County seeks major review, overhaul of troubled Compton Fire Department

The Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency this week called for a “sweeping overhaul” of the Compton Fire Department after reports surfaced about inadequate service to the thousands of 911 calls it responds to each year.

Almost half state’s Black families face budget shortfalls

Sgt. Camelia Straughn, a Sacramento resident and 20-year veteran in the U.S. National Guard, is deployed in Cuba. For her, active duty on the Caribbean island that is currently re-establishing ties with the United States means overseeing the logistics of ...

Group wants more Blacks involved in $1.7 billion water-saving effort

As California faces its worst drought in recorded history, Gov. Jerry Brown, by executive order on April 1, allocated $1.7 billion in new funding for water conservation. That money is part of a $7.4 billion fund dedicated to solving the ...

Police address 100 days buzz

Residents of South Los Angeles are on edge over what is being called a “100 days, 100 nights” campaign, which has been reported to be a war between rival gangs.

Terminally ill mom writes a lifetime of greeting cards for daughter

It was a grim realization for Heather McManamy when she discovered during an echocardiogram that the breast cancer she fought so hard against had metastasized.

New art exhibit in Lancaster

A new art exhibit entitled “Regarding Us Chain Letter Project” is on display through Aug. 22 at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History.

L.A. County Housing Authority settles Antelope Valley discrimination case

The Housing Authority of Los Angeles County will pay about $2 million to resolve allegations of Section 8 housing discrimination in the Lancaster and Palmdale areas as part of a recently announced settlement involving the cities, county and federal officials.

New studies offer insight into emotional impulse behind hoarding

Most people waffle back-and-forth about discarding something they sincerely believe may come in handy. This indecision usually involves a keepsake of sorts, an object that’s not terribly valuable but memorable, nonetheless. A serious problem, however, arises when individuals cannot separate ...

Rosamond woman arrested in mother’s death

A Rosamond woman has been taken into custody in connection with the July 17 death of her 81-year-old mother. Police said the deceased woman suffered from severe neglect. Shelly Ann Freeman, 46, was arrested on suspicion of murder and felony ...

Anti-bullying workshop to kick off Saturday

The city of Palmdale will present the first of three anti-bullying workshops Saturday called “Take a Stand Against Bullying.” The two-hour workshop, which begins at 9 a.m., will take place in partnership with Best Start and Girl Scouts Gold Award ...

Counting the Cost

Jerry Alan Bailey was sentenced to more than 30 years in federal prison for conspiring to violate federal narcotics laws. Shauna Barry-Scott was sentenced to 20 years for having cocaine in her possession and intending to distribute it. Jerome Wayne ...

Reality TV lawyer found dead in California home

A reality television lawyer who called herself the "legal diva" was found slain in her California home, her family said. Members of Loredana Nesci's family remember her as a strong, independent woman who was "very passionate about taking care of ...

Nurses put forth demands as local hospitals change hands

A new team may soon operate both the St. Francis and St. Vincent medical centers in Lynwood and downtown Los Angeles, respectively. A change in ownership depends on whether California Attorney Gen. Kamala Harris gives the go ahead in the ...

County follows city: Raises minimum wage to $15

Following its approval of a minimum wage increase in unincorporated areas to $15 by 2020, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to increase the “living wage” for contract workers on county jobs to $13.25 by 2016.

National Action Network Los Angeles holds vigil for Sandra Bland

The National Action Network (NAN) Los Angeles held a “Justice for Sandra Bland” vigil on Tuesday in memory of the 28-year-old African American woman found dead after police arrested her in Waller County, Texas.