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Blacks and Balance on the High Court: How Justice Scalia’s Death May Impact African Americans By California Black Media Staff

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hen U.S. Marshals confirmed Justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday while on a hunting trip in Texas, the country lost one of its most persuasive and articulate conservative voices. From pointed positions on Affirmative Action and the death penalty to controversial takes on immigration and labor unions, the 79-yearold jurist stood up for moderate to hard-Right positions that usually put him at odds with a majority of African Americans—and many Democrats in general. To most conservatives, though, Scalia was a darling of

their movement. The passion and ideas he inserted into the opinions he wrote for the United States Supreme Court influenced national conservative thought and policy way beyond the

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Justice Scalia’s vacant seat draped scope of those legal arguments. “Most recently, Justice Scalia set off a national firestorm,” says Mark T. Harris, an African-American attorney and professor at the University of California, Merced. “During oral arguments in Fisher

in black. vs. University of Texas, the University of Texas’ so-called Affirmative Action case,” Harris points out, “Justice Scalia questioned whether counsel were familiar with a premise from the book “Mismatch,” authored (Continued on page 2)

Inglewood Honors Black History Month By Thomas Bunn

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n 1926, Academic and Professor Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History created Negro History Week, in efforts to teach students of the contributions of African Americans. 44 years later four students from Kent State University, proposed to extend their Negro History Week celebration from one week to a month, and in 1976 as part of the United States Bicentennial, President Gerald Ford and the (Continued on page 10)

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Inglewood’s New Senior Center Almost Underway

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he ground breaking ceremony for the new Inglewood Senior Center will take place on Monday, February 29, 2016, 10:00 a.m., at the future site—111 N. Locust Street, north of Manchester Ave. Free parking will be available in the Locust Street Parking structure located at 115 S. Locust St. The ceremony will include remarks from City and project officials as well as refreshments. Soon after the ground breaking (once the predicted El Nino rains let up), residents can expect to see work getting underway, marking the first steps in the construction phase of the project. It is anticipated the grand opening of the new $23 million Inglewood Senior Center will take place in November 2017. Since the closure and demolition of the former Inglewood Senior Center on Locust Street and its temporary relocation to the Veterans Memorial Building at Edward Vincent Jr. Park, the City has explored several development scenarios that would include rebuilding of the Senior Center at its former location on Locust Street. Here are some important milestones that have led to the anticipat-

ed ground breaking and construction of a new Inglewood Senior Center: In August of 2010, the Inglewood City Council decided not to proceed with a multi-use development on the site that would have included senior housing along with a new Senior Center. Between June and August of 2012, the council authorized proceeding with the design and development of a new Senior Center (minus housing) at 111 No. Locust Street. Funding was authorized for the new Center and Senior Center Advisory Committee members were selected to oversee the devel-

opment process and provide input to the design. The 15-member Advisory Committee has met nearly every month since its inception. In July 2013, Gwynne Pugh Urban Studios was hired to provide architectural, engineering and construction management services for the new center. The firm worked for over a year with the Senior Advisory Committee and City staff to develop a design concept for the new Center. A Request for Proposal was circulated for a contractor and design team to produce the formal designs and ultimately construct the (Continued on page 10)

Blacks and Balance on the High Court (Continued from page 1) by a law professor and economist from UCLA and the other a former New York Times Supreme Court Reporter professor.” In “Mismatch,” the authors questioned whether some African-American students attending highly competitive universities might fare better in “slower-track schools” rather than in more competitive academic environments. “For the record, Scalia did not endorse the premise of “Mismatch,” says Harris, who served as Deputy Chief of Staff to late U.S. Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown during President Bill Clinton’s first term. “He merely raised it for consideration.” In 1986, President Ronald Reagan appointed Justice Scalia to the United States Supreme Court after he served on the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Educated at Georgetown University and Harvard Law School, Justice Scalia had a reputation for a high level of intelligence, coupled with a biting wit and a willingness to engage in opinionated discussions on topics involving the U.S. Constitution. Critics and supporters of Justice Scalia may never agree on whether his controversial comments on Affirmative Action were merely a reference to another scholar’s work or if the Italian-American Supreme

Court Justice took the convenience of attributing his own assessment of Black students to another person’s argument. Either way, for Justice Scalia, Affirmative Action was only one of the hot-button issues on which he was outspoken. Scalia favored the death penalty; opposed abortion rights for women; supported removing the limits to political free expression through campaign contributions; favored broadening the authority states have relative to the deportation of “unwanted immigrants;” and opposed the expansion of hand gun limitations. He even disagreed with the decision in African-American Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall’s signature legislative accomplishment, Brown vs. Board of Education, which integrated America’s schools. All in all, in the short run, Justice Scalia’s death will mean that the narrow one-person “soft” majority that conservatives have enjoyed on the U.S. Supreme Court will come to a temporary halt at least. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who some consider a conservative similar to Justice Scalia, and the remaining conservatives on the Court (Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice John Roberts), has swung back and forth between the conservative and liberal factions over the past several years. Most immediately, the Court will experience an apparent four-to-four liberal

to conservative “tie” between Republican and Democratic presidential appointees. President Obama has already appointed two of the Supreme Court’s three women associate justices (Justice Elena Kagan and Justice Sonia Sotomayor) and just announced he will forward his nominee to replace Justice Scalia immediately to the U.S. Senate for confirmation. President Obama is pushing forward despite U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announcing that, in his opinion —and that of his Republican Senate colleagues—whomever the president names will not receive confirmation by the U.S. Congress. For African Americans, Justice Scalia’s absence will have a direct impact on the outcomes of several cases currently before the Court. The aforementioned University of Texas “Affirmative Action” in higher education case will be decided between now and June of this year. That case will probably have four justices in favor of the University of Texas supporting the “critical mass theory” which supports keeping some form of preferential admissions for Black students and other minorities intact. Regarding another controversial case, the United States vs. Texas, the Court must decide the fate of the Obama administration’s immigration policies which, if allowed to take effect, will temporarily enable (Continued on page 5)

