Repeal or reform? Death penalty voter decisions for 3 states

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s dysfunctional death penalty faces a fate in November that seems fitting: voters can put it out of its misery, or fix it so it does what it promises. The state is among three where voters will make decisions on capital punishment. California’s ballot initiatives — one would repeal capital punishment, […]

Despite Critics Panning of “Birth of a Nation,” DeMarcus Cousins Says Film Is “Excellent”

SACRAMENTO — Sacramento Kings star center DeMarcus Cousins viewed the film “Birth of a Nation” over the weekend. He also heard and read about the critics who have deemed the flick a disappointment and a flop. Cousins, sharing his take on the movie directed and produced by Nate Parker, told The OBSERVER that the film […]

Oakland Raiders Outlast San Diego Chargers For 34-31 Victory

OAKLAND — The Oakland Raiders win their first home game of the season and move into a first-place tie in the AFC West after beating the beleaguered San Diego Chargers 34-31 on Oct. 9 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Oakland quarterback Derek Carr completed 25 of 40 passes for 317 yards and two touchdowns while receiver […]

Paul McCartney Rocks Out New Golden 1 Center

SACRAMENTO — Musical extraordinaire Sir Paul McCartney made history when he stepped on the stage at the Golden 1 Center on Oct. 4, which marked the first-ever event in the newly built facility. Fans from all over the Sacramento region and northern California, estimated at 15,000-plus, happily surged into the building to see one of […]

LARRY LEE: NAACP Should Support Good Educational Models

OPINION – While the nation struggles with the seeming attack on Black men by law enforcement, it is important to recognize the value that a good education can have on the lives of people of all backgrounds. So when there are successful education models that improve the educational trajectory of Black students, it is critical […]

Lawyer says California police acted reasonably in killing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – An attorney representing two Sacramento, California, police officers said Tuesday that they faced a “terrifying situation” with a mentally disturbed man on drugs and acted reasonably when they made a split-second decision to shoot the knife-wielding man in July. Legal experts, meanwhile, said a dashboard camera recording of the two officers […]

Murder charges sought for officers who shot Sacramento man

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The family of a Black man killed by police in Sacramento in July is demanding that the officers be charged with murder and that the U.S. Department of Justice open a civil rights investigation. John Burris, an attorney for the family of 50-year-old Joseph Mann, said Monday that recently released police […]

DIVIDED AMERICA: Minorities hopeful, whites sour on future

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Consider two women in their 70s, both residents of the Kansas City area. One is white and affluent; the other is Black and working class. Guess which one is more optimistic about the country’s future and that of their grandchildren? More than likely, you guessed wrong. This year’s presidential campaign […]

Raised-fist protesters Smith, Carlos support Kaepernick

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tommie Smith and John Carlos were proud to raise their gloved fists in a symbolic protest at the Olympics, and now they’re proud that Colin Kaepernick and other athletes are staging national anthem protests to raise awareness about racial inequality and police brutality. The American sprinters who were sent home from the […]

Governor to approve state-run retirement for private workers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to sign legislation Thursday to automatically enroll nearly 7 million people in a retirement savings account, an attempt to address growing fears that many workers will be financially unprepared to retire. The legislation creates a state-run retirement program for workers who don’t have an employer-sponsored plan, […]