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RIES ~ A relationship may be heating up. Make sure you know what you want, then go ahead. Minor challenges on the home front are easily dealt with. AURUS ~ You make important progress at work this week by seizing the initiative and letting your leadership abilities shine. What you do makes things better for everyone around you, so rock steady. Meetings and conversations go especially well. EMINI ~ Pay attention to the details in your big bright beautiful picture this week. You’ll handle everything that comes up if you keep your focus sharp. A grand social event is in store for the week. ANCER ~ Things are going your way in wonderful ways this week. Happy news may arrive from a distance, and on the home front, a romantic question may be answered. Friends are glad to be with you. All in all, a very pleasant week! Enjoy! EO ~ Your social life gives big rewards during the week. However, give attention to e-mail contacts. Don’t be afraid as your mental horizon expands into new areas. IRGO ~ Your relationships can receive a big boost from a trip that beckons. Business is also highlighted. Your strong mental energy is sustained through the week. Work it out by talking it out. IBRA ~ Get in touch with those who can help you achieve your goals.

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MAR. 10 - 16 Place the accent on initiative. Romance, passion and work are singing in harmony this week and this week. CORPIO ~ Joy this week comes from love. You are especially attractive. Stage your week so that you spend time around people you want to attract. It is easy for you to bring harmony into your relationships. Your ability to communicate is greatly enhanced. Use it to your best advantage. AGITTARIUS ~ Are you spending money with little or nothing to show for it? This is because you’re looking for something that money can’t buy. Now is a good time to spend some of your emotional currency, and don’t be cheap. You’ll create a situation in which people will work hard to please you. APRICORN ~ You may like to go to war, but avoid an argument with a friend; it will slow down all the wonderful progress you’ve been making. Your patience will be tested this week, stay on task. QUARIUS ~ Skip it! Don’t sweat the small stuff, it’ll only bring you down. Don’t run around inside your own head this week. Focus your awareness outside on something beautiful. Compromise is a key idea this week. ISCES ~ Someone in the family is ready to give you something. Open yourself up to it. Home improvement — mental, physical and spiritual — is this week’s best theme. Seek the simple pleasures from a neglected hobby this week.

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10 14 Black Facts March 10, 1972 Through the 12th, 3,000 delegates and 5,000 observers attend the first Black political convention in Gary, Ind. The NAACP and other groups withdraw from the convention after the adoption of resolutions critical of busing and the state of Israel. March 10, 1969 James Earl Ray pleads guilty in a Memphis court to charges of killing Martin Luther King Jr. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison. The House Select Committee on Assassinations said later that Ray fired the shot that killed King but that he was probably one element in a larger conspiracy. March 10, 1965 Daisy Lampkin, founder of the National Council of Negro Women, dies from the effects of a December 1964 heart attack. March 10, 1964 Pop singer Neneh Cherry is born in Stockholm, Sweden. March 10, 1913 Death of Harriet Tubman, Auburn, New York. March 10, 1863 Two infanty regiments, First and Second South Carolina Volunteers, capture and occupy Jacksonville, Fla., causing panic along Southern seaboard. Source: blackfacts.com

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Big Elections = Big Results! Parks, LaMotte and Wesson dominated and decimated in the elections as majority of measures ruled the ballots BY BRIAN W. CARTER SENTINEL STAFF WRITER “The 8th district is not for sale!” said the newly re-elected Councilman Bernard Parks. Parks lead the victory with nearly 51 percent of votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting. His main opponent, Forescee HoganRowles, followed with about 44 percent of votes. Parks’ past experience includes his being a former police chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. As chair of the City Council’s budget and finance committee, he has a firm grasp on the inner workings of the city and experience in management. Parks has brought a re-invigorated energy to the 8th district by providing economic development, businesses and jobs. “It’s not that somebody can just pick and choose our representatives,” said Parks. “Our community is smarter than that.” A poster read at Parks’ campaign headquarters read that there was no need for change; apparently many voters in the 8th district felt the same. “Bernard Parks is a man of the community,” said 45th District Assemblyman Gilbert Cedillo. “It’s a victory for the community. Benard Parks has been a leader, not just a leader for African Americans, but

was a champion for the Latino residents of this district.” In the 10th district, Herb Wesson stood at the top of the mountain. He lead with a commanding 73.8 percent of the vote over all his opponents. Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte easily beat her opponent in the District 1 race for the Board of Education, receiving nearly 75 percent of votes. The Rev. Eric Lee had about 25 percent of the vote. “There is an honesty and genuineness in what I’m about with the kids,” said LaMotte. She said that her campaign was “based upon what kids need, and my interest in them.” LaMotte’s agenda is simple: She wants to improve the education system within minority communities. She wants to eliminate wasting district funds, bridge the gap in learning achievement for minority students, and keep good teachers in our schools. This election year has boasted a lot of money with independent expenditures reaching the $1.25 million mark within seven city council seats, and with nearly $1.1 million being spent in the 8th district race, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission reported in a press release(LACEC). Regarding the measures on the ballot, Ninth District City

African-American filmmaker Allen Willis dies at 94 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Allen Willis, a pioneering AfricanAmerican filmmaker who documented significant periods in San Francisco Bay area history, has died at age 94. Willis passed away Feb. 23 in Oakland, according to the East Bay Media Center, which houses his archives. After moving to the Bay area in the 1950s, Willis became the first African American in California broadcast journalism when he took a job at San Francisco’s KQED television in 1963, the Berkeley-based center said. Before that, he studied under photographer Ansel Adams and collaborated with filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Willis received numerous awards, including three Emmys, for films that chronicled major events and cultural movements such as Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 “white backlash” speech at Stanford University and the psychedelic drug experience. His 1970 film “Stagger Lee” documented an interview with Black Panther leader Bobby Seale during his incarceration in the San Francisco County Jail. Longtime friend Mel Vapour, co-founder of the East Bay Media Center, described Willis as a “cultural provocateur” with a keen eye and an inquisitive nature. “When it came to events here in the Bay area, he looked at them as explosive, exciting and they need to be documented,” Vapour said Monday. “He was always out there capturing the moment.” After retiring from KQED in 1986, Willis continued writing a column for the Marxist-Humanist publication “News and Letters” until 2008, under the name John Alan. Willis is survived by a sister, Thelma Willis Prather, of Maryland, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian. A memorial is planned for April 2 at 1 p.m. at the Niebyl-Proctor Library in Oakland, the East Bay Media Center said.

Marguerite LaMotte Councilwoman Jan Perry said, “I’m very pleased.” Measures G, H, I, J, L, M, N, P and Q were passed. Measure O, the oil production tax, did not

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Councilman Bernard Parks pass the ballot. “The election was a tremendous night,” said 13th district Councilman Eric Garcetti. “Our libraries, our budget reform, and

Herb Wesson our DWP reform measures all passed. …” He later added: “… it looks like all the incumbents came out on top.”


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Fighting raises concerns about Libyan scientists BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The fighting in Libya has disrupted a sensitive U.S. government program to keep about 700 former nuclear and chemical weapons experts busy on civilian projects in the medical and petroleum industries there and prevent them from selling their dangerous knowledge in other countries, The Associated Press has learned. After Libya agreed to give up its

weapons of mass destruction in 2003, the U.S. has been spending about $2 million a year to steer weapons scientists and technicians into other fields, including medicine, green technology and the oil and gas industry, current and former U.S. officials told The AP. Efforts by the U.S. and by Britain, which also is involved in the program, have helped build a seawater desalination plant, a water quality lab and a telemedicine facility at the Tripoli Medical Center.

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An anti-Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi rebel, holds his RPG as he walks forward to fight on the front line during fighting against pro-Gadhafi fighters, near the town of Bin-Jawad, eastern Libya, Tuesday, March 8, 2011

About 200 nuclear specialists and 500 others who worked with chemical weapons and missile technology could be driven to leave Libya by the fighting, including key figures in the nuclear weapons programs. “If they’re facing an uncertain future, they may just walk,” said Sharon Squassoni, an arms control specialist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Libya’s cooperation under the program already had waned over the past year, starting around the time of complaints by Moammar Gadhafi’s government that it hadn’t received more financial and military aid from the West in exchange for abandoning its weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. was trying to revive the weapons scientists program when protests against Gadhafi’s government broke out in mid-February. “We are trying to re-engage,” said Bonnie Jenkins, the State Department’s coordinator for threat reduction programs. She said the U.S. still hopes to resume the efforts. It was not immediately clear whether new U.S. financial sanctions imposed after the fighting started would interfere with payments to Libya under the program. But with President Barack Obama actively calling for Gadhafi to step down, it would be nearly impossible for the U.S. to restore ties with the Libyan govern-

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Anti-Gadhafi rebels drive a vehicle forward as smoke rises following an air strike by pro-Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi warplanes that attacked a highway leading to the town of Ras Lanouf, eastern Libya, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. ment unless Gadhafi leaves office. Citing the sensitivity of the program, the State Department and Energy Department declined to discuss it further. But experts told The AP that the Obama administration must be concerned about what happens to weapons scientists in Libya. “I am confident that there are a number of Libyans who were involved in the program who had a great deal of knowledge, and it is knowledge that one has to be concerned about when it comes to starting up nuclear weapons programs,” said former Ambassador Robert Joseph, who served as the chief negotiator in talks to end Libya’s nuclear and other weapons. “They did have those individuals. And believe me, those experts could have been very useful to the Syrians or others who might be going down the nuclear path.” Most of Libya’s strategic weapons programs were dismantled in 2004. Some nuclear enrichment equipment and long-range missiles were shipped to the U.S. The only unconventional weapons known to remain in Libya are 10-12 metric tons of mustard gas, a blistering agent, in storage at a site south of Tripoli, said Paul Walker of Global Green USA of Santa Monica, Calif., a charity whose parent organization was founded by Mikhail S. Gorbachev and supports eliminating such weapons. Libya destroyed the shells that could have been used to spray the mustard agent over battlefields years ago. Walker said the chemical does not appear to pose much of a threat. “It’s very difficult to deploy unless you have a sophisticated weapons system,” he said.

Other analysts said that even if Gadhafi found a way to use his mustard agent, he would have little incentive to do so. “If he uses weapons of mass destruction, that would put him in the WMD-Saddam Hussein category,” said Richard Weiz, director of political and military analysis at the Hudson Institute think tank. Squassoni, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, has said previously that the scientists working on Libya’s programs are relatively unsophisticated, compared with their counterparts in Russia, Iraq and North Korea. “The Libyan situation bears watching, but it’s not the biggest proliferation concern,” she told The AP. Libyan officials temporarily blocked the shipment of the country’s last stocks of weapons-grade uranium out of the country in November and December 2009, according to U.S. diplomatic messages published by WikiLeaks. One of Gadhafi’s sons, Saif, told U.S. diplomats that Libya was “fed up” with what he described as Washington’s failure to compensate Libya for its cooperation and the U.S. refusal to provide Libya with advanced weapons. It is possible that Libyan officials have hidden away nuclear materials or kept copies of nuclear weapon plans that they turned over to the U.S. after ending their program in 2003, said David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security. He said the U.S. is fortunate it finished removing Libya’s weapons-grade uranium and

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Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi arrives at a hotel to give television interviews in Tripoli, Libya Tuesday, March 8, 2011.