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Celebrity Roundup dedicated the first show of his Melbourne, Australia tour to his former love. “Someone dear to us has passed away, I’m gonna dedicate this song to her,” Prince said before playing a touching version of “Little Red Corvette” with a touch of “Dirty Mind”—songs from the era when they were together.

“Vanity” Lead Singer Dies Multiple sources, including MC Hammer, have confirmed that Denise “Vanity” Matthews died on Feb. 15. She was reportedly 57 and had been battling a number of illnesses for the past several years. A Prince protégé and lead singer of the girl group, Vanity 6, Matthews was best known for her 1982 hit, “Nasty Girl.” The Canadianborn actress/model dated Prince before leaving the group and embarking on a solo career with Motown. During the 80s, Matthews became addicted to crack cocaine and suffered from kidney problems. However, in recent years, she got off drugs, became a born-again Christian and started a ministry. After hearing the news, Prince

Natalie Cole Dissed Natalie Cole‘s family is not happy that the late singer was not given special honors by the Grammy’s on Feb. 15. While Cole was recognized during the Grammy’s In Memoriam segment, her son Robert Adam Yancy and sisters, Timolin and Casey don’t think the Recording Academy went far enough, according to TheWrap.

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n Nevada, and South Carolina, where elections will be held on Feb. 20 and Feb. 27, Democrats Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are honing in on minority voters. Sanders, who boasts his civil rights background, had breakfast with activist Rev. Al Sharpton the morning after his New Hampshire win. He has been making his rounds, reminding the public of his work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and participation in the March on Washington in 1964. Taking a shot at Sanders, while speaking to a group of black legislators in New York on Tuesday, Clinton said: “If we continue to ask black people to vote for us, we cannot minimize the reality of the lives they lead,” Clinton said. “You can’t just show up at election time and say the right things. You can’t start building relationships a few weeks before a vote.” However, a photo has emerged of what appears to be a much younger

Sanders being arrested during a 60s civil rights rally of mostly African Americans in Chicago. Sanders spent Tuesday morning at a prayer breakfast at the University of South Carolina in Columbia before heading to Charleston. From there, he went to the historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he has a sizable lead with Millenials. The Nevada race appears to be in a dead heat. Overall, 48% of likely caucus attendees say they support Clinton, 47% Sanders, according to a CNN poll. Although the pool of potential caucus goers in Nevada is more racially diverse than those who participated in Iowa or New Hampshire, the racial divide among likely caucus goers isn’t nearly as stark as among voters in South Carolina, with both white and nonwhite voters about evenly divided between the two candidates. Clinton, who is favored overall by black voters, holds a 23-point lead over Sanders in South Carolina.

Lady Gaga embodies Bowie’s persona. “Here is a woman who has been each were honored posthumously in the business for four decades, with live musical performances. had 21 Grammy nominations and won nine Grammys,” Yancy told Anti-Beyoncé No Show “Entertainment Tonight.” “She deIt appears that those who called for serves more than (to be a part of) a Beyoncé boycott after the singer’s a minute-and-a-half tribute. It was anti-police Super Bowl performance shameless the way they minimized didn’t bother to show up at their own her legacy.” rally. Not even the organizers atLady Gaga performed a medley of tended the would-be event, which David Bowie hits, paying tribute to was supposed to take place Feb. 16 in the late British icon. The Eagles’ lead front of the NFL headquarters in New guitarist Glenn Frey and Earth Wind York City. The only ones who came and Fire’s creator Maurice White were Beyoncé supporters. Oh well…

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FEMA: More Than 50,500 Californians Protect Homes, Properties from Increased El Niño Flood Risk

uring historic 1998 El Niño season that created $550 million in damages, it was not until February that California experienced flooding damage that warranted a federal presidential declaration The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released new data on National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policies, showing an increase of more than 27,000 new NFIP policies written in California during the month of December 2015. There is a 30 – 90 day waiting period for new policies to be reported to FEMA and the latest available data, released shows an increase of more than 55,500 new flood insurance policies purchased in California from August 31 – December 31, 2015. The nearly 25% increase for the state is the first of its kind, in any state, in the history of the National

Flood Insurance Program, created in 1968. “FEMA recognizes that a government-centric approach to emergency management is not adequate to meet the challenges posed by a catastrophic incident,” said FEMA Region 9 Administrator Robert Fenton. “Utilizing a whole community approach to emergency management reinforces that FEMA is only one part of our nation’s emergency management team and individuals are arguably the most important part of that team.” Although the agency does not directly correlate all NFIP claims this year to El Niño, FEMA has already seen 127 National Flood Insurance Program policyholders submit claims in California during January 2016 compared to only 1 claim submitted in California for the same period during the previous year.

