Body Cam Bill Allows Cops to Review Videos

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SACRAMENTO (CBM) – A piece of legislation establishing guidelines for the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement officers is one step closer to becoming law. Even though some of the state’s top cops dealt a blow to the bill last week, Assembly Bill 66 still managed to limp out of the Assembly Privacy and […]

Silicon Valley giants deploy staff to historically Black colleges

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MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Howard University freshman Alanna Walton knew something was different about the professor teaching her introduction to computer science course. First, there was her name: Professor Sabrina. She was an African American woman, kept office hours until 2 a.m., and had an additional title: Google In Residence. “It was an awesome class,” […]

More and More Senior Citizens Maintaining an Active Sex Life

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(NNPA) – The month of May is designated “Older Americans” Month. This little-known designation is not new. Initially established by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the month exists to highlight a variety of important is­sues for the United States’ older population. One such topic is sex. And for older Americans, more and more are […]

Arik Armstead and Shaq Thompson Picked In the 1st Round of NFL Draft

Elk Grove's Pleasant Grove High School standout and University of Oregon football star Arik Armstead, left, was picked No. 17 in the first round of the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers on April 30. Armstead is shown here with his father Guss Armstead, right, at a fitness complex in Rancho Cordova, Calif., a day before the draft.
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ELK GROVE — There were numerous speculations that the San Francisco 49ers would draft Arik Armstead in the first round if he was available. The 6-foot-7, 292-pounds defensive player was there for the taking and the Carolina sneaked Grant High’s Shaq Thompson in eight spots after Armstead. The 49ers picked Armstead, who played for Pleasant […]

Locals Working to Bring the Film Industry to the Sacramento Region

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ROSEVILLE – Sacramento may never replace Hollywood. But local filmmakers believe that the north state has a role to play in future of California’s film industry. And that future starts today. RELLIK, a new crime thriller features local talent both in front of and behind the camera and is being filmed at various locations throughout […]

As Water Cut Details Trickle In, African Americans Get Set

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SACRAMENTO (CBM) – The harsh drought that has dried up the Golden State over the past three years has severly hit one California community particularly hard. Allensworth, the historic and only town founded, financed and governed by African Americans in Tulare County knows all too well the impacts of no rain, coupled with the contamination […]

Gov. Jerry Brown Proposes $10,000 Fine for Water Waste in Drought

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SACRAMENTO (AP)- Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing $10,000 fines for residents and businesses wasting water in the drought despite his order to cut water use. Brown said Tuesday he’s supporting legislation to ramp up enforcement of water restrictions. The move gives teeth to his order for communities statewide to slash water use by 25 percent. […]

Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the nation’s first black female attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end. The 56-43 vote installs Lynch, now U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, at the Justice […]

‘Black Panther Party’ Film Seeks Wider Audience

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, the first feature-length film to focus on the origin and downfall of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense is making waves in the film community. It’s been a breakout entry at the Sundance Film Festival, and has already won an award at the Pan African […]

Audit says California jail releases jumped 37 percent after realignment

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SACRAMENTO — The number of inmates being released by county jails increased by 37 percent statewide during the first three years after California began sending lower-level offenders to local lockups instead of state prisons, state auditors said Tuesday. The number of local inmates freed early in one month increased from about 10,200 in September 2011, […]