Racist statements lead lawmakers to reject John Wayne Day

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — What a California lawmaker intended as a benign resolution honoring a late, world-renowned movie icon exploded into an emotional debate over decades-old racist comments. The state Assembly defeated the official ode to John Wayne Thursday after several legislators described statements he made about racial minorities and his support for the anti-communist […]

GOP race shifts California’s political fault lines

BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) — The Republican Party in California has been riven for decades between those who want to tack to the ideological center to expand its diminishing appeal and those who want it to enforce conservative purity. But the prospect of Donald Trump clinching the nomination in the Golden State has scrambled the party’s […]

Golden State Warriors Demolish Houston, Win Series With 114-81 Victory

ALAMEDA, Calif. — As expected, the Golden State Warriors eliminated the Houston Rockets from the NBA playoffs with a decisive and abusive 114-81 victory on April 27 in front of an electric crowd wearing bright yellow “Strength In Numbers” shirts. The Warriors played Game 5 with pure ease and without the services of point guard […]

Cleveland settles lawsuit over Tamir Rice shooting for $6M

CLEVELAND (AP) — The city on Monday reached a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center. An order filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland said the city will pay […]

Pop superstar Prince dies at his Minnesota home

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Pop superstar Prince, who was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era, was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press that the music icon died at his home in Chanhassen. No […]

African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman to be the face on $20 bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. paper money is getting a historic makeover. Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist born into slavery, will be the new face on the $20 bill. The leader of the Underground Railroad is replacing the portrait of Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president and a slave owner, who is being pushed to the […]

3 officials charged in Flint water crisis; more predicted

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Flint water crisis has become a criminal case, with two state regulators and a city employee charged with official misconduct, evidence-tampering and other offenses over the lead contamination that alarmed the country and brought cries of racism. For nearly 18 months, the poor, majority-black city of 100,000 used the Flint […]

Clean air advocate: California has nation’s dirtiest air

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Millions of Californians live in places with dirty air, according to an annual report card issued Wednesday that ranks two major urban areas in the state as the nation’s most polluted. Bakersfield tops the list for having the most unhealthy days from airborne particles spewed by highway traffic, diesel trucks, farm […]

Jesse Jackson Scheduled To Speak At Guild Theater

OAK PARK — The Reverend Jesse Jackson is this month’s guest speaker at the next Indivizible meeting, Wednesday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m., at the Guild Theater. Rev. Jackson is a Civil rights leader and two-time Democratic presidential candidate and became one of the most influential African-Americans of the late 20th century. He rose to […]

Black Parents Say ‘Make UC an Option’ for African Americans

OAKLAND, Calif. — The cost of a University of California education, feeling welcomed on campus and whether academic records are strong enough. These were among the concerns raised by a group of 16 African American parents – educators, counselors, community college students – in a candid conversation with UC President Janet Napolitano. The recent two-hour […]