Although parts of FEMA Region 9 have recently been in a relative dry period, according to the National Weather Service, the impact of El Niño is not over. “It has not been uncommon during past strong El Niño events to go through drier periods, even during the winter months,” said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/ National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Carpenter. “A change in the weather pattern around the last week of February may start bringing the storm track farther south and across more of California into March.” NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center forecasts climate anomalies associated with the ongoing El Niño episode are expected to result in at least minimal improvements to the drought conditions across much of California and western Nevada through the end of April.

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Flooding can happen anywhere, but certain areas are especially prone to serious flooding. Many areas in California are at increased flood risk from El Niño, as a direct result of wildfires and drought. Residents should be aware of a few things: • You can’t get flood insurance at the last minute. In most cases, it takes 30 days for a new flood insurance policy to go into effect. So get your policy now. • Only flood insurance covers flood damage. Most standard homeowner’s policies do not cover flood damage. (Continued on page 11)

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A Black Woman Is Running ABC

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n Wednesday, black history was made when Channing Dungey became the first African-American woman to run a broadcast network. ABC president Paul Lee officially stepped down from his post after 6 years at the network. Assuming this position right in the midst of calls for more diversity in the entertainment industry, Dungey joins a short list of minority women in a position to shake things up in Hollywood. Last month, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, first black female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, expressed her disappointment over the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees. Not a single person of color was recognized for their work in any of the categories. Though it will take more than black women heading television and film institutions, Dungey’s promotion is a step forward. For one thing, Dungey, ABCs former head of drama development, is said to have close ties with Shonda Rhimes, black producer of such ABC mega hits as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How to Get Away with Murder.” The latter two series feature strong black female leads. The challenge will come with Dungey’s ability to move up the network’s ratings despite help from “Shondaland.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, “The exec is inheriting an underperforming network that just entered midseason with dubious prospects…Congratulations on getting one of the worst jobs in TV!” The article points out that in the current television age, it’s harder for a big-tent broadcaster

Willie Brown, Publisher, Inglewood Today Weekly to succeed, given all the choices available on cable television and streaming devices. This lack of confidence only makes success harder for someone like Dungey. It reminds me of what President Obama had to go through, when he inherited a country on the verge of economic collapse. Folks betted on his failure, but 7 years later, America has come back and has shown significant improvement. Because few people are used to seeing someone like Dungey or Isaacs succeed in positions of power, they don’t expect to see black women win. But I am putting my money on them because if there is one thing I know, it is that black women are survivors. Who knows? Maybe Dungey will convince her boss, Ben Sherwood, president of Disney/ABC TV Group to redefine ratings success in this current climate. Maybe she’ll wield her influence and win back some viewers by giving them more of what they want—diversity. I am throwing my support behind Dungey and Isaacs, and believing that each, in her own way, can change the status quo in Hollywood that is so desperately needed.

Blacks and Balance on the High Court (Continued from page 2) close to five million undocumented immigrants to remain in the country. While the misperception that all undocumented immigrants are Latino persists, the reality is many of them are Blacks from the Caribbean and Africa. In California, attempts to reform public education, which largely affects African-American school children, will also be impacted by Scalia’s passing. In the case, Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association, it appears likely that an ambitious effort to defund mandatory membership in public sector unions will gain the necessary five favorable votes on the Supreme Court. Currently, this effort only has four conservative votes. Moreover, because the plaintiffs in this

case lost in the court below, according to thinkprogress.org, “a decision affirming the lower court in an evenly divided vote is effectively a victory for organized workers.” Republicans are concerned that an Obama appointee might throw the ideological balance of the Supreme Court out of whack. But Obama not appointing a moderate or liberal to the high court if a GOP candidate wins the presidency this year, and as Republicans enjoy a majority in both Houses of the U.S. Congress, could undo much of the progress African Americans have made over the years. “Both our country and the African-American community will best be served if President Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Scalia is granted the immediate full and fair consideration by the United States Senate without delay,” says Harris.

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When Youth Become the Legends By Anne Cheek La Rose

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ctor and Inglewood resident Ken Sagoes is the driving force behind “When Youth Become the Legends,” a Vaudeville lip-sync musical revue. Ken also directs the show, but no, he’s not a one-man band, it just seems that way. Ken and his organization have lined up a jam-packed show. Retired Senator Diane Watson will welcome attendees, then it’s on with the show. Sit back in your seat (if you can) and be transported to your own youth with good music from icons of the ‘40s to the ‘90s—including Louis Armstrong, Pearl Bailey, Sammie Davis, Jr, Moms Mabley, Whitney Houston, Curtis Mayfield, Frankie Lymon, Jackie Wilson, and this year, speeches from Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X— performed by talented youth. Several youth are performing, who are currently and formerly from Inglewood schools. Gabriel

Michael Varner Stokes and Shamari Andrews are former Morningside High students; Marcus Davis and Justin Smith are former Inglewood High students; and Asia Malone Dyson, Eddie Slack, III, and Jordan Paige, are all current Morningside High students. Some of these youth are performing for a second year.

