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Photo by Ian Foxx (Left —Right) Mo’Nique and husband, Sidney Hicks, at the closing premiere of the movie “Blackbird” at the PAFF on Feb. 16, 2014.

Photos by Ian Foxx (Left-Right) Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington at the PAFF closing night premier of “Blackbird”, a movie they are co-starring and coproduced by Mo’Nique and her husband, Sidney.

Feuer Takes Charlie Wilson Honored at African Action to Protect American Heritage Celebration Disabled Residents of Unlicensed Facilities LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer has filed a civil enforcement action against the operators of two unlicensed assisted living facilities for allegedly jeopardizing the health and safety of physically and mentally disabled residents. The complaint alleges that the defendants violated the residents’ personal rights, subjecting them to deplorable, overcrowded, unsafe and unsanitary living conditions. Feuer sought, and the Court appointed, a receiver to immediately begin to work with state, county and local agencies to relocate individuals requiring assisted care to licensed facilities. “These residents are among the most vulnerable in our society and they were forced to live a daily nightmare,” said Feuer. “We are bringing that nightmare to a close.” The two facilities, Agape Mission House and Agape Home Church, are located at 2205 and 2217-19 South Hobart Boulevard in Los Angeles’ historic Adams District. The facilities are a block away from the First African Methodist Episcopal Church and close to public and private elementary schools, pre-schools and after school programs. The City Attorney’s Complaint states that the facilities, “…have a long history of noncompliance with applicable laws, licensing regulations and restrictions, health and safety codes and landlord tenant laws. Defendants blatantly disregarded these laws, as well as rights of physically and mentally disabled adults, by continuing to retain and place such individuals in deplorable, overcrowded and substandard living conditions without regard for their safety and well-being, creating an imminent risk to both defendants’ tenants and members of the surrounding community and a public nuisance.” Specific instances of abuse alleged in the complaint include punishments for failure to attend religious services twice a day, without any regard for residents’ individual religious beliefs. Punishments consist of being made to stand by a tree for up to four hours; being made to translate Bible verses for an entire day; being locked in the facility for several days; Please see Disabled, page 3

Photos by Ian Foxx Mayor Eric Garcetti and Our Authors Study Club honored Lou Gossett, Angela Bassett, Charlie Wilson, U.S. Judge Consuelo Marshall, Dr. James Rosse and Yvonne B. Burke during the African American Heritage Celebration at the Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2104.

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Accelerating Affluence and Perpetuating Poverty By James Clingman The role we play in our own economic demise is mind-boggling. First of all, our priorities are screwed up. We place more emphasis on some of the most meaningless issues and aspects of life. We use much of our time talking about the housewives, the preachers, the husbands, the Grammys, the fashions, and yes, politics, and fail to do what it takes to really empower ourselves. It is a case where the poorest in this society are doing everything they can to further enrich the affluent. Of course, it is by design and there has to be a willing and, as Amos Wilson said, “stupid” consumer class to maintain our capitalistic system. But this is not a diatribe against rich people; as a matter of fact, I wish we had more rich people rising from the ranks of the poor. The intent of this article is to illustrate our participation in keeping ourselves in the very place we complain about being. Rich vs Poor The affluent are piling up more cash than they could spend in a three lifetimes, and they never get distracted from that mission. They do not succumb to being dumbed down by stupid, time-wasting, no-redeeming-value, TV shows. They are not swooning over politics; they know it’s nothing but a game and a means for them to get even richer. Yes, some of them are even willing to break the law, sacrifice their morality, and do unethical things to get what they want; but I am certainly not suggesting we go that far. I am suggesting that we stop being the fodder for our economic system, at least not to extent we are now. I am suggesting that we take ourselves more seriously and start playing to win. Aside from the obvious problems for our children, this is also a problem for the country. The rich save and the poor spend, which heightens the importance of income inequality. If the vast majority of the money in the system always finds its way to the top 1%, thereby, not very likely to be spent, then what happens to consumption, which comprises two-thirds of our GDP? It’s one thing to talk about income and wealth disparities, but it’s an entirely different thing to get down to the business of doing something about it. We can, as Red said in Shawshank Redemption, “Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’” and that begins by studying and learning how business is done in this country.

Find out what your individual role is and what our collective role is, and then change the paradigm. Stop buying so much stuff that others make; start buying more of what we make. Stop complaining about others starting businesses in our neighborhoods; start our own. Slow down spending; increase saving. Use Black financial planners, tax preparers, accountants, lawyers, and yes, sports agents, start building a relationship with a bank, a Black bank if possible, and stop falling for those celebrity prepaid debit card rip-offs. I understand that some folks cannot get checking accounts, which causes some of them to fall prey to high profile celebrities who endorse cards that charge usury fees. But regardless of your situation, you should try to build a relationship with a bank or credit union, and stop paying outrageous fees to spend your own money? Those cards, backed by the likes of Russell Simmonsrushcard , Magic Johnsonmagic card , Lil’ Waynelil wayne , just to name a few, only increase their affluence and perpetuate your poverty. They charge loading fees, monthly fees, ATM fees, and even “inactivity” fees, of which the so-called “Rush Card” has the highest. Check them out for yourself, and stop being clowned by these guys and their backers. If you must use a prepaid card, find the cheapest one; you don’t need a celebrity’s face on it or an endorsement by a celebrity for it to work for you. Finally, in his SOTUS the President said no one should to have to raise a family in poverty, and therefore we need to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. Poverty level for a four-person household is $23,850; at $10.10 per hour and with one person working, that household would earn $21,008. Duh! Don’t get emotionally hyped by mere words; do some research and know the facts. Accounting for inflation and productivity, some reports indicate the minimum wage should be even higher, and unless it is tied to inflation, with raises every year, “10-10” will go down in history as just another cute political phrase. Sure, we should raise wages for the lower tier of workers, but that in and of itself will not make a dent in the “inequality gap” now being discussed. As stated earlier, poor people spend; rich people save. Thus, the cycle continues: Accelerating Affluence and Perpetuating Poverty.

