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Donald Trump retains hallmarks of historic misogyny, chauvinism

“Frailty thy name is woman”—"Hamlet,” Act 1, Scene 2 “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” That familiar saying can be easily associated with the base, misogynistic tirades of Donald Trump. Since announcing his presidential run, the ...

Thousands line Lancaster streets in farewell to Sgt. Steve Owen

A sad and solemn procession traveled yesterday through the streets of Lancaster as relatives, friends and colleagues of Sgt. Steve Owen bid farewell to the decorated member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department who was gunned down Oct. 5 ...

Police shootings lead to racial trauma in African Americans

We now live in an era where just about everything is available to us at the click of a button. And becoming more popular is getting your daily dose of news right on your laptop or smart phone. Even the ...

America's elderly population faces dramatic financial, health issues

African American senior citizens have witnessed dramatic changes in the national landscape. Within social and economic status, African Americans from the Civil Rights Movement through the election of the first Black president have risen from the depths of discrimination and ...

Manna from Heaven?

“Now is the time to call for an end to state violence directed at communities of color. And now is the time to advocate for investment in public services—including but not limited to police reform—together with education, health, and employment ...

African American history of poverty leads to the modern carceral state

How did we get here? A far-reaching NAACP study of the criminal justice system released in 2013 revealed that African Americans constitute 1 million of the 2.3 million people behind bars. Black persons comprise 13 percent of the U.S. population ...

Vin Scully legacy will never be repeated or forgotten

There was a generation of workers after World War II who found it not uncommon to remain on the job for 30, maybe 40 years. They were as regular and reliable as clockwork—always ready, always on time … always excellent. ...

Nationwide prison strike highlights modern-day slavery, peonage

On Sept. 9, 1971, a riot occurred at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, N.Y. The riot is one of the most well-known and significant uprisings of the Prisoners’ Rights Movement. It was based upon prisoners’ demands for political rights ...

Suicide prevention is possible, yet many people lack resources

Suicide prevention is one of the most important topics the public can discuss. It’s everyone’s business, and while this week saw individuals and organizations nationwide joining forces to broadcast the message that suicide can be prevented, it is vital that ...

Jefferson’s unsung heroes

True Story: Twenty years ago I was invited to a Christmas party given by a King Drew pharmacist who graduated from Crenshaw High School in the 1980s. The house was filled with medical professionals, as well as former alumni of ...

Transit authority moves toward unique all-electric fleet of buses

The prospect is intriguing. What if your daily mass transit commute were on an electric bus? Many cities around the nation are working to reconfigure their aging bus fleets, whether they run on diesel, propane or natural gas. The electric ...

Rumblings within the ranks, part II

A significant byproduct of the landmark O.J. Simpson murder case was the hit in prestige suffered by the Los Angeles Police Department. The image meticulously crafted by William H. Parker, and projected into the public psyche by “Dragnet” and other ...

LPAC announces exciting fall season of arts and entertainment

Whether you fancy award-winning comedy, the “top-’o-the-charts” in country music, amazing acrobatics, or a rare evening of pop music history, the Lancaster Performing Arts Center has done it again. Promoters this fall have lined up Kathy Griffin, Burt Bacharach, the ...

Rumblings within the ranks (part one)

Once upon a time on the West Coast, the City of Angels boasted a police department reputedly every bit as corrupt and tainted as it’s counterparts back east. Efforts to “clean up” the wayward boys in blue had mixed results, ...

Crime rate down nationwide but Americans don’t believe it

The crime rate in both local and national jurisdictions is reportedly in steady decline, yet public perceptions of safety appear in opposition to the latest law enforcement statistics.