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  • Children Need Better Protection from Abuse and Neglect

    In January 2008, four sisters were found dead in their southeast Washington, D.C. home. The girls, ages 5, 6, 11, and 17, had been murdered by their mother, Banita Jacks, months earlier. She was recently convicted and sentenced to 120 years in prison...
  • Barbara Lee Commemorates Women’s History Month

    Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement commemorating Women's History Month. "As we celebrate Women's History Month let us reflect on the generations of women who came before us and their many contributions th...
  • Update on Pasadena Police Chief Search

    Pasadena City Manager Michael J. Beck is moving forward with his search for a new police chief. The next step in the process is interviews next week with about 10 semi-finalist candidates from throughout the nation by an advisory panel that will evaluate...
  • Education Without Representation!

    In May, 2010 the voters of Pasadena Unified School District will be asked to approve a parcel tax of $120 per year to help the schools which are losing funds because of the California State Budget crisis. The funds, if passed will benefit classrooms ...
  • Sports Watching & Wondering

    Change We Can Believe In If you put me in charge, I would have a summit meeting of the Athletic Directors of the major universities in Southern California. All of those in the area from Santa Barbara to San Diego would have to attend and to testify. Then...
  • Board of Directors in Unanimous Vote

    Brock Youngest Ever, Fourth Woman to Serve as NAACP Board Chair The NAACP named Roslyn M. Brock as Chair of the Board of Directors at its Annual Board Meeting on February 20 at the New York Hilton. Brock, 44, became the youngest ever and fourth woman t...
  • Artist Creates a “New” Pasadena Mural

    ARTIST Luis Ituarte competed for and received a grant of $2,500 from the Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission to create a mural in partnership with a local business owner. The Neighborhood Enhancement Mural Program ...
  • “The Gospel According to You”

    Richard Johnson writes a poem entitled, "The Gospel According to You." In it, he says: You're writing a gospel chapter a day, By the deeds that you do and the words that you say. Men read what is written whether faithless or true, So tell me what is the...
  • Discovering and Exploring Black Presence in the Bible: Discovering Adam

    If you were to closely examine the world(s) in the Bible, you would uncover a world wherein Africa and Africans have helped to tell the story of God. You would find a significant Black presence throughout scripture telling the story of creation from Genes...
  • Is Your Circumstance Temporary?

    Circumstance - The condition, detail, part, or attribute, with respect to time, place, manner, agent, etc., that accompanies, determines, or modifies a fact or event. When it comes to exercise and right nutrition, most folks let circumstance dictate what...
  • Avoiding Business Start Up Pitfalls

    Recent indicators for the economic recovery in California remain bleak. Like the national experience, unemployment will remain above 12% in Los Angeles and another 20,000 jobs are expected to be lost in 2010. This environment is putting pressure on thousa...
  • “Medi” What?

    As an estate planning attorney, I am sometimes asked to assist an elderly person meet his or her health care needs through public benefits. The rules and regulations regarding public benefits are very complicated and are forever changing.  Therefore,...
  • Economics is Local

    (NNPA) - The economic problems we face are right in our own backyards. Unfortunately, until our problems reach crisis level we are content to engage in spirited conversations and philosophical diatribes about the likes of Tiger Woods, a billionaire who c...
  • Wrong Place, Wrong Time

    (NNPA) - When young Black men are the victims of violent injuries in their urban neighborhoods, what happens next? This question haunted Dr. John Rich, who was educated at Dartmouth, Duke, and Harvard, was a primary care doctor at Boston Medical Center, a...
  • Tavis Goes into Battle of Wits with Sharpton Unarmed

    If Tavis Smiley were doing the commentary on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, he might begin by saying, "As Big Mama would say, he created a new behind in his opponent." But Tavis is not providing disinterested commentary on this feud, primarily because it wa...
  • Civil Rights Films Challenges Today’s Youth

    Writer/director Jeb Stuart's gripping independent film "Blood Done Sign My Name" dramatizes the outrage that shook the racially-divided town of Oxford, North Carolina in 1970 after a group of white men was acquitted of murdering a black Vietnam War vetera...
  • Barbara Lee Tells Senate Republicans to “Stop the Madness”

    Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), released the following statement today in response to Senate Republican efforts to block emergency legislation to extend a range of programs including unemployment and COBRA benefits:  "It is ins...
  • Portantino Introduces Legislation to Bring State Spending Under Control

    Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge), has introduced legislation to adopt a 'pay-as-you-go' (PAYGO) requirement for spending in California. The measure is similar to a policy adopted by the Federal Government in the 1990's which...
  • “Go, Tell Michelle” and “Miss Ruthie”

    March is Women's History Month. When I think of women in history, I think of the uncommon women who have had an impact on my life. Of course there is my mother, the first woman in my life, who started a retail business from the hand-me-downs she was given...
  • “A Time of Renewal” Spring Tea - a Wonderful Success

    Pasadena, CA – March 2, 2010 - Pasadena Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. (PNHS) held its "Time of Renewal" Spring Tea Fundraiser and Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at the Langham ...

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