I Thought but Then I Unthought
1/10/2019 9:38:58 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   Looking back over my life I honestly can say, giving it a great deal of thought, the biggest problem I have is when I actually think. Thinking can get me into more trouble than anything else I do. This was no more evident than recently we got a phone call from the bank. I hate it when the bank calls because they never call to wish me happy birthday or wonder how in the world I am doing today. They always have an agenda. Usually, that agenda has to do with my money. When I answered the phone all I could say was, “Here we go...

L.A.’s Hughley Brings ‘the Funny’ to IMPROV
12/31/2018 3:52:06 PM

By M.P. Stone   D.L. Hughley truly did “bring it” this past weekend at the Addison Improv and he brought four more of the funniest men on the planet with him. It was non-stop, wall to wall, head-shaking, hands in the air, gut-busting laughter in the house from the moment the first “warm-up” comedian stepped onto the stage until Hughley stepped off. The set started off with Aziz Ansari, who tag-teamed with Clint Cooley, Jay Phillips and then Bo Dacious as they each took turns priming up the audience’s funny bone to receive the incomparable,...

After a Decade of Dormancy, Chaka Khan Blooms Again
12/31/2018 3:50:38 PM

By Mike Cidoni Lennox   PASADENA (AP)—If Chaka Khan were a flower, she'd be a perennial. “Because I go dormant and then I...” Khan stops and gracefully lifts her arms together, then slowly brings her hands apart, like a tulip emerging in spring. “I've done it many, many times,” explained the singer, perhaps best known for her multimillion selling 1984 cover of Prince's “I Feel For You.” On the brink of her first new album in a decade, and, on New Year's Day, serving as grand marshal at the Rose Parade, Chaka...

Nielsen Visits Texas Border After Second Child's Death
12/31/2018 3:49:31 PM

By Staff Reports   EL PASO, Texas—Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Friday visited the Texas border city where an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy was detained with his father before dying in government custody. DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman said earlier in the week that Nielsen was scheduled to tour multiple stations and substations and was also scheduled to meet with emergency medical technicians and medical professionals, as well as local officials. Nielsen then was scheduled to go to Yuma, Arizona, on Saturday. DHS did not immediately release more...

Report Squashes Hopes for California-Backed Marijuana Bank
12/31/2018 3:47:46 PM

By Kathleen Ronayne   SACRAMENTO—California would likely lose money and face insurmountable federal hurdles if it tried to create a state-backed bank for the marijuana industry, according to a report released Thursday by the state treasurer. The report puts an end for now to hopes California could find a way to get around banking hurdles for marijuana businesses as the state's recreational market concludes its first year in operation. A working group launched by state Treasurer John Chiang commissioned the study by a San Diego-based firm in January. State...

Listen—A 2019 Challenge in Memory of Robby Gregg
12/31/2018 3:45:35 PM

By Julianne Malveaux   I'm leaving 2018 behind, with its myriad trials and tribulations. For me, many of the challenges revolved around the unhealthy atmosphere in Washington, D.C., and that's not likely to change. But many of the challenges, joys, and sorrows were also personal. One of them was the loss of Robby Gregg, Jr., a diversity expert and consultant at Cook Ross, a diversity and inclusion firm in the DC area that was founded by my dear friend Howard Ross. Robby died unexpectedly at 58, just a week before Christmas. Alarmed at not having heard from him, a...

Will a New Consumer Bureau Director Heed the Agency’s Mission?
12/24/2018 11:41:17 AM

By Charlene Crowell   In her first news conference as a Senate-confirmed Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Kathleen Kraninger’s remarks sounded a lot like Mick Mulvaney, her former boss at the Office of Budget and Management (OMB). On December 11, just one day into a five-year term of office, Kraninger told reporters she would continue the business-friendly work begun by Mulvaney. Days earlier on December 6, Kraninger was confirmed to the position by a 50-49 party line vote. However, a broad and diverse coalition comprised of national and...

Nancy Wilson, Grammy-Winning Jazz Singer, Dies at 81
12/24/2018 11:19:46 AM

By Andrew Dalton and Hillel Italie   Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning “song stylist” and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died. Wilson, who retired from touring in 2011, died after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert community near Joshua Tree National Park, her manager and publicist Devra Hall Levy told The Associated Press late Thursday night. She was 81. Influenced by Dinah Washington, Nat “King” Cole and other stars, Wilson covered everything from...

Oxnard Public Library celebrates Christmas with the kids
12/24/2018 10:47:53 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard— The spirit of Christmas was alive and well at the Oxnard Public Library, Dec. 17, as the venue hosted a large group of kids and parents for a fun celebration that made everyone happy. Children snacked on cookies, took part in crafts, heard stories and enjoyed a special visit from the star of the day, Santa Claus, who led the children in songs and brought the kids presents. Children’s Librarian Vanesa Chua said the party is fulfilling because it brings community and family together and provides a safe...

District Attorney's Office Warns of Scammers Selling Mutts as Purebred Pups
12/18/2018 9:46:19 PM

By Staff Reports   LOS ANGELES—Animal lovers considering a purebred puppy as a holiday gift should make sure they're getting what they bargain for, authorities warned Monday. Victims of scams have spent hundreds and even thousands of dollars on supposedly purebred pooches that turn out not to be what sellers claimed, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, which issued the warning. Pet stores and other resellers may simply accept a breeder's word that an animal is a specific breed. To determine if a dog is a recognized...