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Henrietta Lacks' family hires prominent civil rights lawyer
8/5/2021 5:38:44 PM

BALTIMORE (AP)—The family of a Maryland woman who unwittingly spurred a research bonanza when her cancer cells were taken without her knowledge in 1951 has hired a prominent civil rights lawyer to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies. The relatives of Henrietta Lacks have hired Ben Crump, a Florida-based attorney who has represented the families of a number of Black people who have died at the hands of police and vigilantes in recent years. Those clients include the families of George Floyd, Trayvon Martin and Breonna Taylor. The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday...

Compton College STEM Center paves way for emerging physicist
8/5/2021 5:36:30 PM

As a child, I liked to watch space documentaries and shows about the history of the universe. I remember questioning why things are the way they are; I was always trying to figure out how things work,” said Tre Willingham, a member of Compton College’s 2021 graduating class. “There are not many people of color in the physics field and I want to break that barrier.” Compton College’s current STEM Club president will graduate with multiple associate of science degrees in June and will continue his studies as a physics major at California State Polytechnic...

Heat, wind and low humidity create fire danger this week in Southland
8/5/2021 5:25:14 PM

LOS ANGELES—Heat advisories and extreme heat warnings are in place for much of Southern California Tuesday through midweek, with the National Weather Service warning that critical fire conditions are expected, including triple-digit temperatures in some areas, low humidity and gusty winds. "An upper level high pressure system centered over Arizona ... will strengthen across Southern California the next few days," the advisory said Monday. "This will bring a drier air mass into the region, along with a warming trend for most areas." Heat advisories were in...

LA County COVID-19 hospitalizations nearly quadruple in one month
8/5/2021 5:18:29 PM

LOS ANGELES—As the Delta variant of the coronavirus continues to spread, county health officials are continuing to urge vaccinations as the best defense against COVID-19 infections, which are disproportionately affecting the unvaccinated and landing them in hospitals. According to state figures, there were 1,242 people hospitalized in the county due to COVID as of Wednesday morning, with 269 people in intensive care. County officials noted that one month ago, on July 2, there were only 280 people hospitalized due to COVID-19. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said...

Don't judge a person by their cover-up
8/5/2021 4:47:50 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder   Have you ever had one of those Déjà vu moments? The other week I was in the shopping mall to pick up some items for the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. On this occasion, I was walking down the mall and stopped dead in my tracks. Coming at me was someone that looked like my old aunt Elsie. She had the same hairdo, wearing the same clothes, and I was shocked because aunt Elsie died over 20 years ago. Aunt Elsie was one of the relatives in my family that goes way back. Once you met her, you would never forget her for...

Don Quixote had his windmills…
8/5/2021 4:11:48 PM

By LRon Brooks   And Ponce De Leon took his cruise. So where are they now? I confess, this self-imposed occasional writing gig only ever leads me chasing down one bunny hole after another, all inevitably pointed right straight at the existential questions, the impossible themes. It used to make me feel special. These days though, that kind of self-indulgent, formerly esoteric navel-gazing has been reduced to run-of-the-mill editorial low-hanging fruit. And there’s a scarily good reason for that. Marvel® movies aside, what passes for the real world in...

Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across U.S.
7/28/2021 5:14:45 PM

By David Crary   Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They’re now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes. The specific reasons vary widely. Some families who spoke with The Associated Press have children with special educational needs; others seek a faith-based curriculum or say their local schools are flawed. The common denominator: They tried homeschooling on what they thought was a temporary basis and found it...

I ain’t 16 anymore
7/28/2021 4:48:15 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder I’ve had so many birthdays in my life that I really don’t know how old I am. All I know is that I’m one year older than I was last year. I would not be able to remember when my life began if it wasn’t for paperwork. To many people, numbers are very important, but in my opinion, a number is just a number. As I look forward to another birthday, I would like to go back to being 16 again. Those were the good old days, as they say. When I was 16, I was rather oblivious of things that were happening in the world. We didn't have...

The Moton School Legacy
7/28/2021 3:46:23 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   As a teenager, many of Barbara Johns’s wildest fantasies were about a surprising subject: a new school. “My imagination would run rampant—and I would dream that some mighty man of great wealth built us a new school building or that our parents got together and surprised us with this grand new building and we had a big celebration—and I even imagined that a great storm came through and blew down the main building and splattered the shacks to splinters—and out of this wreckage rose this...

Biz Markie, known for classic rap song ‘Just a Friend,’ dies at 57
7/21/2021 7:28:03 PM

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Biz Markie, a hip-hop staple known for his beatboxing prowess, turntable mastery and the 1989 classic “Just a Friend,” has died. He was 57. Markie’s representative, Jenni Izumi, said the rapper-DJ died peacefully Friday evening with his wife by his side. The cause of death has not been released. “We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of support that we have received during this difficult time,” Izumi said in a statement. “Biz created a legacy of artistry that will forever be...