U.S. Spending Extraordinary Amounts On ‘Guard Labor’ By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. America’s gun culture costs lives and feeds our fears. Consider the most recent injustice in Florida, the verdict in the Michael Dunn case, and the most recent news about America’s “guard labor.” In Jacksonville, Fla., Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white man, was aggravated by the loud rap music coming from an SUV filled with four black teenagers in a convenience store parking lot. An exchange of insults ensued. Dunn, who was armed and clearly dangerous, claimed that he was threatened by Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old high school senior, and later claimed he saw the barrel of a shotgun coming from the SUV. There was no shotgun; no other witness saw anything that might resemble a shotgun. Dunn opened his door and fired 10 shots into the SUV as it drove away, killing Jordan Davis. Dunn then drove away without calling the cops, and without ever mentioning that the boys had a shotgun. Under Florida’s inane “Stand Your Ground” law, however, Dunn had the right to use lethal force to defend himself if he “reasonably” thought his life was threatened. Dunn’s lawyer said, “I don’t have to prove the threat, just that Mike Dunn believed it.” The Jacksonville jury found Dunn guilty of three counts of “attempted murder” in his strafing of the car, but they couldn’t come to a decision on his murder of Jordan Davis. In Florida, it is increasingly dangerous to be young, black and male. In the New York Times on Monday, Samuel Bowles and Arjun Jayadev report in “One Nation Under Guard” that the U.S. now employs more private security guards than high school teachers.

Tallying up all of what they call “guard labor,” including police officers, prison guards, soldiers, etc., they come to a figure of 5.2 million, more than all teachers at all levels. The “guard labor” share of the labor force in America has risen dramatically since the 1970s, as inequality has reached new extremes. Bowles and Jayadev find that guard labor and inequality are connected. We have four times as much guard labor as Sweden, a country of equal living standards but far less inequality. States with extreme inequality like New York and Louisiana have far more of their work force employed in guard labor than states with less inequality like Idaho and New Hampshire. Bowles and Jayadev discount race as a factor, but obviously Sweden, New Hampshire and Idaho are also far less diverse than the U.S., New York and Lousiana, respectively. Bowles and Jayadev note that social spending seems to decline as guard labor grows. The U.S. is spending more of its money on guards and less on opportunity. One haunting feature of South Africa under apartheid was the extent to which the homes of the affluent whites were protected by walls, barbed wire and private guards. Fear of crime and of majority revolt pervaded the country. Our gun and guard culture is, at root, also about fear. We pride ourselves on being the home of the brave and land of the free. But increasingly we are the home of the fearful, and land of the armed. Michael Dunn’s murderous rage was grounded in fear. Our soaring guard labor reflects rising fear. As Jacksonville demonstrated once more, guns can make those fears deadly. We would be far better off investing in opportunity rather than fear, making the country less unequal and more confident in its diversity. Contrary to the NRA, spreading concealed weapons around makes our streets more, not less, dangerous. Contrary to real estate agents, gated communities and armed guards offer more provocation than protection. In the end, real security comes not from guards or guns, but from justice.


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Digital World Demands New IT Workforce (BPT) - It's no secret that technology has changed how we live. From tablets and streaming video, to big data analytics and network security, we live in a digital world that impacts us every minute of every day. However, technology not only improves the way we live and work in the present, but also offers great opportunity for the future. The rush of technology advances and innovations brings a wave of career opportunities to those with the right training, whether your objective is to advance in your current profession or explore a new one within the many business sectors under the realm of IT. Going back to school for an IT degree to increase your skill set could be the right path for you. Why? * The workforce needs IT pros with up-to-date skills. You may think that years of

past experience are the key to success for IT professionals, but that's not necessarily true. More than nine-in-10 - 93 percent - of U.S. IT and business executives report that there is a vast difference between existing and desired skills among their staffs, according to CompTIA, a nonprofit trade association representing the IT industry. * The IT world needs well-rounded tech professionals. IT challenges that employers face today demand more than just technical know-how, and newer IT degree programs are designed with this in mind. For instance, NEASC-accredited Mount Washington College, a part of the Kaplan Higher Education Group, offers a new online IT degree curriculum that addresses emerging areas such as ethical, legal and social issues in IT administration, cloud computing, and security and forensics. This online program

