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William Covington

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Palliative care unplugged

The death of a parent is an inevitable, normal biological process. However, due to modern science we are able to delay death by days, weeks and sometimes even years.

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The search for Fred Kawano

Our brother from the land of the rising son

Fred Kawano, now 93 years old, is a Nisei, a person of Japanese descent, born and educated in the United

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Walmart: An economic super power retrenches

The economic impact of the closure of Walmart that is expected to hit the Baldwin Hills Mall is bad and inevitable, according to Stuart Rosenthal, an urban economics professor at the University of Syracuse.

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Reality or myth? Following the lives of the ‘Three Wise Men’

Twenty three years ago during the Christmas season, I stood in amazement in Inglewood and watched thousands of people pass through the area over the course of the holiday season, which began the week of Thanksgiving and ran through the end of the first week of January.

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Youth lead new levels of protest

This is not your mama’s civil rights movement

Recently, in a repeat of actions reminiscent of college campuses 50 years ago, African American students have gathered in solidarity in an effort to change the learning institutions they attend, and these protests have gone viral. This week Our Weekly was able to interview an organizer at the center of the storm.

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Gangs, reality and mental illness

It's Monday morning at a Los Angeles facility referred to as Youth Guidance Center (YGC), a state-funded residential facility for at-risk youth.

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Discipline or excessive force?

Student, officer battle in South Carolina classroom

Steve Fuji closely studies the video on his laptop as he smokes his third cigarette and drinks green tea. The 77-year-old Japanese American is a sixth-degree black belt and teaches compliance techniques for the Orange and Los Angeles County probation departments, as well as a number of school district police agencies. Compliance techniques specialize in training officers to use pressure points to cause non-damaging pain that force compliance.

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Indian motels and the ‘Untouchables’ of Los Angeles

Exactly 53 days ago, a 26-year-old African American male was shot dead in Venice. According to authorities, the shooting was supposedly a result of the owner of the Cadillac Hotel, Sris Sinnathamby, 54, hiring an Hispanic gang member to kill Jascent-Jamal Lee Warren (aka Shakespeare), a homeless musician. Sinnathamby was arrested shortly afterwards for the shooting.

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Katrina: A history of mistakes and missteps

Early in the morning on Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast of the United States. As a result, the vibrant and cheerful city of New Orleans was quickly transformed into an underwater wasteland. In a matter of days, the world was reminded of mother nature’s devastating power and inevitability. As the storm progressed, historic landmarks were reduced to rubble; entire neighborhoods drowned under the overwhelming deluge of surging river water; lifeless bodies dotted the battered landscape; and throngs of displaced residents from the Lower 9th Ward and surrounding areas had to withstand inhumane living conditions before they were finally rescued and transported to safe zones. These heart-wrenching images won’t soon be forgotten by the American public. They illustrate the grim reality of human vulnerability and mortality.

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Upscale Black enclaves face changing neighborhoods

Baldwin Hills resident Jack Horn places a leash on his daughter’s American Eskimo dog, while his wife looks at him and laughs. “You are going to walk the dog this morning?” she asks.

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