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Thursday, June 7, 2012


RIES ~ Lover, friends, relatives are in your corner. They just have a hard time verbalizing it. Their support gives you the boost you need if you’d swallow your pride and reach out for it. Their help may not come in the form you want it, but it is in the form you need. Soul affirmation: I find joy in facing responsibility this week. AURUS ~ It wouldn’t hurt to be a little less independent. Depend on someone. Declare a truce. Decide that you are not right. Elevate a friend’s opinion to your guiding principle for this week. Compromise. Be a team player and watch the reward unfold. Soul affirmation: I calm my emotions by forgetting about the past. EMINI ~ You won’t have enough time to get as far away as you want to go, but you’ll have enough time to do some shopping for the trip. Your focus on what you need is keener now than closer to trip time. Get to the mall and buy your miscellaneous items. Soul affirmation: High energy and clear mind gives me the winning edge. ANCER ~ Don’t waste time thinking about the past. Sure, they were wrong, but what does it matter now. Enjoy the present. Find something good to do for the rest of the week. Avoid conflict. Nothing is so important that it needs to be resolved this week. Soul affirmation: I find comfort in the familiar. EO ~ You face a big challenge that allows you to take big steps toward your career goals. It’ll be on your mind for the next few weeks. Spend some time planning. Life is not always for fun and games. Games are not your biggest satisfaction anyway. Soul affirmation: The key to my happiness lies in my sympathy for others. IRGO ~ Reconsider a business offer; it might be a good one. You’ve got time so sit down and weigh the pros and cons. Doing it alone is not best. Make a phone call. Talk to someone who knows you well. Get an objective opinion. Soul affirmation: I graciously anticipate joy and this gives me the ability to give.

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IBRA ~ Your intuition is very high this week. You see where things are going even before they start. This will keep you from making false moves. Be careful not to let your suspicions keep you from making the moves that are definitely called for. Soul affirmation: My mood is created by the company I keep. CORPIO ~ Beware of financial pitfalls. Your thinking on money matters is not as clear as it could be this week. Someone will try to catch you off guard. This week your luck turns for the better, so spend it with the one you love or want to love! Soul affirmation: A slowing of pace is just what I need this week. AGITTARIUS ~ Your mate has a sweet surprise. He or she might be a little timid about revealing it unless you present a very receptive mood. Choose your words carefully. You will receive good news about a loan or financial investment. Soul affirmation: I look to distant horizons to find truth this week. APRICORN ~ You and your mate should start saving for a joint project. It will make you feel closer to each other. It’ll give you something with which to bind the relationship. Otherwise, you might feel that you are drifting apart. Soul affirmation: Self confidence is the key to my success this week. QUARIUS ~ Challenges will be everpresent for you this week. Work at it calmly knowing that you are getting some things out of the way. Tackle tasks using your famous self-control rather than your passion. Use your passion on the weekends. Let loose! Be free! Soul affirmation: The sunlight of my spirit shines in the land beyond the horizon. ISCES ~ Harmonious communications are part of your charm, and you’ll get far this week by speaking your word in an easygoing way. You’ll find that your domestic arrangements are very comfortable to you. Soul affirmation: I let my words reveal the not-so-hidden truth about my being.











One of the most anticipated community developments in South Los Angeles is finally taking flight.




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Marlton Square: On the move June 8, 1982 Baseball legend pitcher Satchel Paige dies in Kansas, City, Missouri. Paige, who played famously in the Negro Leagues, went unrecognized by major baseball leagues for nearly a decade. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.

Marlton Square — the story is a long and twisting tale going all the way back to a time when it didn’t exist. As former Congresswoman Diane Watson mentioned at the Marlton Square Conference on Thurs., May 31, this area wasn’t even as diversified as it is now. The 20-acre site is now in the process of sprouting new wings and taking flight after its long and arduous journey. Starting in the early ‘80s, the one-time Santa Barbara Plaza had begun its early trek into dilapidation. At the time, then Mayor Tom Bradley had started the ball rolling with a call for renovations of the area. The ball would slow down over time and roll into the hands of former Lakers and present business-



man/entrepreneur, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, in the mid 90’s. Johnson would miss the shot in ’02 with the development group Capital Vision Equities (CVE). The development group would eventually lose the vision to bring Marlton Square back to fruition when they defaulted on the project in 2004. Further complications ensued when CVE went bankrupt in 2006. In December 2010, the dust began to clear and one owner was left standing: Commercial Mortgage Managers (CMM). Together with Councilmember Bernard Parks and the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA), CMM is moving forward with the awaited redevelopment. The official demolition process began in late summer of 2011. See MARLTON SQUARE, page 14

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Obama: Voters It’s official: Jackie Lacey wonder if he can is No. 1 rebuild economy Prior to her historic victory Tuesday, the Sentinel spoke to candidate/now winning nominee Jackie Lacey about her vision as district attorney of L.A. County. Lacey opened with a statement about her qualifications for the top job. Lacey: I think my entire life has prepared me for this position. In the district attorney’s office, I have done every job except sweep the floor. I’ve done zoning enforcement cases, I’ve prosecuted cases where an officer has been assaulted, I’ve prosecuted a serial child molester, I have had 11 murder cases. I prosecuted the first hate crime murder case based on race. LAS: What general changes would you make in the way the DA’s office is run at present? Lacey: I want to expand alternative sentencing. We don’t have enough money to send people to jail wholesale, See JACKIE LACEY, page 14

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On his fourth trip to Cali since the beginning of the year: President Barack Obama. BY JULIE PACE | ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Barack Obama conceded Wednesday that people around the country are wondering if he can keep his promise to build an economy designed for the long term. But he blasted opponents as offering nothing more than finger-pointing as a platform. Obama told donors at a San Francisco fundraiser that “the other side” doesn’t have any new ideas. “And because they don’t have any new ideas, what they will do is spend 500, 700, a billion dollars in negative ads and their simple message will be: This is someone else's fault and that’s enough reason for you to vote for us,” he said. “And,” he added, “if we don’t answer them, that can work.” The president made no mention of the results of Tuesday’s Wisconsin recall election. Democrats failed to unseat Republican Gov. Scott Walker, bad news for the president and the party that came just days after a dismal jobs report cast gloom on the economic recovery. In “Virginia or Iowa or North Carolina or California, all across the country,” Obama said, “there are a lot of folks who are still wondering — are we going to be able to fully deliver on that promise of a country

that is thriving and has an economy that is built to last?” Obama offered no new prescriptions for how he would answer Americans' economic questions. He said he's pushing a number of bills in Congress aimed at boosting jobs and growth but has gotten little help from Republican lawmakers. Obama held fundraisers in San Francisco and Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday morning, expecting to raise more than $5 million for his re-election campaign and the Democratic Party. The events were putting Obama in touch with an array of sports and Hollywood figures. In San Francisco, the president was introduced by Hall of Fame baseball player Willie Mays, a former outfielder for the New York Giants and San Francisco Giants. In Los Angeles, Obama spoke at a gala for gay and lesbian supporters where talk show host Ellen DeGeneres delivered remarks. A dinner later Wednesday was at the Beverly Hills home of “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy. Following his fundraising drive in California, Obama headed to Nevada on Thursday for a speech at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The president planned to announce new steps to help college students repay their loans and his efforts to jumpstart the economy.

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Lawyer: Prior bat attack foreshadowed cannibalism BY SARAH BRUMFIELD | ASSOCIATED PRESS

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This undated photo provided by the Hartford County Sheriff's Office shows Alexander Kinyua, a 21-yearold Kenyan college student accused of killing a housemate.

BALTIMORE (AP) — A victim left partially blinded by a baseball bat attack at a Maryland university now believes a cannibalism suspect in another case may have been planning to eat his organs, too, his attorney said Tuesday. When 22-year-old Joshua Ceasar regained consciousness after the attack last month at a Morgan State University dormitory apartment, he saw Alex Kinyua standing over him with a knife, said attorney Steve Silverman. Days later, Kinyua told investigators that he had eaten the heart and brain of a fami-

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ly friend he is charged with killing at his family’s home in Joppatowne, according to charging documents. “In hindsight, knowing what transpired only days later, Josh is convinced that Alex was going to cut open his body and likely consume his organs,” Silverman said. What may have prevented it was two other apartment residents followed a blood trail from the front door and stopped Kinyua before he could use the knife and he fled into nearby woods. Campus police charged Kinyua with assault and reckless endangerment in the bat attack. Prosecutors asked a court commissioner to refuse bail, but he was freed on $220,000 bail, according to the State’s Attorney’s office. Ceasar said Kinyua randomly attacked him, according to a probable cause statement obtained from Baltimore police. Witnesses told police that Kinyua attacked Ceasar with a bat, but the statement does not mention witnesses interrupting a knife attack in a back room. Kinyua’s attorney could not be reached for comment. Kinyua was waiting with a bat wrapped in barbed wire and chains when an unsuspecting Ceasar walked through the front door of the apartment Kinyua had been sharing with Ceasar’s friends on May 19, Silverman said. Ceasar was visiting campus for another friend’s graduation. He lost consciousness when Kinyua cracked him on the head, fracturing his skull and shattering his left eye socket. Ceasar is blind in that eye and doctors aren’t optimistic that he will regain his sight, Silverman said. Kinyua, 21, a U.S. citizen originally from Kenya and a Morgan student, admitted using a knife to kill and carve up 37-year-old Kujoe Bonsafo AgyeiKodie before eating his organs, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said when they arrested him May 30. The older man, a native of Ghana, had been staying with the Kinyua family for about six weeks at their townhouse in the Baltimore suburb of Joppatowne and disappeared May 25. His body was found four days later; investigators haven’t given a possible motive. Silverman said he is investigating if there were earlier signs that Kinyua was a danger. “We are in the process of ... determining whether or not university officials should have or could have done anything in light of what was known to them to protect students, family and friends on campus for graduation,” he said. “It appears preliminarily there were a number of indicators.” A December campus police report obtained by The Baltimore Sun states that Kinyua was kicked out of an ROTC program after he punched holes in the walls of the cadet computer lab and a military instructor referred to him as a “Virginia Tech waiting to happen.” The report said Kinyua was barred from campus until a meeting with school officials and that two officers didn’t think a psychological See CANNIBALISM, page 15

