Governor Brown Gives Historical Fourth Inaugural Address

Assembly Members Jim Cooper and Kevin McCarty on the Assembly Floor after Governor Jerry Browns unprecedented fourth inaugural address.
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

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights talks about the 2014 Voting Rights Amendment Act at a press conference on Capitol Hill. (Freddie Allen/NNPA)

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. […]

Young activists push Obama on police reform

President Obama and senior staff get an earful from Ferguson youth leaders (NNPA Photo by Freddie Allen).

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In an oval office meeting that some have called “historic,” a group of young activists met with President Obama to discuss the crippling effects of police brutality in the Black community, the militarization of police departments and the need for systemic reform that sparked months of protests following the shooting death of […]

Kings Fire Malone; Corbin Assumes Duties

Tyrone Corbin talked to the local press after he was officially named the replacement for Michael Malone. Malone was fired after an 11-13 start this season and a few bad losses, many without the service of center DeMarcus Cousins.
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NORTH NATOMAS — Sacramento Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro discussed publicly on Dec. 15 why Michael Malone was relieved of his head coaching duties. In the interim, at least until further notice, Tyrone Corbin is the Kings’ coach. “This was an extremely difficult decision, but we feel this is in the best interest of the […]

‘Driving While Black’ Apps Give Tips for Police Stops

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PORTLAND (AP) — A “Driving While Black” smartphone application is set for release this month, but its developers say motorists should be careful when they use it. “Do not reach for your phone when you are talking to police,” stressed attorney Melvin Oden-Orr, who created the app with another Portland lawyer and a software developer. […]

Kings Make A Statement With ‘I Can’t Breathe” T-Shirts

Sacramento Kings Forward Rudy Gay and some of his teammates wore 'I Can't Breathe' T-shirts during their game against the Houston Rockets at Sleep Train Area on Dec. 11. The game was nationally televised.
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NORTH NATOMAS — First it was LeBron James, followed by Kobe Bryant, and then Rudy Gay and the Sacramento Kings emerged with “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts during pregame warmups of the their game against the Houston Rockets on Dec. 11. Gay, Reggie Evans, Ray McCallum, Ryan Hollins, Ramon Sessions, Jason Thompson, Ben McLemore, and Nik […]