also integrates gamification elements, including motivational and academic badges, which help students demonstrate the mastery of competencies aligning with industry certifications that can be earned prior to graduation - providing immediate degree value. * You may think that obstacles, such as time and money, are too difficult to overcome in order to return to school for a new degree. How-

ment of Social Services’ Community Care Licensing Division, Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department, WISE and Healthy Aging Ombudsman Program and Los Angeles County agencies including Adult Protective Services, Department of Mental Health and Department of Public Health. Assistant City Attorney Jose Egurbide is spearheading the litigation for the City Attorney’s Office. (A copy of the complaint can be found at: http://atty.lacity.org/ stellent/groups/electedofficials/ @atty_contributor/documents/ contributor_web_content/ lacityp_027696.pdf )

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education settings. Whether you are seeking to advance in your current career or embark on a new one, career opportunities in the IT industry are many. And now, obtaining the skills you need to be successful in this market are more accessible and affordable than ever. To learn more about the Mount Washington College IT program, visit mountwashington.edu.

Community Meetings Planned to Discuss Education Funding The public is invited to attend community meetings to discuss the new way in which public education in California will be funded. Called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), the new law represents a shift in the way education dollars have been allocated, with dollars being included specifically to support low income students. As a component of the program, school districts are required to solicit input from com-

Feuer Takes Action to Protect Disabled Residents Slow To The (Continued from page 1) are assisting in this matter inbeing made to sleep outside at clude the Social Security Ad- Sign-Up? night; or even being discharged. ministration, California DepartSome residents reported they are locked in at night, that they are not allowed access to the kitchen and pantry and that Defendants collect their county or federal benefits cards as rent at the beginning of each month and deny residents access to their own spending money. The complaint alleges that the Defendants’ conduct violates California’s unfair competition laws, false advertising law, the Community Care Facilities Act, the Health and Safety code and constitutes a public nuisance, and can subject the operators to a penalty of between $2,500 and $7,500 for each act that threatens the health and safety of residents. The regulatory agencies that

ever, online programs are changing that. For example the new IT degree through Mount Washington College starts as low as $4,800 annually and is highly flexible to accommodate adult student schedules. The program enables students to finish assignments and earn their degrees as time permits, while juggling work, family and other responsibilities that are often roadblocks in more traditional

In a critical period of Obamacare outreach, will more black consumers take advantage of benefits available through the California healthcare exchange? By McKenzie Jackson, From California Black Media When Andre Andrews signed on to the Covered California website on Feb. 7, he was in the midst of coping with a medical emergency. A week before, Andrews had been the victim of a hit-and-run. The Burbank resident was walking his bike up the side of a street late one night, when he was suddenly struck by a passing motorist who never bothered to stop. The impact left him with missing teeth, lacerations to his face and an ambulance bill alone of over $1,000. Uninsured since leaving a job in early January, Andrews has already paid $500 of the bill. But he now feels more secure because of his coverage eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. Also known as Obamacare, it is made available in this state through Covered California, which Andrews is confident will help him better manage medical expenses and aid with any future health problems he might experience. “I never really go to the doctor, but I still need health insurance, especially since this happened,” said Andrews. “All these other healthcare insurance providers online are expensive.” For the 30-year-old, what he found through Covered California “is less expensive. I’m one of those guys that thought nothing would ever happen. But clearly it can. You don’t know what is going to happen.”

munity stakeholders, especially parents. This input will be included in the District’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which must then be adopted. Four community meetings within Board District 1 will be held before the end of the month. They are: Monday, February 24, Dorsey High School, 3537 Farmdale; Tuesday, February 25, Washington Preparatory More than 11,000 black Californians — and potentially millions more across the United States — can identify with the peace of mind Andrews enjoys today as a result of Obamacare. Following a difficult rollout, there has been a surge of enrollments over the last two months; on January 25, the Obama administration announced that three million Americans had signed up for private health plans under the law, including 800,000 in the month of January alone. California accounts for 625,000 of those enrollees, but thus far only 3.1 percent, or 11,153, are African-Americans, despite blacks being nearly seven percent of California’s population. That is compared with whites, who have accounted for 54.7 percent, or 199,186, of Obamacare enrollees, tops in the state. Obamacare ensures that all Americans have access to affordable health insurance, by offering discounts or tax credits on health insurance plans and enlarging the Medicaid assistance program to include more individuals that can’t afford healthcare in their budgets. A household with an income between one and four times the Federal Poverty Level is ideal for receiving the health insurance discounts. Despite common misperceptions — that only single mothers can qualify for healthcare assistance, for example, or that a family must be in a deep poverty to get help — even individuals who earn too much to qualify for discounts and tax credits are entitled to buy plans through Covered California. In California and across the nation, individuals with Obamacare have benefits in 10 categories including ambulatory patient services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment and pre-