Miss. man executed for killing 4 nieces, nephews BY JACK ELLIOTT JR. | ASSOCIATED PRESS PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man convicted of killing four young nieces and nephews in a 1990 stabbing rampage was executed Tuesday, despite pleas from his two sisters to spare the brother who killed their children. Henry “Curtis” Jackson Jr. was pronounced dead at 6:13 p.m. CDT Tuesday after receiving an injection at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, officials said. Clad in a red prison jumpsuit as he lay strapped to a gurney, Jackson was asked if he wanted to make a statement. “No, I don’t,” he responded AP Photo/Mississippi Department of as family members sat somberly Corrections in a nearby witness room. Jackson’s sister, Glenda Executed: Henry Curtis Jackson Jr. died Kuyoro, stifled a sob when she by lethal injection Tues., June 5, 2012, walked into the witness room for the stabbing deaths of his two nieces earlier and saw her brother on the and two nephews, ages 2 to 5. Jackson gurney. Jackson’s eyes were killed the children when he went to his closed when the witnesses mother’s home looking for money from arrived and he never looked in a safe on Nov. 1, 1990. the direction of his family. Earlier, the 47-year-old “We are the victims in this case, inmate had spent the day receiving and we are begging you not to let relatives, including one of the sisters Curtis be killed. You can keep him whose two children were slain and in Parchman forever, but please who survived the stabbing attack. don’t put our family through this The slain children ranged from 2 to 5 horrible execution,” the Kuyoros and were killed as Jackson reported- had written earlier. ly was trying to steal his mother’s The attack took place Nov. 1, safe while she was away at church, 1990, at Jackson’s mother’s home court records showed. in the Delta region. Late Tuesday afternoon, RepubThe mother was at church that lican Gov. Phil Bryant declined to day, and Regina Jackson was there stop the execution though he said he with her two daughters and four was “deeply touched” by requests nieces and nephews. Her two for clemency from the sisters and his daughters and two nephews were brother-in-law. stabbed to death, records showed. “There is no question that Mr. Another niece was so severely Jackson committed these heinous injured that she was a paraplegic crimes, and there is no clear and con- until her recent death. vincing evidence that compels me to Jackson has said he doesn’t grant clemency,” Bryant said. remember stabbing the children, His statement added: “One of but there was testimony at his these sisters was a stabbing victim, September 1991 trial that he cut the and both of the sisters are mothers of phone line before going in the the murdered children. However, as house, then demanded money and governor, I have the duty to see that began the attack, according to the justice is carried out.” court record. Corrections Commissioner Regina Jackson testified at trial Chris Epps said at a penitentiary that she lapsed in and out of conbriefing earlier Tuesday that the sciousness after being tied up and inmate acknowledged the crime and stabbed in the neck, but she could was talkative as he received rela- hear her brother dragging a safe tives. Visitors included his sister down a hall. The noise awoke 5Regina Jackson, who was stabbed year-old Dominique, one of her five times and survived the attack daughters. that killed her two daughters and two “Regina testified that Jackson nephews. called Dominique to him, told her Regina Jackson had met with the that he loved her, stabbed her and governor Monday and pleaded for tossed her body to the floor,” her brother’s life. She also wrote according to the court record. Bryant a letter last month saying she “Jackson returned to Regina, stab“just can’t take any more killing.” bing her in the neck and twisting “As a mother who lost two the knife, at which point she prebabies, all I’m asking is that you not tended to be dead until she heard make me go through the killing of him leave.” my brother,” she wrote. Jackson subsequently surrenKuyoro and her husband, Andrew, dered to police. He was convicted also had asked Bryant to spare the of four counts of capital murder at inmate in a letter dated May 15. trial and sentenced to death.

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Obama highlighting Charles R. Drew University’s 2012 commencement celebrates a first student loan repayment option BY CHRISTINE ARMARIO | ASSOCIATED PRESS President Barack Obama is taking steps to help thousands of Americans better manage their federal student loan debt. Details of Obama’s plan were announced by the White House on Wednesday and include streamlining the application process for those who want to enroll in income-based repayment plans, which set a cap on loan payments based on discretionary income. About 700,000 people currently participate in income-based repayment plans, but Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the administration believes many more students likely qualify. “This could be an important tool in helping those folks have an option and avoid going into default,” he said. The White House announced its plans as Republicans and Democrats in Congress continue to struggle over how to avert a doubling of interest rates on new federal student loans for 7.4 million people on July 1. Both sides agree that the current 3.4 percent interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans should be extended for another year, but they disagree over how to pay it. Top congressional Republicans made a new offer last week in a letter to Obama after the Senate rejected dueling Democratic and Republican plans in late May. House Speaker John Boehner, ROhio, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., sent another letter to Obama Wednesday stating they had not received any response from the administration. “With all of the great economic challenges facing our country, there is no reason to manufacture political fights where there is no policy disagreement,” they wrote. In a call with reporters, Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, wouldn’t disclose details on

whether any discussions have taken place, saying only the administration’s view is that both parties should sit down and work to find a bipartisan solution. Student loan debt has become a growing, debilitating problem for thousands of young adults and their families. While two in three new jobs require some post-secondary education, the cost of attending college has risen and debt is accumulating. Student loan debt has now crossed the $1 trillion mark and surpasses credit cards as the leading source of U.S. household debt outside of mortgages. Duncan said that for too many young graduates, navigating loan repayment plans is a complicated task and that the president’s plan would make that process easier. Specifically, it calls for the Education and Treasury departments, as well as the Internal Revenue Service, to streamline the process for applying for an income-based repayment plan. Under the directive, federal student loan borrowers will be able to submit income information from their IRS tax return and apply in one sitting. The memorandum also orders the Education Department to create online and mobile resources for students to learn about federal aid and payment plans. And it directs the department to instruct federal direct student loan servicers to make students aware before graduation of their options to participate in an income-based repayment plan. Michael Reilly, executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, said the current financial aid process is cumbersome for students, leading many to make decisions that later get them into a difficult spot. “It takes a lot of initiative on a student's part to understand how some of these processes work right now,” Reilly said. “So anything that can provide more transparency, I think, will expand the number of participants.”

Mohsen Bazargan, president of the Academic Senate, left, leads the processional for the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science’s 28th Commencement, June 2, as Dr. David Carlisle, president of Drew, and the Hon. Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles County Supervisors follow.

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BY THANDISIZWE CHIMURENGA LAWT CONTRIBUTOR “Historic” and “purposeful,” “ironic” and “fortuitous” could describe the 2012 graduation ceremonies for the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, held June 2 on the Watts campus. The university’s 28th commencement ceremony saw its first graduating class of the Mervyn Dymally School of Nursing, with the Master of Science degree conferred on 163 graduates, while the university overall conferred certificates and degrees on a total of 252 students, the largest in the school’s history. While Drew’s mission was reiterated by both University President Dr. David Carlisle and Board of Trustees President James Lott, Jose Robert Gaticales, commencement speaker representing the class of the College of Nursing summed it up nicely by reminding his fellow graduates of their charge once they physically leave the

university: He quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Every [person] must decide whether to walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others? When we set foot in this institution, we have already embraced that altruistic ideal,” he said. The ceremony was punctuated early on by the wail of fire and paramedic sirens, a testament to the reality of Drew’s location in the heart of urban Los Angeles and a reminder to all in attendance of the critical work that the university does. Ironically yet fortuitously, one of those ambulance calls was for the commencement itself, as some members of the faculty and administration were pressed into actual service when the Honorable Mervyn Dymally, former California State lieutenant governor, state congressman and namesake of the College of Nursing, became ill and collapsed onstage due to heat exhaustion. Board President James Lott

requested that all remain calm, since Rep. Dymally was “in the best of hands” and assured the attendees that Dymally’s first words were “I want to get back to the graduation!” Attendees were reminded by commencement speaker Tiffany Turner that quality health care is not limited to the hands-on healing work that physicians and nurses do. Turner, who received her post-baccalaurate certificate from Drew’s College of Science and Health, originally came to the school wanting to be a doctor but that changed once she finished her internship. It was then that she says she “realized that we need more people in policy and administration rather than physicians.” Originally from San Diego, Turner received her undergraduate degree in psychology from San Francisco State University and said she came to Drew because she “wanted to be a child psychiatrist because a lot of African American children [are] put on Ritalin and Adderall and told that they have See DREW UNIV., page 15



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Status of light rail project updated Memorial service Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announce the advanced utility relocation work on Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project.

for 1st Black Naval Academy grad BY BRIAN WITTE | ASSOCIATED PRESS

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From left, Ken Lombard, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza; Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-33, CA); Inglewood Mayor James Butts; L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. BY YUSSUF J. SIMMONDS CO-MANAGING EDITOR Last Monday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas held a news con-

ference to announce the beginning of the advanced utility relocation work for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor light rail project. Also in attendance were Congresswoman Karen Bass, Mayor James Butts of Inglewood and Ken

Lombard of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall. The press conference was held in the heart of the project, off Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Boulevards, in the Baldwin Hills See LIGHT RAIL, page 14

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — About 200 people honored the first Black graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at a memorial service Wednesday, recalling a man of courage who helped open doors for generations of minorities decades before the civil rights era. Retired Lt. Cmdr. Wesley Brown, who died last month at 85, was memorialized as a trailblazer who shrugged off poor treatment by classmates to become the first Black to graduate from the military academy in 1949. His ashes were interred before the service in a columbarium on the academy grounds. NASA’s first Black administrator, astronaut Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden, was among those lauding Brown’s achievement. “I stand before all of you today as a proud child of Lt. Cmdr. Wesley Brown’s sacrifice,” Bolden told those attending the memorial in the academy's chapel. Bolden, who graduated from the academy 15 years after Brown, said he knew no one who would claim to have a tougher first year at the school than Brown. “While I had my own difficulties gaining admission to the academy in 1964, Wesley Brown’s 1949 graduation and the legacy he left behind helped paved the way for me and so many others,” Bolden said. The number of minority students at the academy has increased significantly over the years. The graduating class of 2012, for example, had 277 minority students out of 1,099. Those gathered recalled a friendly and persistent man who endured poor treatment by classmates with resilience and grace, well before the dawning of the civil rights’ struggle against racial discrimination.

