California Teacher Tenure Law Unconstitutional

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LOS ANGELES – Tenure and other job protections for California’s public school teachers were ruled unconstitutional Tuesday by a judge presiding in a lawsuit brought by nine students. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu cited the historic case of Brown v. Board of Education in ruling that all students are entitled to equal […]

GOP Struggles to Recruit Black Voters, Candidates

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SMYRNA – Like an eager date, Leo Smith showed up at Mount Zion First Baptist Church with a bouquet of flowers in hand. He wasn’t seeking romance. He was seeking voters. As the minority engagement director for the Georgia Republican Party, Smith is helping to lead an effort to recruit African-American voters in pivotal states, […]

Comedian Tracy Morgan Injured in Fatal Crash

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NEW BRUNSWICK – Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was critically injured Saturday after a tractor-trailer rammed into his chauffeured limousine bus, setting off a chain-reaction crash that left a fellow comedian dead and two others seriously hurt, authorities said. A truck driver from Georgia was charged with death by auto in the crash that killed […]

Poet, Author & Professor Maya Angelou Dies at 86

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NEW YORK — Maya Angelou was gratified, but not surprised by her extraordinary fortune. “I’m not modest,” she told The Associated Press in 2013. “I have no modesty. Modesty is a learned behavior. But I do pray for humility, because humility comes from the inside out.” Her story awed millions. The young single mother who […]

Clippers Interim CEO Confident Team Will Be Sold

Dick Parsons, former Citigroup chairman and former Time Warner chairman and CEO  was named interim CEO of the Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – The interim CEO hand-picked by the NBA to run the Los Angeles Clippers said Monday he’s confident the league will succeed in forcing a sale of the team owned by Donald Sterling since 1981. Dick Parsons arrived in Los Angeles and met with management and staff of the Clippers. Sterling has been […]

Apple Looking To Buy Dr. Dre’s Beats For $3.2B

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SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is orchestrating a $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, the headphone maker and music streaming distributor founded by hip-hop star Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine, according to a published report. Citing people familiar with the negotiations, The Financial Times says Apple could announce the deal as early as next […]

NAACP Says It Won’t Give Award to Donald Sterling as Had Been Planned

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LOS ANGELES — The NAACP has decided against honoring Donald Sterling with a lifetime achievement award from its Los Angeles chapter after the Clippers owner allegedly made racist comments in a recorded conversation. Donations made by Sterling, who has owned the team since 1981, will be returned, Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles NAACP, […]

Sacramento & Other Calif. Cities Start Water-Waste Patrols

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SACRAMENTO – Steve Upton thinks of himself more as an “Officer Friendly” than a water cop. On a recent sunny day, the water waste inspector rolled through a quiet Sacramento neighborhood in his white pickup truck after a tipster tattled on people watering their lawns on prohibited days. He approached two culprits. Rather than slapping […]

Kevin Johnson Calls for Clippers Owner Donald Sterling To Be Suspended, Fined

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SACRAMENTO – Former NBA star and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has called for the NBA to suspend Donald Sterling indefinitely, appoint an executive or family member to run the team, and levy “the maximum fine possible” as punishment for the racist remarks purportedly made by the Los Angeles Clippers’ owner. Johnson is advising the National […]

Bill Says Schools Should Teach Racial Significance Of Obama Presidency

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SACRAMENTO — A bill that passed the Assembly with unanimous bipartisan support Thursday encourages California schools to teach students about the racial significance of Barack Obama’s presidency. The Assembly approved AB1912 with a 71-0 vote and no debate or discussion. It now heads to the state Senate. The bill by Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, asks […]