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Tribune CEO, NNPA chair rebuke NAACP Some Black press members insulted by exclusion from Image Awards marketing BY AYANA JONES TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER The NAACP has been criticized for not including Black newspapers in a recent advertising campaign. The NAACP inserted its 42nd NAACP Image Awards Magazine in the Philadelphia Daily News, however the advertisement was not included in The Philadelphia Tribune and other markets (Los Angeles, Atlanta, Texas, New York, New Jersey and Chicago). The magazine insert serves to highlight the Image Awards and the respective honorees. “In (Thursday’s) Philadelphia Daily News, the 42nd NAACP Awards Magazine was inserted and not one copy was inserted in the Philadelphia Tribune, America’s oldest and America’s largest daily newspaper serving the AfricanAmerican community,” said Robert W. Bogle, president and CEO of the Tribune. “This action is an insult to the men and women who work at the Philadelphia Tribune and should be an insult to Black Americans in this country. The very right of full inclu-

sion and participation of African Americans has been denied by the organization that purports that African Americans should be fairly included in all aspects of American life.” The National Newspapers Publishers Association, which represents over 200 members of the Black press, is conducting an investigation to determine whether the practice has happened in other markets. Members have been asked to monitor whether the general publications in their areas are carrying the NAACP Image magazine. “We are quite dismayed and disappointed that the NAACP has, it appears, blatantly overlooked the value of the Black press in slighting and disrespecting the Philadelphia Tribune and when you disrespect one of our papers, you disrespect all of our papers,” said NNPA Chairman Danny Bakewell. Bakewell says the Black press has continuously supported the NAACP. “Whenever they have a need the Black press carries their message without question or qualification because we believe in the mission, and it seems as though, from

this action, that the NAACP under Mr. Jealous is losing their way and that troubles me greatly,” he said. “You have to ask the question of who are they trying to get to watch the Image awards. It is a Black program. It is without question a quality program, and is it something that they are trying to get white people to watch, taking for granted that Black people will watch it?” said Bakewell, who publishes the Los Angeles Sentinel. The Los Angeles Sentinel, which is the city’s oldest and largest Black newspaper, did not carry the insert either. “This is not the first time that something like this has happened. We would expect that the NAACP would without any hesitation ensure that the Black press is the primary vehicle for communicating its message about the Image Awards or any other issues that come up,” Bakewell said. NAACP officials could not be reached for comment by the Tribune’s deadline. “At the end of the day this is not just about communication, this is about economics. The fact that they are buying the message from

the white papers and they want us to convey the message free in Black papers is insult to injury,” Bakewell added. “We have supported them and we will continue to support them in the future but this has got to stop.

We want a full explanation and a declaration of what the NAACP’s actions will be towards Black newspapers in the future.” Contact Tribune staff writer Ayana Jones at (215) 893-5747 or AJones@phillytrib.com.

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Continued from page 4 dismantling the country’s arms programs before the current fighting. U.S. and British efforts to find new jobs for Libyan weapons scientists have focused on Tajoura, east of Tripoli along the Mediterranean coast. It is the site of a 10-megawatt, Sovietbuilt research reactor and the center of Libya’s nuclear research programs. Ambassador Gene Cretz described “shoddy security” at the Tajoura facility in a 2009 diplomatic message also published by WikiLeaks. The Tajoura reactor was converted in 2006 from weapons-grade uranium to low-enriched uranium, which can’t be used to build atomic weapons. It now produces radioisotopes for commercial applications. The International Atomic Energy Agency’s website says the Libyan reactor is operational, but a spokesman

for the agency says it isn’t clear whether Tajoura is still running. Research reactors are typically operated for a few hours a day and a few days a week, as needed, said Olli Heinonen, a former official with the International Atomic Energy Commission, now a fellow at Harvard. Because the reactor is no longer fueled by weapons-grade uranium, it is considered less of a proliferation threat. About 400 anti-government protesters marched last week through Tajoura, chanting, “The people want to bring the regime down!” and waving the red, black and green flag of Libya’s pre-Gadhafi monarchy, the banner of the uprising. Witnesses said pro-Gadhafi forces quickly moved in, firing volleys of tear gas before opening fire with live ammunition.

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The bullying epidemic BY ELIZ COLEMAN DOWDY SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE PRECINCT REPORTER GROUP The Precinct Reporter joined a national conference call recently detailing the spreading epidemic of bullying against special needs children. The subject has moved to the front burner recently because of children who were so traumatized by the ostracism they received that for them suicide was the answer. Bringing media representatives together to interact with those on the front lines fighting for zero tolerance for those children who bear a greater burden of rejection, name-calling, and acts of violence perpetrated against the special needs children. Hosting the call was Sheryl Young, CEO, Community Gatepath, an organization assisting parents and forming a network of resources to help them navigate the arduous path for equality for their children. Panel participants were actress Lauren Potter from the television show “Glee,” and her mother, Robin Sinkhorn. Twenty-year-old Potter is a native of the Inland Empire; she grew up in Riverside, and graduated from Poly High School; she has Downs Syndrome. On the show she portrays Becky Johnson, a cheerleader who has Downs Syndrome. However, life has not always been

kind to Lauren. She shared some of the mean acts she endured growing up as she stepped back into real life, remembering the inhumane acts of other children. She shared a rather painful incident where her MySpace page was plastered with name-calling, using the “R” word (retarded) complete with descriptive posters. Her mother Robin was the first to see it and tried to shield it from her daughter. However, Potter’s supporters flooded the page with positive comments that lifted her spirits. Participating in the conference were Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO, Special Olympics, the organization founded by his mother to showcase the accomplishments of special needs individuals; Anthony Shriver, founder and Chairman, Best Buddies International; U.S. House of Representatives Rep. Jackie Speier, (D-CA), and Tom Torlakson, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The three organizations, Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and Abilitypath.org, an arm of Community Gatepath, are in the process of launching a nationwide campaign, “Disabling Bullying.” It will engage a broad coalition of parents, educators, activists, and policymakers to disable the practice that has escalated in recent years. A report released by the Journal

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Russell Dickerson Jr., left, looks on as he son, Russell Dickerson III, speaks at a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, in Seattle about his lawsuit against the school district in Aberdeen, Wash. Dickerson, 19 and a graduate of Aberdeen High School, is suing the district, saying they did nothing to keep him from being bullied. He says he was subject to repeated bullying because he’s black and because of his perceived sexual orientation. of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology documents children with special needs, or a disability are 10 times more likely to be bullied than the typical “normal” student. Timothy Shriver stated this silent epidemic is spreading because no one considers it a problem. We have to awaken the public to the fact that many adults feel children with special needs should not attend their children’s schools. The children are

acting out what they see and hear many times. As children, many adults were victims of bullying; they dealt with it, and feel that children today need to learn to deal with those problems, attributing it to “that’s the way life is, get over it”! The act of bullying today has escalated to a new level that includes cyber bullying, with other children gathering around the victim and taping the abuse — physical and verbal

— and putting it on You Tube. Congresswoman Speier thanked Sheryl for bringing the information into the public’s conscience, stating she was also pleased to hear Potter and Sinkhorn going public with some of the atrocities that Potter endured before she became a featured co-star on the popular television show. The Congresswoman added that this is a wake-up call to See BULLYING, page 7


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Millions of fish washed up dead in the King Harbor BY ROBERT JABLON ASSOCIATED PRESS REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — An estimated one million fish turned up dead Tuesday in a Southern California marina, creating a floating feast for pelicans, gulls and other sea life and a stinky mess for harbor authorities. The sardines apparently depleted the water of oxygen and suffocated after getting lost in the marina, officials said. “All indications are it’s a naturally occurring event,” said Andrew Hughan, a California Fish and Game spokesman at the scene. The die-off was unusual but not unprecedented. “In the world of fishing this is an afternoon’s catch,” he noted.

Boaters awakened to find a carpet of small silvery fish surrounding their vessels, said Staci Gabrielli, marine coordinator for King Harbor Marina on the Los Angeles County coast. Authorities said there was also a 12- to 18-inch layer of dead fish on the bottom of the marina. The scale was impressive to locals at King Harbor, which shelters about 1,400 boats on south Santa Monica Bay. “The fishermen say they’ve never seen anything this bad that wasn’t red tide,” Hughan said, referring to the natural blooms of toxic algae that can kill fish. Brent Scheiwe, an official of Sea Lab, a Los Angeles Conservation Corps research program at Redondo, said testing of some of the

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parents, educators, and the community in general that bullying, including special needs children, will not be tolerated. The problem needs to be addressed at the earliest age. Ninety percent of children are lookers-on and do not intervene. She assured the participants that funding set aside to deal with bullying will also include children with special needs. Congresswoman Speier joined the call from the floor of the House; she had to leave early because an important vote was advancing on the floor. There has been a rash of incidents involving teachers and how they relate to children with special needs, especially children dealing with autism. Tom Torlakson thanked the team, and stated that bullying is a top priority for all California school administrators to stop the bullying process. We must establish a zero tolerance for bullying; all school personnel should be trained to stop bullying when they see it happening, he said. Anthony Shriver stated his organization is working with middle and high school students interacting with special needs students, stating, “I think when people see the interaction they will drop some of their pre-conceived prejudices against those considered different. We need more special needs children out in the communities and in the schools.” During the question/answer segment, the first question dealt with in-house training for teachers. Superintendent Torlakson answered that the focus has not been on the front burner where bullying of special needs children is concerned. Another question asked was why the problem has continued this long? The answer was that when adults don’t get it, the children don’t either. Public policy has made it acceptable to segregate. We have allowed society to minimalize this issue. Many of these children have not been mainstreamed before because of the fears of non-acceptance and violent acts. The Precinct Reporter’s question

was: At what point should parents consider filing a lawsuit against nonresponsive school districts that do not take appropriate action to defuse the bullying process? It was an area no one wanted to deal with, but one I believed was absolutely pertinent. The answers were: That is certainly an option when the system is totally unresponsive, however parents should explore other options first. If the teacher/local school administrator is lax in dealing with the issue, then parents should bring the issue to the board of trustees. If there is no change in the policies and their children are still afraid of going to school, then surely legal redress is an option. The legal issue revolves around the idea of when does teasing cross the line and become bullying; that some patience is required. However, if the school district is continuing to turn a deaf ear to the problem there is an 800 number at the Department of Education. It is (800) 926-0648. There, parents can file complaints against lax policies that they are continuing to deal with in addition to trying to make sure their children are learning life skills. This campaign is for all children, not just those with special needs; it includes mental illness, those on medication for attention deficit disorder; those whose linguistic skills may not have developed adequately and are fearful of speaking out in the classroom. All teachers must have sensitivity training to deal with all the special needs children that come into their classroom. Lauren Potter will be making more public appearances to demonstrate the fact that just because some people have certain challenges that does not mean they are less than human, to be mistreated by those who consider themselves perfect specimens of humanity. The strong are to provide protection for the weak; not join the culture gangs meant to destroy their prestige, confidence, and devalue their humanity