Brown lived alone at the academy during his four years so he wouldn’t have to burden roommates with residing with the school’s only Black student, said Kerwin Miller, a 1975 academy graduate who spoke at the service. “What he did for us is so much greater than what we could do for him,” said Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations. “He showed us that one person can make a difference.” Brown was the sixth AfricanAmerican student to enter the academy and the first to graduate. He ranked 370th out of nearly 800 midshipmen in his class. Janie Mines, who graduated in 1980, described Brown as an inspiring person who continued to take a keen interest in the academy throughout his life. “He was a constant figure who did so much to contribute to our well-being,” Mines said of the Baltimore native. Brown’s son, Wesley Brown Jr., played “Amazing Grace” at the service before a school portrait of his father set up on an easel. Brown’s family is donating to the academy his class ring and his Reef Points book, which was issued to him when he entered the academy in 1945. Reef Points is the official handbook for midshipmen, outlining basic information and the academy’s mission and history. At the academy, Brown ran varsity track and cross country and was a cross-country teammate of former President Jimmy Carter — also a midshipman in that era. Brown went on to a 20-year career with the Navy. He helped build houses in Hawaii, roads in Liberia, facilities in the Philippines and a seawater conversion plant in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 2008, the Naval Academy built the Wesley Brown Field House to accommodate physical education classes as well as the academy’s athletic programs.

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Kerwin Miller, a United States Naval Academy graduate and friend of Lt. Cmdr. Wesley Brown, the first African-American to graduate from the Academy, reacts as he walks past Brown’s picture during a memorial service in Annapolis, Md., Weds., June 6.

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Ethics panel says Rep. Waters was treated fairly BY LARRY MARGASAK | ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee concluded Wednesday that Rep. Maxine Waters’ rights weren’t violated in an ongoing investigation, clearing the way for the panel to determine whether the California Democrat improperly tried to steer federal money to a bank where her husband is a shareholder.

began in late 2009. The most explosive allegations, which led to the committee shake-up, centered on the leak of internal committee documents to the news media and communications among some staff investigators and Republican committee members. The Goodlatte-Yarmuth letter said the committee found three instances in which confidential information was disclosed. One was Waters’ news conference on Aug. 13,

Person Of The Week | Yvette Hollingsworth Wells Fargo names Yvette Hollingsworth chief compliance officer Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) recently announced that it has named Yvette Hollingsworth chief compliance officer. Hollingsworth, who most recently served as managing director and global head of Operations Compliance and Financial Crimes Compliance & Risk Management for Barclays Corporate & Investment Bank, began her new role June 1. She succeeds Tim Marrinan, who announced his retirement late last year. Hollingsworth will be based in San Francisco, Calif., and will report to Caryl Athanasiu, executive vice president and chief operational risk officer in the Corporate Risk group. “We are delighted to welcome Yvette to our corporate risk team at Wells Fargo,” said Mike Loughlin, chief risk officer and head of corporate risk. “Given the intensity of the current regulatory environment, it’s absolutely critical that we maintain a strong compliance team, and Yvette has demonstrated that she has the values, depth of knowledge and experience to effectively lead regulatory compliance for our company.” As chief compliance officer,

Yvette Hollingsworth Hollingsworth will be responsible for ensuring that all areas of the company meet compliance management responsibilities and abide by all applicable laws and regulations. Her team will continue to provide independent oversight of business-based compliance management activities. Hollingsworth has extensive experience in compliance and risk manage-

ment, having spent approximately 10 years as a regulator with the Federal Reserve System with roles at the Federal Reserve Banks of San Francisco and New York as well as the Board of Governors. Her industry experience includes a variety of senior compliance/antimoney laundering (AML) roles for financial institutions, including Barclays Corporate & Investment Bank and Citigroup, where she served as managing director and regional head of AML Compliance for the Markets & Banking North American division. Hollingsworth previously served on the Supervisory Committee of the Federal Reserve Credit Union; as vice president of administration and operations; and as a member of the Board of the New York Chapter of the National Black MBA Association. She currently serves as a board member and vice chairman of INROADS New York/New Jersey Region. She earned an M.B.A. from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York Institute of Technology.

Her allegations of unfair treatment led to the extraordinary decision in February by the committee’s five Republicans and its top Democrat to step away from the case. Six new members were added to handle the investigation and an outside lawyer, Billy Martin, was hired to investigate the committee’s conduct. The committee, which has five members from each party, investigates whether lawmakers violated House rules and can recommend punishment such as a reprimand, censure or even expulsion. Waters, a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, has denied wrongdoing. Waters had no immediate comment. A letter to Waters by the acting chairman, Rep. Robert Goodlatte, RVa., and the acting top Democrat, Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky, said Martin concluded that Waters’ rights were protected and there was no wrongdoing by lawmakers. But the letter cited unauthorized leaks of investigative information by committee staff and by Waters. Waters has contended that committee procedures did not give her a chance to present her case and unduly delayed the investigation, which

2010, the letter said, in which she “disclosed documents containing significant evidentiary information regarding your matter.” The letter said a review has not uncovered the identity of the other leakers but assumes a staff member who invoked Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination could have been responsible. The committee concluded the disclosures occurred after formal charges were brought against Waters and therefore could not have had any effect. Responding to Waters’ allegations of improper contacts among staff members and Republican lawmakers, the letter said these communications could not have influenced the case. “Staff does not and cannot become independent operators.” the letter said. It noted that lawmakers cannot get help from their personal staffs on ethics investigations, so it’s clear that committee members “must be permitted to speak with committee staff regarding committee matters.” The letter said some communications between staff and members of only one party did occur and can See REP. WATERS, page 14

The Metro Expo Line, the newest addition to Metro Rail service, is now open.

Please remember to: > Obey all tra;c signals and warning devices. > Be alert at all times. Watch for a “TRAIN” signal. > Always push the button and wait for a “WALK” signal before entering the crosswalk. Never jaywalk across the tracks. > Never sit or stand on tracks. > Do not go around lowered gates. > Never make a left turn on a red arrow. This tra;c rule will be enforced by cameras at intersections. > Right turns are allowed while an Expo Line train is passing through, but may be restricted at certain intersections.

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Extraordinary development: Six of the House Ethics Committee's 10 members Friday dropped out of the investigation of longtime Democratic lawmaker Maxine Waters of California, saying they wanted to ensure there was no bias in the case.

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BY KENNETH MILLER LA Watts Times Correspondent I have been covering the sport of boxing for more than two decades. It’s probably my favorite sport — for a number of reasons. The number of African American fighters, the raw unscripted ragsto-riches stories of Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather and the Peterson brothers make it a natural fit for minority


media coverage. Last week I attended the show at the Home Depot Center in Carson that was headlined by Antonio Tarver and Winky Wright. The venue was a perfect mesh with the combatants who fought from sun up till sun down. A crowd of roughly 2500 attended and half the crowd was Hispanic and the other half Black. However, the promoters — Golden Boy, Gary Shaw and Tarver — did nothing at all to reach out to African Americans beyond the usual email press blast from the bevy of publicists working the event on behalf of them, cable networks and Showtime. There are few businesses that are thriving during this troubling economy. This very newspaper and its legendary brother publication, the Sentinel, are among the enormous family of African American or minority publications that are hurting. For decades, when there wasn’t pay-per-

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view or tailor-made advertising partnerships, minority newspapers such as these were the foundation of media support and marketing outreach for the sport of boxing. It was during these times that it was the one sport that granted us the same open access as our White contemporaries. Legendary boxing promoter Don King was a pioneer in this eơort; he recognized the power and influence of Blacks and their economic spending might by sharing the advertising revenue among the Blackowned newspapers as owner of which now Mr. King is one of us as owner of Cleveland’s Call and Post Newspaper. For far too long in recent years, traditional team sports and leagues, such as the NBA, NFL and MLB, have ignored the Black press altogether. While boxing is not regulated and promoters have their own individual agendas to pad their pockets and expand their relationships, they too have fallen short of sharing their revenues with the Black press. Because our advertising revenue is not what the daily majors are, and because our circulation numbers are not what the daily majors are, is not an excuse. It costs a publication such as this one and others to send out a reporter and have that individual expense his own parking. Let it be a Mayweather mega fight in Las

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There’s also an underlying responsibility of the Black press: If these sports are not helping us, then why should we help them... Vegas, and the expenses are 100 times that. The recent event at the Home Depot Center made money, most of it coming from the Showtime network and some from paid sponsors, but none of that calculated profit was spent to enhance the event with Blacks that would have increased their profit sharing. There’s plenty of blame to go around for this short sightedness. It starts with promoters such as Bob Arum, Golden Boy, Goosen Tutor and, yes Mayweather, and, in last week’s fight, Tarver. Then there’s also an underlying responsibility of the Black press: If these sports are not helping us, then why should we help them — even if some of our own are involved? This week is another huge example in which unheralded Timothy Bradley is fighting Manny Pacquaio in Las Vegas on payper-view. Bradley is an undefeated Black fighter. There is a major

advertising budget spinning its marketing wheels during the NBA finals on ESPN and TNT. For a fraction of that cost, they could have included a buy with the Black press. If these folks don’t think we are important and the dollars of Blacks are insignificant, then let’s show them. Encourage Blacks top not buy their fights on pay-per-view. It’s time to pull oơ the damn gloves on the sport of boxing and fight back.