High School, 10860 Denker Avenue; Wednesday, February 26, Crenshaw High School, 5010 11th Avenue and Thursday, February 27, LACES Magnet School, 5931 W. 18th Street. Each meeting will begin at 6 p.m. To learn more about LCFF, go to http:// lcff.lausd.net. For further information, call Board District 1 at (323) 9396315 or (213) 241-6382, weekdays scription drugs. The health plan also helps cover rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, laboratory services, preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management, and pediatric services such as dental and vision care. Among those who have yet to enroll in a healthcare plan, despite the fact that he would almost certainly be eligible for coverage and/ or subsidies, is 30-year-old Clint Thompson of Santa Monica. Thompson, who recently returned to California from New York City, is debating whether to enroll in a plan through Covered California, or try the insurance offered through his employer, a clothing retailer. “I’m weighing the options of each,” said Thompson, “but I really haven’t looked as in-depth as I should.” Thompson and others like him, those who remain on the fence about obtaining healthcare coverage, have until the March 31 open enrollment deadline to either enroll in a plan of some kind or be subject to a penalty. Covered California this month launched an outreach campaign covering 21 counties across the state — Kern, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Clara and Ventura among them — that includes opportunities for free enrollment assistance at libraries, community centers and other locations. Opportunities to enroll and information about outreach locations can be found on the website www.coveredca.com. Although online enrollment remains a viable and popular option, Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said many people are more comfortable with face-to-face discussion. “Many people want to speak with an expert in person in their own language,” he said recently, “rather than over the phone or on the Internet when making such a personal decision about health insurance.”


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CHURCH & COMMUNITY NEWS LifeWay Research: Pastors Believe Religious Liberty On Decline In U.S. By Bob Smietana NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Americans have always had mixed feelings about religious liberty. Most say it’s important, but they don’t always agree how much liberty is enough or too much. That’s the issue at the heart of the upcoming Supreme Court hearings between Hobby Lobby and the Obama Administration over the HHS contraceptive mandate. It’s a dispute that is unlikely to go away, no matter what the Supreme Court decides. American preachers, it turns out, are more than a bit uneasy about religious liberty these days. A survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research found seven out of 10 senior pastors at Protestant churches say religious liberty is on the decline in America. About seven in 10 also say Christians have lost or are losing the culture war. The telephone survey of Protestant senior pastors was taken Sept. 4-19, 2013. Seventy percent agree with the statement, “Religious liberty is on the decline in America.” Twentyseven percent disagree. Selfidentified evangelical pastors (81 percent) are more likely to agree than mainline pastors (47 percent). Researchers also asked pastors to respond to this question: “Many Christian leaders have talked about society being in a culture war. Regardless of how you feel about that terminology, how would you explain the current situation?” Nearly six in 10 (59 percent) say Christians are losing. One in 10 (11 percent) say the culture war is already lost. Few (10 percent) say Christians are winning the culture war. Evangelical pastors (79 percent) are more likely than mainline pastors (60 percent) to say Christians are losing or have lost the culture war. Mainline pastors (30 percent) are also most likely to say they “don’t know” when asked about the culture war. By contrast, 13 percent

of Evangelicals say they don’t know. Overall, one in five pastors (19 percent) say they don’t know. Culture shifts Some of the unease about religious liberty is due to shifts in American culture and church practice, said Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research. In the 1960s, nearly two-thirds of Americans were Protestants. Today, they make up less than half of the population, according to the General Social Survey. Fewer Protestants means less cultural power, says Stetzer. In the past, he says, Christians – and Protestants in particular – took it for granted that Americans would look to the church for guidance on moral issues. Churches, he said, were seen as being good for society and so they were given special privileges – like exemptions from taxes and other laws. "Even if people did not go to church, they looked to the church," explained Stetzer.

That’s no longer the case, as the government and culture no longer defer to Protestant Christians, which makes pastors and their congregations nervous. “They feel like in some ways there was a pact made at the founding of the country — between God and America," he said. “That pact has been broken.” That’s not all bad news, said Stetzer. "The fact that 'Christian' is not just a demographic category can have a positive side," Stetzer said, as it means that Protestants and other Christians have to be more active in living out their faith. But it also has political and social consequences, as a sizable number of Protestants and other Christians run into conflicts with societal norms on issues like sexuality and marriage and other issues. So Stetzer says Protestants (and like-minded religious people) have to think through a new strategy that defends their religious

liberty but also acknowledges that conflict. Several recent court battles also may play a role, said Thomas Kidd, professor of history at Baylor University, and author of God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution. Kidd points to the Hobby Lobby case as well as the Supreme Court’s 2012 Hosanna-Tabor ruling. Both involve disputes between the government and religious groups over exemptions from federal law. In both cases, religious liberty was seen as less important than other issues – like nondiscrimination or healthcare, said Kidd. “There’s a real sense that something has changed dramatically,” he said. “Some questions about the meaning of religious liberty are now in play.” Those court battles, as well as the decline in Protestant cultural power, make pastors nervous, he said. “Less clout plus more aggressive policy creates a sense of crisis,” he said. Americans also concerned about religious liberty LifeWay researchers found similar concerns about religious liberty in a telephone survey of

1,001 Americans, conducted Sept. 6-10, 2013. More than half (54 percent) agree with the statement, “Religious liberty is on the decline in America.” About four in 10 (38 percent) disagree. Half (50 percent) also agree with the statement: “Christians increasingly are confronted by intolerance in America today.” Thirty nine percent disagree. Researchers also found about a third of Americans (34 percent) say Christians complain too much about how they are treated. Scott McConnell, vice president of LifeWay Research, said concerns about religious liberty have become widespread. “Half of Americans say that religious liberty is on the decline,” he said. “That’s a lot of people.” McConnell thinks many of the new freedoms Americans want are less compatible with religion. Freedoms always have limits, he said, and Americans disagree about how to weigh religious liberty against other concerns. “It’s not that people don’t care about religious liberty,” he said. “It’s that other values are seen as more important.”


