50 years later, Black Panthers look back at party’s founding

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Black Panthers emerged from this gritty Northern California city 50 years ago, declaring to a nation in turmoil a new party dedicated to defending African-Americans against police brutality and protecting the right of a downtrodden people to determine their own future. In the group’s short life, it launched an ambitious […]

Ex-California state senator faces 5 years for taking bribes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charged in a corruption scandal that could have sent him to prison for three lifetimes, former Sen. Ron Calderon dropped his entrapment defense, pleaded guilty and admitted taking bribes in exchange for his influence in Sacramento. As he faces sentencing Friday, though, prosecutors say Calderon is not taking responsibility for his […]

Democrats try to taint California opponents with Trump links

Donald Trump is playing a starring role in at least five of the most hotly contested races for the California Assembly and Senate.

Black Panther Party’s Elaine Brown Scheduled To Speak At IndiviZible

SACRAMENTO — IndiviZible will have a special presentation in the honor of the 50th year anniversary of the Black Panther Party on Oct. 17 at the Guild Theater in Oak Park. The program runs from 6:00 pm. to 7:30 p.m. From 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., a Huey P. Newton House Dedication will be held […]

After Kaepernick’s protest, singers question anthem

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning R&B singer Anthony Hamilton has sung the national anthem in the past. Don’t ask him to sing it in the near future. Hamilton’s frustration with “The Star-Spangled Banner” is shared by some other Black Americans, who feel like the tune sung before major U.S. events is not the best representation […]

Obama: ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ will benefit US economy

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Promoting his initiative for boys and young men of color, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that helping these males stay out of trouble and on the right path is an “American challenge” that will pay off for the U.S. economy in the long run. Speaking about the “My Brother’s Keeper” program […]

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 […]