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Jaguars’ Blackmon appears in court on DUI count BY TIM TALLEY | ASSOCIATED PRESS S T I L L WA TER, Okla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars first-round draft pick Justin Blackmon appeared in an Oklahoma courtroom Monday for the first time since his weekend arrest for suspicion of drunken driving. The former Oklahoma State AP Photo/Payne County Sheriff’s Office star wide receiver’s attorney entered a This undated photo provided by the Payne County not guilty plea for Sheriff’s Office shows Jacksonville Jaguars first-round him to a misde- draft pick receiver Justin Blackmon. Authorities in meanor count of Oklahoma say Blackmon is being held on $1,000 bail driving under the after he was arrested on an aggravated DUI charge, influence. Black- Sun., June 3. mon was allowed to to find a suitable replacement for its remain free on $1,000 bond. Police arrested Blackmon during a best receiving tandem ever, Jimmy traffic stop in Stillwater early Sunday Smith and Keenan McCardell. Former Arkansas quarterbackafter a breath test allegedly showed his blood alcohol content to be three times turned-wide receiver Matt Jones, selected in 2005, was charged with the legal limit. Blackmon left the courtroom sur- cocaine possession in July 2008 and rounded by friends. His attorney, ordered into a drug treatment program. Cheryl Ramsey, declined to comment. He was suspended for three games in The Jaguars selected Blackmon late 2008 for violations of the NFL’s fifth overall in April’s draft. A team drug policy and cut in the spring of spokesman said Sunday that the 2009. The team's 2004 first-round pick, Jaguars were trying to learn more Washington wide receiver Reggie about the arrest and had no comment. Blackmon has not yet signed with Williams, wasn’t re-signed after being the Jaguars, and it was not immediate- charged with drug possession in ly known how the charge might Houston in 2009. And wide receiver R. Jay Soward impact negotiations. Blackmon is Jacksonville’s fourth of Southern Cal, taken in the first first-round draft pick since 2000 to round in 2000, seldom played due to face problems after being selected. drug and alcohol problems that led to The team has tried for nearly a decade numerous suspensions.

NFL wins arbitration ruling in bounty case BY BARRY WILNER | ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK (AP) — An arbitrator ruled Monday that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to discipline New Orleans Saints players for their role in a bounty system. The NFL Players Association challenged Goodell’s power to impose penalties for what the league says was a three-year bounty program that targeted specific players. Stephen Burbank, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, took only five days to determine that Goodell has the power to punish the players under the collective bargaining agreement reached last August to end the lockout. Goodell suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the entire 2012 season and teammate Will Smith for four games. Former Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove, now with Green Bay, was suspended for eight games, while linebacker Scott Fujita, now with Cleveland, was docked three games. Those players have appealed the suspensions. And the players’ union later Monday said it will appeal Burbank’s decision because it believes salary cap violations are involved in the payment. That would give Burbank the authority to rule on penalizing any players involved. Burbank did, however, retain temporary jurisdiction on Hargrove's role and asked Goodell for more information on Hargrove’s “alleged participation.” Burbank “invited the commissioner to clarify the precise basis for his discipline of Mr. Hargrove who, among other things, was found to have lied to the league’s investigators and obstructed their investigation,” the NFL said in a statement. The union said in a statement it

"believes that the players are entitled to neutral arbitration of these issues under the CBA and will continue to fight for that principle and to protect the fair due process rights of all players.” The NFLPA noted Burbank wrote that “nothing in this opinion is intended to convey a view about the underlying facts or the appropriateness of the discipline imposed.” The union filed another grievance with a different arbitrator, Shyam Das, contending the new CBA prohibits Goodell from punishing players for any conduct before the CBA was signed. The league's investigation showed the bounty program ran from 2009-11. Das has yet to rule on that grievance, which also seeks to have player appeals heard by Art Shell and Ted Cottrell, who are jointly appointed by the league and union to review discipline handed out for on-field conduct. The league and union have spent plenty of time before arbitrators and judges this offseason, with two other major cases pending. Vilma has sued Goodell for defamation in a U.S. District Court in New Orleans, and Goodell has been given until July 5 to respond to the action. The players also have sued the league in U.S. District Court in Minnesota, saying the owners colluded in the uncapped 2010 season to have a secret salary cap. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has said such collusion could have cost players $1 billion in wages. That lawsuit stems, in part, from the NFL stripping the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys of salary cap room in 2012 and '13. The Redskins had their cap reduced $36 million over the two years and the Cowboys lost $10 million in cap space. Both teams filed a grievance and lost.

Vikings FB Felton arrested on suspicion of DWI EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton has been arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired and refusing to submit to a chemical test. Eden Prairie police say Felton was arrested Friday just before midnight. A message left with police Saturday seeking additional details wasn’t immediately returned. Online court records show Felton was released from jail Saturday after posting $12,000 bond. A court

appearance is set for July 18. The Vikings say they’re aware of the situation and working to gather more information. Felton was drafted in 2008 by the Detroit Lions. The 25-year-old signed with Minnesota as a free agent in March. In a five-year career that also included seasons with Carolina and Indianapolis, Felton has 42 carries for 136 yards. He also has 34 career receptions for 280 yards.

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Tiger is back — at least for now

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This March 25, 2008, file photo shows welterweight boxer “Sugar” Shane Mosley speaking during a press conference in New York. BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Tiger Woods holds up the trophy after winning the Memorial golf tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, Sunday, June 3, 2012. Woods finished at 9-under par. BY DOUG FERGUSON | ASSOCIATED PRESS DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods needed only two words to explain where the Memorial fits in on his road back from wherever he was to wherever he is going. “I won,” he said. When trying to chart his progress, golf becomes a lot like watching tennis. He wins at Sherwood, and then can't shake Robert Rock in Abu Dhabi. Phil Mickelson blows him away at Pebble Beach, and then Woods shoots a career-best final round of 62 to put a scare into Rory McIlroy. He withdraws from Doral with a sore Achilles tendon, and then wins by five at Bay Hill. He has the worst three-tournament stretch of his career, and then goes through a week at Muirfield Village where he hardly misses a shot. He’s back. He’s finished. He’s back. And on it goes. “I’m sure by Tuesday I’ll be retired and done,” Woods said Sunday. “And then by the time I tee it up at the U.S. Open, it might be something different.” He was smiling at his own exaggeration, though there was a weariness to his tone that became even more pronounced when he concluded, “But I’ll let you guys figure it out.” His remarkable rally at the Memorial makes the temptation greater than ever to proclaim that he has turned the corner and is picking up speed. Woods said he hit just about every shot exactly how he wanted to, with the exception of his second shot on the 10th that he pulled slightly while trying to play a fade. It found a bunker and led to bogey. He missed only one fairway, and that was only by a few inches into the first cut of rough.

“I had it all today,” Woods said. “Whatever club I wanted to hit, I could hit. That was fun to have it when I needed it.” Equally impressive was his score, which ultimately is what matters. Not only did Woods overcome a four-shot deficit going into the final round, he was two shots behind with four holes to play as he posed in the fairway urging — begging — his 3iron into the par-5 15th hole to carry beyond the false front of the green. It did, and he two-putted for birdie. Woods figured if he could make one more birdie over the closing stretch, it might be enough for him to get into a playoff. Minutes later, he was praying for par when his 8-iron bounced over the green at the par-3 16th into a horrible spot. The ball was nestled in the rough, and the path 50 feet to the hole looked impossible. Too short, and it would turn down a slope and leave a difficult two-putt bogey. Too strong, and it would race past the cup and into the water. With a full swing and a flop shot, the ball rode the crown of a ridge with just the right speed and dropped in for birdie not even he saw coming. “It was one of the hardest ones I’ve pulled off,” Woods said when asked to rank it among his best shots, which is a long list. “That was a pretty sweet shot.” He made one last birdie for good measure, a 9-iron into the 18th green that was played by a guy who looked as though he had won here before. It caught the ridge at the back of the green and rolled down to just inside 10 feet, giving him a 5-under 67 and a two-shot win. It was his fifth win at Muirfield See TIGER IS BACK, page 12

Boxer “Sugar” Shane Mosley is retiring, ending a career in which he won titles in three different weight classes, beat Oscar De La Hoya twice and never was knocked out. The 40-year-old announced on Twitter that he was hanging up his

Shane Mosley announces his retirement on Twitter

gloves, saying he “loved every moment of it. Win, lose or draw.” Mosley lost three of his last four fights, including a dreary bout against Manny Pacquiao in May 2011 in which he mostly seemed to be avoiding the Filipino superstar in the ring. His last fight was May 5 on the

undercard of the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto. Mosley lost a lopsided decision to rising Mexican star Canelo Alvarez. The loss dropped his record to 46-8-1.