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HEALTH & COMMUNITY NEWS Insurance, Not Injuries, May Determine Who Goes To Trauma Centers By Sarah Varney From NPR When private hospitals transfer patients who don't have insurance to public hospitals, it's called "patient dumping." But a study from Stanford University published Wednesday suggests a twist: Hospitals, it seems, are less likely to transfer critically injured patients to trauma centers if the patients have health insurance. Researchers at Stanford University looked at more than 4,500 trauma cases at 636 hospitals around the country to see what happened to critically injured patients who were brought to emergency rooms that weren't designated trauma centers. They found that non-trauma facilities were much more likely to admit patients who had insurance, whether it was private insurance or Medicaid coverage, than to transfer the patients to

more skilled facilities. "It's the opposite of the overly aggressive transfer of a poor patient," says Dr. Arthur Kellermann, dean of the medical school at Uniformed Services University and a trauma care specialist who was not involved in the study. "This is actually suggesting that patients who have coverage for critical injuries may not be getting transferred as quickly as they should be." Getting to a designated trauma center matters for patients who are seriously hurt — those with severe injuries are 25 percent less likely to die at a trauma center than in a typical emergency room. "That's the whole point of trauma centers," Kellermann says. "The expertise, the speed of response, the capacity to manage complex injuries is significantly better at major trauma

Trouble Van By Dean L. Jones, CPM Most likely, while growing up very few us ever stopped to think how those melodic neighborhood ice crème trucks were product pushers of habit forming processed sugary-filled packaged items. Many of us unknowingly got hooked on the foodstuff, while all the while only associating the products as treats, consequently never once considering packaged ice crème's harmful ingredients are among the leading causes for contracting obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease to name a few. It seems like only yesterday hearing that uniquely piercing music from ice crème trucks that worked to create a frenzy among kids and some adults. The excitement of knowing that with merely nickels and dimes the ready convenience of getting an ice sandwich, push-up, big stick, drumstick, fudge popsicle or a soft swirl filed cone was upon you. Unfortunately, as then and now ice crème trucks are trouble makers to healthy living. Aside from ghastly carbon emissions, ice crème trucks are predominantly melodic sugar monsters that target children commonly residing in low-income neighborhoods. Purposely pursuing children and getting them hooked on processed sugar coincides with how from birth all humans are hardwired to prefer a sweet taste. Sugars are scientifically classified as carbohydrates and when we eat foodstuff that contains these carbohydrates, they stimulate the release of the feelgood brain chemical serotonin. Serotonin affects brain cells related to mood, sexual function, sleep, appetite, memory and learning, making it obvious to food manufactures to sell sweet things that will get consumers to think they are getting that good feeling from eating their product. Some cities find neighborhood ice crème trucks a menace and have passed municipal ordinances that ban them from operating in residential areas. Locally, Lynwood, Carson, Santa Ana and other cities in Orange County all

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Dean L. Jones restrict ice crème truck vending in public rights of way. Quiet merchandising is the basic reasons for cities restricting these trouble vans, but if you look closely at the ingredients common to ice crème truck products it may start looking like a public experiment to see just how long the average child can survive from regularly consuming this stuff. Packaged ice crème ingredients include Diethyl glycol used to replace eggs also found in antifreeze and paint removers. Aldehyde C-17, a cherry flavoring additive used in dyes, plastics and rubber. Piperonal used to imitate vanilla is a lice killer. Ethyl acetate, a pineapple flavor that can also clean leather and textiles. Butyraldehyde used in nut flavored ice crème and rubber cement. Amyl acetate, a banana flavor and used as an oil paint solvent. Other stabilizers and emulsifiers are mixed in to spike flavor. Ice crème is made from dairy cow milk that is injected with synthetic chemical hormones (estrogen) to make the cows grow faster and produce more milk, in so doing these nasty hormones are transferred into the ice crème. www.SugarAlert.com Dean Jones, Ethics Advocate, Southland Partnership Corporation (a public benefit organization), contributes his view on consuming various unwholesome packaged foods and beverages.