Javon Henry I was not able to see a rehearsal this year, but I’m told the youngest performers are two stand-outs. They are Michael Varner of Highland Elementary School and Jovon Henry from Payne Elementary School, both 11 years old. Michael will become Jackie Wilson performing “Lonely Teardrops” and Jovon will embody

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Celebrating Black History Month

When Black Artists Become Activists By Veronica Mackey

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hile black entertainers may be excluded from the short list of Academy Award nominees this year, their presence is being felt strongly through other high profile platforms. Kendrick Lamar picked up 5 Grammys on Feb. 15, and more importantly, captured the world’s attention during music’s most watched awards show. Dressed in prison gear, his hands in shackles, and his band caged behind bars, Lamar performed a rap medley of “The Blacker the Berry,” a comment on the fact that 1 in 15 black men are incarcerated, followed by “Alright,” which featured performers dancing to African drums around a bon fire that symbolized freedom. He received a standing ovation. Lamar’s performance comes just one week after Beyonce surprised millions of viewers with a Super Bowl performance which gave a nod to the Black Panthers, Malcolm X and Black Lives Matter. Dressed in military gear, with 50 dancers donning the iconic Panther black berets, her “Formation” video was a collage of

Nina Simone images chronicling injustice enOther artists like singer, songdured by African Americans, from writer, classical pianist, arranger, police shootings to the painfully and civil rights activist Nina Simslow response to Hurricane Ka- one have paid a steeper price. trina victims in New Orleans. Simone’s career began in the late With deep pockets and a 50s, with a broad vocal range which staunchly supportive fan base, it incorporated jazz, soul, gospel, is unlikely Beyonce will suffer pop and classical music. By 1964, much financial fallout for com- the lyrical content of her songs had ing out politically. Hubby Jay-Z turned to addressing racial injusrecently donated $1.5 million to tice. She sang about the killing of Black Lives Matter through his civil rights leader Medgar Evers in music streaming company. Mississippi and the bombing of an

Alabama church that killed 4 innocent black girls. Her collection of soulful ballads gave way to more political anthems, like “To Be Young, Gifted and Black,” which was rerecorded by Nora Jones and Indie Arie decades later. When political activism became a dominant theme in her music, Simone’s celebrity took a downturn. Radio stations refused to play her music. Venues were hesitant to book her, fearing she would speak her mind on stage. Simone’s outspokenness against injustice prevented her from achieving the artistic recognition that her talent deserved. During the last years of her life, the woman who once sold out concert halls, played at small clubs for a couple hundred dollars a night. She died in Paris in 2003 after suffering many years with breast cancer. A new documentary, “What Happened, Miss Simone?” is currently airing on Netflix. At the end of the 1970s, Simone reflected that “artists who don’t get involved in preaching messages are probably happier.”

The US Health Care System – A Tough Pill to Swallow By Diana Hoppe, M.D.

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entered medical school dreaming of being a doctor—helping my patients maintain their health and prevent chronic diseases. At that time, being a doctor meant respect, financial stability and a balanced life. Well, times have changed and it’s a tough pill to swallow for many of us, both physicians and patients. Here are a few of the staggering, and depressing, statistics: 1. Physician burnout is at its highest. From 2011 to 2014, the rate of physician burnout increased to 54.45 percent from 45.5 percent, with the most common burnout symptom being emotional exhaustion. 2. The rate of suicidal ideation among physicians jumped from 4.0 percent to 7.2 percent, an increase of 80 percent. 3. Physician work-life balance is completely awry—with 44.5 percent of physicians lacking adequate time for their personal and/or family life. 4. The United States faces a shortage of as many as 90,000 physicians by 2025, including a critical need for specialists to treat an aging population that will increasingly live with chronic disease.

ners to take charge of their practice and empower patients to start taking responsibility for their health. Did you know that the most common chronic and costly medical conditions in the United States today are preventable? Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity and arthritis are all conditions that could be treated with simple changes in patients’ behavior. 1. Four of the most common health risk behaviors that cause chronic disease are: Lack of exercise or physical activity: In 2011, more than half (52 percent) of adults aged 18 years or older did not meet the recommendations for Dr. Diana Hoppe aerobic exercise or physical ac5. The health care costs in the tivity. In fact, 76 percent did not United States are higher than any meet recommendations for muscleother country. strengthening physical activity. 6. Eighty-six percent of all health 2. Poor nutrition: Ninety percent care spending in 2010 was for peo- of Americans consume too much ple with one or more chronic medi- sodium, increasing the risk for heart cal conditions. disease. More than one-third (36 7. Approximately 70 percent of percent) of adolescents and 38 perchronic conditions could be treated cent of adults said they ate fruit less with lifestyle changes. than once a day, while 38 percent of Pretty depressing right? Well, adolescents and 23 percent of adults one option would be to put your said that they ate vegetables less head in the sand and ignore the en- than once a day. tire medical plight. Another option 3. Smoking: More than 42 million would be for physicians/practitio- adults—approximately one of every

five—said they currently smoked cigarettes, with cigarette-smokingaccountable deaths reaching 480,000 each year. 4. Drinking too much alcohol: Approximately 88,000 deaths each year are due to drinking too much alcohol; more than half due to binge drinking. About 38 million U.S. adults report binge drinking an average of four times a month and have an average of eight drinks per binge. Twenty-one years after entering medical school, I am definitely less naïve and a bit disheartened. But not distraught enough to stop believing. Believing that there are ways to improve the health care system and belief in patients’ desire to change. As providers, we are the ones that need to lead our patients to health — putting responsibility and accountability back on our patients. Rather than handing them a list of prescription medications, give your patients a weekly nutrition and exercise journal. Keep them accountable with the use of ancillary staff. The health care system may be broken, but its pieces can still be repaired. Dr. Diana Hoppe, an obstetrician and gynecologist, is the (Continued on page 10)


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A Knee, Hip or Shoulder Replacement To Go Surgeon says handling more of these procedures on an outpatient basis is wave of the future.

