‘Driving While Black’ Apps Give Tips for Police Stops

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PORTLAND (AP) — A “Driving While Black” smartphone application is set for release this month, but its developers say motorists should be careful when they use it. “Do not reach for your phone when you are talking to police,” stressed attorney Melvin Oden-Orr, who created the app with another Portland lawyer and a software developer. […]

223 Arrested in Third Night of California Protests

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BERKELEY (AP) — The California Highway Patrol will deploy 80 percent of its available staff to monitor a protest planned for Tuesday night in Berkeley, an official said. Ernie Sanchez, assistant chief of the CHP’s Golden Gate Division, said the agency will also ask the Alameda County district attorney’s office to increase bails and charges, […]

Cortez Quinn Taken Into Custody To Serve Eight Months

Former TRUSD board member Cortez Quinn, right, was ordered by a Sacramento County judge to serve eight months in jail Dec. 8 for botching a paternity test. Quinn is shown here with actor Danny Glover, left, at a fundraising in Del Paso Heights in May 2012.
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DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — Former Twin Rivers Unified School School District board member Cortez Ledon Quinn was remanded and placed in incarceration Dec. 8 to serve 240 days in the Sacramento County Jail on a felony count of conspiracy. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Laurel D. White sentenced Quinn for submitting a fraudulent paternity test. Quinn plead […]

Protests Erupt as New York Cop Cleared in Chokehold Death; Feds to Investigate

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NEW YORK (AP) – A grand jury cleared a white police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed Black man stopped for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, triggering protests in the streets by hundreds of New Yorkers who likened the case to the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. As the demonstrations mounted, […]

Democrats and Republicans Voice Opposition to UC Tuition Hikes

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — Democratic legislative leaders took aim at tuition hikes approved by the University of California as they returned to the state Capitol to kick off a new session on Monday. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins called for implementing so-called zero-based budgeting for the state, starting with the UC’s system. That process requires agencies to […]

No Charges in Ferguson Case; Chaos Fills Streets

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FERGUSON (AP) — A grand jury declined Monday to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and inflamed deep racial tensions between many African-Americans and police. Moments after the announcement by St. Louis County’s top prosecutor, crowds began […]

Former Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation’s capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments. The former four-term mayor will long be remembered […]

Bera Retains Seat After Nation’s Most Expensive Congressional Contest

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — Democratic Rep. Ami Bera has won a hard-fought re-election to a congressional seat in the Sacramento area that was the nation’s most expensive House race this year. A physician who won the 7th Congressional District seat from a Republican two years ago, Bera held an edge of more than 1,400 votes Wednesday […]

Obama Spurns GOP With Expansive Immigration Orders

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families.” The moves, affecting mostly parents and young people, marked the most sweeping changes to the nation’s fractured immigration […]

Obama: US Needs to Bring Schools into 21st Century

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called on local school officials Wednesday to help meet his goal of bringing high-speed Internet to virtually every student within a few years to help American children compete with counterparts in countries that already use technology to help them learn. “One of the things we also need to do […]