California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California health officials say electronic cigarettes are a health threat, especially to children, and should be strictly regulated like tobacco products. A report released Wednesday by the California Department of Public Health says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine. California Health Officer Ron Chapman says new generations of […]

Get a Soulful Taste of Madi Gras

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NORTH SACRAMENTO – Laissez les bon temps rouler. The local business, Framed by Frankie is inviting locals to let the good times roll, presenting “A Soulful Taste of Mardi Gras” on Saturday, February 7. The event is being held from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the art studios located at 1001 Del Paso Boulevard and […]

Local Fund-raiser to include Food, Fitness and Shopping

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SACRAMENTO – Whether your passion is food, fitness or shopping, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at an upcoming benefit to help a group of local yoga teachers and students who are participating in an Africa Yoga Project service trip to Cape Town, South Africa in March. Proceeds from the A’frican Event benefit will help […]

AG Harris asked to investigate effort to overturn plastic bag ban

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SACRAMENTO – Supporters of the state’s plastic bag ban today refiled their complaint with California Attorney General Kamala Harris over deceptive signature gathering by petition gatherers seeking a repeal of the law. The move comes after the Secretary of State’s office said it would not review the complaint because Secretary of State Alex Padilla had […]

TV networks make unequal progress toward on-screen diversity

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HOLLYWOOD (AP) – Kenya Barris, creator of ABC’s “Black-ish,” was motivated to write the comedy about an African-American family’s efforts to honor its heritage in part by the unreality of what he grew up watching on television. “I saw ‘Friends’ and ‘Seinfeld’ and thought, ‘What part of New York is this?’” recalled Barris, who is […]

Sagging Pants of Today Could Hurry Hip Replacements of Tomorrow

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ST. LOUIS (NNPA) – Some of the same activities and behaviors that can cause disease can cause health problems in your bones, joints and your neuromuscular system. “For every one pound of weight that you gain, you put three pounds of pressure on your knees; so the opposite of that is, for every pound that […]

University of California ties coach bonuses to academics

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The academic performance of student athletes will be a factor in how coaches and athletic directors at University of California campuses are evaluated and compensated under a new policy approved by university President Janet Napolitano and made public Friday. The incentive-pay policy scheduled to be discussed by the university’s governing board […]

Black Unemployment Rate Headed for Single Digits

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After three consecutive months of the economy adding more than 25,000 jobs, the Black unemployment rate could dip below 10 percent by mid-2015 if current trends continue, says Valerie Wilson, an economist and director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE) at Economic Policy Institute. When Wilson analyzed the […]

Mayor to share his vision for Sacramento at 2015 State of The City Address

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s election as president of NCBM affirmed by judge.

SACRAMENTO – Mayor Kevin Johnson will share his “clear vision for the future of Sacramento” during his 2015 State of the City Address, set for Thursday, January 29. The event is scheduled to run 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, located at 1515 J Street. The event is free and Mayor Johnson invites […]

Phoenix Activists: ‘Let the Countdown Begin’

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PHOENIX (NNPA) – As the nation counts down to Super Bowl XLIX, Arizona’s Black community announces a new campaign incorporating the national theme “Black Lives Matter: Addressing The Violence Of Systemic Racism in America and Arizona.” Black leaders and activists in Phoenix have organized to monitor and document police misconduct and brutality across the country […]