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'Lift Every Voice and Sing' hymn ignites hope across nation
7/9/2020 6:57:33 PM

By Jonathan Landrum, Jr.   LOS ANGELES (AP)—The Black national anthem was born more than a century ago, but the popular hymn within the African American community called “Lift Every Voice and Sing” has resurrected a beacon of hope during nationwide protests. In recent weeks, countless rallies were held from D.C. to Seattle with arm-locked protesters of different races reciting the song's lyrics while marching against police brutality of unarmed Black people. The demonstrations throughout the U.S. were ignited after George Floyd, who died after a...

Latino, Black neighborhoods struggle with test disparities
7/9/2020 6:38:16 PM

By Anita Snow   PHOENIX (AP)—A Latino cook whose co-worker got COVID-19 waited in his truck for a free swab at a rare testing event in a low-income neighborhood in Phoenix. A Hispanic tile installer queued up after two weeks of self-isolation while his father battled the coronavirus in intensive care. He didn’t know his dad would die days later. As the pandemic explodes in diverse states like Arizona and Florida, people in communities of color who have been exposed to the virus are struggling to get tested. While people nationwide complain about appointments...

Scientists urge WHO to acknowledge virus can spread in air
7/9/2020 6:28:58 PM

LONDON (AP)—More than 200 scientists have called for the World Health Organization and others to acknowledge that the coronavirus can spread in the air—a change that could alter some of the current measures being taken to stop the pandemic. In a letter published this week in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, two scientists from Australia and the U.S. wrote that studies have shown “beyond any reasonable doubt that viruses are released during exhalation, talking and coughing in microdroplets small enough to remain aloft in the air.” That means people in...

Council approves budget
7/2/2020 8:23:02 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The City Council got it done just in time and approved its 2020-2021 Capital Improvement Budget and Operating budget on June 30, one day before the new fiscal year started.   The group also approved four full-time equivalent positions for city service effective July 1, 2020, in accordance with the Operating Budget for the Fiscal Year 2020-21, the City of Oxnard Authorizing Classification and Salary Schedules, the classification and Salary Schedule.   The body also established and approved its...

The Dixie Chicks officially change their name to The Chicks
7/2/2020 8:19:03 PM

By Kristin M. Hall   NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Grammy-winning country group The Dixie Chicks have dropped the word Dixie from their name, now going by The Chicks. The band's social media accounts and website were changed on Thursday to the refer to the new name for the band, which is made up of Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines and Emily Strayer. The band also recognized that the name was already in use by a band in New Zealand. “A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to ‘The Chicks' of NZ for their gracious gesture in allowing us to share their...

White voice actor to stop voicing Black character on 'Family Guy'
7/2/2020 8:18:08 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—“Family Guy” voice actor Mike Henry said Friday he is stepping down from the role of Cleveland Brown on the Fox animated series. Henry wrote on Twitter that he will stop playing the show's main African American character because “persons of color should play characters of color.” The 54-year-old voice actor, who is a white man, has voiced the character since the series' debut in 1999. Henry had also voiced the Latin maid named Consuela on the series. His decision comes after voice actors Jenny Slate and Kristen...

Country music reckons with racial stereotypes and its future
7/2/2020 8:14:20 PM

By Kristin M. Hall   NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—When country singer Rissi Palmer was working on her debut album, she wanted a song like Gretchen Wilson's “Redneck Woman,” a song that would introduce her and tell her story to fans. On her 2007 debut single, “Country Girl,” she celebrated her country roots while explaining that she didn't have to look or talk a certain way to call herself a country girl. “I said that I am not white in the first verse, and the label was like, ‘No, no, no,”' said Palmer, who then...

Gilead’s $2,340 price for coronavirus drug draws criticism
7/2/2020 8:13:05 PM

By Marilynn Marchione   The maker of a drug shown to shorten recovery time for severely ill COVID-19 patients says it will charge $2,340 for a typical treatment course for people covered by government health programs in the United States and other developed countries. Gilead Sciences announced the price Monday for remdesivir, and said the price would be $3,120 for patients with private insurance. The amount that patients pay out of pocket depends on insurance, income and other factors. “We’re in uncharted territory with pricing a new medicine, a novel...

Low-income California zip codes see spike in virus cases
7/2/2020 8:12:09 PM

ANAHEIM (AP)—Beachgoers packed Orange County's shoreline on Saturday and not everybody wore masks, worrying public health and elected officials who say people were letting their guard down even as the coronavirus surges across California. Data collected by health officials show hundreds of people have been infected in densely populated neighborhoods in Anaheim and Santa Ana that are more likely home to low-income residents, the Orange County Register reported Saturday. The residents living in the identified hot spots are more likely to live in multi-generational or...

MLB spring training sites close amid virus worry
6/25/2020 2:01:39 PM

By Ben Walker   Every team in Major League Baseball will shut its spring training camp over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, a move that came in the wake of the Philadelphia Phillies announcing Friday five players had tested positive for COVID-19. The closures come while MLB owners and players try to negotiate a deal to begin the season, and raise the possibility the virus outbreak could scuttle all attempts at starting up this year. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press the spring complexes in Florida and Arizona will temporarily close...