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Senate sets sights on revamping healthcare

As a coalition of senators prepare once again to roll up their sleeves to begin to wrestle with crafting a health care bill that meets the needs of most Americans, Sen. Kamala Harris has laid out a substantial laundry list of items she said concerns her about the recently passed House version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

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Underlying economics of 1992 unrest

On Saturday, nearly 200 Angelenos turned out for a special teach-in at the corner of Western Avenue and Adams Boulevard that offered participants a chance to reflect on and hear thoughts about the lesson(s) learned from the 1992 civil unrest. Called “Lessons From LA’s Civil Unrest 25 Years of Recovery, Revitalization and Resilience,” the event was hosted in part by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and featured scholars from UCLA as well as labor officials.

‘Soul food King’ succumbs

Adolf Dulan, the self-proclaimed “King of Soul Food,” who began learning to cook on a farm in Luther, Okla., while working next to his mother as she made the family’s meals has died. He was 83 years old.

State prepares accountability plan

The state board of education is expected to vote May 10 on a draft proposal of the plan officials expect to submit to the federal government that details California’s plan detailing the accountability they will use under the newly reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

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L.A. Uprising: A look at the city 25 years later

Twenty-five years ago on April 29, the world got a first-hand demonstration of how dangerous unchecked racism and prejudice can be. It began with an attempted police stop of a motorist that spiraled out of control and ended with four members of the Los Angeles Police Department charged with assault and excessive use of force. A video of the incident in Lake View Terrace, taken by amateur videographer George Holliday, was widely screened.

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L.A. Uprising: A look at the city 25 years later

Twenty-five years ago on April 29, the world got a first-hand demonstration of how dangerous unchecked racism and prejudice can be. It began with an attempted police stop of a motorist that spiraled out of control and ended with four members of the Los Angeles Police Department charged with assault and excessive use of force. A video of the incident in Lake View Terrace, taken by amateur videographer George Holliday, was widely screened.

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Facebook Killer’s actions could have lasting ramifications

Pennsylvania police confirmed Monday that the killer of a 74-year-old Cincinnati grandfather, Robert Godwin Sr.—a retired foundry worker with nine children and 14 grandkids—was shot by a children’s behavioral center worker. Godwin was walking home from Easter dinner with his family, when he randomly encountered and was shot by 37-year-old Steven Stephens, who then fatally turned the gun on himself the following day after leading police on what turned into a two-day chase. At one point, police said the search covered at least five states.

Local teams hold their own in state Academic Decathlon

The academic decathlon is done for the 2016-17 school year, and a number of the perrennially successful teams from Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) are headed to Madison, Wis., to compete for the national championship, April 17-23. Granada Hills Charter High Shool finished at the top of the leader board in the regional finals held in Sacramento last weekend. It is one of three LAUSD schools that will compete for a chance to win the national championship.

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Civil rights veteran succumbs

Roger Wilkins, famed civil rights worker, journalist, author, and history and American culture professor at George Mason University, died on March 26 in Kensington, Md., at age 85 in a care facility from complications of dementia. Wilkins, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was an assistant United States attorney general, ran domestic programs for the Ford Foundation, and wrote editorials for The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Toyota celebrates Black history with inner-city tour

As the celebration of Black History Month winds down, and recognition of Women’s history month starts, scholar Alison Rose Jefferson, Ph.D., joined forces with Toyota Motors to introduce a group of young journalists to a little-known part of Black Los Angeles history via a driving tour that began at El Pueblo de Los Angeles. One of the first items visitors there were introduced to was a plaque commemorating the 44 African-descended founders including Pio Pico, the last Mexican governor of California, through its #SteepedInHistory hashtag campaign Jefferson also introduced noted African descendants.

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