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Remembering Tupac: Las Vegas killing unsolved after 25 years
9/7/2021 7:49:15 PM

By Jason Bracelin   LAS VEGAS (AP)—The last scene of his life unfolds in 12 grainy seconds. Tupac Shakur's swinging hard in the final footage captured of him alive. It's 8:49 p.m. on Sept. 7, 1996. Heavyweight champ Mike Tyson has just broken down Bruce Seldon without breaking a sweat at the MGM Grand hotel, dispatching his foe in 109 seconds, ending things with a left hook unleashed like a tiger from a cage. Shakur's hyped after the bout. “Twenty blows! Twenty blows!” associates recall him exclaiming upon Tyson's...

Black farmers awaiting billions in promised debt relief
9/7/2021 7:45:11 PM

By Roxana Hegeman and Allen G. Breed   BOYDTON, Va. (AP)—There was a time when Black farms prospered. Just two generations out of slavery, by 1910 Black farmers had amassed more than 16 million acres of land and made up about 14 percent of farmers. The fruit of their labors fed much of America. Now, they have fewer than 4.7 million acres. Black farms in the U.S. plummeted from 925,000 to fewer than 36,000, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest farm census. And only about one in 100 farmers is Black. What happened? They were able to...

Virus pushes some California hospitals near ICU capacity
9/7/2021 7:35:23 PM

SACRAMENTO (AP)—Hospitals in the heart of California's Central Valley are running out of beds in their intensive care units, state officials announced Friday, as a more contagious version of the coronavirus continues to spread primarily among the unvaccinated population. Hospitals in the eight-county San Joaquin Valley region have had fewer than 10% of staffed adult ICU beds for three consecutive days. State officials labeled it a “surge,” triggering special rules announced last month that require nearby hospitals to accept transfer patients. In Fresno County...

Wildfires, smoke snuff out outdoor adventures across U.S.
9/7/2021 7:26:33 PM

By Brian Melley   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Andy Farquhar's plans for an outdoor adventure have gone up in smoke twice this summer. The retired attorney and teacher from the Philadelphia area had planned to hike with a friend for several weeks on the Pacific Crest Trail north of Lake Tahoe until the second-largest fire in California history stampeded across the Sierra Nevada, closing a 160-mile (257-kilometer) stretch of the trail and blanketing the region in thick smoke. “I saw a satellite view of where we were going, and all it was was fire,” he...

Bridging gaps this school year
9/7/2021 7:23:04 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   “To America’s children, families, and educators, the last two school years have not gone the way you planned. You’ve missed chances to connect, share, and help each other. Outside of the classroom, you’ve struggled with loneliness, fear, anxiety, and maybe much more. You’ve lost chances to learn new skills, and you may even have worried about having enough to eat or having a safe place to live. You’ve made the very best of a difficult situation, but I’m fighting to make sure...

Hallelujah… She’s baaaaack
9/7/2021 7:05:51 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder   I have learned that you don't miss something until it is gone. Unfortunately, sometimes, it's too late. Over six weeks ago, or was it nine months, I took my truck in for a regular checkup. I was going away for the week, so I thought I would drop the truck off and let them work on it when they had time, and then when I come back, it would be ready. I took it in on Monday, then we left for our family reunion, and on Tuesday, the machine shop called me with some rather sad news. The engine in my truck was just about finished. So I had a...

LA City Council to consider requesting ordinance to ban ghost guns
9/2/2021 5:05:05 PM

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday is scheduled to consider requesting an ordinance from the city attorney to prohibit the possession, purchase, sale, receipt and transportation of "ghost guns" in Los Angeles. The vote was initially scheduled for Aug. 25 but was delayed a week. The motion was introduced by Councilmen Paul Koretz and Paul Krekorian on Aug. 10. Ghost guns—also known as kit guns and 80% receivers—are virtually untraceable weapons without serial numbers that can be assembled by unlicensed buyers from legally purchased...

Teacher's Union presses LAUSD for enhanced measures for quarantined students
9/2/2021 4:55:12 PM

LOS ANGELES—The union representing teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District has announced its support for a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students aged 12 and over. United Teachers Los Angeles is also pressing the district for "more robust" learning options for students who must quarantine due to exposure to the coronavirus. The LAUSD announced its interim Continuity of Learning Plan on Monday. It includes providing instruction to quarantined students via a web conference tool in the event the entire class and teacher are in quarantine. If only a few...

Charges hang over Compton swearing-in ceremony
9/2/2021 4:53:13 PM

By Dennis J. Freeman   COMPTON—The day should have opened and stayed along the theme of celebratory gestures. But a press conference early in the day calling on Compton City Councilman Isaac Galvan to resign from his District 2 seat put some shade on the swearing-in ceremony for elected officials.  The most noticeable aspect of the swearing-in ceremony of Compton elected officials was the absence of Galvan. That’s because having a high profile these days might not be in the best interest of Galvan. Prior to the Aug. 20 inauguration ceremony, Galvan was...

Contact tracing takes a back seat during latest COVID surge
9/2/2021 4:48:10 PM

By Michelle L. Price   Health investigators across the U.S. are finding it nearly impossible to keep up with the deluge of new COVID-19 infections and carry out contact tracing efforts that were once seen as a pillar of the nation's pandemic response. States are hiring new staff and seeking out volunteers to bolster the ranks of contact tracers that have been overwhelmed by surging coronavirus cases. Some states trimmed their contact tracing teams this spring and summer when virus numbers were dropping and are now scrambling to train new investigators. Others have...