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hen retired NHL goaltender Olie Kolzig underwent hip surgery a few years after his 14-year professional hockey career ended, his orthopedic surgeon planned something unusual for his recovery. “They were trying a different approach,” says Kolzig, 45, who played nearly his entire career with the Washington Capitals. “They felt the hospital wasn’t the best place for my recovery, so they set up a hotel room with a hospital bed.” It’s a philosophy that Kolzig’s surgeon, Dr. Vladimir Alexander (www.alexanderorthopaedics. com), continues to promote. Alexander is a pioneer in the effort to allow patients who undergo totaljoint arthroplasty to spend their recovery away from the antiseptic walls of a hospital. While with Kolzig that meant a hotel room, for most of Alexan-

der’s patients it involves heading home after surgery to recover in familiar surroundings, aided by family and home healthcare professionals. “It takes away a lot of the nervousness about being in a hospital that so many people have,” Alexander says. “People are more comfortable and recover better when they are in their own homes.” There are other advantages to handling these knee, hip and shoulder surgeries—which he performs in his practice’s own surgical center —on an outpatient basis, he says. “We have helped eliminate over and under medication by hospital nurses, and have lessened the risk of infection,” he says. Total-joint arthroplasty is the surgical replacement of a joint or joint surface with artificial materials, such as metal and high-density plastic. Kolzig, for example, suf-

fered a degeneration of his hip that became worse and worse until bone was scraping against bone. The procedure he underwent is called a Birmingham hip resurfacing. Unlike a total hip replacement, where the bone in the ball-andsocket hip joint is removed, just a few centimeters of the bone are resurfaced. Traditionally, total-joint arthroplasty requires a three to four-day hospital stay where the patient is managed medically and orthopedically while they recover from the surgery, Alexander says. But he believes that hospital stay isn’t necessary—or even desirable—for many patients, which is why Alexander began offering the surgeries on an outpatient basis five years ago, making him one of a handful of surgeons doing that nationally. “This especially appeals to patients who are in their 40s and 50s

Flu Season Has Arrived: Helpful Tips to Prevent the Spread of Germs

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ach year, millions of people suffer from a cold or flu, and this year is likely to be no different. Temperature taking is a key indicator of flu patterns and should be taken seriously, says Mary Pappas, the school nurse credited with first alerting officials about the H1N1 outbreak in 2009.

“The flu usually comes with a fever while the common cold does not, so taking your temperature is the easiest way to tell the difference,” she says. A high or prolonged fever can be an indicator of when to seek medical attention. Pappas has been taking temperatures for more than 30 years and maintains that the most important consideration is that it be accurate. While there are many types of thermometers available, Pappas favors the Exergen TemporalScan-

ner because of its proven accuracy and ease of use; all it requires is a simple swipe across the forehead. “Whether it’s a student at my school or a parent at home, I know taking a temperature can be a challenge,” says Pappas. “What I love about the TemporalScanner is that it’s not invasive like an ear, rectal or oral thermometer. No matter what a student comes to see me for, I’m able to get an accurate reading. It’s so easy to use that you can take someone’s temperature even when they are sleeping and not disturb them.” To help you prepare and cope throughout the cold and flu season, Pappas recommends the following school nurse-approved tips: 1. Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water to help prevent the spread of germs, or use hand sanitizer. 2. Avoid sharing drinks or food with others. 3. Frequently clean commonly touched areas like doorknobs and light switches. 4. Always cover your mouth with your elbow or sleeve when you cough or sneeze. (Continued on page 11)

and need joint replacement sooner than they expected,” Alexander says. “Probably 60 percent of my patients are middle-aged, weekend athletes.” Not all patients are ideal to have their surgical recovery handled on an outpatient basis. Alexander says the best candidates are: • Younger than 65. • Healthy and mobile. • Have a good support system at home. Alexander envisions this approach as the wave of the future in orthopedics. “In five to 10 years, outpatient will be part of the normal discussion when doing a consultation on joint replacement,” Alexander says. “It is a better technique and a safer technique. And I think there is just this peace of mind from the patients’ point of view when they know they will go home immedi(Continued on page 9)

Grim Sleeper Trial to Begin This Summer

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he wait is almost over for families of 10 women murdered in Inglewood and South Los Angeles within a span of more than two decades. Jury selection is expected to begin on June 30 in the trial of accused serial killer Lonnie David Franklin Jr. It has been 30 years since the women first began missing. Families of the victims have gone to pretrial after pretrial and endured repeated court delays. County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy said she was eager to get the trial started. Franklin, 63, is charged with killing nine women, who were mostly in their 20s, and a 15-year-old girl. Their bodies were dumped in alleys and trash bins. He is also charged with the attempted murder of another woman, Enietra Washington, who survived being shot in the chest and pushed out of a moving vehicle. Among the victims is Princess Berthomieux, 15, who was strangled and discovered nude in an alley in Inglewood on March 19, 2002. According to an article in the L.A. Weekly, (June 11, 2006), Berthomieux was “a runaway from Hawthorne who had been in and out of foster homes and was working as a prostitute when she was murdered.” She had last been seen by her family on Dec. 21, 2001, police said.