water showed oxygen levels near zero. Hughan said water samples showed no oils or chemicals that could have contributed to the deaths. He said some of the fish were being shipped to a Fish and Game laboratory for study but the cause was likely to be uncomplicated. The fish appeared to have come into the marina during the night and probably couldn't find their way out, he said. “The simplest explanation is the fish got lost. ... They get confused easily,” he said. Hughan said there was no safety issue at all but “it’s going to smell bad for quite a while.” Fire Department, Harbor Patrol and other city workers set to work scooping up fish in nets and buckets. A skip loader then carried them to big trash bins. Officials initially estimated there were millions of fish, but Fish and Game roughly estimated about a million. City officials estimated the cleanup would cost $100,000. Fire Chief Dan Madrigal said the fish would be taken to a landfill specializing in organic materials. On the water, nature was tackling the problem in other ways. “The seals are gorging themselves,” Hughan said. Large groups of other fish could be seen nibbling at the floating mats of dead creatures. “The sea’s going to recycle everything. It’s the whole circle-oflife thing,” Hughan said. Although Fish and Game authorities were focusing on the idea that the sardines simply got confused, other theories abounded. Hughan noted that some fishermen reported waves were coming over the harbor breakwaters during the night. That washes bird excrement off the rocks and into the marina and can cause the water to be depleted of oxygen. Gabrielli, the marina employee, said the fish appeared to have moved into the harbor to escape a red tide then possibly became trapped due to high winds overnight. Ed Parnell, a marine ecologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, called Gabrielli's theory plausible, although generally he would expect the wind would have mixed oxygen into the water. Parnell said these types of fish kills are more typically seen in the Gulf of Mexico or the Salton Sea, the enormous desert lake in southeastern California where millions of fish die with some regularity. Sea Lab’s Scheiwe said the fish may have gotten trapped in the 30foot deep marina while sheltering from rough seas overnight. “They like to follow each other, so it only takes a few” to create a mass migration, he said. “Over time they will find their way out, but if it’s rough out there they probably stayed in shelter,” he said. See DEAD FISH, page 8

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Dead fish float in the King Harbor area of Redondo Beach, south of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Millions of fish washed up dead in the harbor, triggering a cleanup effort by the city.


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S Williams calls lung embolism ‘scariest moment’ BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AP Photo/Mark Duncan

Golden State Warriors’ Monta Ellis, right, hugs Cleveland Cavaliers’ Baron Davis after the Warriors’ 95-85 win in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Cleveland.

Cavs’ Davis leaves team after grandmother’s death BY TOM WITHERS AP SPORTS WRITER CLEVELAND — Baron Davis is going back home. It's the trip he feared. The veteran guard left the Cleveland Cavaliers and returned to

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Los Angeles to be with his family following the death of his beloved grandmother, Lela “Madea� Nicholson, a woman who raised him and protected him from the ganginfested streets of South Central Los Angeles. The team said in a statement that she died Monday. Davis played on Tuesday night against Golden State, but did not travel with the team to Milwaukee for Wednesday’s game against the Bucks. The Cavaliers said there is no specific date for Davis to rejoin them. Davis was recently acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers. It was difficult for him to leave his hometown, and not just because he was playing where he first began dribbling the ball as a kid or because he was in one of the NBA’s most glamorous markets. Davis’ 89-year-old grandmother had been in failing health and he wanted to be near her. He has credited his 89-year-old grandmother for being the guiding figure in his life. He chose to wear No. 85 with the Cavs as a tribute to his late grandparents, whose house was on 85th St. in Los Angeles. “It’s a number I’ll always go out and give my heart and soul for,� he said last week. Despite knowing his grandmother had passed away, Davis played Tuesday night and scored a team-high 19 points in the Cavs’ 9585 loss to the Warriors. Davis did not mention his grandmother’s passing after the game. Davis has already become something of a favorite in Cleveland, where fans have quickly embraced his powerful game and the joy he shows while entertaining on the floor. With the Cavs, he has been reunited with coach Byron Scott, his former coach in New Orleans. Davis and Scott clashed with the Hornets, but have since put aside any differences. Davis has described their second chance as a “rebirth.�

NEW YORK — Serena Williams still has blood clots in her lung but hopes to return to tennis this summer after recovering from a pulmonary embolism, which she called the “scariest moment in my life.� The 13-time Grand Slam champion spoke on NBC’s “Today� show Wednesday from Los Angeles, saying she hasn’t left her house much since going to the hospital nearly three weeks ago. “I had a lot of swelling in my leg, which really is a telltale sign of an embolism, and I could not breathe,� Williams said. She said doctors couldn’t find anything in her leg and then ordered a CAT scan of her lungs. “That’s when they found several blood clots,� Williams said. “They told me that they had to check me in immediately or else ... it wasn’t going to be a good result.� Treating the blood clots required Williams to inject herself with a blood thinner, she said. Feeling a need to get out, she didn’t let her condition deter her from attending several Oscar parties. “I had been through so much in the past eight months,� she said. “Just really kind of low on energy, but I was like ‘I’ve got to do something, kind of just to get my spirits up.’ � Then she wound up back in the hospital on Feb. 28 because of a large hematoma on her stomach. The gathering of blood under the skin grew from a “golf ball� to the size of “a grapefruit.� “I apparently must of hit something,� said Williams, who was injecting herself twice a day. (The doctors said) ‘We can’t drain this, we have to surgically remove it.’ �

Serena Williams at Wimbledon 2008. In the recent past, she’s been sidelined from playing tennis due to health issues. Her absence from tennis could stretch to almost a year since she won the Wimbledon title last July. Williams has had two surgeries on her right foot since cutting it on glass at a restaurant shortly after Wimbledon. Her comeback has been delayed repeatedly by complications from the injury. The second

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Redondo Beach police Sgt. Phil Keenan said he believed a predator fish chased the sardines into the marina where their sheer numbers caused them to suffocate. Raphael Kudela, a professor of ocean sciences at University of California, Santa Cruz, said sardines are not the brightest fish. “They are that dumb actually,� he said. “They get into shallow water and then can’t figure out how to get back out and you’ve got such a concentration in one small area they literally pull the oxygen down until they suffocate.�

Carl Johnson, 59, and his wife, Marie, 57, came from nearby Torrance to see the fish calamity. “We’ve had that stuff of the hundreds of birds dying in the Midwest and now this. ... You do think about life and death,� he said. “These fish were swimming freely yesterday,� he said philosophically. Marie Johnson added: “It’s really said.� Associated Press writer Noaki Schwartz in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

surgery was in late October, and she said she spent 10 weeks in a cast and 10 weeks in a walking boot. Surgery is among the risk factors for blood clots, as are prolonged periods of inactivity and long airline flights. Williams said she wasn’t “moving and not doing as much as I normally do. I started flying a lot ... thinking I was OK. And obviously, I wasn’t.� The 29-year-old Williams realizes it was a dangerous situation. “Mine went from my leg to my lung and it traveled fast,� Williams said. “I still have several clots in my lung. They’re just there, and they have to eventually dissolve. So I’m just taking it one day at a time. Just on the road to recovery. “I said I wanted to return this summer, and I was hoping to return way sooner than that. Being so close to ... the scariest moment in my life, I really just want to come back and be able to do well.� Online: http://on.today.com/ g1Vgcj.


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Upscale Black hair salon featured in new VH1 reality show BY DARLENE DONLOE CONTRIBUTING WRITER “Beverly Hills Fabulous” is not only the name of his new reality show on VH1, it’s also an appropriate description of Elgin Charles and the stylists who work in his posh, highend hair salon located in the worldfamous 90210 zip code. The half-hour show, which debuts March 14 at 10 p.m. (PST), gives viewers an intimate and upclose peek inside the inner workings of Elgin Charles Beverly Hills, an urban salon that caters to AfricanAmerican women, including a number of celebrities like Natalie Cole, Star Jones, Holly Robinson Peete, Victoria Rowell, Beverly Johnson, Kiki Shepard and more. Charles said some of his clients actually fly in to get their hair done.?In the premiere episode, he juggles his plans to find a second salon location, handle his A-list clients, and deal with his crew of stylists. The always-fashion-forward Charles embodies the “Beverly Hills Fabulous” lifestyle. His two diamond necklaces, beige leather pants, silk

crème shirt and diamond watch prove he brought his “A” game and that he came to play. The show is part of Charles’ master plan to branch out, increase his product line (EC Collection and Platinum Collection), his wig line (ECU – Extension Cap Unit), and become a household name. “I needed something that was going to give me brand awareness,” says Charles. “I thought a reality television show would be a nice vehicle.” Doing reality television is nothing new for Charles, who was once married to actress Jackée Harry (“227”), who makes several appearances in the show. He’s appeared on “Extreme Makeover,” “How Do I Look?” and “Split Ends.” But, “Beverly Hills Fabulous” is the first show centering on him and his crew. He says he’s comfortable with reality television and with one of five cameras following his every move. “The show isn’t scripted; it’s outlined,” says Charles, who began his professional career as a hair stylist after graduating from Marinello’s Beauty School in 1983. “It’s fast-

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(L-R) Katrina Atkinson, Elgin Charles, Lolita Goods and Sean Cameron. paced and has a lot of drama. The cameras don’t bother me. We’re all going to be real whether the cameras are there or not. They get a little into our personal lives — but not too much.” What keeps the show interesting and entertaining are the big personalities that inhabit the salon. Joining Charles on the show are three of his hair stylists that he describes as “the best in the business.” “To help keep my clients happy, I’ve hired the most talented, most fabulous stylists who have the biggest personalities you can imagine,” explains Charles, who walked away

from a highly successful career in finance at Smith Barney to follow his passion for hair. Featured on the show is St. Louis native Sean Cameron, an aspiring singer and the salon’s manager and artistic director. “This is therapy for me,” says Cameron, who also attended Marinello’s but graduated from San Fernando Beauty Academy. “Therapy happens between a hair stylist and a client. You can work out a lot of issues doing hair and getting your hair done.” Cameron, 34, is passionate about hair. He believes it speaks volumes

about a person. “Hair is an accessory,” says Cameron, who has been a hair stylist since he was 26. “You can have on thousands of dollars worth of clothes, but if your hair is not together — you are not cute. No one will see your clothes, but they’ll remember that hair.” Next up is Compton native Lolita “Lo” Goods, a curvy beauty who is “holding it down for the big sistas.” Goods, who will only admit to being in her late 40s, has been a hair stylist for 27 years and has worked

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Millennium Network to raise awareness on big issues at event The Clinton Foundation’s network will also try to raise funds BY ARYSSA DURRELL CONTRIBUTING WRITER In an effort to help tackle big issues such as childhood obesity and economic development, the Millennium Network will raise funds in Hollywood on March 17. The network is holding the event in support of the Clinton Foundation, which, in part, is working on “… furthering sustainable development, combating the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States, and promoting economic development worldwide,” as noted on the foundation’s website.

