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What's all these gadgets for?
8/18/2021 6:12:57 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder   Without any hesitation, I will gladly admit that I am on the short side when it comes to gadgets. For me, most of them do not make any sense at all. Instead, I like things simple and easy. As for the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage, she is obsessed with gadgets. She loves them almost as much as I love Apple Fritters. I've gone into her "Craft Room" and noticed all the gadgets neatly placed where they belong. Unfortunately, I could not tell you the identification of any of them. I am gadgets-illiterate while she is...

Remembering the Rosenwald schools
8/18/2021 5:56:22 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   As students start a new school year, this is a chance to honor the legacy of a group of schools that educated hundreds of thousands of Black children. From 1913 to 1932, nearly 5,000 “Rosenwald schools” were built in 15 states, mostly in rural Southern communities. These schools were built specifically to educate Black children, and by 1928 one in three rural Black schoolchildren in the South attended a Rosenwald school. Their history, and the remaining school buildings themselves, are now being reclaimed...

COVID hospitalizations keep rising in LA County; number doubles in 2 weeks
8/11/2021 5:48:01 PM

LOS ANGELES—The number of COVID-19 patients in Los Angeles County hospitals continues rising—with the total more than doubling over the past two weeks as infections surge. According to state figures, there were 1,503 COVID-19-positive patients in L.A. County hospitals as of Monday morning, the highest number since Feb. 28. According to the county Department of Public Health, there were just 745 COVID patients in hospitals on July 26. County health officials said last week that between May 1 and July 17, there were 3,158 people with COVID-19 admitted to hospitals, and...

Black former Netflix worker sues, alleging racial discrimination, retaliation
8/11/2021 5:37:37 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...

8/11/2021 5:11:20 PM

by Ethnic Media Services Photos by Jocelyn Zambrano   Jocelyn Zambrano, 20, drives up to an hour and a half a day through Los Angeles County, from the Wilmington neighborhood to the San Fernando Valley, thinking about how to get more Latinx people vaccinated against COVID-19. “I get up at 5:40 a.m. and at 7 in the morning, I leave for San Fernando,” Zambrano said. “I start at 8:30 am at the office of Pueblo y Salud, a nonprofit organization in San Fernando. I spend the morning planning and starting at 3 p.m., my team and I are going to knock on...

Healthy food for hungry families
8/11/2021 4:23:37 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   “I worry in regards to child obesity…diabetes, cholesterol, and all of those things, but personally I worry more about the children than myself.” “My kids—they’re the ones that I worry about eating right or making sure everything is good.” Most parents know the worry of trying to make sure their children are eating well and getting the right balance of the healthy foods they need to grow and thrive. Those universal worries become even harder for families who are...

Temptation is oh so tempting
8/11/2021 4:14:08 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder   At the beginning of the week, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage informed me that she and some of her friends would be going thrift store shopping on Thursday. “Now,” she said, “you will have to take care of your lunch. You think you can do that?” I was smiling so hard on the inside I could hardly keep it from my face. Thursday morning, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage said, “Do you remember what’s going to happen today?” Did I remember? How in the world could I ever forget? I...

Compton College’s virtual new student welcome day set for August 18
8/5/2021 5:55:23 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...

What election? California Democrats worry over recall apathy
8/5/2021 5:50:16 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...

After court victories, Michael Jackson estate eyes revival
8/5/2021 5:44:53 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...