California AG Kamala Harris to Run for US Senate

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LOS ANGELES  (AP) – California Attorney General Kamala Harris, the first woman and the first minority to hold that office, will seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer, an adviser with knowledge of her plans said Monday. With her formal announcement Tuesday, Harris, 50, would become the first California Democrat to […]

Target Under Fire For Using White Model In ‘Annie’ Clothing Ads

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HOUSTON (NNPA) – Target has stirred outrage with an “Annie”-themed ad campaign featuring a white model in place of the Black actress who stars in the latest film version of the rags-to-riches story. An online petition calling for the big-box retailer to remove the ads and apologize to “Annie” star Quvenzhané Wallis had accrued more […]

Phoenix Activists: ‘Let the Countdown Begin’

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PHOENIX (NNPA) – As the nation counts down to Super Bowl XLIX, Arizona’s Black community announces a new campaign incorporating the national theme “Black Lives Matter: Addressing The Violence Of Systemic Racism in America and Arizona.” Black leaders and activists in Phoenix have organized to monitor and document police misconduct and brutality across the country […]

Local Chiors invite you to join them in celebrating the legacy of MLK

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SACRAMENTO – They will be celebrations fit for a king. Rehearsals start this week for two upcoming music events celebrating the life and legacy of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All area choir members and local singers are invited to participate in rehearsals for a MLK Celebration Concert taking place at Capital […]

Governor Brown Gives Historical Fourth Inaugural Address

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Assemblyman Jim Cooper said California needs to address drug addiction and did not support proposition 47, the ballot measure that releases low-level offenders into the community 
Cooper Assembly District 9 is from Elk Grove, McCarty 7th District is from Sacramento.

SACRAMENTO (CBM) – For the first time in the state’s history California elected one person to the Governor’s office four times. The Honorable Edmund “Jerry” Brown was sworn in today in front of both houses of the legislature, California’s judges and a bevy of state officials. Brown combined the State of the State address with […]

California’s top cop targets crimes against kids

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — Attorney General Kamala Harris is starting her final four years as California’s top law enforcement officer this week with a major initiative aimed at protecting children. She plans to announce during her swearing-in Monday that she is creating a bureau within the state Department of Justice that will focus on crimes against […]

Cousins Says ‘Yes,’ Sac High Will Get New Scoreboards

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins said he will purchase and donate new basketball scoreboards to Sacramento Charter High School. The current scoreboards (inset photo) is antiquated and prone to malfunctioning during games.
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OAK PARK — Sacramento Kings star player DeMarcus Cousins is officially going to make it the last time that his Nike Elite Skills Basketball Camp’s staff deals with obsolete scoreboards in Sacramento Charter High School’s Dave Hotell Memorial Pavilion. After the Kings beat the New York Knicks 135-129 in overtime at Sleep Train Arena on […]

Over 900 New Laws Approved in 2014. Most Take Effect on January 1st

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s historic drought prompted the Legislature into action in 2014, leading lawmakers to regulate groundwater for the first time and override homeowners associations that fine members for replacing lawns with more drought-tolerant landscaping. The most populous state also becomes the first to set a “yes means yes” standard for sex between college […]

Civil rights groups counting on accurate census

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The 2020 census is still more than five years away, but as the United States Census Bureau prepares for the crucial count of American households, civil rights groups are weighing in and offering recommendations to improve the accuracy of the process. Wade Henderson, the president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on […]

Former Grant Standout Shaq Thompson Earns AP All-American Selection

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SEATTLE — Former Grant High School football star Shaq Thompson was named a First-Team All-American by the Associated Press last week. Thompson, a junior linebacker for the University of Washington Huskies (UW), racked up 70.0 total tackles while scoring four defensive touchdowns for the Huskies on three fumble recoveries and an interception return this season. […]