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10th Annual Hoodie Awards nominations process begins The contest, which honors the best in local neighborhoods, runs from June 5 to July 6. The grand prize: a VIP all-inclusive weekend to the awards show.

Mr. Hoodie Awards: Steve Harvey The “Steve Harvey Morning Show” and Ford Motor Company have teamed up to bring you a new life experience in Las Vegas with the “Escape to the 2012 Ford Hoodie Awards” video contest, which kicks off June 5. Hosted for the 10th year by the toprated radio host, best-selling author of the book (and the film version of) “Think Like A Man” — and the host of TV’s “Family Feud” — Steve Harvey’s highly anticipated awards show honoring the nation’s best community leaders, educators, neighborhood churches and local businesses will be a blowout cele-

bration, with the chance for lucky listeners to experience Las Vegas’ glittering entertainment and majestic attractions in this new contest. A once-in-a-lifetime grand prize adventure for a listener and three guests, the Escape to the 2012 Ford Hoodie Awards takes the winner and guests to Las Vegas for a VIP all-inclusive weekend Aug. 3−6 at the Ford Hoodie Awards. Featured are luxurious pampering, entertainment, a Grand Canyon helicopter ride and traveling around the city in an all-new 2013 Ford Escape. To enter the Escape awards video

contest, from June 5 to June 27 listeners can log on to to submit their video on “Why they need to escape to the 2012 Ford Hoodie Awards,” check out the new Ford Escape and more. The “Steve Harvey Morning Show” and Ford Motor Company will judge all entries and post the top three videos on, starting July 2, where listeners can vote for their favorite video through July 5. The video receiving the most votes will win the grand prize, and one lucky voter will receive a prize package for two to the 2012 Ford Hoodie Awards. “We are extremely excited to once again be partnering with ‘The Steve Harvey Morning Show’ on yet another exciting promotion tied to the Ford Hoodie Awards,” said Shawn Lollie, multicultural marketing manager at Ford Motor Company. “Last year we created the ‘craziest wedding proposal contest,’ where one lucky couple won a trip to Las Vegas to attend the Hoodie Awards and get married. This year, we are giving ‘Steve Harvey Morning Show’ listeners the chance to tell us why they need to escape to the 2012 Ford Hoodie Awards with the hopes of winning a trip to this year’s show and spending a weekend about town in an all-new 2013 Ford Escape. We are giving folks a chance to get brand new for the weekend in the Ford Escape.” Steve Harvey adds, “This is the 10th anniversary of the Hoodie Awards, and we are doing it big with Ford and this See HOODIE AWARDS, page 15

Paris Jackson talks to Oprah for Sunday interview LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris, talks about her late father in an interview with Oprah Winfrey airing Sunday. Paris Jackson, 14, will be featured on “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” the channel said Tuesday. She and Winfrey discuss how the teenager is faring three years after the 2009 death of her pop star father. “It never gets easier,” Paris says in a promotional spot aired by OWN, which also shows Winfrey asking if Michael Jackson wanted her to have “a quote ‘normal’ life.” Paris and her brothers, Prince and Blanket, were closely sheltered during Jackson’s life but have been in the public eye since, appearing onstage at Grammy Awards and on other TV shows. “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” which also will include an interAP Photo/Harpo Inc., George Burns view with Curtis “50 Cent” This undated image released by Harpo, Inc. shows host Oprah Winfrey posing with Jackson, will air at 9 p.m. EDT Paris Jackson, daughter of the late pop icon Michael Jackson, in Los Angeles. Sunday on OWN.

Mykelti Williamson launches Bubba Style Seasonings Actor, director Mykelti Williamson is internationally known for his critically acclaimed role of “Bubba” in the Oscar-winning movie “Forrest Gump” as well as other high-profile movies like “Heat,” “Con Air,” “Lucky Number Slevin,” “August Rush” and ATL. He’s also been on hard-hitting television roles in “Boomtown,” “24” and “CSI:NY.” He’s currently in the role of Limehouse in the hit FX television series “Justified.” Whether it’s feature films, television or Broadway (where Williamson recently teamed up with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis for the multiple Tony award-winning revival of August Wilson’s “Fences”), all agree the versatile actor's passion and credibility is undeniable. And now, the multitalented actor is putting the spotlight on another passion: Bubba Style Seasonings. Williamson’s hand-blended spices and his cooking have long been an insider secret,” enjoyed on movie sets and private backyard barbecues with those close to the actor — until now. Always the perfectionist, Mykelti Williamson Williamson wanted to bring the finest cooking spices he could to the no fillers, no additives, no-nut seasonings are now available. With the market. See what everyone’s talking launch of, you too about. The all-natural, gluten-free, can spice up your food, Bubba-style.

TIGER IS BACK Continued from page 11 Village, the fifth golf course on which he has won at least five times. And it was the 73rd win of his PGA Tour career, tying him with Jack Nicklaus, the tournament host who was there, as always, to greet Woods when he came off the 18th green. “He had to rub it in my face here, didn't he?” Nicklaus later said with a laugh. Nicklaus was gushing over the flop shot that Woods holed on the 16th, and it truly was magic. “I don’t think under the circumstances I’ve ever seen a better shot,” Nicklaus said. The last time Woods won the Memorial was in 2009, when he also rallied from a four-shot deficit on the final day with a 65. It was his second win of the year, and the U.S. Open was two weeks away at Bethpage Black, where Woods had won wire-to-wire seven years earlier. Woods had 14 majors, as he does now. “I suspect No. 15 will come for Tiger Woods in about two weeks,” Nicklaus said at the trophy presentation. “If he drives the ball this way, and plays this way, I’m sure it will. And if not, it will surprise me greatly.” That year was full of so many surprises. Woods won every tournament he played before the majors and failed to win any of them. By the end of the year, his problems were off the golf course and he hasn’t seriously challenged in the final hour of another major since then. He won at Bay Hill, and then had

his worst performance ever at the Masters as a pro when he tied for 40th. Woods never broke par the last time the U.S. Open was played at The Olympic Club in 1998, though he was in the middle of changing his swing. He played the golf course last Tuesday and found it to be difficult, which it is. It is short by U.S. Open standards, though it plays long. If nothing else, Olympic served as the perfect tuneup for Muirfield Village. “Last week I did some good things, good work at home, and really got comfortable with the things that Sean (Foley) and I have been working on the last few tournaments and months,” Woods said. “As soon as they felt comfortable, I was good to go. And when I went out and played Olympic, I hit the ball well there. I said, ‘Hey, that's as good a prep as any for this event if I can hit the ball well there.’ “I just basically carried that into this event and hit it great all week.” Does this make him a failure if he doesn’t win the U.S. Open? Is he done? Woods talked about his game being good in spurts at other tournaments, though it was clear — at least by how he hit the ball — that he had his fastball all week. The process is to put good rounds together. Maybe the next step is putting good tournaments together. In tennis terms, this would be a good time for a changeover. It’s best to wait until the end of the year — or at least until August, the end of the majors — to figure out where Woods stands.

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Michelle Obama does Letterman’s Top 10 list

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Herb Reed, one of the original Platters (the group is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee), is seen in the Blue Jay Recording Studios in Carlisle, Mass., Sept. 26, 2005, where he was recording a track for hurricane relief.

Platters founder Herb Reed dies at 83 BOSTON (AP) — Herb Reed, the last surviving original member of 1950s vocal group the Platters who sang on hits like “Only You” and “The Great Pretender,” has died. He was 83. Reed died on Monday in a Boston area hospice after a period of declining health that included chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, manager Fred Balboni said. Reed was a Kansas City, Mo., native who founded the Platters in Los Angeles in 1953. Then a quartet, the group won amateur talent shows, and performed nights and weekends up and down the California coast while the members worked days at a car wash and at other odd jobs. Reed came up with the group’s name, inspired by ’50s disc jockeys who called their records “platters.” The group underwent several lineup changes, even adding a woman singer to become a quintet, before signing their first major recording contract in 1955. Reed sang bass on the group’s four No. 1 hits, including “The Great Pretender,” “My Prayer,” “Twilight Time” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” The Platters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998. Their recordings are in the Grammy Hall of Fame. The group’s popularity reached across racial lines and genres, “achieving success in a crooning, middle-of-the-road style that put a soulful coat of uptown polish on

pop-oriented, harmony-rich material,” according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s website. Reed credited his survival in the music industry to the poverty he experienced as a child in Kansas City. While other members of the group spent frivolously, he used his first big royalty check to buy a house. “I never thought that it would keep going, and I never wanted to assume we’d keep getting checks,” he said earlier this year. Reed also waged long legal battles with other artists who performed and recorded under the name the Platters. He finally won a court decision in Nevada last year giving him rights to the name. He called the court victory every bit as big as the gold and platinum records he had earned, Balboni said. Reed had homes in Atlanta and Miami but had called the Boston area home since the 1970s “because the people were always so nice to me,” he told a biographer. He had most recently living in Arlington. Reed was the only member of the group to appear on all of their nearly 400 recordings. He continued touring, performing up to 200 shows per year, until last year, often performing with younger singers under the name Herb Reed and the Platters or Herb Reed's Platters. Reed is survived by a son and three grandsons. Funeral arrangements are pending.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama took a turn on David Letterman’s “Late Show” on Tuesday to give us a few Top 10 “fun facts” about gardening. A sampling, according to a CBS preview of the program: “No. 7: In his lifetime, the average American will eat half a radish.” “No. 6: The largest zucchini ever grown contained a Starbucks.” “No. 5: Later this year the Supreme Court will finally rule on ‘tomato’ vs. ‘tomahto.’ ” The network said Mrs. Obama’s list was related to her new book, “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.” The first lady last appeared on the Letterman show in March. She has been making the rounds of other talk shows in recent weeks to promote her book. Mrs. Obama’s turn in the spotlight comes as President Barack Obama’s campaign seeks to use his wife’s popularity to help him get re-elected.

