By James Bolden
LOS ANGELES-Rev. Cecil Murray will give his farewell sermon as Senior Pastor of First A.M.E. Church this Sunday, Nov. 7 at noon. Immediately following his final sermon as Senior Pastor, Chevron/Texaco will provide a farewell gift to First AME. The Chevron/Texaco tribute will take place on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2:30 p.m. in the Fame Renaissance Parking lot, located at the corner of Adams & Western. The public is invited to attend. If you have questions or need additional information you can contact Kerman Maddox at (310) 815-8444.
MALIBU-The "Catwoman'' has new digs. Halle Berry bought a 5,000-square-foot home in Malibu for $8 million, according to today's Los Angeles Times. The 38-year-old actress had been living in the Hollywood Hills. Her new home- made out of granite, limestone, maple, stainless steel and glass-was designed to offer coastline views from almost every room. The property includes 60 feet of beach frontage, according to The Times. Berry had the title role in this year's film ``Catwoman.'' She won a best-actress Oscar for her role in ``Monster Ball'' (2001).
LOS ANGELES-Mayor Jim Hahn's 2004 "Cash for College" two-day convention got under way this week, offering thousands of Los Angeles high school students free advice on obtaining financial aid for college. One in 10 adults in Los Angeles lacks a sixth-grade education and one in four lacks a high school diploma, making Los Angeles home to the highest proportion of undereducated adults of any major metropolitan area in the nation, according to Hahn's office. Since 2002, more than 22,000 students have received help in obtaining financial aid through the program's annual convention, as well as workshops held throughout the city. Financial aid, college and career exhibitors are also on hand. This year's convention is being held in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center, from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission is free and open to all, and free evening bus transportation to and from the event is available from 25 locations. For more information, go to http://www.lacashforcollege.org.
LOS ANGELES-Black HIV patients treated by white doctors receive life-saving HIV medications later than those who have a black doctor, according to a UCLA study released today. The study published in this month's issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine found that the black patients treated by white doctors receive their medications nearly four months later than those treated by black doctors. The study found that the differences were not caused by the patient's income levels, years of education or insurance coverage. The doctor's knowledge, specialty, degree of training and years of experience also did not affect the results, according to the findings. The researchers say the delay could result in more deaths for black patients, and they conclude that policy changes boosting the number of African American physicians are ``imperative.'' Dr. William Cunningham, the UCLA professor who co-authored the study, noted that African-Americans die more frequently from HIV than any other group. Researchers said there may be a number of explanations for the differences shown in the study, including that communication may be better between a patients and a doctor of the same race- leading a patient to have more participation in decision-making, longer visits with the doctor and more trust in the physician and the life-saving HIV medication.
LOS ANGELES-Eight fewer homicides have occurred in Los Angeles so far this year than by this time in 2003, police Chief William Bratton reported Thursday. From Jan. 1-Oct. 30, there were 433 homicides citywide, compared to 436 during the same period last year, Bratton said during his monthly media availability. And as of this morning, Nov. 4, there have now been eight fewer homicides than during the comparable 2003 period, he added. "We're doing pretty well right now,'' Bratton said. ``I anticipate that the numbers will continue to look very good.'' The chief's assessment came two months after he publicly abandoned his stated goal in January of reducing homicides by 20 percent this year. By April, the number of slayings had risen by 5 percent and had hovered near that figure until recently.
LOS ANGELES-A lawsuit filed by a former Los Angeles Sparks player who claims she was unfairly cut from the team after rumors spread that she sexually assaulted a woman has no legal basis, the WNBA franchise said Thursday. "Our position is that the claims by Ms. (Latasha) Byears, and the lawsuit she has filed, are without merit. However, due to the fact that this is an ongoing legal matter, we will not have any further comment at this time,'' the team stated. Byears filed a wrongful termination suit in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday against the Sparks and the Los Angeles Lakers, which owns the Women's National Basketball Association franchise. She claims gender and sexual orientation discrimination. In August 2003, Byears reportedly was under investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. So far, no charges have been filed. It was reported that a Sparks player had been raped by three men and assaulted by Byears, who allegedly penetrated her with a sex toy. Byears, 31, who started her WNBA career with the Sacramento Monarchs in1997 and was traded to the Sparks in November 2000, denies the allegations.
SANTA ANA-Prosecutors began their investigation into a request for a restraining order against the Ku Klux Klan on behalf of a Huntington Beach family that found a racist leaflet on its doorstep. The request was sent by Jan Tucker (http://kcbs.dayport.com/launcher/4227/?tf=KCALvideo_player.tpl), chief investigator for the League of United Latin American Citizens State Civil Rights Commission regarding the "seriously sick and racist'' leaflet was left at the home of a black family on Sept. 21, Tucker said. Mark Macaulay of the Orange County District Attorney's Office said the case was assigned to a prosecutor who investigates hate crimes. ``Hate crimes are taken very seriously by our office,'' Macaulay said. ``The Orange County District Attorney's Office will not tolerate despicable behavior by hate groups. If a criminal violation has occurred, we will vigorously prosecute.'' Macaulay said he did not know how long the investigation will take. The LULAC commission, which is not a government agency, is investigating whether there is a connection between a lawsuit filed against Oracle Corp. by a member of the family, alleging that an Oracle regional manager had claimed to be a member of the KKK and subjected the family member to discriminatory working conditions, Tucker said. The lawsuit, filed in Orange County Superior Court, alleges discrimination against the man, whose name was not disclosed, based on race and retaliation, Tucker said.
LOS ANGELES-The Coalition to Preserve Human Dignity will host its 3rd Annual Humanitarian Day Health Fair for the Homeless this year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 7 at Towne Ave. in Downtown Los Angeles (between 4th and 5th Street). With growing numbers of women and children becoming a part of the homeless population in Los Angeles, the Coalition's mission is to give them hope by providing in addition to food, health screenings, flu shots, clothing, raincoats, hygiene packs, water, and toys for the children. The Humanitarian Day Health Fair is a special day for the homeless community to have necessary services provided to them in a respectable and dignified way. The Coalition's goal is to serve 5,000 homeless individuals in downtown Los Angeles and the Bay area. The Coalition (http://www.dignitycoalition.org) is a non-profit grassroots organization of Muslim, Christians and Jews who are dedicated to peace and equality for all people. For more information, please contact the Coalition to Preserve Humanity at (323) 734-6100.
USA Trade Delegation Targets Ethiopia with Nov. 20-29 Trade Mission
LOS ANGELES-The Africa/USA International Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in partnership with the Consulate General of Ethiopia in Los Angeles, the Ethiopian-American Chamber of Commerce and African Bridge, Inc., will conduct a Trade Mission to Ethiopia, "Cradle of Civilization," Nov. 20 to 29 to identify business and investment opportunities, meet business owners and government leaders, and experience the attractions and culture of Ethiopia. The trade delegation will be depart from Washington, DC via Ethiopian Airlines to Addis Ababa, capital city of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia. The trade mission is conducted in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service, the United African Federation (UAF), the World Trade Center Association of Los Angeles (WTCO-LA), the Black Business Association (BBA), the Los Angeles Black Business Expo & Trade Show (LABBETS), and Global Integrated Development Group (GIDG). For more information, log onto http://www.eacoc.org call Al Washington at (213) 627-0660 or Nikki Legesse at (323) 778-0913.
Submission by James Bolden