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Tavis Smiley seeks to restore his image with five-city tour

LOS ANGELES — Eight weeks after he lost his job with the Public Broadcasting Service, author, activist and television host Tavis Smiley began the task of restoring his image, hosting the first of a five-day discussion series across five cities Jan. 29 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. The dialogue, entitled “The Conversation,” dove Read More…

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Compton group provides free eyeglasses for veterans, others

COMPTON — Sheldon Thompson, 61, an Air Force veteran, tentatively approached the table filled with 500 eyeglasses at the second annual Veterans and Family Vision Expo and tried on several pairs. He smiled after choosing the pair he liked, obviously pleased with his choice. “I bought some 99-cent reading glasses from a neighborhood store,” he Read More…

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Slain police: Separated by thousands of miles, united by common dangers

Two officers slain during a traffic stop in Mississippi over the weekend add to a grim tally. In shootings thousands of miles apart, under different circumstances, at least 10 law enforcement officers have been killed so far this year nationwide. Thousands more face the same dangers and unknowns. Last year, the number of law enforcement Read More…