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

Michael Gerdine, DC of West End Chiropractic, recently moved into his Central West End location next to his detail shop at Boyle and Laclede in St. Louis. (Courtesy of St. Louis American)

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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Head Football Coach for UC Davis

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 […]

Sac County Democrats Turn In Petitions For Twin Rivers Special Election

Darrow Sprague and Eric Sunderlund talk to a Natomas resident about signing the petition to call for a special election in the Twin Rivers Unified School District. The Democratic Party of Sacramento County said it collected the required signatures and met the deadline (OBSERVER photo by Robert Maryland).

SACRAMENTO – The Democratic Party of Sacramento County (DPSC) announced that the political organization and other supporting entities have collected 1,083 valid signatures, enough to call a special election for Twin Rivers Unified School District’s Area 5 seat. Since Dec. 28, parents, community activists, and the Del Paso Heights Neighborhood Association partnered with DPSC until […]

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 […]