Family of Man Slain in Skid Row Police Shooting Defends His Name
Written by Thandisizwe Chimurenga 14 May 2015
Funeral scheduled for Saturday at Holman United Methodist Church (Charly Leundeu Keunang) “I saw the video of the killing on TV without knowing it was my son. I called his sister and said, “Come ... read more >>
L.A. Firearm Exchange Nets 700 Guns
Written by City News Service 14 May 2015
Mayor Eric Garcetti More than 700 firearms were exchanged for gift cards over the weekend as part of Los Angeles' 10th gun buyback program, city officials announced May 11th. A total of 29 assault ... read more >>
Experts: Mental Health Training for Cops Increases Safety Saves Tax Payer Dollars
Written by Sentinel News Service 14 May 2015
Expanding mental health training is more imperative than ever for police officers (Courtesy Photo) Greater mental health training for officers not only increases the margin of safety for both them ... read more >>
Water Board: Conserve or Face New Fines
Written by McKenzie Jackson/ California Black Media 14 May 2015
On May 5, the California Water Control Board approved emergency regulations designed with new methods – including steep penalties - for 411 cities and urban water suppliers to reach between eight to ... read more >>
Marilyn Mosby is the Latest Example of Why Black Lawyers Matter
Written by Yolanda Young, Special to the NNPA From Lawyers of Color 14 May 2015
  (This article is the second in a series sponsored by The Cochran Firm, lawyers for the parents of John Crawford III, who was shot and killed by police near Dayton, Ohio, in September.)      In ... read more >>
UMBC President Relates Civil Rights Experiences in New Book
Written by Stacy M. Brown,Special to the NNPA from the Baltimore Times 14 May 2015
Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Courtesy Photo) BALTIMORE — Dr. Freeman Hrabowski has been working with inner-city youth in a variety of programs ... read more >>
Out of the Ashes, Hope for Change in Baltimore
Written by Richard B. Muhammad, Special to the NNPA from The Final Call 14 May 2015
Fruit of Islam move through streets of Baltimore. Photo: Ulysses Muhammad. BALTIMORE - The images of marching bands, dancing, families with children and choirs at a Sunday rally were much different ... read more >>
Congresswomen Waters, Robin Kelly, and Local Activists Discuss HIV/AIDS and the Black Community
Written by Sentinel News Service 14 May 2015
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) Participants call for increased funding for Minority AIDS Initiative; greater accountability to ensure funds benefit minority communities On Saturday, May 2, Congresswoman ... read more >>
UMB Student Raises Funds to Help Gilmor Homes Community
Written by Roberto Alejandro, Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper 14 May 2015
Jazmyn Thompson, a student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, says she and her friends managed to raise over $10,000 via a social media campaign to provide food and other supplies to the residents ... read more >>
My Brother’s Keeper Enters a New Phase
Written by Freddie Allen, NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent 14 May 2015
  President Barack Obama speaks about the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative in the East Room of the White House in 2014. In May 2015, President Obama helped business leaders and community stakeholders ... read more >>
Los Angeles chief concerned after police kill homeless man
Written by Associated Press 08 May 2015
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Wednesday he has yet to see evidence that would justify one of his officers fatally shooting an unarmed homeless man near Venice Beach. Beck cautioned that ... read more >>
25-year-old convicted in Jamaican lottery scam
Written by JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press 08 May 2015
This April 27, 2015 booking photo provided by Burleigh County Sheriff's Office shows Sanjay Williams. A federal jury in North Dakota on Thursday, May 7, 2015, convicted Williams for his role in a Jamaican ... read more >>
Detroit boy in basement: Stepmother put me there for 11 days
Written by ED WHITE Associated Press 08 May 2015
In this April 14, 2015 file photo, Charlie Bothuell IV, left, and Monique Dillard-Bothuell appear in court in Detroit. Charlie Bothuell, a boy reported missing for 11 days before he was found in his ... read more >>
Ship may have hit whale found washed up near San Francisco
Written by KRISTIN J. BENDER Associated Press 08 May 2015
Waves come in around a beached humpback whale Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Pacifica, Calif. The whale was discovered south of San Francisco, marking the second dead whale to wash ashore in less than three ... read more >>
St. Louis man charged in student's death appears in court
Written by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER Associated Press 08 May 2015
This undated booking photo released by the St. Louis County Jail, shows Michael Gordon. Gordon is due in court Thursday, May 7, 2015, and is being held in jail in lieu of $1 million bond. The 24-year-old ... read more >>
Maryland's senators support federal probe in Baltimore
Written by DAVID DISHNEAU Associated Press 08 May 2015
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake holds a news conference on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in Baltimore. The mayor called on U.S. government investigators to look into whether this city's beleaguered police department ... read more >>
Ferguson mulls removing Brown shrine from middle of street
Written by JIM SUHR and ALAN SCHER ZAGIER Associated Press 08 May 2015
Spiritual teacher Iyanla Vanzant pours holy water on a shrine for Michael Brown where he was shot and killed in the Canfield Apartments on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Vanzant, from the ... read more >>
Kenya Red Cross: 54 killed in cattle raid attacks
Written by TOM ODULA Associated Press 08 May 2015
Fifty-four people have been killed in Kenya's northern region in tribal fighting that police say was started by a cattle raid, the Kenya Red Cross said Wednesday. Five others were critically wounded ... read more >>
2 Michigan officers suspended after man's videotaped beating
Written by Associated Press 08 May 2015
Floyd Dent at a march supporting him on April 3, 2015, after he was beaten by police in Inkster, Michigan during a traffic stop on Jan. 28, 2015. (Carlos Osorio, AP) Two police officers have been suspended ... read more >>
Obama administration approves first ferry service to Cuba
Written by Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press 08 May 2015
In this March 19, 2015, file photo, a woman jogs on the Malecon as the Thomson Dream cruise ship arrives in Havana bay. The Obama administration has approved on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the first ferry ... read more >>
Gunman's hashtag hinted at Texas plot
Written by JULIE WATSON and RYAN VAN VELZER Associated Press 08 May 2015
Elton Simpson's head shot from preseason media shoot of the 2002-03 Yavapai College basketball team in Prescott, Ariz. Simpson was one of two gunmen shot and killed by authorities outside a suburban ... read more >>
US appeals court: NSA phone record collection is illegal
Written by Larry Neumeister and Ken Dilanian, Associated Press 08 May 2015
In this June 6, 2013 file photo, the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Maryland, is shown. (AP) The unprecedented and unwarranted bulk collection of the entire U.S. population's phone records ... read more >>
Brown lawns loom this summer in California as tough water restrictions take hold amid drought
Written by Amy Taxin and Fenit Nirappil Associated Press 08 May 2015
A home with a dead lawn is seen in Cypress, Calif., on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. California water regulators have imposed unprecedented mandatory water cutbacks, but now comes the tough part: coaxing reluctant ... read more >>
Jesse Jackson keeps pressure on Silicon Valley to diversify
Written by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer 08 May 2015
  Intel CEO Brian Krzanich left, stands beside Rev. Jesse Jackson prior to speaking at the PUSHTech2020 Summit Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in San Francisco. Jackson and his Rainbow Push organization are ... read more >>
3 accused of operating fictitious police department
Written by TAMI ABDOLLAH and DON THOMPSON Associated Press 08 May 2015
This April 30, 2015, booking photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, shows Brandon Kiel, who was arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer through his role in an ... read more >>