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California Women Lawyers Announce Judge Diana Becton

Sacramento, CA – California Women Lawyers is pleased to announce that Judge Diana Becton, Superior Court of California, Contra Costa County, has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the distinguished Rose Bird Memorial Award. Judge Becton is the Presiding Judge of the Contra Costa Court and the first African American Judge to serve as such. Judge Becton has served on the Contra Costa County Bench with distinction since her appointment in 1995. She earned her law degree Golden Gate University Law School in 1985. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Becton had her own firm in Richmond, and was previously a partner in a Point Richmond law firm. Judge Becton currently serves on the California Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee. The … Read entire article »

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Power struggle erupts in North Richmond

Power struggle erupts in North Richmond

Photo one caption: Marena Brown, left, and Saleem Bey animatedly argue during a snack break at Monday night’s Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council meeting. (photo by Robert Rogers) By: Robert Rogers At Monday night’s Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council meeting – which draws representatives from dozens of enclaves from all over the city – it was arguably Richmond’s most maligned community that had the honor of having two competing factions vying to represent it. … Read entire article »

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Final Music on the Main Concert Honors Community, Celebrates Success

Final Music on the Main Concert Honors Community, Celebrates Success

Final Music on the Main Concert Honors Community, Celebrates Success Richmond, Aug. 9, 2011 – Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI) is proud to present the final Music on the Main concert of the season on August 24 from 5 – 7:30 pm in the FoodsCo lot at 12th and Macdonald. The concert will feature performances by LAVA, a Latin rhythms band, and East Bay Center’s BLOCO steel pan band. Mexican … Read entire article »

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Half-Steppers return home, give their best effort in New Orleans

Half-Steppers return home, give their best effort in New Orleans

Romell Jordan, 5, left, and Josh Johnson, 8, both of Richmond, run around Martin Luther King track in Richmond last week. (Photo by Tyler Orsburn) All good things must come to an end. That’s what happened Friday at the Junior Olympics in New Orleans for the Richmond Half-Steppers. After a two-hour weather delay that saw heavy lightning, thunder and rain, the young Richmond squad ran faster than they ever had before—it’s just that there … Read entire article »

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Black Colleges Key to Reviving U.S. Education

Black Colleges Key to Reviving U.S. Education By Stan Washington Special to the NNPA from The Atlanta Voice ATLANTA – If the United States is going to regain its global leadership position in higher education, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will need to play a major role, says a White House official on education. Just how the nation’s predominately Black institutions will participate in that objective was the main topic at a recent Southern Education Fund conference of HBCU presidents, held in Atlanta. HBCUs are a critical component in President Obama’s national education initiative to restore the U.S. to its former ranking as the world’s leader in higher education, said John S. Wilson, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Education, Local News

Who Will Care for You?

  Needs for Nurses, Instructors Intensifies By Jessica Williams-Gibson Special to the NNPA from The Indianapolis RecorderIndianapolis Recorder Nurses are one of the most crucial caregivers, once a person enters into the health care system. They perform needs that range from helping a person get dressed to assisting physicians during surgery. Nurses are on the front lines of the health care industry. As baby boomers age and as the need for health care escalates, so does the need for nurses. “It could be catastrophic if we don’t increase our pipeline and make sure we’re meeting the needs of our health care system,” said Lydia Ostermeier, director of IU Health Nurse Recruitment. The Department of Labor estimates that by 2020 more than 500,000 nurses will be needed to fill the … Read entire article »

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NNPA 2011 Merit Awards Goes “Hollywood” with “Shaft” As Emcee

NNPA 2011 Merit Awards Goes “Hollywood” with “Shaft” As Emcee

Merit Awards Goes “Hollywood”with “Shaft” as Emcee By Geneva Topps Special to the NNPA from The Chicago Crusader There was an air of “Hollywood” in Chicago when the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation (NNPAF) held its annual “Merit Awards” gala at the National Newspaper Publishers Association convention. Held at the historic Parkway Ballroom guests at the gala walked the red carpet into the beautifully appointed grand … Read entire article »

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Black Newspaper Publishers Conference Brings Out Black Leaders

Black Newspaper Publishers Conference Brings Out Black Leaders

NNPA Chairman Danny Bakewell Sr. Passes Mantle of Leadership to Arizona’s Cloves Campbell Jr. By Jasmyne A. Cannick NNPA National Correspondent CHICAGO, IL – Led by Chairman and Sentinel publisher Danny Bakewell Sr., over 200 Black newspaper publishers from all over the country gathered at Chicago’s legendary Drake Hotel for several days of robust conversations on the future … Read entire article »

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MILLER: California Seniors Savings Millions under Obama’s Health Care Law

MILLER: California Seniors Savings Millions under Obama’s Health Care Law

WASHINGTON, DC – Seniors across the country, including in California, are catching a big break on their out-of-pocket prescription drug costs thanks to the historic health care law pushed through by President Obama and Democrats in Congress last year, according to new data released today by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. California seniors who are enrolled in Medicare’s prescription drug benefit who hit the ‘donut hole’ coverage gap received a … Read entire article »

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Redistricting Black Political Survival

Redistricting Black Political Survival

Ask the average person about redistricting and the response, most likely, would be a perplexed stare. Yet, redistricting is one of the fundamental “deciders” of who gets to represent the community (district) in the Congress (House of Representatives only); the state Senate, the state Assembly and the state Board of Equalization. (The county and the city officials draw their own district lines). It is important to understand the rationale behind the state mandated redistricting … Read entire article »

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