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On Sunday morning, I, like you, woke up to news of yet another mass shooting. A crazed gunman killed dozens of people during worship service at a Texas church. It was just a month ago that Stephen Paddock literally sprayed hundreds of concert goers in Las Vegas with a stockpile of automatic firearms, killing over 50 and injuring close to 500. A little over a week ago, 8 people died and nearly a dozen were…
The Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers made “touchdowns” on Tuesday by giving back to L.A. area communities. On Tuesday, in partnership with the American Red Cross, Los Angeles Rams players, cheerleaders, and staff members visited three elementary schools to help students personalize Rams-branded holiday thank-you cards for veterans and military members. Oak Street Elementary School, 633 S. Oak Street, in Inglewood was one of the schools visited by Wide Receiver Josh Reynolds, Tight…
Nationwide — The NBA pre-season has already started, and the league office has issued a memo to all 30 teams about the country’s national anthem. The memo included the restatement of an existing rule requiring all personnel (including players) to stand for the national anthem. NBA commissioner Adam Silver comments, “We have a rule that requires our players to stand for the anthem. It’s been a rule as long as I’ve been involved with the…
The California Chapter of the NAACP has launched a campaign to remove “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem. Citing a seldom-sung third verse, the organization says lyrics are racist. The third verse includes the passage: Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave Last week, the NAACP began circulating among legislative offices two resolutions…

City Gets Help in Making Housing Affordable

Written by Friday, November 10, 2017
The City of Inglewood took another step forward toward making it more affordable to live at Tuesday’s council meeting. Michael Wegmann, Principal and Founder of Wegmann Properties, LLC, has been quietly buying and renovating properties in Inglewood for residential use. He is currently working on a project on Prairie Avenue, which he calls “Home on the Prairie.” A designer, branding expert and real estate developer, Wegmann presented an impressive rendering of the project. As he…
The three UCLA basketball players arrested Nov. 7 in China on suspicion of shoplifting have been released on bail. Sources say LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill—all freshmen—were accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to their hotel. LiAngelo is the son of outspoken basketball dad and shoe company mogul LeVar Ball. He is also the brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. ESPN reported that police came to the team hotel…
President Donald Trump called for the end of a U.S. visa program Tuesday after a man believed to be connected to ISIS used his rented truck to deliberately mow down cyclists on a popular bike path in Lower Manhattan. It happened just minutes from the World Trade Center. Sayfullo Saipov, 29, was shot in the stomach by New York Police, and is expected to survive. The incident that police are calling an act of terror…
By Veronica Mackey As Republicans in D.C. hammer it out to try and get a tax bill passed by Christmas, the Russian collusion case involving former Trump advisors has gained new momentum. On Monday, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates were indicted by a federal grand jury. Manafort was charged with 12 counts, including money laundering and conspiracy. FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether Trump campaign officials…
By Veronica Mackey The rapidly rising value of real estate in Inglewood was brilliantly illustrated in a comment by resident Ray Davis at Tuesday’s council meeting: “I wish my name was Wong and I was in the hotel business. The owner bought a hotel in 2001 for $400 thousand and they just sold it for $18 million! How can that be bad? The gentleman who bought it said he’s going to refurbish it. Don’t believe…
By Veronica Mackey Astros fans everywhere celebrated Wednesday night as they closed out Game 7of the 2017 World Series with a victory. The game was destined to make history whichever way it went. It is the Dodger’s first time in the World Series since 1988, and would have been the first one that the team has won at home. It is also the first Astros World Series ever. The Astros were a sentimental favorite going…

IIC Increases Awareness of Breast Cancer

Written by Saturday, November 04, 2017
The Inglewood Imaging Center held its Second Annual "Pink" Breast Cancer Awareness Event recently at their main office on Prairie Avenue. This year's event is called "Pink42,” highlighting the need to support breast cancer disparity that can be upwards of 42% higher in certain communities than others. IIC's 2016 event was a big success—with nearly 200 attendees—and this year had more attendees demonstrating community support. Second District Councilman Alex Padilla said he was “delighted to…

We Must All Speak Out

Written by Saturday, November 04, 2017
The Astros’ Yuli Gurriel will think again before he pulls his eyes back to make fun of Asian Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish—or any Asian on national television. The first baseman who had just hit a home run off of Darvish’s pitch on Oct. 27 returned to the dugout feeling like a top dog. Gurriel laughed as he made the gesture. He also used the word “chinito,” or “Chinese boy,” in reference to Darvish, who is of Iranian and Japanese descent. The latest episode of race and identity in professional sports comes at a time when NFL players taking a knee…

Inglewood to Build New Hotel in District 4

Written by Thursday, October 26, 2017
By Veronica Mackey On Tuesday, the City of Inglewood voted to build a new hotel in District 4. A resolution was passed to amend the 2017-18 budget to include a $11,610 deposit to cover costs of an environmental review. A woman who is against the new hotel said the City doesn’t care about what the residents want. Councilman Ralph Franklin, whose district will house the hotel, clapped back with reasons why he supports the project.…
Calls for Meeting with Airlines to Discuss Troublesome Issues BALTIMORE – The NAACP, the nation’s original and largest social justice advocacy organization, released the following statement on Tuesday, announcing a travel advisory warning African Americans about their safety and well being when patronizing American Airlines or traveling on American Airlines flights: “The NAACP for several months now has been monitoring a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers, specific to American Airlines. In light…
By Veronica Mackey On October 18, the mystery of who would be crowned winners of the Best of Inglewood contest was finally revealed. Scores of Inglewood business owners and well wishers came to the newly refurbished Miracle Theatre, 226 W. Market Street, to see who would take home bragging rights. Over a 4-week period, Inglewood Today readers cast votes for their favorite businesses in more than 20 categories. While top businesses were named in contest…
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