Lonnie David Franklin, Jr. DNA and firearms evidence has linked Franklin to what is called the “Grim Sleeper” serial killings, aptly named because of an apparent 13year break in the crime spree, which occurred between 1985 and 1988, and 2002 and 2007. The killings began during the crack cocaine epidemic in the 1980s. All of the victims were African American females, whose bodies were dumped. Most were either shot in the chest or strangled. Some were addicted to crack cocaine and involved in prostitution. The crack epidemic presented a “perfect opportunity for someone who preyed on women,” a prosecutor said. Franklin is charged with murdering nine others in addition to Berthomieux: Debra Jackson, 29; Henrietta Wright, 34; Barbara Ware, 23; Bernita Sparks, 26; Mary Lowe, 26; (Continued on page 10)


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he right planning can limit discord when personal and professional roles mix. At the office, Alex Sutherland calls his boss by his first name, Ken. After business hours, he calls him “Dad.” “I have two relationships with him and it’s important to have some separation between when I am in my role as his employee and when I am in my role as his son,” says Alex, a wealth advisor with LifePlan Group (www.lifeplangroup.com), an independent Registered Investment Advisory firm. “Sometimes I do slip up and call him Dad at work. I think the clients kind of like that, though.” The difficulty of trying to manage a dual relationship is something common with those who work in family businesses. It’s easy to allow the personal to seep into the business and to allow business issues to creep into what should be private time. But there also are advantages. “Having a father-son relationship in the business is extremely powerful when working with clients,” Alex says. “They get a feel for who we are and they want to know why we teamed up. It’s important to share that story because I think it creates a closer bond between us and the clients.” The Sutherlands say they have found ways to address the thorny issues that arise when family and business mix: • Separate personal from professional. In any business, challenges and disagreements will happen. “It’s important that each person understand that these are business feelings, not personal ones,” Alex says. “For example, when I make a mistake at the office and am coached on how to improve, I know that Ken is discussing who I am as an employee, not as a son.” • Keep communication open. In any venture, communication is criti-

cal even without family issues. Adding the family dynamic emphasizes the need for communication even more. “Ken and I are constantly talking about each of our goals and aspirations so we are on the same page and there are no surprises or unknown motivations,” Alex says. • Talk honestly about frustrations. “Not everything is going to go smoothly and there will be frustrations,” Ken says. “Talk it out. But make sure you do it behind closed doors and not in front of other members of your staff.” • Celebrate successes together. The Sutherlands say it’s easy to become bogged down in what each person in the relationship isn’t doing or could do better. They say it’s important to stay focused on the big picture and to celebrate the accomplishments. “Remember that it’s a privilege to work and build a business with a family member,” Alex says. “Approach it that way.” One major issue family businesses face is preparing to pass leadership duties to a successor, which is not something they all do well. A PricewaterhouseCoopers survey revealed that 40 percent of family business leaders are reluctant to pass the baton to the next generation, and 73 percent of family businesses have no succession plan. Ken is determined to avoid any hitches with the LifePlan succession. He has been grooming Alex to take over since the younger Sutherland joined the business in 2012. Alex learned back-office procedures, sits in on most of Ken’s meetings and joins Ken for public workshop presentations where they try to attract new clients. These days it is Alex, not Ken, who holds an initial meeting with prospective clients. Alex also has taken the lead on the firm’s technology, “bringing us very much into the digital-marketing age,” Ken says.

A Knee, Hip or Shoulder Replacement To Go (Continued from page 8) ately and spend their recovery time in comfortable surroundings.” Olie Kolzig is certainly happy with the success of his procedure. As a player development coach with the Capitals, he still takes to the ice regularly to work out with younger athletes. He also golfs and paddle boards. “There is nothing I do that is ever impeded by my hip,” Kolzig says. “No limitations. No aching. No twinges. Nothing like that. The only negative is I set off the metal

detector when I go to the airport.” Dr. Vladimir Alexander is an orthopedic surgeon and founder of Alexander Orthopaedic Associates (www.alexanderorthopaedics. com), which offers patients the latest in cutting-edge technology and new advances in orthopedic surgery and care. He specializes in disorders of the shoulder, hip and knee, including total-joint arthroplasty and Birmingham hip resurfacing. Dr. Alexander earned his undergraduate degree at The John Carroll University in Ohio and his medical degree at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Who’s Selling Your Home? By Odest T. Riley, Jr., President, WLM Financial Services

