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Journalist Kevin Weston looking for bone marrow donor

I was really moved by this article I saw about African America journalist Kevin Weston's fight for his life. A new father who works for New America Media in Oakland, Mr. Weston was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer, and requires a bone marrow transplant. His time is very limited (doctors originally gave him 2 weeks to live) and his only chance is to find a matching donor.

The article says "Marrow matches are ethnically based and depend on one’s genetic makeup. Weston is African…

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Added by Shelley Wenk on January 24, 2013 at 4:11pm — 2 Comments

Let Trader Joe's Know We Want Them!

Trader Joe's Wants to Know if We Want a Store in Our Neighborhood

Sylvia Lacy from Herb Wesson's office contacted my neighbor, Norman Gilmore to let him know that Trader Joe's has expressed interest in putting in a store at Crenshaw & Rodeo. (Ralph's will be leaving that location when redevelopment starts, and isn't planning to come back.)

Norman is the Secretary on United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council (…

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Added by Shelley Wenk on September 20, 2012 at 4:22pm — 7 Comments

Thunder Soul at the Rave a Must See

Last weekend my family went to see THUNDER SOUL.  Presented by Jamie Foxx, this joyful movie follows the extraordinary alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band, who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old “Prof,” their beloved band leader who broke the color barrier and transformed the school’s struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s.

 

This is an…

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Added by Shelley Wenk on October 12, 2011 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Parents working to improve schools in Compton

If you're interested in education reform in our area, this editorial in the LA Times is informative"

"Marlene Romero watched with growing anxiety as her 8-year-old son suffered through third grade at McKinley Elementary School in Compton. She was unhappy with his progress and felt trapped at a failing school. Then, taking advantage of a state law that allows parents to band together and demand change, she signed a petition: "I did it for a better education for my son.""

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Added by Shelley Wenk on February 15, 2011 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Street Closures for Obama Visit this Friday, Oct. 22

Passing along this info so you won't get caught in bad traffic:

Added by Shelley Wenk on October 21, 2010 at 4:18pm — No Comments

For anyone interested in the "food desert" issue

I found this video by LAANE (Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy) that illustrates the issue of the difference in the availability of grocery stores and healthy food choices in higher-income neighborhoods vs. lower-income neighborhoods.…










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Added by Shelley Wenk on August 27, 2010 at 11:19am — 1 Comment

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