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Poor communities suffer more from extreme heat in cities, UCSD study finds
7/14/2021 2:42:42 PM

LOS ANGELES—Low-income neighborhoods with higher Black, Hispanic and Asian populations experience significantly more urban heat than wealthier and predominantly white neighborhoods in the Southland and within a vast majority of populous U.S. counties, according to a UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy study released Tuesday. The researchers, whose findings are published in the journal Earth’s Future, analyzed remotely sensed land surface temperature measurements of 1,056 U.S. counties which have 10 or more census districts. The analysis revealed that for 71%...

African American spelling bee champ makes history with flair
7/14/2021 2:38:49 PM

By Ben Nuckols   LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP)—Zaila Avant-garde understood the significance of what she was doing as she stood on the Scripps National Spelling Bee stage, peppering pronouncer Jacques Bailly with questions about Greek and Latin roots. Zaila knew she would be the first African American winner of the bee. She knew Black kids around the country were watching Thursday night’s ESPN2 telecast, waiting to be inspired and hoping to follow in the footsteps of someone who looked like them. She even thought of MacNolia Cox, who in 1936 became the first...

Where oh where is my hair?
7/14/2021 12:49:58 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder   I must confess I sometimes get so busy that certain things have slipped my mind. I don't do this intentionally, but I try to prioritize things in my life. With so many things going on, it is tough to keep up-to-date with everything, even personal items. This is not true with the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. No matter how busy her day is, she always keeps up with everything. She knows things that are happening a week before they actually happen. How she does that, I don't know, and trust me, I am not going to inquire. I just...

Killing it at being ourselves
7/14/2021 11:58:34 AM

By L Ron Brooks   The next time you’re out at a big summer blockbuster movie—even if it isn’t for a couple more years (foreshadow alert!)—here’s something funny to do. People love it, trust me. As you’re leaving the screening, if there are lines queued-up for the next show already, run up to them goggle-eyed and cry, “Everybody dies at the end!!” A wave of conflicting emotions will pass visibly among the line-standers culminating very quickly in rage at you for spoiling the end of the movie they’ve been waiting to see. You...

DA won’t seek death penalty for man charged in rapper Pop Smoke’s killing
7/7/2021 7:52:46 PM

LOS ANGELES—The prosecution announced Tuesday that it won’t seek the death penalty against a man who is charged along with three juveniles in the killing of rapper Pop Smoke during a robbery at a Hollywood Hills home last year. Corey Walker, 20, could now face a maximum of life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of the Feb. 19, 2020, killing of the 20- year-old New York-based rapper, whose real name was Bashar Jackson. The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegation that the murder was committed during the commission of a robbery and...

Richardson will miss Olympic 100 after marijuana test
7/7/2021 7:48:25 PM

By Eddie Pells and Pat Graham   American champion Sha’Carri Richardson cannot run in the Olympic 100-meter race after testing positive for a chemical found in marijuana. Richardson, who won the 100 at Olympic trials in 10.86 seconds on June 19, told of her ban Friday on the “Today Show.” She tested positive at the Olympic trials and so her result is erased. Fourth-place finisher Jenna Prandini is expected to get Richardson’s spot in the 100. Richardson accepted a 30-day suspension that ends July 27, which would be in time to run in the...

Any pie à la mode is my kind of pie
7/7/2021 6:21:02 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder   Choices are a very important part of our everyday life. I am what I am today because of choices I made yesterday. I would like to blame someone else, but the truth of the matter is, I am what I am because of my choices. I must confess that there are a lot of bad choices I have made throughout my life. I will not name them right here, in fact, I'm trying to forget most of them. It’s a good thing I can’t relive yesterday. However, I have made a few choices that I have made in my life that has been very good. I don't focus on...

Still watching for weasels
7/7/2021 6:05:54 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   Sojourner Truth was a brilliant and formidable enslaved woman and abolitionist, a great orator, and a powerful presence who possessed unbelievable courage and perseverance in standing up for justice as a Black woman. She challenged the racial and gender caste system of slavery by suing for the return of a son sold away from her. She got repeatedly thrown off Washington, D.C. streetcars but kept getting back on until they changed the rules and let her ride. She stood up with fiery eloquence to opponents and...

Lynwood High Girls Basketball CHAMPS in CIF-SS 1-AA Division
6/30/2021 7:41:52 PM

LYNWOOD—The Lynwood High School Girls Basketball team captured a CIF Division 1-AA championship on June 19 that served as a victory for an entire community over a year full of unprecedented challenges. Just months earlier, the LHS Knights weren’t even sure they would be able to gather for a season as Lynwood coped with the pandemic. So when they raised the trophy on their regional title following a 58-47 victory over Etiwanda, they also lifted the spirits of the city behind them. “We’re just grateful for the opportunity to play this season, and that spirit...

34 boardwalk encampment residents brought inside, councilman's office says
6/30/2021 7:38:49 PM

LOS ANGELES—Councilman Mike Bonin's office said that a total of 34 people experiencing homelessness along Ocean Front Walk in Venice were brought indoors as of Monday afternoon, including 19 that were housed last week ahead of his initiative's official start Monday to offer a voluntary path to permanent housing to all people living in boardwalk encampments. St. Joseph Center outreach teams are responsible for outreach to offer housing, shelter and services to the people who live in the boardwalk encampments, which have grown amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who do not...