centers. That's the whole reason certain hospitals are designated trauma centers." It's not just a matter of getting in the door at the closest hospital, he says, but getting in the door at the right hospital. The study didn't assess how well the patients who were held at non-trauma centers fared. The researchers excluded patients over 65, and those who were discharged from the ER or who died. But Dr. Kit Delgado, the study's lead author and a former Stanford emergency medicine instructor, says critically injured patients "admitted to hospitals that are not trauma centers are at risk for worse outcomes." It's unclear just who makes that decision to admit or transfer. Emergency physicians and nurses typically don't know whether their patients are insured or not. But Delgado, who is now an emergency care researcher at the University of Pennsylvania,

says hospital administrators often weigh in on where uninsured patients end up, and that same dynamic, he says, could help explain why non-trauma centers are reluctant to give up paying customers. Does having health insurance make it less likely that people will come to the ER? No, says a study in Oregon. "As an emergency physician," Delgado says, "you may get a tap on the shoulder by a case manager that suggests that you should consider transferring the patient out to a hospital where they can be taken care of and [where] they're willing to accept them without insurance." The business of medicine too often dictates where patients are cared for, Kellermann says, and that includes whether a hospital admits patients or transfers them away. "That decision should not be influenced by economics one way or the other," he says. "It

should be influenced only by what's in the best interest of patients." It's not the first time researchers have found hospitals holding on to insured patients: Low-birth-weight babies do best at neonatal intensive care units that care for many such infants, but babies covered by insurance are less likely to be transferred. Still, there could be other reasons why patients aren't transferred to hospitals that have more expertise: Patient preference may play a role. Delgado is currently researching whether patients prefer to stay at their local community hospital rather than be moved to a trauma center — which might be part of a public hospital or located in an innercity area. If patient choice is driving these decisions, Delgado says, hospitals need to do a better job of educating patients about where they'll get the best care.


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LOCAL NEWS Authors, Art and Jazz for a Sunday Afternoon By Ricky Richardson LOS ANGELES- Our Authors Study Club, Inc., Los Angeles Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life & History, Inc. presented An Afternoon with Authors, Jazz, Art and Fellowship. The event was held on Sunday, February 16, 2014 from 2-5PM, at the Museum of African American Art, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw PlazaMacy’s 3rd Floor. The afternoon festivities were sponsored by Our Authors Study Club, Inc., and Consolidated Realty. The community came out on this beautiful Southern California day, with its Spring like weather to partake in this fabulous Black History Month Celebration. Mary Cotton served as Mistress of Ceremony. The crowd joined Ms. Cotton in singing The Black National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” to kick off the program. Theresa Curtis welcomed everyone and gave an over-

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Authors, Art and Jazz for a Sunday Afternoon The program featured several authors and artwork on display throughout the museum. Each author present showcased their books and writings and provided short presentations introducing their books. Deborah R. Blanchette shared her book Inspired 365Daily Thoughts To Help You Thrive. Her daughter Chase, presented I Hit She Back by Dr. Genevieve A. Shepherd, Our Authors Study Club., President Emeritus. Joe Brewster, M.D. and Michele Stephenson presented Promises Kept-Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and Life. Google search American Promise this was a program that aired on PBS. Judge Mablean Ephriam stated “her book Life Lessons:52 Tools for Weekly Living is a small power packed book filled with pearls of wisdom about life.” Melba D. Hansley presented BB The Blowfish Counting another gem to instill confidence and skills so kids can succeed with multiplications. Emmy Lu a great artist of various mediums complimented the setting with his exhibit Eclectic Journey on display until February 28, 2014 in the Museum of African American Art. Saxophonist Mekiel Reuben author of music, filled the Museum of African American Art with the soulful sounds of smooth jazz from his latest CD If You Were Here Tonight. Visit www.mekielreuben.com to purchase his music or to book Mekiel for your next function. Ernestine Gordon,

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Dr. Beverly “BAM” Crawford and The Company International 3rd Annual Women’s Empowerment Conference Join Dr. Beverly “BAM” Crawford, founder of The Company International for the 3rd Annual Women’s Empowerment Conference Thursday thru Saturday, March 6-8, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 200 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA. The Company International is an organization that connects and supports women of all ages, cultures and backgrounds looking for new ways to balance life, develop successful strategies and have more fulfilling relationships. This year’s theme, “Tree of Life” welcomes women to take full advantage of the many experts and sessions available which include health and wellness, nutrition and principles for business offering guidance to

empower women in the workplace, marketplace, community and ministry. Attendees will gain inspiration through access to skills and information to restore and strengthen their dreams and goals. Dr. Crawford and her empowerment team consists of notables from various industries such as: Grammy award-winning singer, Deniece Williams; World renown worship leader, Minister Jackie Gouche; best-selling author; Victoria ChristopherMurray; Hall of fame/Olympic gold medalist and entrepreneur, Pamela McGee; film/television actress, Alley Mills; Elect Lady Darlyn Turner; Zumba instructor, Scheli Jones; Pastor Marguerite Reeves; herbalists, Nina Collins; nutritionist, Jayme Hirashiki;

