Justice Dept. opens Baltimore police probe; 1K protest
Written by Associated Press By JULIET LINDERMAN, DAVID DISHNEAU and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press 23 April 2015
Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts, center, speaks to the media at a news conference on the death of Freddie Gray with Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez, left, and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ... read more >>
Legal pot in California? Taxes, black market pose challenges
Written by MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press 23 April 2015
Legalizing marijuana for recreational use in California would raise an array of unknowns, from how it would be taxed to the threat of environmental damage from thirsty pot plants in a state gripped by ... read more >>
Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general
Written by ERICA WERNER Associated Press 23 April 2015
The U.S. Senate has scheduled a confirmation vote on Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch for Thursday April 23.    Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the nation's first black woman attorney general ... read more >>
South African demonstrators condemn attacks on immigrants
Written by LYNSEY CHUTEL Associated Press 23 April 2015
People attend a march against xenophobic attacks in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, April 23, 2015. Police officers and soldiers raided a hostel considered a hotspot for anti-immigrant ... read more >>
Civil lawsuit filed in Michael Brown's death
Written by Associated Press 23 April 2015
Late Wednesday night the family and attorneys for Michael Brown Jr. sent out a press release stating they will file a wrongful death suit against the city of Ferguson. Lawyers for the parents of Michael ... read more >>
Family of Michael Myvett Jr. Unveils Bronze Commemorative Plaque on Fed Ex Bus Crash Anniversary
Written by Sentinel News Service 23 April 2015
  Debra “Granny” Loyd speaks during a ceremony unveiling a bronze plaque of her grandson Michael Myvett Jr., who along with his fiancé Mattison Haywood and several others were killed in a bus crash ... read more >>
The Colorism of Race: Bill Duke
Written by Mary L. Datcher Special to the NNPA from The Chicago Defender 23 April 2015
Bill Duke (courtesy photo) Bill Duke is one of America’s most prolific actors and directors as he continues to capture the topics that challenge people to think consciously on social issues. His ... read more >>
Baldwin Hills Estates ‘State of the Estates’
Written by Sentinel News Service 23 April 2015
Courtesy Photo It was standing room only at the inaugural Baldwin Hills Estates HOA “State of the Estates” event on Saturday April 18, where 300 residents and stakeholders came out to hear community ... read more >>
Black Women Face Pay Gap
Written by Freddie Allen, NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent 23 April 2015
  Nearly 60 percent of Black women worked in either the service industry, sales or office jobs. (Stock Photo) Black women working full time earned just 64 cents for every dollar White men made in 2013, ... read more >>
Life of Black Man Displayed in Zoo Matters, Too
Written by Jazelle Hunt, NNPA Washington Correspondent 23 April 2015
Ota Benga in 1904. An ordinary Internet search on Ota Benga yields black-and-white photos of a petite Black man, almost naked, smiling with a row of spiky teeth. Some accounts say he achieved fame in ... read more >>
Wesson Applauds Proud Bird’s New Lease on Life
Written by Sentinel News Service 23 April 2015
  Council President Herb Wesson (center) cuts the cake celebrating the Proud Bird’s new 20 year lease with (l-r) Mayor Eric Garcetti, John Tallichet, and Councilmember Paul Koretz. Los Angeles City ... read more >>
Bass hails bipartisan introduction of ‘AGOA Extension and Enhancement Act of 2015’
Written by Sentinel News Service 23 April 2015
Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) Africa Subcommittee lead Democrat calls for quick approval of critical Africa trade bill Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Africa ... read more >>
Holly Mitchell effort to get eye tests for pre-schoolers passes 1st grade
Written by Sentinel News Service 23 April 2015
Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) Calling for students entering elementary school to get comprehensive eye exams by a physician, optometrist or ophthalmologist, Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los ... read more >>
Assemblyman Mike Gipson and Family Take the CalFresh Food Challenge
Written by Sentinel News Service 23 April 2015
The Assemblymember highlights the lack of healthy food choices in his district and calls for support for the County of L.A.’s annual collaboration to reach eligible families vulnerable to hunger Assemblymember ... read more >>
Trafficking deal clears path for attorney general vote
Written by Erica Werner, Associated Press 23 April 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders announced a deal Tuesday to move forward on a stalled human trafficking bill, clearing the way for a vote on President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee within ... read more >>
Commission Proposes No Smoking for Cabbies
Written by City News Service 23 April 2015
Cab drivers would not be allowed to smoke in their taxis at any time, even when passengers are not around, under a proposed rule considered by a city commission last week. Managers of taxicab companies ... read more >>
USGS, Clear Channel Launch Earthquake Preparedness Campaign
Written by Sentinel News Service 23 April 2015
The U.S. Geological Survey and Clear Channel Outdoor recently announced a partnership to provide the public with critical earthquake safety information during April. In support of the campaign, CCO is ... read more >>
Jacque Robinson denied in quest for Pasadena Mayor
Written by Kenneth D. Miller, Assistant Managing Editor 23 April 2015
City of Pasadena Council member Terry Tornek defeated Jacque Robinson Tuesday April 21 in the race to be Pasadena’s first new mayor in 16 years, according to preliminary vote totals. The two City ... read more >>
Compton City Councilmember Janna Zurita in Run-off
Written by kenneth D. Miller, Assistant Managing Editor 23 April 2015
Incumbent feels good about her chances on June 2nd Incumbent Compton District 1 City Councilmember Janna Zurita was forced into a June 2nd runoff Tuesday April 21 by Hispanic candidate Richard Alatorre ... read more >>
AG Kamala Harris Aims to Mend Trust with Police and Community
Written by Danielle Cralle, contributing writer 23 April 2015
from left to right: California Department of Justice Division of Law Enforcement Director Larry Wallace, Oakland Police Department Assistant Chief Paul Figueroa, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Oxnard ... read more >>
Nigerian opposition wins key states, shores up victory
Written by MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press 16 April 2015
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, center-left, and opposition candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, center-right, hug and shake hands after signing a renewal of their pledge to hold peaceful "free, fair, ... read more >>
Women's Leadership Breakfast
Written by Danielle Cralle 16 April 2015
Assemblymember Mike Gipson (Dem-AD64) and Mrs. Le Cresha Gipson hosted the Women's Leadership Breakfast, Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Dollarhide Community Center in Compton, Calif. Honorees included ... read more >>
Mining in Haiti on hold amid uncertainty and opposition
Written by BEN FOX Associated Press 16 April 2015
In this March 31, 2015 photo, Joseph Tony walks on the hill on the Morne Bossa mining site in Cap Haitien, Haiti. The 50-year-old man scrambled up a grassy hill to ask the onsite manager of the U.S. ... read more >>
Dr. Levi Watkins, Johns Hopkins’ Trailblazing Black Doctor, Dead at 70
Written by Zenitha Prince, Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper 16 April 2015
Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. (Courtesy Photo)   Pioneering Black physician Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., whose invention of the automatic implantable defibrillator forever changed the world of cardiothoracic surgery, ... read more >>
KENYA ORDERS SOMALI REFUGEE CAMP SHELTERING THOUSANDS TO MOVE
Written by Global Information Network 16 April 2015
 The United Nations, which is sheltering over 600,000 refugees from war-torn Somalia, has been ordered by Kenyan authorities to relocate the camp in three months.  “We have asked the UNHCR (the ... read more >>

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