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t’s a sellers’ market and everyone is trying to make as much money as possible off the sale of their home. Now you have to figure out who is going to sell it for you. Many people think you just say, “Hey, my house is for sale,” and magically someone cuts you a big fat check. But unless you have a house in a really hot market this usually isn’t the case. There are many little things you should be aware of. Are you pricing your home to sell? Trying to sell your home for $100,000 more than anything else in the neighborhood is a big mistake. Not only will people think your property is over inflated but you will also have a hard time finding a lender that will give a perspective buyer a loan on your property. Once you have over priced your house, you have to deal with the issue of constantly dropping the price of your property, which now starts the wait-and-see game. If the price is dropping every week potential buyers now start to sit, watch and wait for your property’s price to drop as low as possible. Many of these issues can be compensated for by doing a little research before putting your property on the market and really knowing the comparable sales prices in your neighborhood. A little homework can go a long way. Last but not least, is ineffectively marketing your home. Putting a “for sale” sign in your front yard is not marketing. That sign is basically just an introduction to let people know your property is available for sale. And unless you plan on selling your house to one of your neighbors, how many other people are really going to see it? You would be better off posting a picture on a social media site, it

Odest T. Riley, Jr. will have a further reach. The best way to avoid many of these issues is to find a listing agent that has a track record of selling properties for a fair price in a reasonable amount of time. And just because your cousin, aunt or brother in-law has a real estate license doesn’t mean he will have the skills to sell your property for fair market value. So remember make sure you price your home correctly, don’t keep dropping the price, make sure you market it correctly, and look for an agent that specializes in listings. They generally more than make up for their fees by getting you a better price and quicker sell. At WLM Financial, our goal and my dream is to teach people how to get into the position to be financially free and, with a little bit of hard work and endurance, you can get there. If you have any questions on anything from how to find a realtor to how to find the right loan, feel free to call me anytime at 310-905-7420, email odest@ wlmfinancial.com or visit our Facebook page at wlmfinancial. We will be giving money saving tips all year long.

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Inglewood Honors Black History Month (Continued from page 1) US government formally recognized the expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month. This year, in honor of Black History Month, Inglewood elected officials offered insights about the annual celebration of African American achievement throughout American history.

our community, so that our younger generation of African American Black youth will have mentors to look up to, mentors that can come out and help them become contributing citizens to our community.”

Councilman George Dotson – District 1 “We have to continue to celebrate Black History, so that our kids will know our history. Its not only for us, Black History helps other races of people. We should also learn some of the history of the Hispanics or the Asian Americans, because it bonds us together as one people. If you don’t understand someone, then you will never be able to work with them, not truly work with them, so you have to understand where people come from.”

Councilman Eloy Morales – District 3 “In a community like ours it takes on a sense of pride, which it should. More importantly, it opens conversation. I can tell you that my kids, they come in and they celebrate MLK Day and President’s Day. The fact that it’s Black History Month and what that offers us is an opportunity to open up and really teach them what we’ve learned. To understand the value of MLK Day or Black History Month, we should just imagine that we have neither of them. Imagine going a whole year, where those conversations are never sparked and those reminders are never there? How would we address the issues?

Inglewood’s New Senior Center Now Underway (Continued from page 2) new Center: In December 2014, the Inglewood City Council authorized a design-build construction contract with Pinner Construction Company and gkkworks, its design partner, as the Design-Build Entity to formally design and construct the new center. The center is will be an approximately 35,000 square foot, two-story, above-ground facility with two levels of underground parking. Amenities will include a main lobby area, multipurpose rooms, an exercise area, billiard and game rooms, television room, computer lab, central kitchen and dining facilities, and care management and transportation offices. Once built, the center will be the focal point for social services, for residents 50 and over, in Inglewood as well as Hawthorne, Lennox, and Ladera/Windsor Hills.

that was willing to fight for our freedom and bring us from the South to the North, identifying that there were multiethnic groups that were willing to embrace us, to treat us as humans and not as animals. We’re glad to have Thurgood Marshall, our first African American Supreme Court Justice, and over the years we’ve had a number of African Americans who’ve been a pillar in our community to say that yes, equality is here today.” Mayor James T. Butts “We’re a multicultural community and our country is definitely very diverse, but, celebrating Black History is not meant to divide us and set us apart, its to allow us to, appreciate and magnify our sense of selfworth and self-determination, to be a better component of this melting pot that is America.

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Colonoscopies Get a Lot Easier Thanks to Technology

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urning 50 seems to come with its own set of challenges, unlike any other age—be it mental, emotional or physical. It’s also when your doctor is likely to start urging you to get a colonoscopy even if you do not have any symptoms. But what used to be an unpleasant, albeit necessary and routine procedure, has now become much less invasive, thanks to new technology. The “virtual colonoscopy” (or CT colonography) is now an option for most people who can’t or don’t want to get a standard colonoscopy. It’s being embraced by many doctors and insurers nationwide. Like its traditional counterpart, the virtual colonoscopy entails drinking a laxative 24 hours prior to the procedure. Unlike the traditional colonoscopy, which involves a long camera-tipped tube, the virtual exam inserts only about a two-inch soft tube that sends small puffs of gas to fill the colon so that a low-radiation dose computer-assisted CT or “CAT” scan can produce two- and three-dimensional views of the colon. The entire procedure takes about 15 to 20 minutes, so you don’t need to be put to sleep and you can go right back to daily activities. “It’s very good in screening, and the patient’s downtime is less,” Dr. Guy Barat, a radiologist at Community Hospital in New Port Richey, Florida, told the St. Petersburg Times in an interview. Some diehard traditionalists opine that you still would need a traditional colonoscopy to remove anything found by a vir-