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STATE / NATIONAL & WORLD NEWS Racist Episodes Continue to Stir Ole Miss Campus By Adam Blinder From the New York Times OXFORD, Miss. — On the campus of the University of Mississippi, a few hundred yards from a monument honoring Confederate soldiers, a statue of the university’s first black student, who enrolled in 1962 amid rioting that left two people dead, stands as what administrators call a powerful symbol of progress. But when two unidentified men placed a noose around the bronze neck of James Meredith this week and left behind a flag with the Confederate battle emblem, it set into motion a new round of soul-searching in a place where past and present still restlessly coexist. “These events continue to happen semester after semester and year after year,” the student newspaper, The Daily Mississippian, said in an editorial. “All of our actions seem fruitless and impotent, leaving us broken, scared, humiliated and with burning, difficult questions: What we do we do about it? How do we stop these events from transpiring?” By many measures, the university, which hosted a presidential debate in 2008, is an entirely different place from the one Mr. Meredith entered, one that combines contemporary ambition with seductive charm. Nearly 41 percent of its undergraduates are from outside Mississippi, up from 33 percent a decade ago. Minorities make up nearly a quarter of the student body, and the university’s average ACT score is at its highest level ever. But reminders of the

Students walking to their classes at the University of Mississippi and past a statue of James Meredith, the first black student to enroll at the university. Joe Buglewicz for The New York Times university’s Jim Crow past continue to permeate its idyllic campus, set among oaks and magnolias and fabled for the Grove, perhaps the most hallowed football tailgating spot in a region full of imitators. An epithet-saturated demonstration in the aftermath of President Obama’s 2012 reelection resulted in the arrests of two students. More recently, a September production of “The Laramie Project,” a play about the 1998 murder of a gay college student in Wyoming, gained notoriety after an outbreak of homophobic heckling by audience members. University officials readily acknowledge the residual intolerance that has so often called attention back to a place where the federal authorities had to force Mr. Meredith’s enrollment. And even as administrators note their successes, they concede that they

Man Found Guilty On Four Counts of Attempted Murder (But Only Attempted Murder) After Killing Black Teen For Playing Loud Music Michael Dunn, the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis after a heated argument between the two over loud music in Jacksonville, Florida, was recently found guilty on three counts of 2nd-degree murder and one count of throwing a deadly missile. But the jury deadlocked on the 1st degree murder count (the

charge for actually killing Davis). Later, a mistrial was declared on that 1st degree murder count. 47-year old Dunn, who is from Georgia, faces a minimum of 60 years on the three 2nd-degree attempted murder charges and 15 years on the throwing a deadly missile count. Each count of 2nd-

degree attempted murder carries a maximum of 30 years (for a total of 90 years). During the trial, Dunn testified that Davis had threatened him and that he thought he saw a gun sticking out of the Dodge Durango. But his father, Ron Davis, said that his son was a good kid and didn't deserve to be collateral damage in an argument over loud

music. While the verdict was being read aloud, Dunn looked ahead solemnly with a frown, but he did not cry. He was next ordered back into the custody of the sheriff to be returned to prison to await his sentencing hearing. His lawyer, Cory Strolla, told reporters later that his client was "in disbelief."

are confronting a challenge with deep and difficult roots. “There are some people who see this institution through the eyes of the ‘60s and forever will,” said Donald R. Cole, the university’s assistant to the chancellor for multicultural affairs. Professor Cole and other administrators, including Daniel W. Jones, the chancellor, contend that while Ole Miss has made considerable headway in its quest to make peace with its past, change can take hold only so quickly. “The university has taken steps, both collectively and individually, to try to bring ourselves into the mainstream of America on thought about race,” Dr. Jones said. “If you look at how we behave and perform in most ways, we look more like other universities than we have in the past. That being said, you can’t erase the reality that the integration of this university was done in a more violent way than at other universities in the country.” But many students wonder whether the administration had exhausted its options and argue that the student body needs to mount a more aggressive stand against bigotry. Federal marshals escorted Mr. Meredith onto the campus in 1962. He called the vandalism this week part of “a breakdown of moral character” in the country. Associated Press “We don’t take ownership of this university,” Jonece Dunigan, a senior, said. “My life is kind of centered around work and going to school and studying until like 3 in the morning. The

reason why these things happen again and again and again is because we allow them to happen again and again and again.” Ms. Dunigan, who is black, added, “Once the students step up and take ownership of the university and say, ‘This is our place, this is what we stand for,’ we can actually start making progress.” Fifteen fraternity presidents vowed in a statement to expel any member who participated in the attack on the statue, which they condemned as “a disgusting representation of a racist few.” The presidents said they did not know whether students had been involved in the vandalism. To others on the campus, university officials could do far more, and they believe that the administration’s careful pace has allowed the reputation of Ole Miss as a racial backwater to continue more than a half-century after Mr. Meredith enrolled. “The reason why these things happen again and again and again is because we allow them to happen again and again and again,” Jonece Dunigan, a senior, said about the vandalism. Joe Buglewicz for The New York Times “If you bill yourself as Ole Miss and you call yourself the Rebels and the first thing a visitor to the campus sees is a Confederate monument, whether intentionally or not, it conveys an image,” said Charles W. Eagles, a history professor. “And that image is an image tied to the past, not a 21stcentury image.” Professor Eagles, who wrote what many here believe is the definitive account of the university’s integration, argued that the university must take more forceful action that could anger its supporters. “If I could do one thing, the place would never be called Ole Miss again,” he said. In a state, though, where the university’s decision to change its official mascot from Colonel Rebel prompted a bill in the state Legislature to overturn that action, those words come close to heresy. And some, seeing the recent incident as an example of isolated misconduct rather than substantial problems, fear the administration could overreact to it. Mr. Meredith said the episode would intensify his effort to have his likeness removed from

