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.”

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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 […]

West Campus’ Michaela Collins Signs To Morgan State

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COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Morgan State University continued its pipeline of recruiting some of the finest high school student-athletes in the Sacramento region by signing West Campus High School’s volleyball star Michaela Jamé Collins. Collins, a 6-foot-1 senior, helped lead the West Campus High School Warriors to an overall 25-7 record and 15-0 mark in the […]

COUSINS’ Western Conference Player to the Week

DeMarcus Cousins has had a solid season on the basketball court, thus far. The NBA honored him as the Western Conference Player of the Week. The Kings' brass hopes he makes the All-Star Team, too.

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NEW YORK — Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week after leading the Kings to a 3-0 record, averaging 25.0 points (.562 FG percentage) and 12.7 rebounds in 37.2 minutes per game. Cousins recorded a double-double in all three wins for the Kings, highlighted, by a 35 point […]

Twin Rivers Trustee, Quin Makes Second Court Appearance

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SACRAMENTO – Cortez Quinn appeared in a Sacramento County Courtroom again on Tuesday afternoon, but he still did not enter a plea in a multi-felony and misdemeanor case that also includes conspiracy in an alleged fraudulent paternity test. Quinn appeared before the Sacramento Superior Court Judge Laurel D. White in Department 8 along with his […]

Raiders Fall To Blazing Broncos, Manning Sets Two NFL Milestones

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrell Pryor talks to the press after the team lost 34-14 to the Denver Broncos.
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OAKLAND — The Oakland Raiders organization honored their Super Bowl 18 champions at O.co Coliseum on Dec. 29. But it was basically Peyton Manning Day as he and the Denver Broncos routed the inept Raiders 34-14 to end the regular season. With the victory, Denver (13-3) advances to the playoffs with a bye and the […]