Promoting her gardening book: Michelle Obama





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White version of ‘The Talk’ – Part II

JACKIE LACEY Continued from page 3 and it’s wrong to send people to jail for being mentally ill. There is a significant population of African Americans who are suffering from undiagnosed, untreated mental illness, and they get arrested and sent into the criminal justice system. LAS: What is your position on AB 109? (the bill that Governor Brown put forth to send prisoners from state to county facilities to alleviate overcrowding) Lacey: I agree that California needed the change. I believe at one point the prisons were at 230 percent their capacity, which is inhumane. What I disagree with is how quickly he thrust this responsibility onto the county. [AB 109] was passed in less than a day; I think it only took four or five hours. When we got the law, it took a team of lawyers a month to figure out what it was about. I also think if the governor was going to shift all of these people over here, where is the money? You can’t just give us the problems of the state without giving us the money. And the money has not arrived. [Governor Jerry Brown] is counting on you guys voting for the tax increase in November. LAS: What is your position on the death penalty? Can it be reformed? Lacey: I think the biggest fear,

REP. WATERS Continued from page 7 raise concerns about partisanship, but “such concerns do not override the requirement that the members must be able to communicate with staff.” Waters has contended from the start that she did not try to steer federal bailout money to OneUnited Bank, where her husband had stock and at one time served on the board. She said she did try to help an association of minority-owned banks, which included in OneUnited. They were in trouble partly because

morally, of the death penalty is that we do not want to execute the wrong person. I think we need checks and balances in place. Under my administration, [the DA’s] office would make absolutely sure the evidence points to the right person. One of the reforms we have to do is streamline the appeals process. It suffers from a lack of training for lawyers to handle those appeals. Although I’m a prosecutor who has been on the side of seeking justice by seeking the death penalty, I believe everybody has the right to a fair trial. I don’t think the answer is to do away with the death penalty because I believe after looking at some cases that it’s just the appropriate punishment. LAS: If elected, what can L.A. county residents expect from you as D.A.? Lacey: What they get in me is a woman who understands that people are human, who has come from the Crenshaw district. I’m an ordinary woman attempting to do an extraordinary thing. I think I am the kind of person you need. I’m not ego-driven. I understand my place in the world. I understand that the criminal justice system needs someone who can make tough decisions, who can look people in the eye and tell them the truth. I’m here to serve.

of their investments in troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In August 2010, the committee charged the 11-term congresswoman with three counts of alleged ethics violations. Waters asked for a proceeding that would amount to an ethics trial, but it never took place after the internal committee turmoil erupted over the Republican communications with staff. OneUnited eventually received $12 million in bailout money, but federal officials have said Waters was not involved in the decision.

MARLTON SQUARE Continued from page 2 Last Thursday, CMM, CRA/LA and Parks announced a new tenant to Marlton Square — Kaiser Permanente as they welcomed them on the proposed site. Kaiser has closed escrow on 8.65 acres of land at 4033-4081 Marlton Avenue with the intention of opening an outpatient medical office building. “This is the real deal,” said Parks.” This is going to happen.” Parks continued, “We are so pleased to be here today and to bring to this community what [it] deserves.” Parks took a moment to acknowledge all the labor, patience, love and time it took to give Marlton Square its wings. There were remarks given by Watson; Richard Benbow, general manager CDD; Commissioner Valerie Shaw; David Rentz, CMM; and other guests, staff members and community members. “This has been a journey since 2003 for us,” said Parks on behalf of his staff and himself. From scrambling with developers, going through default and bankruptcy, Parks spoke about how their hands were tied when it came to moving forward in the past with Marlton Square’s rede-

velopment — but that’s not the case anymore. “When we talked to Kaiser, they said the reason this site was so important for them is because — it’s in the heart of their membership pool and it’s also in the heart of [a] community, which needs medical insurance,” said Parks. Many thanks went to Parks, his staff members, the late Tom Bradley who started the project of redeveloping Marlton Square, regional administrator of the CRA/LA, Carolyn Hull and CEO, Chris Essel, and CB Richard Ellis real estate broker, Jamie Brooks, who was pivotal in securing Kaiser as a tenant. “The Kaiser development is going to be the linchpin and the anchor that draws a phenomenal development that’s going to stimulate economic growth in this area that is well deserved,” said Brooks. “We’re humbled and excited to be apart of the project.” “This is a great day for all of us,” said Hull. “Because this is the one project I really needed to get done.” Marlton Square has taken flight and is in the air!

is unpleasant, to adduce statistics evidencing the median cultural superiority of White over Negro: but it is fact that obtrudes, one that cannot be hidden by ever-so-busy egalitarians and anthropologists. The question, as far as the White community is concerned is whether the claims of civilization supersede those of universal suffrage.” In case anyone missed the point, Buckley added: “National Review believes that the South’s premises are correct. If the majority wills what is socially atavistic, then to thwart the majority may be, though undemocratic, enlightened. It is more important for any community, anywhere in the world, to affirm and live by civilized standards, than to bow to the demands of the numerical majority.” Appearing on NPR’s “Fresh Air” on Feb. 28, 2008, Buckley was given an opportunity to repudiate his earlier comments. When his words were read to him, Buckley said, “Well, I think that’s absolutely correct.” It’s not surprising that Buckley applied that same stand of logic — or illogic — when supporting minorityruled South Africa.

That racist DNA has continued to appear on the pages of the National Review throughout its history. As Steve Rendall stated in his FAIR posting: “In 1993, NR published a gushing review (1/18) of ‘Paved With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America’ by Jared Taylor, which argued that Black Americans are more violent and criminal than others.” Taylor has since become a leading voice of White nationalism as the publisher of American Renaissance magazine. (In the 1990s, Taylor described himself to me as a “White separatist.”) The NR review was written by fellow White nationalist Peter Brimelow, who launched the openly racist and nativist VDare website in 1999.” Rendall also pointed out,” In a positive review (NR, 9/12/94) of “Race, Evolution, and Behavior,” a 1994 book by Philippe Rushton, reviewer Mark Snyderman eagerly recounted the book’s ‘ambitious’ and ‘fearless’ thesis:’ ‘Orientals are more intelligent, have larger brains for their body size, have smaller genitalia, have less sex drive, are less fecund, work harder and are more readily socialized than Caucasians; and Caucasians on average bear the same relationship to Blacks.’” John Derbyshire’s racist bile was par for the course at the National Review. As the FAIR posting by Steve Rendell aptly put it, “It is blatant racism, but it’s hard to see a great deal of difference between what he was fired over — assertions that Black people are less civilized, less intelligent and more prone to violence and criminality than others — and the racist views NR has promoted since its birth 57 years ago. And it’s hard to see why anyone would take NR seriously ‘when they write about racial issues.’” George E. Curry, former editorin-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service and editorial director of Heart & Soul magazine. He is a keynote speaker, moderator and media coach. Curry can be reached through his website, You can also follow him at

we are getting Angelenos back to work and creating job opportunities for those who need them the most.” The supervisor, who is also a Metro Board member, said, “The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project will create jobs that are badly needed throughout this region and jobs that are welcome news to individuals within our communities. Over the course of construction on this vital transportation project, thousands of jobs will be created and, thanks to Metro’s Construction Careers Policy and Project Labor Agreement, 40 percent of those jobs created will go to workers who live in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, with 10 percent of those jobs going to lowincome, chronically unemployed individuals,” said Ridley-Thomas. And Congresswoman Bass said, “The Crenshaw /LAX Transit Corridor project has the potential to transform the South L.A. community and improve the lives of residents. In fact, the transit corridor project will provide jobs and community revitalization opportunities to the historically underserved portion of L.A. County for residents of Los Angeles County. And

I’m very proud to stand here with leadership in our city as well as representatives of the workforce who will make this project real for our community.” However, in addition to the community having an involvement in the project, including jobs for the residents in the region, there have been some bumps in the road relative to the area’s economy and needs of the community and that have not been totally resolved as of yet: The Leimert Park Station is the most prominent example. All the elected officials in the area — Congressional representatives Maxine Waters and Bas — have been leading the charge in Congress for funding for the Leimert Park Station. On the local level, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, Council president Herb Wesson and Councilmember Bernard Parks have been vocal in their support for the station/stop; so has Assembly-member Holly Mitchell, at the state level. The community will be holding the elected officials accountable to see that the area residents play a substantial role in the construction of the Crenshaw Line, scheduled to pass through the heart of the African American Crenshaw and Inglewood communities.

