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David Blackwell, a preeminent mathematician and the first black scholar in the National Academy of Sciences, died July 8 at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley. He was 91 and had had a series of strokes. Blackwell was known as a problem-solver...
When Kafele H. Sims joined the Army a decade ago, he trained to become an Airborne Ranger, specializing in firing mortars designed to blow up enemy soldiers and equipment. "He was all beers and bullets," recalled his wife, Masako. But a foot injury...
Tags: Armed Forces, Suicide, Murder, U.S. Army, Children
Pamela Blake Actress in action serials Pamela Blake, 94, a B-movie actress known for her roles in such late 1940s action serials as "Chick Carter, Detective" and "Ghost of Zorro," died of natural causes Tuesday at a Las Vegas care facility, her family...
Dr. Henry Lucas, a Republican activist who was one of the first African Americans to serve on the Republican National Committee, died Tuesday in San Francisco after suffering a stroke. He was 77. Lucas, a Bay Area dentist for five decades, met Ronald...
Tags: Obituaries, Activism, Education, Minority Groups, Ronald Reagan
If only the original Fishbone were together these days, they could see what theyve reaped. The progenitor of genre-busting, culture-clashing music was formed in 1979 in South Central L.A.a brilliant all-black funk-ska-punk-rock outfit that often...
E. Lynn Harris, a bestselling author of popular black fiction who shattered barriers by writing about gay characters in novels such as "Invisible Life" and "Just As I Am: A Novel," died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He...
Some artists know their calling from the get-go. They skip out of school and get started as quickly as possible. Others come to art late in life, after many years working unrelated jobs. Few artists do both. But that's exactly what Albert Contreras has...
Top of the TicketIt's no surprise that Charles B. Rangel, the gravelly-voiced Democrat from Harlem, has attracted a primary challenger. After all, when the House Ethics Committee admonishes you for accepting gifts from corporations for your junkets to your retreat in...
Times Staff Writer[WEDNESDAY] Los Angeles homicide Det. John Zambos stood at 101st and Figueroa, peering into a green Chevrolet Suburban with silver rims. In the driver's seat was a man wearing dark blue work pants, a gray Southpole sweatshirt and a sequined earring. His...
Tags: Minority Groups, Murder, Death, Fingers, Family
What are the latest research findings on the health benefits of virgin coconut oil, whether positive or negative? Jess Houston, TX Coconut oil is one of those ingredients we've been told for years is bad, bad, bad, just like palm oil. Both are rich...
Tags: Education, Obesity, Research, Coconut, Diseases and Illnesses
Associated PressJohn Hope Franklin, a Duke University historian and scholar of life in the South and the African American experience in the United States, died Wednesday. He was 94. Duke spokesman David Jarmul said Franklin died of congestive heart failure at the...
Martha S. Putney, a retired historian at Bowie State and Howard universities and the author of a book about African American women who served in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) during World War II, died Dec. 11 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at a...
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