The event will be held at Boulevard3 on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, and is slated to begin at 7 p.m. Former President Bill Clinton will make remarks at the event about the adversities many are experiencing around the world. Clinton has been a longtime advocate of bettering the lives of those who suffer from illness and wretched living conditions around the world. Partly stemming from his concern for those disadvantaged people, including See MILLENNIUM NETWORK, page 16

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As Barack Obama took the oath as the 44th U.S. president, standing by his side and holding the Bible he swore on was Michelle Obama. Not only did millions of people across the world watch history unfold in 2009 as the United States’ first African American ascended to the presidency, but those same eyes witnessed the nation’s First Lady, a direct descendant of slaves, take center stage as well. Michelle’s impact on America has taken on even more of a special meaning for some during March, which is Women’s History Month. “Michelle’s place with regards to the month is especially relevant, due to the fact that Women’s History Month speaks directly to Black women,” said AngeMarie Hancock, an associate professor of political science at the University of Southern California. “We use the struggles of the past to fight and get through the problems we’re facing now. Michelle Obama is the epitome of Women’s History Month.” MICHELLE OBAMA’S ROLE IN THE ADMINISTRATION Similar to first ladies of the past, Michelle Obama’s role during her husband’s presidency has been in the background. However, during presidential administrations the first lady typically takes on a cause, usually centered on charities. Nancy Reagan’s cause became D.A.R.E., which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. Michelle has also taken on a cause: fighting childhood obesity through her initiative, Let’s Move! The initiative also encourages healthy eating habits

and increased physical activity. “One of the reasons Michelle has a high approval rating among people, even when the administration’s is down, is due to initiatives like Let’s Move!,” Hancock said. “The work she does with military families along with Move is non-controversial and things everyone can stand behind.” Hancock added that Michelle coming under fire by some critics for comments made during the campaign “probably has something to do with her now focusing on non-controversial issues.” “That’s no surprise,” said Hancock, who followed the 2008 presidential election closely. “Part of Barack’s success has been her keeping a healthy distance from the partisan side of things. Politics is his job. None of us go to our spouse’s place of business and try to make decisions.” CHANGING PERCEPTIONS “The most important thing Michelle Obama has done to change America’s perceptions of Black women is to oơer a counter balance,” said Hancock. “Of course, one woman can’t possibly change an entire nation’s viewpoint, but I think she’s done an admirable job.” Hancock mentioned the images of Black women on reality shows as an example of what professional Black women like Michelle battle against daily. Congresswoman Karen Bass noted Michelle’s accomplishments, potential to reach young people, and her status as a role model as some of her attributes. “First Lady Obama is in so many ways, a woman that young girls across America can aspire to be like,” Bass told the L.A. Watts times in an e-mail. “She is intellectually and professionally accomplished, and she has

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proven to be a leader in her own right with her ‘Let’s Move’ campaign to combat childhood obesity.” Michelle’s knack for fashion flair routinely causes a media frenzy among the tabloids, entertainment shows and bloggers. Her attire and style has not only garnered her attention from fashion critics, but others as well who have compared her to a former First Lady. “She has become a fashion icon on the world stage the likes of which we haven’t seen since Jacqueline Kennedy, and I greatly admire her championing of up and coming designers,” said Bass. THE FUTURE Prior to being the nation’s First Lady, Michelle was an accomplished professional. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Princeton, and later on obtaining a degree from Harvard Law, the Ivy Leaguer from the South Side of Chicago worked in both the private and public sector. Michelle founded a nonprofit organization, Public Allies Chicago, which helps young adults foster leadership skills. During her time in the private sector, the First Lady served as the University of Chicago Hospitals’ executive director of community and external aơairs. Whether Michelle pursues politics after her husband’s presidency or leaves the spotlight is anyone’s guess. “I don’t see her being a person that’s that interested in pursuing politics,” Hancock said. “People would like her to go into politics because she’s a likable person, but I think she’ll probably concentrate on seeing her daughters grow up and possibly continue with charitable events and causes.”

(Left) First Lady Michelle Obama delivers a speech at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga., Feb. 9, 2011. Obama highlighted the impact parents and other supporters have had on fundamentally shifting the conversation on childhood obesity this year.


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After meeting with military spouses at Ft. Bragg’s Soldier Support Center, First Lady Michelle Obama gives a comforting hug to one of the wives in March 2009.

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Youth and athletes exercise last April at the River Terrace Elementary School in Washington, D.C., with Michelle Obama. The activity was part of the First Lady’s initiative, Let’s Move.

First Lady Michelle Obama with daughters Malia and Sasha sled in the snow on the South Lawn of the White House in March 2009.

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Michelle Obama walks the First Family’s dog, Bo, on the White House’s South Lawn.

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First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a United We Serve service volunteer event at a Habitat For Humanity site in Washington, D.C., Sept. 11, 2009. She is joined by Julie Bindelglass, a junior at George Washington University, and Shakir Cannon-Moye, a senior, to kick oơ the First Lady’s challenge to GW students to serve.

(Left) First lady Michelle Obama sits with soldiers in training, Rudolph Buchanan of Illinois, left, and Kimberley Welsh of Vancouver, Canada, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. (Right) President Barack Obama, with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9, smile as they push the button to light up the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse, just south of the White House, in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010.


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COMEDY (FROM PHILIP SOKOLOFF) — “Oh, Momma! & Obama,” a comedy about the lives of President Barack Obama and others in the

RESOURCE FAIR (LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS) — New Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church has partnered with Southern California Edison and WBC Enterprises to provide moneysaving tips and other resources on March 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be located at New Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, 434 S. Grevillea Ave., Inglewood. Admission is free. Southern California Edison and WBC Enterprises will host “A Day of Opportunity Resource Fair” to provide information and resources to the community, as well as faith-based and community-based organizations. Topics include information on lowering electric bills, discount, rebate and energy-efficiency programs, and supplier-diversity opportunities. Free workshops are also available to the community, nonprofits and businesses on resume and interview tips, job skills and contracting opportunities. The workshops are available to those that preregister. Space is limited. Registration: Phot adayofopportunity.com, (310) Nay Nay Kirby, Constance Reese, Dere o by Dove Huntley k Reid (as Malia, 673-6250. Michelle and Barack Obama) CONCERT (CITY OF CERRITOS) — On Ensemble returns for Taiko 2.0, a concert celebration of the ancient art of Japanese Taiko drumming, at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) on March 12, 8 p.m. The evening also is expected to feature Russel Baba, Jeanne Mercer, Kaoru Watanabe, and Patrick Graham. Tickets, which range from $37 to $61, are available at the CCPA Ticket Office, at www.cerritoscenter.com, or by calling (562) 467-8818. Taiko 2.0 brings to life the art of Japanese drumming in Photo by Dove Huntley (as a cultural extravaganza that ese Re e anc nst Co id, rek Re LaKendra Tookes (l.), De Obama, Michelle Obama) features dynamic movements k rac Ba , son bin Ro n ria Ma and a diverse display of music. On White House, will be previewed March 11, 8 Ensemble infuses the rhythms of Japanese p.m., at the Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 drumming with influences that range from Fremont Ave., South Pasadena. The show hip-hop and electronica to Tuvan throat opens March 12, 8 p.m., and runs through singing. Using its experiences as DJs, elecMay 1. Show times are 8 p.m. on Fridays tronic-music producers, jazz drummers, and and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. There Rock bassists, On Ensemble has created a is free parking behind the theater. Admission: repertoire of groundbreaking music. Since its $25. Students and seniors must pay $20 for inception in 2002, the quartet has performed admission. Reservations: (866) 811-4111 regularly in concert halls, theaters, and out(Theatermania). Online Ticketing: www.fredoor venues throughout the United States montcentretheatre.com. and Canada. The group’s albums include “Ukiyo Live: 2007 and Dust and Sand.” For

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3-21-11 MEETINGS (METRO) — The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will hold community update meetings March 21 through 29 for the Westside Subway Extension Project currently going through its Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/EIR) planning phase. Metro will provide feedback from its January community meetings, updates on the project’s ongoing geotechnical investigations, status of Station Area Advisory Groups, as well as project cost estimates and the status of the Century City station. All the meetings begin at 6 p.m. and will include a presentation followed by an opportunity for public input. The content for all three meetings will be identical. Members of the public are invited to participate in the meeting that is most convenient for them: March 21, 6 to 8 p.m., LACMA West – Terrace Room, 5th floor, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For added convenience, Metro will offer a live webcast of this meeting that can be viewed from any computer by visiting metro.net/westside. There will also be a meeting on March 23, 6 to 8 p.m., at Westwood United Methodist Church – Fellowship Hall, 3rd floor, 10497 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Free parking is available below Belmont Village, the building east of the Sanctuary. The final environmental review will continue into the summer when it is anticipated that the document will be released for public review. Metro Board adoption could occur in the fall, at which point the project would proceed into final design and construction based on funding availability. Special accommodations are available to the public for Metro-sponsored meetings. All requests for reasonable accommodations must be made at least three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date. For more information about the Metro Westside Subway Extension, visit metro.net/westside. Follow the project on Facebook at Facebook.com/WestsideSubwayExtension or on Twitter at Twitter.com/WestsideSubway. For more information on the March 29 meeting, visit www.metro.net/projects/westside/westside_meetings.

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3-23-11 RECITAL (CITY OF CERRITOS) — Grammy winner André Watts will perform at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts March 23, 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the recital series concert are $35 and are available at the CCPA Ticket Office, www.cerritoscenter.com, or by calling (562) 467-8818. The program showcases all Franz Liszt masterpieces, including Concert Etude No. 3, Un Sospiro; Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3 in B-flat Major; Sonata in b minor; and more. A recipient of a “Most Promising New Classical Recording Artist” Grammy, André Watts made his debut when celebrated composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein selected the young talent to perform with the New York Philharmonic in its Young People’s Concerts, which were broadcast nationwide. Watts has performed before royalty and heads of government all over the world. The pianist was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl of Fame in 2006. At age 26, Watts was the youngest person ever to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Yale University. He has received high honors from the University of Pennsylvania, Brandeis University, the Juilliard School of Music, and his alma mater: the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Watts is a regular figure at major music festivals and venues, including Ravinia, the Hollywood Bowl, Saratoga and more. He has performed with the Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras, New York and Los Angeles philharmonics. For tickets or more information on Watts’ recital at the CCPA, call (562) 467-8818 or go to www.cerritoscenter.com.


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No. 16 on The New York Times’ Trade Paperback Best Sellers chart. The Citywide Reads blog, www.santamonicacitywidereads.blogspot.com, contains up-to-date and in-depth information about the book, author, and special events, and provides community members an opportunity to respond to the book and programs, and to start a dialogue with others. More information: (310) 458-8600, www.smpl.org/cwr, www.santamonicacitywidereads.blogspot.com.

