OBSERVER RECOMENDATIONS: Fall General Election 2014

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Below are The OBSERVER Recommendations: GOVERNOR Jerry Brown LT. GOVERNOR Gavin Newsom SECRETARY OF STATE Alex Padilla CONTROLLER Betty T. Yee TREASURER John Chiang ATTORNEY GENERAL Kamala Harris INSURANCE COMMISSIONER Ted Gaines SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION Tom Torlakson BOARD OF EQUALIZATION — DISTRICT 1 George Runner U.S. Representative — District 3 John Garamendi U.S. Representative […]

Kings Break Ground on New Arena. But lose to Warriors 95-77 in Opener

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NORTH NATOMAS — On a day where the city of Sacramento enjoyed a fabulous day to break ground for the the new downtown arena, the Sacramento Kings soiled the occasion with a 95-77 loss to the Golden State Warriors in the season opener at Sleep Train Arena. DeMarcus Cousins, in foul trouble most of the […]

Mitchell Brothers Sentenced In Barbershop Gunfight

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DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — Brothers Louis James Mitchell and Lonnie Orlando Mitchell Jr. essentially received life sentences Oct. 24 in Sacramento Superior Court for their involvement in a gunfight that resulted in the death of a woman protecting her infant son during the violent meleé. Hon. Judge Kevin McCormick sentenced Louis Mitchell, 23, to 52 years […]

Obama Turns to Black Radio to Plead for Midterm Votes

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don’t want him around in person. African-American turnout will be vital to Democrats’ hopes in states such as Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina […]

Time For Hip-Hop Artists to Stand For Black Community

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., members of the Black community and independent artists continue to call on mainstream rappers and entertainers to use their visibility to speak out against police brutality affecting young, Black males. Jasiri X, an internationally-known rapper, […]

Justice is Served: Jordan Davis’ Killer To Be Jailed For Life

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OPINION (NNPA) – Justice for 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was murdered by Michael Dunn in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2012 in a dispute over loud music has not come without a struggle. A jury in the Duval County Court recently found Dunn guilty of first-degree murder in the tragic, fatal shooting of Davis. Of course, millions […]

Film Review: Dear White People

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NATIONWIDE (NNPA)- “Dear White people: The minimum requirement of Black friends needed to not seem racist has just been raised…to two.” Biting satire abounds in this witty, edgy ode to racism in the age of Obama. In his debut feature film, writer/director Justin Simien’s perceptive observances take no prisoners. It’s a Black thang. Time to […]

Twin Rivers School Board Member Pleads ‘No Contest’

Former TRUSD board member Cortez Quinn, right, was ordered by a Sacramento County judge to serve eight months in jail Dec. 8 for botching a paternity test. Quinn is shown here with actor Danny Glover, left, at a fundraising in Del Paso Heights in May 2012.
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NORTH SACRAMENTO – In a Sacramento County courtroom Wednesday, Oct. 15, Twin Rivers Unified School District board member Cortez Ledon Quinn plead no contest for allegedly conspiring to submit a fraudulent paternity test. An admission of no contest has the same effect as a guilty plea. Before Judge Laurel D. White in Department 8, Quinn […]

Darla Givens & Tia Ewing Join The Salvation Army Women’s Auxilary for Helping Handbags Fundraiser

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SACRAMENTO – When it comes to helping the community, they’ve got it in the “bag.” The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will host the 10th annual Helping Handbags luncheon and auction on Saturday, October 18. The luncheon will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lions Gate McClellan Conference Center-5411 Luce Ave., McClellan. […]

US Steps Up Response as Ebola Worries Grow

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health officials said Thursday they still don’t know how two Dallas nurses caught Ebola from a patient, as criticism increased from lawmakers who questioned whether the nation is prepared to stop the deadly virus from spreading in the U.S. The revelation that one of the hospital nurses was cleared to fly […]