the university’s campus. Joe Buglewicz for The New York Times “It’s a mistake to base any decision on this, whether it was done by white racists or whether it was a hoax,” said Frank M. Hurdle, an Oxford lawyer and blogger. “Now, if you can show me that several hundred students got together in a meeting and did this, then I will be the first one to say that we need to have some systemic changes made. But we all know that’s not what happened.” And very little in Mississippi unfolds in entirely expected ways. Mr. Meredith, whose iconoclastic life included a stint as an aide to the arch-conservative Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina, says the lessons of the incident have more to do with religion than race or higher education. “What has happened in America, particularly in Mississippi, is a breakdown of moral character,” Mr. Meredith, 80, said in a telephone interview. “It’s a lack of teaching of right and wrong and good and bad, the Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer. That’s what the problem is.” Mr. Meredith said the “nonsense” episode would intensify his effort to have his likeness removed from the university’s campus. “It’s a false idol, and it’s an insult not only to God, it’s an insult to me,” Mr. Meredith said. University officials said they had begun taking steps to consider changes to the campus — where the road encircling the basketball arena remains Confederate Drive — even before this week’s incident. Dr. Jones said that Edward L. Ayers, the president of the University of Richmond, who worked in the Virginia capital to promote dialogue about the city’s own racial friction, would visit Oxford this weekend “to look at our campus, look at our names and offer us some advice.” But Ms. Dunigan said changes were also needed on a smaller, more personalized scale, among individuals who might carry with them traditions that quietly cause pain. “When we tailgate at the Grove, you still see people carrying their Confederate flag,” she said. “They say, ‘That’s my history. That’s my heritage.’ But do they know what that actually symbolizes? It’s still hurtful.”

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PUBLIC NOTICES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014005264 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1. Saidimeant, 838 Penn St., El Segundo, CA 90245, LA County Registered Owner(s) Dior Helwig, 838 Penn St., El Segundo, CA 90245. This business is conducted by an Individual Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED:Dior Helwig Title: Sole Proprietor This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on January 8, 2014. Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub January 17, 24, 31, Feb. 72014PN

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014045914 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1. The Beauty Bar & Bookstore 2. Luv 4 the Lockdown, 1600 W. Slauson Ave #B17, Los Angeles, CA 90047 Registered Owner(s) 1. Kimberly Gray, 1600 W. Slauson Ave #B17, Los Angeles, CA 90047. This business is conducted by an Individual Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 2/17/2014. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED:Kimberly Gray Title: CEO This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on Feb. 20, 2014. Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub February 21, 28 March 7, 14, 2014PN

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014017846 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1. ARTISTPR.COM, 555 N. Holliston Avenue #4, Pasadena, CA 91106; 7510 Sunset Blvd, Ste. 1200, Hollywood, CA 90046 Registered Owner(s) 1. 88 Consulting Enterprises Inc., 555 N. Holliston Ave #4, Pasadena, CA 91106. This business is conducted by a Corporation Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 12/23/13N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED:88 Consulting Enterprises Inc. Title: President This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on Jan.22, 2014. Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub February 21, 28 March 7, 14, 2014PN

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014036903 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1. Cynthia’s Cosmokit, 11214 Doty Ave., Inglewood, CA 90303 LA County Registered Owner(s) 1. Cynthia Gurrola, 11214 Doty Ave, Inglewood, CA 90303. This business is conducted by an Indivdual Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SI GNE D: C yn t hi a Gur r ola Ti tle: Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on Feb. 11, 2014. Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub February 21, 28 March 7, 14, 2014PN

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014038218 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1. Floyd’s BG Trucking, 2851 W. 120th Street, #E-190, Hawthorne, CA 90250 LA Registered Owner(s) Flo’Ron HinesLightell, 2851 W. 120th Street #E-190, Hawthorne, CA 90250. This business is conducted by an Individual Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED:Flo’Ron HinesLightell Title: Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on Feb. 12, 2014. Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub February 14, 21, 28 March 7, 2014PN FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014040564 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1. R.E.A.C.T-Responding To Emergency Aid Certification Training,, 939 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 LA; 887 Glenway Dr. #1, Inglewood, CA 90302 Registered Owner(s) Libert C. Weich, 887 Glenway Dr.#1, Inglewood, CA 90302. This business is conducted by an Individual Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED:Libert C. Weich Title: Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on Feb. 13, 2014. Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub February 14, 21, 28 March 7, 2014PN FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014042756 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1. Chanale...the Shidduch Coach, 102 North Hayworth Ave #4, LA, CA 90048 Registered Owner(s) 1. Hillary A Hidegkuti, 102 North Hayworth Ave #4, LA, CA 900482. Karoly Hidegkuti, 102 North Hayworth Ave., #4 LA, CA 90048. This business is conducted by a Married Couple Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED:Hillary A. Hidegkuti Title: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on Feb. 18, 2014. Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub February 21, 28 March 7, 14, 2014PN

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