4-2-11 PINK FLOYD (CITY OF CERRITOS) — The Pink Floyd Experience will make its way to the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) on April 2, 8 p.m. Tickets, ranging from $28 to $73, are available at the CCPA ticket office, www.cerritoscenter.com, or by calling (562) 467-8818. With more than 200 million albums sold since 1967, the English band Pink Floyd remains one of the most influential groups of all time. The ensemble is embraced for its psychedelic Rock formance. music, philosophical lyrics, sonic experiSoutheast Symphony in a per mentation, innovative album art, and elaborate live shows. Widely regarded as the pio4-17-11 neer of the live music experience, Pink Floyd was renowned for its lavish stage concerts, EASTER CONCERT (SOUTHEASTwhich employed the use of pyrotechnics, SYMPHONY.ORG) — Johann Sebastian videos and light shows. In keeping with this Bach’s Easter Oratorio will be performed by tradition, The Pink Floyd Experience is a The Southeast Symphony and The Chancel full-out sensory adventure, enhanced with Choir on April 17, 7:30 p.m., at the Rolling interpretive videos, plane crashes, a flying Hills United Methodist Church’s annual pig, and a helicopter. Featuring state-of-theEaster concert. The church is at 26438 S. art sound, cutting-edge lighting, a live band, Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates. More and videos, the production celebrates the information: cedickersoniii@sbcglobal.net, themes, music and innovation that the leg(310) 377-6771. endary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group introduced to the world. The 1977 concept 4-22-11 album “Animals,” a statement about the decline of society, will be presented in its SPRING FLING (CITY OF L.A.) — The entirety. The presentation also showcases the Los Angeles Zoo’s annual three-day event, Grammy-winning group’s biggest hits, Big Bunny’s Spring Fling, will feature including “Money,” “Wish You Were Here,” bunny-related crafts and activities, including “Comfortably Numb,” and more. For tickets the Be-A-Bunny Ear Craft and Funny Bunny or more information on The Pink Floyd Face Painting. Children can also pet bunnies Experience at the CCPA, call (562) 467-8818 and plant their own carrot seeds to take or go to www.cerritoscenter.com. home. Big Bunny’s Spring Fling will take place April 22 to 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 4-6-11 Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. The zoo is at 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. CONVENTION — The 2011 RT Admission is $14 for adults and $9 for chilBooklovers convention will take place April dren ages 2 to 12. This event is free with 6 to 10 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel at paid zoo admission. The zoo is open from 10 404 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. There will a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Information: (323) 644be 100 workshops, and the price to attend the 4200, www.lazoo.org. whole convention is $490. More information: www.rtconvention.com; Jo Carol Jones, jocarol@rtconvention.com, (281) 471-1077.

ONGOING GALLERY OF DISCOVERY (CAAM) — The installation in the Gallery of Discovery has created a wide range of emotions because of its graphic link to the transportation of Africans into slavery, life on the plantations and beyond. Thanks to the use of Toni Scott’s “Bloodlines” as the foundation, the space represents the Africato-America experience through a mixture of art, artifacts, and real life historical narratives and memories. The enormity of the truth of man’s inhumanity to man can be overwhelming, but at the California African American Museum (CAAM), such images generate questions, further dialogue, and promote new understandings. CAAM is at 600 State Drive, Los Angeles. Information: www.caamuseum.org, (213) 7447432. “WENCH” (SANTA MONICA PUBLIC LIBRARY) — Santa Monica Citywide Reads — a community reading program that invites everyone living, working in or visiting Santa Monica to read and discuss the same novel in book discussions and special events held throughout the city — will continue until March 12. This year, Citywide Reads celebrates its ninth anniversary with the featured book “Wench” by Dolen Perkins-Valdez. “Wench” was borne out of the author’s musings on why, when presented with the possibility of becoming free, some slaves would run, while others would choose to stay with their masters. “Wench” was recently nominated for Best Novel and Best First Novel at the NAACP Image Awards, and debuted at

4-8-11 “REVOLUTIONS” (DAVIDSON & CHOY PUBLICITY) — The 2010-11 season of “Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center” continues with the return of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for an unprecedented 10 performances, April 8 to 17, at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The company, recognized by the U.S. Congress as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” will present three programs. The engagement will celebrate five decades of “Revelations,” an American classic. A short film will be shown prior to “Revelations” at every performance. The film includes historic performance footage and rare interviews with Alvin Ailey and Judith Jamison, the artistic director. Tickets for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater are priced from $25 to $105 and are available at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Tickets are also available by calling (213) Linda Celeste Sims 972-0711 and online at and Glenn Allen Si Photo by Andrew ms in Alvin Ailey’s Eccles musiccenter.org/events/dance.html. For Revelations. groups of 10 or more, call (213) 972-8555.

FILM SERIES (LALA) — The L.A. League of Arts (LALA) Burning Man Film Series will screen one Sunday a month, featuring works that shed light on the weeklong festival, including “The Temple Builder,” “Burn on the Bayou,” and more. Question-and-answer sessions will follow each screening with filmmakers and artists. “The Temple Builder” will be shown April 10 at 5 p.m. (visit www.thetemplebuilder.com for information about the movie). On May 8, “Burn on the Bayou” will be shown at 5 p.m. (visit www.burnonthebayou.com for more information). For more information on the film series, go to www.LABurningMan.com and click on BM Film Series. ART GALLERY (CSU DH) — Organized in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles, “Subvertisements: Using Ads and Logos for Protest,” an exhibit of 90 posters where logos and ads are visually subverted, opened March 9 and is scheduled to end April 13. The exhibit is curated by Michele Bury, associate professor and chair of the Department of Art and Design at California State University, Dominguez Hills. It opened at the University Art Gallery. “Subvertisements” turns corporate identity on its head, subverting popular imagery associated with a brand and forcing viewers to consider broader social and political issues in today’s culture. Images in the exhibit — created by artists from across the globe — include the famous iPod ad reimaged as a statement against torture in Abu Ghraib prison, or the insecticide “Raid” as an anti-immigrant spray, “Fraid.” Also on display will be the “Student Showcase: Design” exhibition, which will include 60 colored posters students in Bury’s Art 342-Design Conceptualization class designed using the “Subvertisements” theme. “Subvertisements: Using Ads and Logos for Protest” at CSU Dominguez Hills is produced by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. Although the exhibition is scheduled to end April 13, it will be dark during Spring Break, March 28 to April 2. Admission is free to all gallery events. The gallery, located in La Corte Hall A107, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The campus is located at 1000 E. Victoria St. in Carson near the junction of the Harbor, Artesia and San Diego freeways. Visitor parking permits may be purchased for $4 at the yellow dispensing machines at the front of each campus lot. For more information on the exhibit, visit www.politicalgraphics.org. For information on the gallery, call (310) 243-3334 or visit http://cah.csudh.edu/art_gallery.

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The economic impact of preschool USC receives largest single gift in its history on a preschool education and possibly starting elementary school behind their peers, Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) is working to provide high-quality, free or low-cost preschool to thousands of children who need it most — but we can’t do it alone. We urge business leaders, taxpayers and elected officials to take a

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Black Facts March 10, 1861 El-Hadj Omar, Tukulor conqueror, starts his empire with the capture of Segu. Source: blackfacts.com March 11, 1970 The Fifth Dimension’s “Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In” is named Record of the Year at the Grammys. Source: blackfacts.com March 11, 1968 Soul singer Otis Redding posthumously receives a gold record for the single “The Dock of the Bay.” Redding was killed in a plane crash three months before. Source: blackfacts.com

PRESS RELEASE USC has received $200 million — the largest single gift in its history — from longtime supporters and international philanthropists Dana and David Dornsife. The gift provides unrestricted endowment support for the heart of the university, which will be known forever as the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences after a community-wide celebration on March 23. “This historic investment by Dana and David Dornsife in USC’s humanities, social sciences and sciences — the largest naming gift in the history of higher education for a college of letters, arts and sciences — is both transformational and inspirational,” said USC president C. L. Max Nikias. “Even more remarkable is that this unqualified and concrete support comes during such a challenging time for many in higher education.” An unrestricted endowment gift of this magnitude is rare in higher education, as is the naming of a college of letters, arts and sciences. “The College of Letters, Arts and Sciences plays a vital role in the life of USC, and we wanted our support to be unrestricted in order to give the university lasting flexibility,” David Dornsife said. “We firmly believe that the college will lead the way in solving the major problems facing society and the world today.” This unprecedented gift will expand core support for distinguished undergraduate programs, world-class scholarly and creative research, and Ph.D. programs in the college. The College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is the largest, oldest and most complex of all of the USC schools, with an enrollment of about 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 784 faculty, 33 academic departments, and 31 research centers and institutes, and 634 staff members. The College awards roughly 1,800 degrees annually. “The Dornsifes are an extraordinary couple, and their commitment to improving our world will be a permanent source of inspiration for our faculty, students, staff and alumni,” said Howard Gillman, dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. “Dana and David’s gift demonstrates their deep understanding of a basic truth — that all human progress and enlightenment rest on a firm foundation of outstanding scholarly inquiry across traditional and emerging fields within letters, arts and sciences.” In addition to naming the college, the university also will create a new Dornsife Scholars Program to recognize outstanding graduating seniors from the college who pursue scholarly inquiry and progress on pressing social challenges for the nation and the world. The new Dornsife Scholar designation joins the university’s current undergraduate recognition programs, including Renaissance Scholars, Discovery Scholars and Global Scholars. David Dornsife, a USC trustee and 1965 alumnus, is chairman of the Herrick Corp., the largest steel fabricator and contractor on the West Coast. Herrick’s projects include high rises, specialty projects, hospitals, airports and hotels. Dana Dornsife received her bachelor’s degree in business from Drexel University. She is the founder and president of the Lazarex Cancer Foundation and serves on the board of directors of Epeius Biotechnologies Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing genetic medicine for the treatment of cancer.

Los Angeles NAACP host 2011 national convention The 102nd Annual NAACP Convention will convene in Los Angeles, July 23 to 28 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, in surrounding Downtown LA LIVE. Under the theme: Affirming America’s Promise, exciting activities, adventures, workshops, seminars and experiences will highlight this second in the history of Los Angeles meeting. This will to be an opportunity of a lifetime that you will want to take advantage of. Hosted by the local Los Angeles Branch of NAACP, under the leadership of its president, Leon Jenkins, and other local branches in the region, will provide outstanding hospitality for all guests. Community leaders, corporations and members of the religious community

have united to plan this dynamic convention, which promises to be a memorable one. The NAACP continues its pursuit of equal opportunity and making the words from our Constitution a reality for all of our citizens. The Annual Convention provides a forum to strengthen the educational, political and social networks to address the issues of racial disparities in healthcare, economic empowerment, criminal justice, and more. Is your membership in the NAACP current? Check with your local branch for verification. Contact Vacie Thomas at 310397-1171 Los Angeles Branch for additional information.