BY GEORGE E. CURRY NNPA COLUMNIST In last week’s column, I described an article by “National Review (NR)” contributor John Derbyshire in which he said, “There is a talk that nonblack Americans have with their kids, too.” In an article for Taki’s magazine, Derbyshire listed a litany of racist things he had told his children, including that in random interactions with Blacks, “the Black stranger will be less intelligent than the White” and “do not settle in a district or municipality run by Black politicians.” Derbyshire has since been fired by the NR. Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), the media watchdog group, noted that conservative Forbes columnist Josh Barro had stated, “I’m pleased that the National Review has fired John Derbyshire as a result of his racist screed in Taki’s Magazine last week. Derbyshire’s remarks were beyond the pale, and this severing of ties is important for the credibility of one of the pillar institutions in conservative publishing.” FAIR noted, “Apparently Barro believes purging Derbyshire will remove a racist taint from the ‘pillar’ of conservative publishing. That’s funny because NR’s 57-year history has been defined in good part by racism. And while Derbyshire may have been the magazine’s latest house bigot…he is just one in a continuous line of racists writing in the pages of NR.” That lineup of racists began with William F. Buckley, the magazine’s founder. In an editorial in the magazine, dated August 24, 1957, titled, “Why the South Must Prevail,” Buckley wrote: “The central question that emerges — and it is not a parliamentary question or a question that is answered by merely consulting a catalog of the rights of American citizens, born equal — is whether the White community in the South is entitled to take such measures as are necessary to prevail, politically and culturally, in areas in which it does not predominate numerically? The sobering answer is yes — the White community is so entitled because, for the time being, it is the advanced race. It is not easy, and it

LIGHT RAIL Continued from page 6 Crenshaw Mall parking lot. This relocation work is to prepare the area for the Crenshaw Line that will be traversing along the 8.5 mile strip between the Expo Line on Exposition Boulevard along Crenshaw Boulevard, passing through Inglewood and Westchester and ending at the Metro Green Line in the LAX area. Currently under construction at Crenshaw and Exposition Boulevards, the project is scheduled to run southward bound with six stations, a maintenance facility, park and ride lots, traction power substations and the acquisition of rail vehicles and maintenance equipment. It will also offer alternative transportation options to congested roadways, economic development and employment opportunities in the South Los Angeles and ‘Crenshaw and Around’ areas. The mayor, who is also the Metro Board chairman, said, “The Crenshaw/LAX light rail line will provide a vital transportation link for this community and our entire city. By utilizing Metro’s Project Labor Agreement Program for this project,

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HOODIE AWARDS Continued from page 12 once-in-a-lifetime fun adventure to experience the Hoodie Awards Weekend and great attractions of Las Vegas. The winner will be driving around Las Vegas in a new Ford Escape and taking a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon, so make sure to get your videos and votes in.” Created in 2001 by Steve Harvey and television/radio producer Rushion McDonald to give star treatment to everyday men and women who uplift their neighborhoods, this year’s 10th anniversary Ford Hoodie Awards show will be bigger than ever. The show has become the crowning honor for urban communities. Voting for the 12 awards show categories will also kick off on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” from June 4 to June 19, with voting open on in one category per day. Listen to “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” weekdays on your radio or online live 6 – 10 a.m. EST for updates, laughs, daily inspiration and more. And log onto It’s the central place to submit videos for the contest, to vote and to see a rundown of contest rules, award nominees, tickets, packages for the 2012 Ford Hoodie Awards. The “Escape to the 2012 Ford Hoodie Awards” grand prize winner and voting prize winner will be unveiled on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” on July 6. “Escape to the 2012 Ford Hoodie Awards” contest details: Entry period: June 5 – June 27 Voting period: July 2 – July 5 Winner announced: July 6 Grand Prize: Escape to the 2012 Ford Hoodie Awards VIP Trip for Four • Round-trip Airfare for 4 people from their hometown to Las Vegas • Accommodations for 4 days/3 nights in a 2-bedroom, 2-story Skyloft

The City of Claremont Community Services Division is looking for one highly motivated, enthusiastic, customer service oriented individual who is training to be a certified automotive mechanic. Additional information about job duties and qualifications are available on the City website at or from the Personnel Office at (909) 399-5450. A completed application is required and must be received by Monday, June 18, 2012. EOE

Hotel Suite at the MGM Grand • Dinner for 4 at Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak at the MGM Grand, with comedian Lavell Crawford • Spa treatment for 4 at the MGM Grand Spa and Health Club • 4 tickets to the State Farm Freedom Friday Party on Aug. 3, starring comedian Sheryl Underwood and featuring live performances by Anthony Hamilton and Charlie Wilson • Opportunity to walk the Ford Celebrity Blue Carpet prior to the Awards Show with Ford Multicultural Marketing Manager Shawn Lollie • 4 exclusive front-row recliner lounge chairs to view the 10th Annual Ford Hoodie Awards Show on Aug. 4, hosted by Steve Harvey • Helicopter ride for 4 to the Grand Canyon • One VIP beach bungalow, with catering for the beach party on Aug. 5, with performances by Keith Sweat and Robin Thicke • 2013 Ford Escape vehicle to drive around Las Vegas for the duration of the Hoodie Awards Weekend Voting prize: Trip for 2 to the 2012 Ford Hoodie Awards • Round-trip airfare for 2 people from the listener’s hometown to Las Vegas • Hotel accommodations in Las Vegas for 3 days/2 nights • 2 tickets to the State Farm Freedom Friday Party on Aug. 3, starring comedian Sheryl Underwood and featuring live performances by Anthony Hamilton and Charlie Wilson • 2 tickets to the 10th Annual Ford

LOS ANGELES COUNTY METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY PROPOSED DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE OVERALL GOAL This announcement will serve as notice of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro) proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Overall Goal of 14.2% for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) – assisted contracts for a threeyear period for Federal Fiscal Year 2013 (FFY13) – Federal Fiscal Year 2015 (FFY15). Metro will achieve its proposed overall goal using race-neutral measures. The overall goal is expressed as a percentage of FTA funds Metro projects to expend in the upcoming year. The annual goal methodology used is in accordance with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) DBE Program Final Rule, 49 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 26. The annual goal is established to achieve a “level playing field” for DBEs to participate in Metro’s FTA-assisted contracting opportunities. Metro’s FFY13 DBE FTA overall goal and methodology will be made available during regular business hours of 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday for public review for 30 days from June 5, 2012 through July 5, 2012. The public may review and provide comments on the FTA overall goal for 45 days. Public comments will be accepted at the address listed below starting June 5, 2012 and ending July 20, 2012. Metro Headquarters Diversity & Economic Opportunity Department (DEOD) Attn: DBE Liaison Officer, Mail Stop: 99-8-4 One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012 DEOD Hotline: (213) 922-2600 - Fax: (213) 922-7660 CNS#2325645

GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC REVIEW AND PUBLIC HEARING The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) has developed and will be publishing its Draft Agency Plan for Fiscal Year 2013 in compliance with the Housing Reform Act of 1998. The Draft Agency Plan will be available for public review and comment beginning Friday June 8,

Hoodie Awards Show on Aug. 4, hosted by Steve Harvey.

DREW UNIV. Continued from page 5 ADHD, and I was like, No … It can’t be that all these Black kids are crazy. So I looked into it, and a lot of times it’s a cultural difference …”. Turner says she realized that the answer to many of the ills she was seeing were in policy, and that’s when she decided to shift her focus. She is considering attending Chapman University in Orange County for both master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in public health degrees to further her vision. Also as part of the 2012 commencement ceremonies, several key individuals were honored for their support of the university in its mission to transform the health of underserved communities. The commencement speaker, Los Angeles County 2nd District Supervisor Mark RidleyThomas, was presented with The President’s Medal, which “recognizes extraordinary and unique service” rendered to the university. John Ruffin, the director of the National Institute on Minority Health

and Health Disparities, was presented with the Charles R. Drew University Medal of Honor, the highest honor that the university’s Board of Trustees bestows for best exemplifying the spirit the university’s mission to “serve the underserved with excellence and compassion.” Ruffin has dedicated his research to medically underserved populations and supports programs to increase minority health professionals.

The Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters was presented to Dr. Sidney McNairy, an award-winning academician and an administrator with the National Institutes of Health in honor of his being “the driving force behind the success of a number of innovative programs that strengthened the biomedical research infrastructure at both emerging and research-intensive institutions throughout the nation.”

CANNIBALISM Continued from page 4 evaluation was needed. The university is reviewing whether officials could have responded in a different way, said Morgan spokesman Clinton Coleman. “At this point we believe the university did everything it should have,” he said. “You always have to bear in mind that you are dealing with student issues and young people and you have to deal with each person individually.” Agyei-Kodie’s sister, Irene Konadu Asante, said the family would discuss

the possibility of taking legal action on Thursday, following tradition in Ghana of waiting a week after a death before holding a family meeting. She said the funeral would be held in Ghana, “whatever it takes,” but arrangements had not yet been made. When asked how her family is reacting to the horrific way in which her brother was killed, she said it is not easy. “It’s not only my family — the way it hit the whole world,” Asante said. “It’s more than you can imagine.”

2012 through Tuesday August 7, 2012. The Public Hearing for the 2013 Draft Agency Plan will be held: Tuesday August 7, 2012 staring at 5:00 p.m. at St. Anne’s 155 N. Occidental Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026. The 2013 Draft Agency Plan can be reviewed during normal business hours at the Management Offices and Resident Council offices at the large family developments and also at: HACLA Central Office 2600 Wilshire Blvd. 3rd Floor L.A., CA 90057 Avalon Gardens Management Office 701 E. 88th St L.A., CA 90002 Estrada Courts Management Office 3232 Estrada St L.A., CA 90023 Gonzaque Village Management Office 1515 E 105th St L.A., CA 90002 Imperial Courts Management Office 11541 Croesus Ave L.A., CA 90059 Jordan Downs Management Office 9800 Grape St L.A., CA 90002 Mar Vista Gardens Management Office 11965 Allin St Culver City, CA 90230 Nickerson Gardens Management Office 1590 114th St L.A., CA 90059 Pico/Las Casitas Management Office 1526 E. 4th St L.A., CA 90033 Pueblo Del Rio Management Office 1801 East 53rd St L.A., CA 90058 Ramona Gardens Management Office 2830 Lancaster Ave L.A., CA 90033 Rancho San Pedro Management Office 275 West 1st St San Pedro, CA 90731 Rose Hill Courts Management Office 4466 Florizel L.A., CA 90032 San Fernando Gardens Management Office 10995 Lehigh Ave Pacoima, CA 91331 William Mead 1300 Cardinal St., Los Angeles CA 90012 Section 8 Valley Office 6946 Van Nuys Blvd. Ste 100 Van Nuys, CA 91405 Section 8 South Office 19600 Hamilton Ave., Torrance CA 90502 6/7/12 CNS-2326328# WATTS TIMES LOS ANGELES COUNTY METROPOLITAN TRANSPORATION AUTHORITY (METRO) REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will receive proposals for RFP No. PS 4710-2928, PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND QUALITY CONTROL SUPPORT SERVICES. Metro seeks to secure project management and quality control support services for the South Bay subregion, including both Measure R Highway Operational Improvement projects and existing nonMeasure R Highway Program projects as outlined in the Statement of Work on file at the LACMTA Office of Procurement, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (9th Floor). All proposals must be received on or before 3: 00 P.M. Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 at the address listed above, sent to the attention of Jim Nolan, Senior Contract Administrator. Proposals received later than the above date and time will be rejected and returned to the proposer unopened. A PreProposal conference will be held at 1:30 P.M. on THURSDAY, June 14th, 2012, GATEWAY PLAZA CONFERENCE ROOM, 3rdFloor located at the address above. Copies of the RFP will be available as of June 4th, 2012 via the website at You may also obtain a copy of the RFP by calling PROCUREMENT RECEPTIONIST DESK (9th Floor) at (213) 922-1037, or via Fax at (213)

