Half of Black millennials know victim of police violence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Years before the high-profile deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, more than half of African-American millennials indicated they, or someone they knew, had been victimized by violence or harassment from law enforcement, a new report says. The information, from the “Black Millennials in America” report issued by the Black […]

US Episcopal Church installs first Black leader

(AP) – Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, installed Sunday as the first Black leader of the U.S. Episcopal Church, urged Episcopalians to evangelize by crossing divides of race, education and wealth. Curry used the example of his own mother being given Communion at a white Episcopal parish before desegregation, and how that act persuaded his father […]

San Francisco school delays student election over lack of diversity

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A student government election at a mostly Hispanic San Francisco middle school turned into a debate about the democratic process when the principal delayed the results because the winners did not reflect the school’s diverse student body. Everett Middle School Principal Lena Van Haren announced the winners on Monday, more than […]

Democrats acknowledge Black Lives Matter during debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates gave a meaningful public nod to the Black Lives Matter movement in their first televised debate, fully adopting its slogan and raising the core concerns stemming from police killings of African-Americans that protesters have articulated while disrupting some of their campaign events. The candidates were careful to avoid uttering […]

Head of Hollywood academy: Diversity debate at top of agenda

LONDON (AP) — The president of Hollywood’s movie academy says criticism of the lack of diversity among Oscar nominees has helped spark a vital global discussion about how to make the entertainment industry more inclusive. Cheryl Boone Isaacs said “the whole discussion about diversity is a great discussion, because now it’s at the top of […]

California to enact tough equal pay law to address wage gap

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Female workers in California are getting new tools to challenge gender-based wage gaps under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The Democrat announced Tuesday he has signed legislation that supporters say enacts the strongest equal-pay protection in the nation. The legislation by Democratic Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara lets female […]

Kings down Trail Blazers 109-105 in OT preseason opener

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Marco Belinelli had 32 points, including four 3-pointers, and the Sacramento Kings defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 109-105 in overtime Monday night, the preseason opener for both teams. DeMarcus Cousins started and finished with 22 points for the Kings, who missed the playoffs after finishing 29-53 last season. Damian Lillard had […]

Gov. Brown signs California assisted suicide measure

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a rare personal message, California’s 77-year-old governor provided insight into his deliberations before deciding to sign a bill allowing terminally ill Californians to legally take their own lives, reflecting on religion and self-determination as he weighed an emotionally fraught choice. Gov. Jerry Brown, a lifelong Catholic and former Jesuit seminarian, […]

Activists praise signing of racial profiling bill. Law Enforcement, not so much

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation to change California’s definition of racial profiling and require local law enforcement agencies to collect demographic data on the people they stop, his office announced Saturday. The law would give the public and police data to further gauge reports of racial profiling that have become […]

Rodgers leads Packers past 49ers, Green Bay stays unbeaten

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — With his receiving corps banged up and depleted, Aaron Rodgers still made all the big throws to keep Green Bay unbeaten and exactly where it expected to be a quarter into the season. It just took a little while to get warmed up before things got rolling. Rodgers passed for […]