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Community Mourns Passing of Dr. Billy Ingram Beloved Pastor, Husband, Father & Friend BY CORA JACKSONFOSSETT SENTINEL RELIGION EDITOR The sudden passing of Rev. Dr. Billy Ingram stunned the greater Los Angeles community and prompted an outpouring of expressions from religious and community leaders throughout the area. Dr. Ingram, who was the founder and pastor of Maranatha Community Church, unexpectedly died early Tuesday, March 8, reportedly of a heart attack at age 58. Under his leadership, the church began in April 1980 and soon grew to a congregation of thousands renowned for its focus on community outreach, social activism and spiritual The Rev. Dr. Billy Ingram empowerment programs. In addition to his ministry, Dr. Ingram was a professional photographer for Getty and WireImages as well as an author, educator, poet, and musician. He was also husband to Solombra and father to nine-year old twins and three adult children. His untimely death shocked many as several ecumenical leaders rushed to the family’s side to offer sympathy and support. According to a family spokesperson, personal condolences were received from Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake of the Church of God in Christ, Bishop Frank Stewart of Zoe Christian Fellowship, Rev. Dr. Melvin Wade of Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Rev. Beverly “Bam” Crawford of Bible Enrichment Fellowship Church, Rev. Dr. Ed Haygood, Rev. Dr. Gloria Morrow and Rev. Suzy Jones. “Some passings tend to traumatize us, more than others. After only 58 winters and summers on this earth, for Pastor Billy Ingram to be taken away so suddenly leaves us all, not only indebted to him, but under a commitment to fulfill his mission. Our sympathies to the biological family and to the church family,” said Rev. Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray, USC Professor of Religion and former pastor of First A.M.E. Church in Los Angeles. Recalling his recent worship experience at Maranantha, Councilman Bernard Parks said, “I just went to his church a week ago and he thought enough about me to give a prayer.” Since the church was located in Council District 8, Parks said he often partnered with Dr. Ingram on several initiatives. “I have worked with him closely on a variety of issues, from Thanksgiving dinners to dealing with Marlton Square. Pastor Billy Ingram is the centerpiece of that church and he has a commitment to the community. In addition, he touches people’s lives in the surrounding areas. I have nothing but great things to say about him. It’s just amazing he passed away when I saw him no less than a week ago,” he said. Andrae Russell of KJLH Radio counted Dr. Ingram as one of his closest friends. “He was the first pastor I met when I moved to Los Angeles about 20 years ago. Maranatha was the first church I attended and I considered myself a member. I’m really just devastated by this because Pastor Billy was such an incredible, upstanding man in our community and also an incredible man of God. “He did a piece that I think is the greatest ever done called “The Legacy.” Cedric ‘Hollywood’ Robinson, one of our DJs, said, ‘His ‘Legacy’ is now indeed a legacy,’” said Russell. Dr. Ingram wrote the poem in 2003 and it aired first on KJLH. ‘The Legacy’ continues to be broadcast on stations nationwide, most frequently during Black History Month. See INGRAM, page 18

The blessing of barrenness BY REV. SONJA DAWSON, SENIOR PASTOR NEW MOUNT CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai … But Sarai was barren; she had no child. Genesis 11:29-30 Isn’t it interesting that the first mention in the Bible of Sarai, the wife of Abraham whose name was later changed to Sarah, points to the fact that she was barren? The writer could have focused on the meaning of her name, “my princess or my lady,” or the fact that she was a beautiful woman, which was well known and highly regarded. However, he doesn’t focus on these positive attributes, but immediately directs our attention to her physical limitation, a description that is used repeatedly to identify her and consequently to shape her very existence. Barrenness is defined as sterility in a woman or the inability to have children. In that day, barrenness was more than a mere physical

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could not give him a child. She was unaware and actually laughed at the notion, that God would ultimately grant her a miracle removing her barren condition and bringing glory to Him. (Genesis 18:12). Like Sarah, I often wonder how many times we have been reluctant to believe that God could use the barrenness in our lives to bring glory to Him. Barrenness demonstrates itself in many forms: lack of financial prosperity, lack of children or grandchildren, lack of or loss of spouses, or any type of unfulfilled desire. In all of these areas, we often question whether God can use our emptiness despite our public reproach? The answer is “Yes!” Hebrews 11:11 reads “Through faith, also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.” The key was that Sarah relied on God’s strength, and not her own. Does God always remove our barrenness? No, not always, just ask See BARRENNESS, page 19


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What was the NAACP thinking? BY WALTER SMITH The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded in 1909 in New York City by a group of biracial activists. Originally called the National Negro Committee, it is considered the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. Its initial goal was to make white people aware of the need for racial equality. The organization launched a program of speechmaking, lobbying, and publicizing the issue of racial discrimination and inequality in housing, education, employment, voting, and transportation. These messages were disseminated nationally, primarily through Black newspapers and the Black churches. The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) was founded in 1940 when John H. Sengstacke, publisher of the Chicago Defender organized a meeting with other African American publishers that was designed for, as Sengstacke said, “Harmonizing our energies in a common purpose for the benefit of Negro journalism.” And so, the group decided to form the National Newspapers Publishers Association. Under the guidance of its current chairman, Danny Bakewell, the NNPA boasts a membership of over 200 Black newspapers throughout the United States and the Virgin Islands. Their combined national readership is some 15 million, and when combined with active websites, the organization’s international reach is significant. Both these organizations were created to fight racial injustices and discrimination against Black people in America. The Crisis is the official magazine of the NAACP. It was founded by W.E.B. DuBois in 1910. DuBois proclaimed his intentions in his first editorial saying, “The objective of this publication is to set forth those facts and arguments which show the danger of race prejudice, particularly as manifested today toward colored people. When the Crisis was established in 1910, there were several Black newspapers, actively fighting

racial discrimination and racial injustices. The Chicago Defender was six years old, and feverishly fighting the battle for equal justice. The Cleveland Gazette, published in Cleveland, was 27 years old and anxiously fighting the same battle. The Dallas Express was 18 years old, and vehemently fought against racial injustice. The Norfolk Journal & Guide was 10 years old; the Philadelphia Tribune was 26 years old; the Pittsburgh Courier was 3 years old; and the Washington Afro American was 18 years old. These newspapers agitated the senses; they were persistent and unrelenting, as they were zealous to the cause. These Black newspapers and — many others, as well as the Black churches and their leaders were in the forefront of the civil rights struggle and the establishment of the NAACP and The Crisis magazine was a welcome addition to the embattled garrisons. NNPA newspapers still lead the charge today. As The Crisis is a quarterly magazine, daily news of racial injustices and the battles being fought by the NAACP are only reported to the Black community on a regular basis through Black churches and the Black Press. The daily press (non-Black media) simply does not find ongoing NAACP activities “newsworthy.” There is no other media that positively profiles the accomplishments of the NAACP like the Black Press. There is never a week in the Black publishing arena, that some Black newspapers are not heralding the efforts of the NAACP and its leaders. Undoubtedly, some daily newspapers mention the NAACP, but not with any frequency, unless they are reporting on their latest scandals. The NNPA and its member publishers take issue with the days leading up to the NAACP’s 2011 Image Awards. Prior to the March 5 event, advertisements were placed in several of the major daily newspapers (non-Black newspapers) in various cities in the United States. Upon seeing these ads, Black newspaper publishers around the country

Black Facts March 11, 1959 “Raisin in the Sun,” the first Broadway play by a Black woman, opens at Barrymore Theater with Sidney Poitier and Claudia McNeil in the starring roles. Lorraine Hansberry’s drama was the first Broadway play with a Black director, Lloyd Richards, in the modern era. Source: blackfacts.com

were shocked because not one Black newspaper was used to place their ads, and not one publisher, including the Chairman of NNPA was contacted about the NAACP’s advertising campaign. That same weekend many Black newspapers — as good will — carried full page stories and pictures relating to the upcoming Image Awards, totally unaware that they had been taken advantage of, forsaken, overlooked and taken for granted, knowing that Black newspapers would surely run their info. Following some conference calls and exchanged e-mails with publishers and Black media outlets, a consensus was formed that Black media worldwide should refrain from coverage of all NAACP events and of its leaders until NNPA Chairman Bakewell, meets with NAACP leaders, and resolves this issue. For the record, a simple apology WILL NOT FIX IT! All publishers nationwide are asked to check in daily newspapers (non-Black) for the 5th, 6th and 7th of March, 2011 to see how much coverage was reported on the awards event, pre and post, and to report their findings to the Chairman at Black Press Week in Washington, D.C. Black publishers worldwide are urged to refrain from printing anything further about NAACP events or personalities until this issue is resolved. Black Ministers are urged to address this issue from their pulpits nationwide. It is a fact that our leaders thrive on the work that the Black press does in heralding their accomplishments and achievements. Most often, it is the only media outlet available to them. It is the Black press and the Black church that create positive images for all our organizations, including the personalities that run them. Without the support of the Black press and the Black church, most Blacks in high positions in corporate America would be unknowns and soon bygones. Most keep their jobs because the Black Press makes them important and relevant to corporate America, as they appear to be their link to the Black consumer. We credit our leaders of the NAACP with good sound judgment and common sense at least. What were they thinking when this decision was made? Who were they trying to attract, and or who were they trying to impress? Stay tuned, there’s much more to come. Walter Smith is publisher of the New York Beacon, president of the 17-member Northeast Publishers Association, and Budget Director of the National Newspaper Publishers Association.

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Did the NAACP snub the Black press? Does the NAACP, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, truly believe in economic inclusion? Is the NAACP deliberately snubbing the Black press when it comes to delivering its advertising messages? Considering recent action taken by the NAACP, or others working on its behalf or using the organization’s name, one has to wonder. In the Thursday edition of the Philadelphia Daily News was a glossy 64-page insert advertising the NAACP’s 42nd annual Image Awards Magazine. However the insert was not placed in the Philadelphia Tribune or to our knowledge any other African-American newspaper in the nation. Danny Bakewell, chairman of the National Newspapers Publishers Association which represents over 200 members of the Black press, is conducting an investigation to determine whether the practice has happened in other markets. Phone calls to several other African-American newspapers, including the Amsterdam News in New York, The Washington and Baltimore Afro American newspapers, and the Los Angeles Wave and Los Angeles Sentinel revealed that not only did these newspapers not receive the insert, but they did not receive any advertisements at all about the Image Awards. “We are quite dismayed and disappointed that the NAACP has, it appears, blatantly overlooked the value of the Black press in slighting and disrespecting the Philadelphia Tribune — and when you disrespect one of our papers, you disrespect all of our papers,” said Bakewell. Bakewell points out that while the Black press has always supported the NAACP, the relationship has not been reciprocal. “This is not the first time that something like this has happened. We would expect that the NAACP would without any hesitation ensure that the Black press is the primary vehicle for communicating its message about the Image awards or any other issues that come up,” Bakewell said. At press time the Tribune had not heard from the NAACP. We would like to hear the group’s explanation for how an organization that rightly criticizes corporate America for minority exclusion can justify the same practices when it comes to the Black press.

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youth, he started the William J. Clinton Foundation. A close friend and an ambassador of Clinton, Alex Avant, talked about Clinton’s concerns, highlighting those in Africa, “since one of every four Africans are dying, dealing with HIV/AIDS, etcetera.” Avant is proud to say that the event is not just to raise funds for the Millennium Network’s efforts, but “to raise awareness, specifically; that is the main, number one focus.” Avant works with Clinton and the foundation in spreading the word of how to help eradicate HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and obesity. Avant said that Clinton has hosted many events such as this — not only across the country, but also internationally in places like London. Avant has had the chance to travel with Clinton to Africa and Mexico, where he was able to witness “the phenomena of what a person like him (Clinton) does and his foundation.” Some of the people expected to attend include Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, musician and actor Jamie Foxx, and NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha, along with many other public figures, according to the foundation’s website.

Also, guests will have the opportunity to see a performance by Grammy-nominated recording artist Drake.