tual colonoscopy. However, the vast majority of exams don’t find anything wrong, and the virtual test has been shown to dramatically increase screening rates. The virtual colonoscopy is an American Cancer Society-recommended screening exam. Even President Obama opted for a virtual colonoscopy over the standard test. Experts say that the new technology can detect polyps the size of small blueberries, as well as cancer and other diseases. For the more than 140,000 Americans that are diagnosed with colorectal cancer every year, with nearly 50,000 dying largely due to late detection, this screening is vital. The exam has been FDA approved since 1995, and major insurers, including Cigna, United Healthcare, Unicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and others, now cover their members for virtual colonoscopies to screen for colon cancer. The American College of Radiology (ACR) says the last obstacle to tackle is to somehow get Medicare to cover beneficiaries for this life-saving exam so that seniors can have the same screening alternative as those with private insurance. Currently, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force is examining virtual colonoscopies. A “passing” grade from the USPSTF could lead directly to Medicare coverage under the Affordable Care Act. For more information, please visit RadiologyInfo. org. Source: NewsUSA

The US Healthcare System – A Tough Pill to Swallow (Continued from page 7) founder of Amazing Over 40 Inc. (www.amazingover40.com), a health coaching certification program for women. She also is an author and speaker who has been featured on a number of TV shows, including “Dr. Oz.”

Grim Sleeper Trial to Begin This Summer (Continued from page 8) Lachrica Jefferson, 22; Alicia Alexander, 18; Valerie McCorvey, 35; and Janecia Peters, 25. Franklin denied having contact with any of the victims. He has been in jail since his arrest on July 7, 2010.


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FEMA: More Than 50,500 Californians Protect Homes, Properties from Increased El Niño Flood Risk (Continued from page 4) • Get all the coverage you need. An agent can walk you through coverage options. Know your flood risk. • Visit FloodSmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419 to learn more about individual flood risk, explore coverage options and find an agent in your area. In September 2015, FEMA’s Region 9 office in Oakland, Calif., established an El Niño Task Force with the mission of preparing for the impact of El Niño. The task force is evaluating the core capabilities needed to protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from any flooding that occurs across the region this winter and spring. In December 2015, FEMA Region 9 released its draft El Niño severe weather response plan and convened a regional interagency steering committee meeting in Northern Califor-

nia to exercise the plan. The plan is a living document and is continuously updated as new information on the El Niño threat emerges. FEMA administers the National Flood Insurance Program and works closely with more than 80 private insurance companies to offer flood insurance to homeowners, renters, and business owners. In order to qualify for flood insurance, the home or business must be in a community that has joined the NFIP and agreed to enforce sound floodplain management standards. NFIP is a federal program and offers flood insurance which can be purchased through private property and casualty insurance agents. Rates are set nationally and do not differ from company to company or agent to agent. These rates depend on many factors, which include the date and type of construction of your home, along with your building’s level of risk. Visit Ready.gov for more preparedness tips and information and follow @FEMARegion9 on Twitter.

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D at e s i n F e b r u a ry & M a r c h February 20, 2016 District 1 Town Hall Meeting Join Councilman George Dotson for the first District1 Town Hall of the new year. He will be joined by special guests Mayor James T. Butts to discuss city news. Wilson Meany Project Manager, Gerard McCallum will provide an update on the Hollywood Park project; Inglewood Parks & Recreation Director Sabrina Barnes will provide details on the new senior center; and Sr. Construction Manager Brett Roberts will provide updates on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project. Other topics include emergency preparedness and public safety, the LAX Landslide Access Moderation Program, the Active Transportation Plan and Century Blvd. update. The meeting will be held at the Center of Hope Church, 9550 Crenshaw Blvd., Inglewood, CA from 10am to noon. To RSVP, call 310412-8602 or email asmith@cityofinglewood.org.

ment at RJ’s Demolition, 1135 E. Florence Ave. Leaf blower users will be given battery-operated equipment, which reduces the noise a conventional gas operated leaf blower makes. The equipment also reduces emissions of the amount of pollution in the air, and saves electrical energy. Pre-registration is required to participate. Registration begins on February 23. Call the SCAQMD toll free at 1-888-425-6247 Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Flu Season Has Arrived: Helpful Tips to Prevent the Spread of Germs (Continued from page 8) 5. Throw away tissues immediately after use. 6. If you have a fever, monitor your temperature regularly and check with your doctor. 7. Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated. 8. Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air and help drain congestion.

9. Stay home from work or school if you are sick to avoid spreading germs and make sure your fever is gone for at least 24 hours before you return. 10. Consider speaking with your doctor about getting a flu shot. For more information visit http:// www.cdc.gov/flu. Source: NewsUSA

Ongoing Talk to a Lawyer Online In cooperation with the City of Inglewood, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) now offers a teleconferencing center at the Main Library, where you can speak to a lawyer live, and send them documents. They offer legal advice and guidance on a variety of civil matters, including evictions, divorces, and child custody. March 9, 2016 They can provide referrals to priLeaf Blower Exchange vate attorneys, other legal servicThe Southern California Air Qual- es, or other resources as needed. ity Management District is offering Hours for teleconferencing are eva special leaf blower exchange pro- ery Wednesday from 11am to 2pm. gram for commercial gardeners and Ask the Audio/Visual Desk assistant landscapers. Users of older model for help or call ahead for an appointleaf blowers can trade in their equip- ment at (310) 412-5380.


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