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Lancaster Grand Prix promises downtown thrills and excitement

Lancaster will be roaring and revving with high-powered excitement Sept. 26-28 as the sixth annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix winds its way through downtown. Each autumn, Lancaster hosts one of the west coast’s largest and most prestigious professional KART ...

Merchants of Fear:

“In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly.” —Poet & Literary Critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Black men and daytime televison

Katie Couric never saw it coming. Neither did Jane Pauley, Kris Jenner, Megan Mullally, Bethenny Frankel, Bonnie Hunt, or Ricki Lake 2.0. The impressive list of failed syndicated television maidens extends far and wide. Yet right before our eyes, Wayne ...

The power of the pen: Obama and the history of executive orders

“When in the course of human events it becomes necessary ...” —United States Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, July 1776

California implements ‘Ban the Box’

According to the National Institute of Justice, selecting “yes” on a job application that asks “Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony?” decreases the likelihood of securing a job by 50 percent. For Blacks, the figure is ...

LAUSD’s Local Control and Accountability Plan approved

The numbers were irrefutable. The $700 million in question was indeed spent appropriately last year on students with high needs. As a result of that clarification, the Los Angeles County Office of Education has approved the Los Angeles Unified School ...

The power of the pen: Obama and the history of executive orders

“When in the course of human events it becomes necessary ...” —United States Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, July 1776

The Ebola epidemic: no end in sight

Authors Note: I was first introduced to the Ebola virus in 1978 while attending California State University Long Beach. At that time, Ebola was just two years old and known in the scientific community as a Marburg-like virus (a virus ...

The Ebola epidemic: no end in sight

Authors Note: I was first introduced to the Ebola virus in 1978 while attending California State University Long Beach. At that time, Ebola was just two years old and known in the scientific community as a Marburg-like virus (a virus ...

Garcetti minimum wage hike is city’s largest anti-poverty plan

Citing stagnant wages for a shrinking middle class, and a low-income population that is working full-time for near poverty-level income, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday announced plans to increase the city’s minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017.

Community initiative may reduce gangs, help ‘redefine’ Black youth

“We have decided to stop complaining and to get up and do something about the problem.” That’s Ansar “Stan” Muhammad commenting about the nearly-unrelenting stories about “troubled,” “at-risk,” “wayward” and “angry” Black youth here and nationwide who have come to ...

Exposition Park

Exposition Park has for 100 years been a destination point for millions of Angelenos and visitors to Los Angeles. Whether you’re a sports fan, music fan, history bug, sci-fi enthusiast or even a naturalist, Exposition Park likely offers something of ...

Hundreds traveling to St. Louis on Labor Day Weekend

On Aug. 28, the “Black Lives Matters Ride” (BLM Ride) a national advocacy effort of #BlackLivesMatter, will bring concerned citizens from across the country to St. Louis, Missouri, as part of a national call to end state violence against Black ...

Ribbon cutting held for Mental Health Urgent Care Center

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, health leaders and the community came together for a ribbon cutting celebration for the new Mental Health Urgent Care Center (UCC) at the Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Campus Wednesday morning. The Mental Health Center is near ...

Lancaster city officials at odds with CPUC

Lancaster city officials say they are fed up with unfair utility rates. With the drought serving as a reminder to conserve as much water as possible, city officials last week expressed displeasure and dismay toward a decision by the state ...