Sacramento Settles Police Beating Lawsuit, Promises Reforms
4/12/2018 7:37:06 PM

Sacramento has agreed to reform its policing practices and pay a Black man $550,000 after an officer threw him to the ground over a jaywalking allegation last year and repeatedly punched him in the face, his lawyers said Friday. The settlement in a U.S. civil rights lawsuit comes as the Police Department in California's capital city has faced intense scrutiny and a series of protests after two officers fatally shot Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old unarmed Black man, in his grandmother's backyard last month. Police Chief Daniel Hahn, who took over the department after Nandi...

Photos Reveal, Recognize Black Work Camps During Depression
4/12/2018 7:33:14 PM

By Jeff Karoub DETROIT—A striking, sepia-toned picture recently acquired by the University of Michigan jumps out from the past and begs to tell a story: A man dressed in a heavy coat and hat is as big as the cabin door whose knob he is reaching to turn and enter. The picture is labeled simply, “Big Jim.” The rare photo is among 30 acquired by the Bentley Historical Library last year from a private donor that capture a place and time often overlooked by history: Black Civilian Conservation Corps camps in Michigan and elsewhere during the Great Depression. The...

Man Drives Thousands of Miles for Animals in Need
4/12/2018 7:31:15 PM

The hum of the open road has a way of lulling John Dougherty into a peaceful, reflective state. The sound also helps soothe the antsy passengers that often accompany him on long rides over the weekend. They're usually puppies, sometimes adult dogs and—every now and then—a cat. And they're in distress. “It's crazy,” Dougherty, a 56-year-old Jeffersonville resident and physician's assistant, said. “You'll get 20 to 30 dogs and they're all going nuts. You've got puppies crying, you've got dogs barking at each...

California Says Private Data for 600,000 People Exposed
4/12/2018 7:27:36 PM

A California agency says private information for about 600,000 people may have been exposed during the burglary of a state building. The Department of Developmental Services said Friday that the confidential information may have been seen during a Feb. 11 break-in at one of its Sacramento buildings. Burglars ransacked files, damaged and stole state property and started a fire. Fire sprinklers doused many records. Officials say they have no evidence that personal and health information was revealed but are notifying clients and the public “out of an abundance of...

We Must Never Forget Hattie Carroll
4/5/2018 5:32:55 PM

By Julianne Malveaux   Hattie Carroll (1911-1963) was a 51-year-old restaurant server who was murdered by a White aristocrat, 24-year-old William Devereux Zantzinger (1939-2009) who struck her with a cane, because she took too long to serve him a drink, during The Spinsters’ Ball, an event at the old Emerson Hotel in Baltimore. Zantzinger’s crime was minimized, and he got a scant six months in jail (not prison) for killing a woman, the mother of at least nine children, who was more than twice his age, and with just a fraction of his power. Bob Dylan popularized...

LET’S MOVE FORWARD TOGETHER
4/5/2018 4:26:46 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman In the spring of 1960, I was a senior at Spelman College in Atlanta and decided to help organize the civil rights student sit-in movement to desegregate lunch counters. I went to Atlanta’s City Hall to engage in our cause to end racial apartheid. I felt overwhelming gratitude for the chance to be part of something larger than myself or our campus. My college diary captured a bit of the excitement of those days: Now as never before is the chance offered to do something. This is a history-making epoch where we – me – the young – can be...

Spiritually Speaking: Taking It One Day at a Time
4/5/2018 4:20:27 PM

By James Washington   Today is truly a day that the Lord has made and the more complicated the world gets, the simpler the Word of God is to understand. Often, and do I mean often, I get reminded of the power and seductive nature of ego, pride and the need to control. Or, should I say the need to be in control? Letting go and letting God is a simple concept to say and dare I say, an easy concept to understand? Yet why is it so hard to do? We all know people who can quote scripture backwards and forwards, yet have no faith. We know Christian control freaks who must have the...

Keeping Backyard Poultry Can Come with Risks
4/5/2018 4:12:55 PM

Courtesy CDC Live poultry, such as chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys, often carry germs such as Salmonella. After you touch a bird, or anything in the area where birds live and roam, wash your hands so you don’t get sick! Owning backyard chickens and other poultry can be a great experience. However, children and other groups of people have a greater chance of illness from handling live poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam. Even handling baby birds displayed at stores can cause a Salmonella infection. Keep reading to learn about the steps you can take to...

Cal Lutheran Cited as Higher Ed Innovator
4/5/2018 4:10:38 PM

THOUSAND OAKS—California Lutheran University is featured in a just-released report on independent colleges that have implemented meaningful change. In “Innovation and the Independent College: Examples From the Sector,” the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) highlighted selected universities’ responses to challenges facing them. The report is designed to be a guidebook for leaders who want to push for change on their campuses. “I am pleased to share some of the ideas that are transforming independent higher education,” said CIC President...

Dog Parks to be Renamed in Honor of Fallen Oxnard Police K-9s Rudy and Jax
4/5/2018 4:00:53 PM

Oxnard—Two dog parks in Oxnard will be renamed in honor of fallen Oxnard Police K-9 Officers Rudy and Jax. The Oxnard City Council unanimously agreed that Windrow Dog Park, located at 3052 North Ventura Rd, be renamed “Jax’s Windrow Dog Park,” and that College Dog Park, located at 3200 S. Rose Ave., be renamed “College Park, Rudy’s Dog Park.” The request to rename the dog parks came from the Youth Directors Council of the Oxnard Police Activities League. Rudy started duty in July 2000; he performed about 3,000 assists and was directly...