One Foot in the Dream, One Foot in the World
4/12/2018 8:20:28 PM

By Sen. Kamala D. Harris Last month, in the middle of this incredibly challenging time for our nation, I had the honor of joining Congressman John Lewis for the annual march commemorating the Selma to Montgomery march for voting rights. And as we crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, I thought about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream. It was 50 years ago this week that Dr. King’s life was cut short. But his impact lives on today in countless ways. When we think of the doors of opportunity that have swung open to people of...

Council Approves Medical Marijuana Deliveries
4/12/2018 7:58:37 PM

By Chris Frost Special to the Tri County Sentry   On first reading, The Oxnard City Council approved the delivery of medical cannabis within the city limits. Assistant City Attorney Ken Rozell spoke on behalf of the ordinance and said in 1996, California voters approved medical marijuana and also approved non-medical use by people ages 25 and older a few months ago. “The one good thing about the new regulation is that cities and counties still retain the right to determine whether or not they want to allow commercial cannabis uses within their...

‘Mountaintop’ Speech Remembrance Summons Crowd for Reflection, Action
4/12/2018 7:41:17 PM

By Joyce Kyles MEMPHIS, Tenn.—As the days of our lives mesh into a reel of memories that can become challenging to recall as the volume of them increases, some days standout and we know at the time that they always will. Such was the case for many who made their way to historic Mason Temple in Memphis to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s final speech there. The draw was an “I AM 2018” movement event dubbed the “Mountaintop Speech Commemoration,” fittingly held at the world headquarters of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and the site of...

Sessions Orders 'Zero Tolerance' Policy for Border Crossers
4/12/2018 7:39:56 PM

By Elliot Spagat Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday ordered a “zero tolerance” policy aimed at people entering the United States illegally for the first time on the Mexican border. Sessions told federal prosecutors in border districts to put more emphasis on charging people with illegal entry, which has historically been treated as a misdemeanor offense for those with few or no previous encounters with border authorities. Smugglers and frequent offenders are usually charged with more serious crimes. His one-page order lacks specifics on how the policy will be...

Sacramento Settles Police Beating Lawsuit, Promises Reforms
4/12/2018 7:37:06 PM

Sacramento has agreed to reform its policing practices and pay a Black man $550,000 after an officer threw him to the ground over a jaywalking allegation last year and repeatedly punched him in the face, his lawyers said Friday. The settlement in a U.S. civil rights lawsuit comes as the Police Department in California's capital city has faced intense scrutiny and a series of protests after two officers fatally shot Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old unarmed Black man, in his grandmother's backyard last month. Police Chief Daniel Hahn, who took over the department after Nandi...

Photos Reveal, Recognize Black Work Camps During Depression
4/12/2018 7:33:14 PM

By Jeff Karoub DETROIT—A striking, sepia-toned picture recently acquired by the University of Michigan jumps out from the past and begs to tell a story: A man dressed in a heavy coat and hat is as big as the cabin door whose knob he is reaching to turn and enter. The picture is labeled simply, “Big Jim.” The rare photo is among 30 acquired by the Bentley Historical Library last year from a private donor that capture a place and time often overlooked by history: Black Civilian Conservation Corps camps in Michigan and elsewhere during the Great Depression. The...

Man Drives Thousands of Miles for Animals in Need
4/12/2018 7:31:15 PM

The hum of the open road has a way of lulling John Dougherty into a peaceful, reflective state. The sound also helps soothe the antsy passengers that often accompany him on long rides over the weekend. They're usually puppies, sometimes adult dogs and—every now and then—a cat. And they're in distress. “It's crazy,” Dougherty, a 56-year-old Jeffersonville resident and physician's assistant, said. “You'll get 20 to 30 dogs and they're all going nuts. You've got puppies crying, you've got dogs barking at each...

California Says Private Data for 600,000 People Exposed
4/12/2018 7:27:36 PM

A California agency says private information for about 600,000 people may have been exposed during the burglary of a state building. The Department of Developmental Services said Friday that the confidential information may have been seen during a Feb. 11 break-in at one of its Sacramento buildings. Burglars ransacked files, damaged and stole state property and started a fire. Fire sprinklers doused many records. Officials say they have no evidence that personal and health information was revealed but are notifying clients and the public “out of an abundance of...

Keeping Backyard Poultry Can Come with Risks
4/5/2018 4:12:55 PM

Courtesy CDC Live poultry, such as chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys, often carry germs such as Salmonella. After you touch a bird, or anything in the area where birds live and roam, wash your hands so you don’t get sick! Owning backyard chickens and other poultry can be a great experience. However, children and other groups of people have a greater chance of illness from handling live poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam. Even handling baby birds displayed at stores can cause a Salmonella infection. Keep reading to learn about the steps you can take to...

Cal Lutheran Cited as Higher Ed Innovator
4/5/2018 4:10:38 PM

THOUSAND OAKS—California Lutheran University is featured in a just-released report on independent colleges that have implemented meaningful change. In “Innovation and the Independent College: Examples From the Sector,” the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) highlighted selected universities’ responses to challenges facing them. The report is designed to be a guidebook for leaders who want to push for change on their campuses. “I am pleased to share some of the ideas that are transforming independent higher education,” said CIC President...