Drake One thousand people are expected to attend, Avant said. General admission for the event is $150. “There are people around the world living on $2 a day,” he said. “When you’re spending that $150, the bulk of that money will be able to better those people’s lives.” For more information, or to register for the event, visit http://bit.ly/en4QMx.


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Health issues affecting the Black community: making a difference in the next generation BY DR. MICHAEL C. LU, MD, MPH Americans recently took note of American Heart Month in February. Nationwide, medical facilities and educators passed out information on heart disease and tips on living healthier. At the end of February, the National Children’s Study (NCS) was also launched. The long-term study spanning the first 21 years of a child’s life hopes to better understand the causes of important childhood diseases such as diabetes, obesity, asthma and other genetic and environmental factors. How are these events important to the African- American community? First, it’s important to note that heart disease is the number one killer of African Americans today, followed by cancer and stroke. More than four in every 10 AfricanAmerican adults have Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) in the form of heart, stroke and high blood pressure. While American Heart Month focuses on adults and the current health issues they are facing today because of their history, NCS focuses on the future and the quality of life children will have based on decisions we make — or don’t make — today. It is estimated that cardiovascular diseases (CVD) claim the lives of more than 36 percent of the more than 290,000 African Americans who die each year. Can this be preventable? The short answer is yes, but in order to take a detailed look at the root of several diseases and issues plaguing the community, such as obesity and diabetes — factors that contribute to the number one health issue of African Americans today — we must look to the future generation. Presently, the number of adolescents who are overweight has tripled since 1980, and the prevalence among younger children has more than doubled. In the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted in 1999 to 2002, 20 percent of African-American children ages 6 to 11 years old were considered overweight compared to 14 percent of non-Hispanic White children. Being overweight during childhood and adolescence can increase the risk of developing long-term

Black Facts March 11, 1959 Comedian and television star Flip Wilson receives the International Broadcasting Man of the Year Award. Flip Wilson was the first Afro-American to be a television superstar. Source: blackfacts.com

Dr. Michael C. Lu, MD, MPH consequences as an adult and will generally lead to a poor health status. Although the medical community can attest to how a poor health in childhood can lead to a bleak health outlook as an adult, the causes that lead up to that point are multifactorial, but NCS hopes to discover many of them over a period of 21 years. Given the health issues we are confronted with as adults, as well as the possible future we hold for our future generation, the question NCS hopes many parents and soon-to-be parents will answer is, “How can I provide my child with a healthier future without the issues my generation face today?” NCS can’t provide a definitive answer now, but the long-term study itself anticipates shedding light on environmental and genetic factors that may contribute to health issues seen in childhood such as obesity and asthma, to cardiovascular diseases that afflict adults later in life. NCS has already begun its search for women ages 18 to 49 who are pregnant or are likely to become pregnant from among 14 chosen neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area in an effort to enroll 4,000 participants. Three of those communities include Compton, Crenshaw and Lynwood with the number of qualifying areas growing to 56 neighborhoods as the study progresses. Many residents may have already seen the informational door hangers that point out the benefits to the study or received literature about enrolling prior to NCS’s official launch.

Information gained from neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area will be shared with 104 other counties for a total of 100,000 children across the country joining this landmark study. In an effort to begin unraveling the health issues that affect so many in the community as children and adults, NCS in Los Angeles County encourages local neighborhoods to enroll and participate in the study. Shedding light about who we are, what we eat and where we live can only make our neighborhoods stronger. Only then, can a discussion about health and wellness that directly speaks to the AfricanAmerican community truly begin. The NCS continues to build grassroots support and momentum from county board members and school districts across the country and encourages eligible residents to complete the first step by checking on their enrollment eligibility. Interested women are asked to call the tool-free number (877-8347064) to speak with a study team member, or visit the National Children’s Study in Los Angeles County website at: http//UCLA.NationalChildrensStudy.gov. Michael C. Lu, MD, MPH is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and public health at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Thank you!!! BY MAYOR ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA Education reform has always been a cornerstone of my administration. This week I’ve visited several schools and witnessed the positive impact that reform and providing students with new approaches to learning has on a child. I've been talking with parents, teachers and administrators about creating the schools their children deserve. Ultimately, we need to provide parents with choices between successful schools of all types so they can choose the teaching method that is best for their child. On Monday, I visited Locke High School, the site of a dramatic transformation story that has unfolded in the heart of South Los Angeles. Previously labeled a “drop-out factory,” Locke has witnessed tremendous success in reversing its drop-out rate since converting to a small schools model run by Green Dot. This year, Locke kept a stunning 93 percent of its students in school, a 36 percent increase from previous years. They are one of the most successful school operators in the City of Los Angeles, and I am so thankful for their leadership and impressed by the work they have done to transform Locke. I also stopped by Dolores Huerta Elementary School, the newest campus in the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. Huerta Elementary, named after the legendary civil rights pioneer, is led by Principal Desiree Manuel, who pre-

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa viously served as Assistant Principal at 99th Street Elementary, one of the Partnership’s highest-performing schools. On Wednesday, I was honored to accept the California Charter Association’s Elected Official of the Year Award. In speaking to them, I issued a challenge to go beyond their schoolhouse doors and export success to benefit all public school students. Charters have had great results, but we must serve all students and by collaborating across the public, private, and non-profit sectors, we can ensure that all our students receive the education they deserve, one that will prepare them for college, the global job market, and beyond.

in her early 30s that Cameron describes as “a lady all day long.” “I moved here in 2009 because I wanted to work with the best and I’m doing it,” says Atkinson. “I clicked my heels two times. I was a Black Dorothy. I had a vision for myself. I wanted to be at my highest peak. Working with Elgin I know I’m going to be able to grow my business. I am now a seasoned stylist. I understand this business. It’s about making it work for me.” There are other stylists in the shop, including Ingrid Bembry and Tifphanie Griffith. However, the aforementioned three stylists are the focus this season. For 30 minutes, the lively quartet of Charles, Cameron, Goods and Atkinson will take viewers on a roller coaster ride, while also educating them on the care and maintenance of their hair. That’s a mandate from Charles, who is a self-described “hair master.” “The show is about more than gossip,” says Charles. “While all of that is going on, I’m still teaching how to do hair and giving hair tips.” There is an immediate likability upon meeting Charles, who has been in his current affluent location 15 years. He has a warm, inviting personality, an infectious wit coupled with a smile large enough to light up the

room. Charles, 51, who says he was born with a “brush in my hand,” is watching his dreams come true. It began when he was growing up in San Antonio. It was his mother who recognized his hair talents and told him to go for it. “She saw my potential,” says Charles. “My mom said, ‘move West.’ She knew I loved hair and she wanted me to be happy. I took some detours working at what was then Crocker Bank and then Smith Barney, but that was temporary. I haven’t looked back.” Cameron, Goods, Atkinson and Charles, who have already shot 10 episodes of “Beverly Hills Fabulous” and proclaim that nothing was off limits, are larger-than-life characters promising big fun and a lot of entertainment in the show, created and executive produced by Eric Bischoff, Jason Hervey and Alex Avant. “This is fun,” says Charles, who worked at several salons before opening his own. “I’m having a great time. It’s about all of us winning. While the show is entertaining, we call this show edutainment because it’s educational, fast-paced and high-energy with lots of comedy and drama. But in the end it’s about love because we are a family.”

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with Charles for five. Before becoming a hair stylist, Goods worked at both Hollywood Records and Arista Records. But hair has always been her obsession. “I’ve always done hair from an early age,” says Goods. “I always did my friends’ hair. I’m glad we got the chance to do this show. People can see the realness. When they tune in, I will give them the real Lolita. That’s just me. I don’t know any other way to be.” Goods, who worked at several salons before joining Charles, says working at the Beverly Hills location has upped her game. “Working with Elgin has been a great learning experience,” says Goods, who also graduated from Marinello’s. “He is a master of hair and a master of extensions, which is what I’ve become as well. I now consider myself as a ‘weaver diva.’ ” In the show, it’s clear that Goods, who was voted ‘class clown’ in high school, is the jokester of the group. “I’m always laughing and having a good time,” says Goods. “This is my life. I’m going to live it and I’m going to have fun doing it. Come on in. I’m ready. I’m a mess anyway. I live life to the fullest.” And then there is Katrina Atkinson, an even-handed, jovial soul


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Trustee Sale No. CA09002386-10-1 . Title Order No. 100662001CA-LPI Loan No. 3017594916 APN 6014-032-006 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED May 21, 2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On March 23, 2011, at 01:00 PM, At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building,350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA, MTC FINANCIAL Inc., dba Trustee Corps, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on May 30, 2007, as Instrument No. 20071298332 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CA , executed by: MARIA G SIBRIAN A SINGLE WOMAN, as Trustor, in favor of WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1338 W 70TH ST, LOS ANGELES, CA 90044 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest theron, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $256,291.43 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder`s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. DATE: February 24, 2011 MTC FINANCIAL INC dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA09002386-10-1 . 17100 Gillette Ave Irvine, CA 92614 949-252-8300 Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.NoticeSolutions.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-786-5351 Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. Regarding the property that is the subject of this notice of sale, the "mortgage loan servicer" as defined in Civil Code s 2923.53(k)(3) declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Civil Code section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date this notice of sale is recorded or the time frame for giving a notice of sale specified in Civil Code Section 2923.52 subdivision (a) does not apply to this notice of sale pursuant to Civil Code Sections 2923.52. Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature TRUSTEE CORPS IS A DEBT COLLECTOR. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Ad #10283 2011-02-24 2011-03-03 2011-03-10 Trustee Sale # CA0940891-2 Loan# 1008814582 Order # 090258980 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 11/03/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 03/18/2011 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 11/15/2006 as Document No. 20062523411 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, AMELIA TRIGUEROS, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, as Trustor, LOANEX FUNDING, as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 6088-019-009 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 833 WEST 118TH, LOS ANGELES, CA 90044 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $408,195.53 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 02/24/2011 MTC FINANCIAL INC., DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By:

Thursday, March 10, 2011 CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER TRUSTEE CORPS 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 RPRequests@trusteecorps.com Ad #10298 2011-02-24 2011-03-03 2011-03-10 Trustee Sale # CA0928982-1 Loan# 100230861 Order # 080119540 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 04/04/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 03/24/2011 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 04/12/2006 as Document No. 06-0799494 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, ARTURO BRAVO HUERTA,A MARRIED MAN, as Trustor, AMERICAN MORTGAGE NETWORK, INC., A DELAWARE CORPORATION, as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 5172-006-039 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 138 SOUTH CLARENCE STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90033 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $377,927.52 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 03/03/2011 MTC FINANCIAL INC., DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER TRUSTEE CORPS 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 RPRequests@trusteecorps.com Ad #10397 2011-03-03 2011-03-10 2011-03-17 Trustee Sale No. CA09002712-10-1 . Title Order No. 4754800 Loan No. 1506882990 APN 6147-023-014 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED January 20, 1999. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On March 28, 2011, at 01:00 PM, At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building,350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA, MTC FINANCIAL Inc., dba Trustee Corps, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on February 8, 1999, as Instrument No. 99 0194822 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CA , executed by: CATHERINE E. TARPLEY, A WIDOW, as Trustor, in favor of UNION CAPITAL FUNDING, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1832 EAST 123RD STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90059 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest theron, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $87,268.80 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder`s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. DATE: March 3, 2011 MTC FINANCIAL INC dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA09002712-10-1 . 17100 Gillette Ave Irvine, CA 92614 949-252-8300 Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT

www.NoticeSolutions.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-786-5351 TRUSTEE CORPS IS A DEBT COLLECTOR. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Ad #10398 2011-03-03 2011-03-10 2011-03-17 Trustee Sale # CA0955220-3 Loan# 167597315 Order # 955216 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 05/03/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 04/04/2011 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 05/18/2007 as Document No. 20071214020 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, HARLEY TOLENTINO, A SINGLE MAN, as Trustor, COUNTRYWIDE BANK, FSB., as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 6052-004-036 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 9614-9614 1/2 S. MAIN STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90003 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $535,457.82 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 03/03/2011 MTC FINANCIAL INC., DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER TRUSTEE CORPS 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 RPRequests@trusteecorps.com Ad #10537 2011-03-03 2011-03-10 2011-03-17 Trustee Sale # CA0953733-1 Loan# 148224741 Order # 950145 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 01/23/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 04/19/2011 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 01/31/2007 as Document No. 20070203358 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, LISA R. JACKSON, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, as Trustor, HMS CAPITAL, INC., as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 6017-010-002 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1908 WEST 74TH STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90047 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $431,595.85 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to

Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 03/03/2011 MTC FINANCIAL INC., DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER TRUSTEE CORPS 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 RPRequests@trusteecorps.com Ad #10538 2011-03-03 2011-03-10 2011-03-17

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Continued from page 15 “Rev. Billy Ingram was tall in stature, spirit, and social justice. It is heaven’s gain and the community’s loss,” said Rev. Mark Whitlock of Christ Our Redeemer A.M.E. Church in Irvine. Councilman Herb Wesson reflected, “He has been a phenomenal leader in our community for as long as I can remember. This is a tremendous loss, not just for the city of Los Angeles, but the entire country. He will be missed.” Commenting on the dynamic ministry of Dr. Ingram, Pastor Xavier Thompson of Southern M.B. Church said, “His legacy speaks for itself. He was one of a kind, unique, integral, a man of character and vision. He had a wealth of knowledge God had deposited in him. Also, he had wisdom — he knew what to do and how to do — he was a visionary.” Dr. Ingram was a dedicated

scholar who strongly believed in the value of education. After graduating from Inglewood’s Morningside High School in 1970, he received a full scholarship to the University of Oregon but then received the call to preach. Transferring to Biola University, Dr. Ingram graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1975. He eventually earned a PhD in history, with an emphasis in Greek and Hebrew, from the California School of Theology. His international travels have resulted in his ministry being popular in Europe and African as well as in many cities in the United States. He also visited Korea with a group of Korean pastors and led several African American pastors on a trip to Israel where they were greeted by the Minister of Tourism. Services for Pastor Ingram were pending at press time.


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FOR LEASE LAUSD APPROVED FACILITY FOR CHARTER SCHOOL 300 STUDENTS CAPACITY FACILITY PARKING SPACE. READY TO LEASE FROM JULY 1st, 2011. CALL HELEN FOR LEASE 1-877-291-2211 OR 323-291-2235 NOTICE OF PREQUALIFICATION OF CONTRACTORS SPECIFICATION NO. 2737 FIBER OPTIC NETWORK – HORIZONTAL DIRECTIONAL DRILL 1. The project consists of installing a steel casing and new conduit bundles by the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) method in order to create fiber optic links for a redundant system configuration for the Department of Homeland Security, and to circumvent the condition of a single point of failure. 2. The Fiber Optic Network - Horizontal Directional Drill project will consist of three directional drills: a. The first across the Main Channel consisting of a 24-inch inner diameter (I.D.) steel casing with a 18-inch outer diameter (O.D.) high density polyethylene (HDPE) conduit bundle, made up of seven - 6-inch conduits, from Ports O'Call (Berth 82) to the intersection of Seaside Avenue and Cannery Street (Berth 235 bakland area). The directional drill is approximately 2,400 linear feet. b. Across the Cerritos Channel, consisting of a 24-inch O.D. HDPE bundle, made up of six - 8-inch conduits, from Pasha Terminal (Berth 206) to the intersection of Shore Drive and Anchorage Road (Berth 204). The directional drill is approximately 1,450 linear feet and c. Across the Consolidated Channel, consisting of a 24-inch O.D. HDPE bundle, made up of six - 8-inch conduits, at the north end of Shore Drive (Berth 201) to the WWL (Berth 199). The directional drill is approximately 1,200 linear feet. The estimated construction cost is approximately $6 million. Construction is estimated to begin in October 2011 and be completed in 240 calendar days. The work described in this prequalification will be awarded under a single general contract. BIDDER INFORMATION MEETING: MARCH 10, 2011, 9:00 AM PREQUALIFICATION INFORMATION DUE: MARCH 29, 2011, 4:00 PM NON-REFUNDABLE FEE: $0.00 Class A California Contractor's License required at time of award. For prequalification information packages, contact the City of Los Angeles Harbor Department. For information, contact Chris Trinidad at (310) 732-3617 CITY OF LOS ANGELES HARBOR DEPARTMENT (310) 732-3522 FAX: (310) 831-5389

NOTICE INVITING BIDS FOR STREET IMPROVEMENTS AT HARBOR SCENIC DR AND HARBOR PLAZA HARBOR PLAZA AND QUEENS HWY North LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA AS DESCRIBED IN SPECIFICATION NO. HD-S2401 AND DRAWINGS LISTED ON DRAWING NO. HD 10-02100 All Bids must be submitted before 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Any Bids received at or after 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 12, 2011 will be deemed non-responsive and will not be opened. Bids will be publicly opened in the 6th Floor Board Room of the Harbor Department Administration Building, 925 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach, California, 90802 at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Bids shall be sealed in an envelope and the outside of the envelope should clearly state the specification number, title of the project and the Bid opening date. Bids received before Tuesday, April 12, 2011 shall be sent to the 4th Floor, Plans and Specifications office, where the Bid envelope will be date stamped. If Bids are hand-carried or received the day of Bid opening, prior to 10:00 a.m., the Bids will be clocked in at the Lobby desk of the Harbor Department Administration Building and taken to the 6th Floor Board Room by the Port Contract Administrator. It is anticipated that the Board of Harbor Commissioners will consider a conditional award on May 2, 2011 with Staff given the authority to execute a Contract provided the lowest responsive Bidder submits the required completed insurance forms, bonds and signed Contract within thirty (30) days after conditional award by the Board. Copies of said specifications and drawings in CD format may be obtained, at no cost, in the Plans and Specifications office, 4th floor, Harbor Department Administration Building beginning Thursday, March 10, 2011 during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To arrange to receive a CD by courier at the expense of the Bidder call the office at (562) 590-4146. The printing of hard copies from the CD will be the responsibility of the Bidder. For information on this project and other upcoming Port projects, you may view the Port website at http://www.polb.com/economics/contractors/out_for_bid.asp. Copies of all Port insurance forms are available at: http://www.polb.com/economics/contractors/forms_permits/insurance.asp. The Engineering Staff of the Harbor Department will conduct a pre-bid meeting at 9:00 am, on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, in the Board Room, 6th Floor of the Harbor Department Administration Building. Attendance is not mandatory, but highly recommended. This project is subject to the Port of Long Beach (POLB) Small Business Enterprises (SBE) and Very Small Business Enterprises (VSBE) Program. POLB expects all Bidders to achieve the combined SBE/VSBE participation goal for this project which is ten percent (10%) SBE/VSBE, of which a minimum of zero percent (0%) must be allocated to VSBEs. Award of the Contract will be conditioned on the Bidder providing documentation that it has obtained enough SBE/VSBE participation to meet the goal or that it made adequate good faith efforts to meet the goal even though it did not obtain enough SBE/VSBE participation to do so as specified in the Special Provision 35 (S.P. 35). The

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This project consists of furnishing all labor, materials, power, equipment, tools, transportation and supervision necessary to demolish and haul away existing asphalt concrete and road base, construct Portland Cement Concrete pavement intersection with lean concrete base and asphalt concrete approaches with crushed miscellaneous base, furnish and install traffic control. Bidders shall, at the time of submitting their Bids, in compliance with Section 7028.15 of the California Business and Professions Code, be licensed by the State Contractor’s License Board as a General Engineering Contractor with a "Class A" license. Whenever any material, product, thing, or service identified in the specifications is described by one or more brand or trade names and is followed by the words “or equal”, the apparent low Bidder shall submit data substantiating a request for the substitution of equivalent item(s) within forty-eight (48) hours following Bid opening. All bids and bonds shall be submitted upon forms provided by the City accompanied by a satisfactory "Bidder’s Bond" or other acceptable security deposit in an amount not less than ten percent (10%) of such Bid as a guarantee that the Bidder will, if conditionally awarded a Contract by the Board, within thirty (30) days thereafter, execute and deliver such Contract to the office of the Chief Harbor Engineer along with all required insurance forms and a “Payment Bond” for not less than one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract price, and a “Performance Bond” for not less than one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract price. The “Bidder’s Bond” shall be submitted on forms provided by the City, signed by the Bidder and the surety and both signatures shall be notarized. The work shall be completed within one hundred twenty (120) calendar days from a date specified in a written "Notice to Proceed" issued by the City. Failure of the Contractor to complete the work within the specified time frame will result in liquidated damages in the amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000) per calendar day of delay in completed work. The Board of Harbor Commissioners, acting through the Executive Director, reserves the right at any time prior to the execution of the Contract by the City, to reject all Bids and to return all deposits accompanying said Bids. If the lowest responsive Bidder fails to submit the required insurance forms, bonds and signed Contract within thirty (30) days after conditional award, the Board reserves the right to rescind the conditional award and conditionally award the Contract to the next lowest responsive Bidder. All Bids and Bid bonds shall be guaranteed for a period of ninety (90) days following the Bid opening or until the Executive Director executes a Contract, whichever occurs first. The Board also reserves the right at any time to terminate the Contract for its convenience. Dated at Long Beach, California, this 22nd day of November, 2010. Richard D. Steinke Executive Director of the Harbor Department, City of Long Beach, California

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the Apostle Paul, who lamented over a deficiency he characterized as a “thorn in his flesh”. Through this experience the Lord spoke to him, “…My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 12:6-10) Ask the family of Brendan Foster, a young boy whose dying wish was to feed the hungry and although he was too sick to do it himself, his family and community mobilized to make his dream a reality. In June 2009, Union Rescue Mission named its cafeteria in Brendan Foster’s honor and his family’s loss has now become an opportunity for help for others. It is through our barrenness that we receive the power of God to serve Him. It is through our barrenness that we receive the grace of God to live for Him, and it is through our barrenness that others see that our God is awesome, mighty, and able to fill every void.

Port’s SBE Program Staff is available to provide information on the program requirements, including SBE certification assistance. Please contact the staff at (562) 499-3472. You may also view the Port’s SBE program requirements at: http://www.polb.com/sbe/contractors/sbe_program/default.asp

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