Kings Meet Their Goal and Donate $100,000 To Literacy Programs

he Sacramento Kings and their Literacy Partners are elated about reaching their $100,000 goal. The funding will support local reading campaigns. From left to right are Symia Stigler, Sacramento Reads!; Stephanie R. McLemore-Bray, United Way; Phil Horn, Kings VP of tickets sales and service; Rivkah K. Sass; Sacramento Public Library, and Sacramento Office of Education Superintendent David W. Gordon.


(OBSERVER Photo By Antonio R. Harvey)

NORTH NATOMAS — The Sacramento Kings announced earlier this week that they’ve met their $100,000 goal and presented checks to the four beneficiaries of the Reading and Literacy campaign. United Way’s STAR Readers, the Sacramento County Office of Education’s (SCOE) Preschool Bridging Model+, Sacramento READS!, and the Sacramento Public Library will reap the benefits of […]

Harold Wants To Be Agent Of Change In Halls of Congress

Former Miss America Erika Harold could be the first Black woman Republican elected to Congress if she makes it out Illinois' Primary and General Election.

Photo — Harold makes her announcement to run for the 13th District seat in Illinois 
(photo courtesy of Erika Harold For Congress).
Inset — Photo courtesy of The Angolite.

URBANA-CHAMPAIGN — Last June, former Miss America Erika Harold put her $300,000, one-bedroom apartment in downtown Chicago up for sell, left a prestigious attorney job with a law firm in the city, and then moved back to where she was born and raised in Champaign County Illinois. Shortly after her return to Urbana, Ill., Harold, […]

Contractor Outreach Meetings Announced for New Arena

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NORTH NATOMAS — The Sacramento Kings and Turner Construction announced the 2014 calendar of outreach meetings for construction opportunities with the new Entertainment and Sports Center (ESC). The goal of these meetings is to educate and assist contractors interested in competing for the estimated nearly $300 million in construction work needed to build the new ESC. […]

New Oak Park Masjid As-Sabur Scheduled To Open

Masjid As-Sabur is located at 4926 15th Avenue in Oak Park. The facility will officially open Feb. 21 with activities through the weekend.
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OAK PARK — Masjid As-Sabur of Sacramento has served the Oak/Tahoe Park area for nearly 39 years. This year the congregation moves into its new 3,500-square feet, facility located at 4926 15th Avenue. A fundraising grand opening is set for Feb. 21 and 22. Emerging from the Nation of Islam and transitioning to Al Islam […]

Kings Trade Marcus Thornton. Acquire Jason Terry and Reggie Evans

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NORTH NATOMAS –  The Sacramento Kings acquired guard Jason Terry and forward Reggie Evans from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for guard Marcus Thornton, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. “Adding Jason and Reggie provides our roster with toughness and veteran leadership that will help this team continue to grow,” said D’Alessandro. “They bring […]

Former Miss America Recalls Prison Visit; Makes Bid For Congress

Main photo — Erika Harold, right, after relinquishing her 2003 Miss America crown, took a tour of Angola Prison in Louisiana in March 2004. She is shown here touring the facility with Angola Prison warden Burl Cain, left (photo courtesy of The Angolite).

Left photo —  Harold, a Republican, is vying for the 13th Congressional District of Illinois. If she gets to the general election and claim victory, Harold would be the first Black female Republican elected to Congress. The primary election is March 18 (AP photo).

Right photo — Harold's reaction after she won the Miss America crown in September 2002 (photo courtesy of Erika Harold).

URBANA-CHAMPAIGN — When she was crowned Miss America on Sept. 21, 2002, Erika Harold never imagined she would be entering an United States penitentiary a year later. Surrounded by hardened criminals, a majority that have committed heinous crimes, Ms. Harold, her mission dear — provide hope to those many have written off as hopeless. She’s […]

“Wee Pals” Cartoonist Morrie Turner Passes

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SACRAMENTO – Morris “Morrie” Turner, the creator of the Wee Pals comic strip and the first African American artist to have a column syndicated nationally passed away Saturday, Jan. 25 in the presence of family members. Turner, who is also a military veteran, was 90. A spokesman for Turner said the Oakland-born artist died peacefully […]

City Clerk Rejects STOP Petitions – No Vote Scheduled on Arena

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DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento City Clerk put the brakes on a June ballot measure asking voters to approve or deny public funding for a downtown sports and entertainment center. Shirley Concolino, the City Clerk rejected the measure, citing discrepancies with petitions used to put the measure on the June ballot. Nine different versions of […]

City Restores Free Classes and Programs for Children, Teens and Seniors

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SACRAMENTO – For the last several years, the city of Sacramento was faced with severe budget cuts that eliminated many social programs and community centers area resident relied on and used with convictions. Those days of inactivity may be gone. The city announced this week that is now accepting registration for seven sports programs and […]

Niyah Moore Visits Oak Park to Promote “Major Jazz”

Author Niyah Moore, seated, enjoys a photo  with Arthur Coronado at Underground Books. Ms. Moore was at the bookstore to promote her lastest novel, “Major Jazz.”

OBSERVER photos by Antonio R. Harvey

OAK PARK — Author and Sacramento native Niyah Moore visited Oak Park last week to discuss her latest literary work, “Major Jazz” at Underground Books. By making a historic distinction, Ms. Moore’s Major Jazz is the story of Major Ingram and life during the iconic jazz/ blues era in San Francisco’s famed Fillmore District. “The […]