South Central’s Guerrilla Gardener Ron Finley to sow seed at IndiviZible meeting

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OAK PARK – Mayor Kevin Johnson introduces the local community to Ron Finley on Monday, August 17 as he presents the next installment of his 2015 Indivizible Speakers Series. Finley is known as South Central’s Guerrilla Gardener. The public is invited to attend and listen as Finley details how he’s transitioning South Los Angeles from […]

Clinton giving up server amid concerns about classified data

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign casts her decision to turn over her personal email server to the Justice Department as cooperating with investigators. Her Republican critics suggest that the move and new revelations about classified information points to her malfeasance as secretary of state. Two emails that traversed Clinton’s personal system were […]

Sanders vows anti-racism fight in LA campaign event

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders vowed that he would fight harder than any other presidential candidate to end institutional racism in front of a packed Los Angeles arena, two days after Black Lives Matter protesters derailed one of his rallies. The wildly enthusiastic and overwhelmingly positive campaign stop on Monday night […]

‘Scrappy’ Student Seeks Support For College

From the streets of Oak Park, Dominique Donette is now trying to start and complete a Master's program at Harvard University. But she needs some serious financial assistance.
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OAK PARK — Dominique “Dom” Donette has lived a unique life: she was born in a federal penitentiary, raised on the streets of Oak Park, attended 26 different schools, socially advocated for victims of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast states, and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. And she is just getting […]

Councilman Warren States Sexual Harassment Allegations Are ‘False’

Sacramento City Councilman Allen Wayne Warren said the sexual harassment claim filed against him by a former employee in his office is not true. Warren represents Council District 2.
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SACRAMENTO — Sacramento City Councilman Allen Wayne Warren said the sexual harassment claims filed against him by a former female outreach coordinator who worked in his office are categorically “false,” he told The OBSERVER. Warren, who represents District 2, also said he will not continue to comment on the issue until the city completes its […]

Sacramento residents drop Kings arena lawsuit against city

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – Three Sacramento residents who sued the city alleging Sacramento gave the Kings an illegal “secret subsidy” have agreed to dismiss their lawsuit, enabling the city to secure financing for the downtown project. The plaintiffs gave up their-two year legal crusade Wednesday, two weeks after a Sacramento Superior Court judge rejected their claims, […]

Federal court says Texas voter ID violates Voting Rights Act

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AUSTIN (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Texas’ voter ID law has a “discriminatory” effect on minorities in a victory for President Barack Obama, whose administration took the unusual step of bringing the weight of the U.S. Justice Department to fight a wave of new ballot-box restrictions passed in conservative statehouses. The […]

Study: Blacks in Newsroom at All-Time Low

The National Association of Black Journalists is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation. (Courtesy photo)

(NNPA) – Last week, The Huffington Post offered this bold headline: “There will be more non-white journalists because the public will demand them.” But based on an extensive study published in the Columbia Journalism Review, apparently no one is demanding Black journalists; if so, no one’s hiring them. According to a newly released American Society of […]

Half of Blacks say police have treated them unfairly

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Blacks in the United States — more than 3 out of 5 — say they or a family member have personal experience with being treated unfairly by the police, and their race is the reason why. This information, from a survey conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public […]

California minimum wage initiative cleared for signatures

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – A union-backed effort to raise California’s minimum wage has been approved to start collecting signatures for a statewide ballot initiative. The proposal would boost California’s minimum wage by $1 an hour annually until it reaches $15 an hour in 2021. California’s current $9-an-hour wage is set to increase to $10 next year. […]