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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...