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$200M in restitution and forgiveness delivers financial justice: settlements help consumers harmed by for-profit colleges, high-cost loans By Charlene Crowell
6/27/2019 8:44:28 AM

The struggle to eliminate high-cost predatory debt is a daunting one—particularly for Black America. As access to affordable credit, loans and mortgages seem ever elusive across the country, lying in wait are countless predatory lenders eager to fill the personal finance void. But in recent days, two unrelated developments awarded consumers more than $200 million in victories against high-cost private student loans and restitution for triple-digit interest payday loans. Together, the two developments illustrate how freedom from debt burdens can lifted and erased. The work of...

Whatever Happened to the Simple Things in Life? Dr. James L. Snyder
6/27/2019 8:41:39 AM

I’m not a very complicated person. I like simple things; things nice and easy. Occasionally I will do a crossword puzzle, but beside that, I enjoy the simple life. On the other side, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is very complicated. Just when I have everything figured out, I find another side of her that I did not know was there. I suppose that is what married life is all about; year-by-year discovering new aspects of your spouse. I am very simple minded when it comes to going out to eat. When we go to a restaurant, for example, I’m very simple in what...

Thank You, MaryLee Allen By Marian Wright Edelman
6/27/2019 8:39:15 AM

MaryLee Allen was a brilliant, passionate, persevering, caring servant leader—not a self-serving leader—committed to helping build a world fit for children. When the Children’s Defense Fund was brand new, I was searching for smart, passionate people to help with our earliest work. One of the very first ones I found was MaryLee. Immediately after graduating from Marquette University with her degree in sociology MaryLee had come to Washington, D.C. to join the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, where she prepared research for lawsuits on school desegregation...

'Michael Jackson Drug' still prompts curiosity from patients By Carla K. Johnson
6/27/2019 8:35:49 AM

It remains the most widely used anesthetic in U.S. hospitals, but many patients still remember propofol as the drug that killed Michael Jackson. Most are no longer afraid of it, doctors say, though many still ask if they will get “the Michael Jackson drug” before an operation. And most of them will. Jackson died 10 years ago at his Los Angeles home after receiving a lethal dose of the drug intended for use only during surgery and other medical procedures—not for insomnia. As Jackson rehearsed for his comeback tour, he struggled to sleep. Prosecutors said...

Two new measles cases connected to West Los Angeles
6/27/2019 8:22:05 AM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Los Angeles County health officials are trying to identify anyone who may have been exposed to two residents who recently traveled and became ill with measles shortly after returning to the U.S. Potential exposure locations and times were between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. on June 7 at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., and June 8 from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. at Toscana Restaurant-Brentwood, 11633 San Vincente Blvd., according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Officials added there was no known current risk related to measles at either...

Council approves extension for PACC
6/21/2019 2:05:44 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard--- The Oxnard City Council approved a six-month agreement to extend the operation of the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center (PACC) until Dec. 31, 2019, by unanimous vote.   The city will use Measure O funds to keep the PACC open with a limit of $410,000.   Assistant City Manager Ashley Golden reviewed the agreement and said the city entered into a deal with the Oxnard Performing Arts Center Corporation in 2000. The council never extended the deal after it expired in 2010, and it continued to operate...

Council approves negotiating agreement with Madison Park Financial Corporation
6/20/2019 9:52:04 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- The Oxnard City Council approved an exclusive negotiating agreement, June 18, between the City of Oxnard, the Parking Authority for the city and Madison Park Financial Corporation for the social security building, located at 425 South B Street, the 538 South B Street parking lot, and the associated parcels of land in downtown Oxnard.   Community Development Director Jeff Lambert made the presentation to the council and said he wanted to address the central questions, why use these properties, why use this process and...

Father’s Day event is a special treat
6/20/2019 8:38:49 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- Harbor View Park was the place to be on June 16, as dads enjoyed a Car Show & Cornhole Tournament that brought out thousands of attendees. The dads enjoyed some friendly competition at the cornhole tournament and also got the chance to check out some vintage autos, mighty muscle cars, and a few oddities along the way, like a vintage hearse that recently came out of service. The cornhole tournament brought out the best of the best, including Lou Vera, known as Mr. 805 Cornhole who organized the event and loves to...

Juneteenth Celebration fills Plaza Park with joyous enthusiasm
6/20/2019 8:19:14 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The 29th Annual Juneteenth Celebration was a grand event, June 15, that crossed cultures as residents joined together to continue the party that started in the 1800s.   Attendees enjoyed music, fellowship, cultural exhibits, food, and learned about the African American culture and how important it was in American history.   Juneteenth Freedom Day commemorates June 19, 1865, as the day that slaves in Texas learned about the abolition of slavery and was celebrated by a huge party. Jay Collins led the...

Oxnard Special Populations enjoy a day at the park
6/20/2019 7:44:27 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—Nice weather, fresh air, smiling faces and lots of activities was a winning formula for the Oxnard Special Populations, June 15, as the group enjoyed a day at Oxnard Beach Park.   The kids enjoyed arts and crafts, a bouncy house, an extraordinary train ride courtesy of the Oxnard’s City Corps Program and just plain running around and being physically active.   Special Populations Coordinator Maria Sandoval said her program runs through the Recreation and Communication Service Department for the...