle School  1200 E Alondra Blvd, Compton CA 90221 Hours: 10/30—11/02: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, 11/03: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM Additional Info: Gymnasium   Shiekh Compton Community Center  1900 N Long Beach Blvd, Compton CA 90221 Hours: 10/30—11/02: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, 11/03: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM Additional Info: Community Center   Dollarhide Health Center  1108 N Oleander Ave, Compton CA 90222 Hours: 10/30—11/02: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, 11/03: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM Additional Info: Compton...