922-1004. 6/7/12 CNS-2323949# WATTS TIMES LOS ANGELES COUNTY METROPOLITAN TRANSPORATION AUTHORITY (METRO) REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will receive proposals for RFP No. PS 4710-2930, PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND QUALITY CONTROL SUPPORT SERVICES. Metro seeks to secure project management and quality control support services for the delivery of San Fernando Valley and North Los Angeles County Subregions projects, including both Measure R Highway Operational Improvement projects and existing non-Measure R Highway Program projects as outlined in the Statement of Work on file at the LACMTA Office of Procurement, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (9th Floor). All proposals must be received on or before 3: 00 P.M. Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 at the address listed above, sent to the attention of Jim Nolan, Senior Contract Administrator. Proposals received later than the above date and time will be rejected and returned to the proposer unopened. A PreProposal conference will be held at 1:30 P.M. on THURSDAY, June 14th, 2012, GATEWAY PLAZA CONFERENCE ROOM, 3rdFloor located at the address above. Copies of the RFP will be available as of June 4th, 2012 via the website at You may also obtain a copy of the RFP by calling PROCUREMENT RECEPTIONIST DESK (9th Floor) at (213) 922-1037, or via Fax at (213) 922-1004. 6/7/12 CNS-2323752# WATTS TIMES LOS ANGELES COUNTY METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (METRO) INVITATION FOR BIDS Metro will release for bid C1015R Division 1 Cyclone Cone Replacement on Thursday, May 31, 2012.The work to be performed is the construction and management work to replace a cyclone cone section and replace seven existing flex connectors with new at four blower units on the roof of the fuel island at Metro’s Division 1. California State Contractor’s License Classification B or C43 is required of the Prime Bidder. All Subcontractors must possess appropriate licenses for each specialty subcontractor. Bidders are strongly encouraged to attend the Pre-Bid conference on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 @ 10:00 a.m., Palisades Conference Room 8th Floor located at the Office of Procurement & Material Mgmt, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012. All Bids must be submitted on forms furnished by Metro, and must be filed at the reception desk of the Office of Procurement & Material Mgmt on or before 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 2, 2012 Pacific Time, at which time bids will be opened and publicly read. Bids received later than the above date and time will be rejected and returned to the bidder unopened. Each bid must be sealed and marked Bid No. C1015R. The non-refundable price for the complete IFB documents (on disk) is $10.00 when picked up at the above address; or $15.00 if disks are to be mailed. Please contact the Procurement Receptionist at 213-922-1037 to purchase copies. You may obtain further information, by faxing Deneise Glover at (213) 922-3883. 6/7/12 CNS-2321053# WATTS TIMES


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Crenshaw Neighborhood Pride Day: Local community members are being urged to volunteer this weekend to assist in cleaning up our neighborhoods. Volunteers will be needed for exterior house work, flower painting, graffiti removal and yard cleanup. Breakfast and lunch will be served. WHEN: 8 a.m. to 12 noon. For more information or to volunteer, please email or call 888-895-2NHS (647).

“ Prayer, Praise and Perseverance” : Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, the 24th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., will launch the sorority’s 100th anniversary with “Prayer, Praise and Perseverance.” Butler-McIntyre, a New Orleans resident and educator, will deliver an inspirational message to members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and supporters during a two-day visit to Los Angeles. WHEN: 7:30 a.m. WHERE: Washington Preparatory High School, 10860 S. Denker Ave., Los Angeles. The day will close with a reception at Loyola Marymount University, University Hall Atrium Level,1-4 p.m. Tickets are $50, and guests will be treated to appetizers and entertainment. For more information, contact Farwest Assistant Regional Secretary Aisha K. Childs at or visit

“ Pathways to Yesteryear: Strolling the Street of Dreams” : West Adams Heritage Association’ s (WAHA) Annual Spring Homes & Architecture Tour: Tour grand Victorian era mansions and Queen Anne Cottages alike in one of West Adams’ oldest neighborhoods, University Park. A century ago, Adams Boulevard was Los Angeles’s street of dreams – the main artery of a “Bon Ton District” that included Chester Place, St. James Park and the Belgravia Tract, home to some of the City’s finest residences. The West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA) invites you to stroll these pathways to yesteryear. This self-guided walking tour will open the doors to a collection of historic buildings that evoke the times and memories of the late 19th century in Los Angeles. Tour visitors may also ramble through the grounds of Chester Place, L.A.’s oldest gated community. Developed in 1899 as an exclusive enclave, these historic mansions are now home to Mount St. Mary’s College. WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets: $30 at the door. Ticket sales close at 1 p.m.; tour properties will close at 4 p.m. To purchase tickets, go to Additional information: 323-732-4223 or or The tour benefits West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA), a nonprofit organization founded in 1983 to support preservation of the community’s architectural and cultural heritage.

Caribbean Comedy Series Show and Dance: Presented by

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Marcus B Entertainment. WHEN: 7 p.m. doors / 8 p.m. show time. The event will feature Errol Fabien (T&T), Dillion Jones (Belize), Jeff Hodge (V.I) Jackie Fabulous (USA) and is hosted by Chris Spencer. WHERE: Crowne Plaza LAX Hotel, 5985 Century Blvd., Los Angeles. Tickets will be $28 (advance only/no tix sold at door). Tickets: 310-922-4005 or or Web: Limited amount of reserved tables available. Table cost: $60 seats for 10 people or $30 seats for 5 people. Don’t forget: The Crowne Plaza Hotel is offering a special room rate for the night. Avoid the ride back home and book your room now; special rates going for $79 + tax. Contact Odetta David at 310-258-1323, and ask for the Caribbean Comedy Series group rate.

6-12 ‘ Fracking’ Conference for Baldwin Hills: The Culver City Council Chambers will be hosting a workshop regarding the hydraulic

fracturing occurring in the Baldwin Hills/Inglewood oil field(s). By attending the conference, participants can learn more about the dangers of 'fracking', organize a community voice, assist in devising solutions to protect community safety/health as well as develop regulations for these practices which, under the current California laws and according the Community Health Councils webpage, do not require permits. In congruence, support the FRAC (Fracturing Responsibility & Awareness of Chemicals) Act, which according to, “requires the energy industry to disclose all chemicals used in fracturing fluid.” WHEN: 7:00- 9:00 p.m. WHERE: The Culver City Council Chambers located at 9770 Culver Blvd. For more information, contact Mark Glassock:

Free Foreclosure Investing Workshop: California Foreclosure Institute presents a free two-hour workshop for beginning investors and realtors on how to get started finding and buying foreclosure properties. Guest speaker will be Lloyd Sega, author of “Stop Foreclosure Now” and “Foreclosure Investing.” WHEN: 6 -8 p.m. WHERE: Manhattan Beach Library, 1320 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach 90266. The workshop is complimentary, but reservations are required. To register, please visit or call 310-3790101. Up Coming 4th World Sickle Cell Day: A United Nations resolution deemed June 19 World Sickle Cell Day to promote awareness, because “sickle cell is a global health problem!” The African American Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry for Sickle Cell Disease Awareness and Friends will cell-a-brate and bring awareness to our So Cal Community. WHEN: Sat., June 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: The LRH Community Center Auditorium, 8039 S. Vermont, Los Angeles 90044. The blood mobile will be there 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Marrow

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6-13 Free Autism Insurance Workshops: Families paying out-of-pocket costs for autism treatment will soon get much-needed relief. Starting July 1, the new California Autism Insurance Mandate requires health plans to cover treatment for children with autism as a medical benefit. But as July is fast approaching, one of the state’s largest treatment providers says parents are not sure of what’s covered or how to access coverage. Many need help understanding the complexities of the California Autism Insurance Mandate (Senate Bill 946). Parents also can attend free workshops to learn what their health plan covers and to ask questions of TBH’s (Trumpet Behavioral Health) insurance specialists. WHERE: Woodland Hills. To view a complete list and register, please visit

registration will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We invite everyone to join us and learn the truth about sickle cell, blood and marrow/stem cell and cord blood donations. Our enormous request is for everyone who can to donate your life-saving blood and register your marrow to cure someone within your same genetic makeup/race that is diagnosed with sickle cell and other blood diseases. The silence about sickle cell has led to the ignoring of sickle cell disease. This must change. Become aware and help save lives. Contact Nita Thompson at or call 323-7501087 to register for this event and for blood donation sign-ups.

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