Hate crimes, homicides declined in California in 2014

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SACRAMENTO (AP)- Most crime rates declined across California in 2014, including hate crimes and homicides, the state attorney general’s office said Wednesday. Hate crimes offenses were down nearly 9 percent last year, the office said in one of several new reports. Crimes based upon the victims’ sexual orientation dropped more than 13 percent, to 187 […]

Google apologizes after app tagged Black people ‘gorillas’

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NEW YORK (AP) — Google is apologizing after reports surfaced that an automatic image-recognition feature in its Photos application was identifying images of some Black people as “gorillas.” A New York man posted a picture of himself and a female friend on Twitter earlier this week, showing that the Google image software had tagged both […]

Black woman’s arrest on ‘lynching’ charge prompts move to amend 1933 law

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — When Sacramento police arrested Black activist Maile Hampton over her role in a Black Lives Matter protest in January, they didn’t charge her with obstructing traffic, trespassing or disturbing the peace. They charged her with felony lynching. No one was killed or even hurt in the demonstration. But the 20-year-old woman was […]

Celebrating the Contributions of Black Veterans

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SACRAMENTO – The public is invited to celebrate the contributions of Black veterans with an upcoming exhibit. “We Also Served: Honoring the African American Military Experience,” a month-long celebration runs July 1-31 at the Brickhouse Gallery & Art Complex, located at 2837-36th Street. The mixed-media interactive exhibit hosted by the Unsung Heroes Living History Project, […]

Supreme Court extends gay marriage nationwide

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally. Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means […]

Obama in new presidential podcast: US not cured of racism

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said the United States has not overcome its history of racism and is using the N-word to make his case. In an interview, Obama weighed in on the debate over race and guns that has erupted after the arrest of a white man for the racially motivated shooting deaths […]

Free Summer Camping Trip to Camp Arroyo

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CA FairPlay, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with asthma, is now accepting applications for its annual free summer camping trip to Camp Arroyo. This is a chance for children who have been unable to experience summer camp to enjoy outdoor activities in a safe environment. Activities include rock climbing, […]

California Senate approves another minimum wage hike

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — The California Senate on Monday approved a plan to again raise the state’s minimum wage, lifting it to $13 an hour in 2017, then tying it to the rate of inflation after that. The proposal by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, comes just two years after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation giving […]

‘King of the Blues’ blues legend B.B. King dead at age 89

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully […]

LYNNIS WOODS: How to get your mojo back when you feel like it’s lost

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OPINION – I just came back from a two-week bout with the cold and flu.  As I think about it now I realize that I started feeling poorly when I lost my “mojo.”  What is my definition of “mojo”?  For me “mojo” is another word for that part of me that keeps me motivated, energized […]