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Keeping it Real: In Cold Blood

S.E. Williams August 18 through 20 was quite a weekend–a once in a century tropical storm hits Southern California concurrent with a pretty sizeable earthquake. Dishes rattled, people were shaken, streets flooded, mud slid and cars were stranded and people were rescued but despite it all–there was no loss of life tied directly to either […]

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City Takes Action: San Bernardino Dormitory Infested with Mold and Neglect Finally Closed

Breanna Reeves Located less than one mile away from the unblemished entrance to San Bernardino City Hall sits a former American Sports University dormitory that once housed students, but began to house San Bernardino residents looking for affordable housing. After three years of tenants occupying rooms in the unsafe, black mold-infested building located at 340 […]

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Sigma Beta Xi (SBX) Youth and Family Services: A Family by Choice

Prince James Story Sigma Beta Xi (SBX) Youth and Family Services is a community-based organization that has served the Inland Empire by mentoring middle and high school children for over two decades.  Ernest Rhone IV was a Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity member, a historically Black fraternity founded by Howard University students in 1914. Brotherhood, community, […]

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Uniting Hearts and Homes: TruEvolution’s Project Legacy for LGBTQ+

Asante-Ra TruEvolution’s groundbreaking Project Legacy has emerged as a beacon of hope for the LGBTQ+ community, standing tall as the only Project Homekey site devoted to serving this vibrant and resilient community, nestled in downtown Riverside.  Approximately 80% of the remarkable individuals finding shelter within this innovative housing program will identify as LGBTQ+. This embraces […]

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Corona-Norco School Board Stands with LGBTQ+ Students and Staff: A Beacon of Inclusivity

Asante-Ra In a resounding declaration of support for its LGBTQ+ students and staff, the Corona-Norco school board, overseeing one of the Inland Empire’s largest districts, passed a unanimous resolution at their August 1st meeting. This step highlights the board’s commitment to recognizing and addressing the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals within the district.  The […]

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San Bernardino County Sheriff Seeks Assistance of U.S. Forest Service and Federal Legislators

Aryana Noroozi In the treacherous Mount Baldy region of the San Gabriel Mountains, which spans across Western San Bernardino County and Northern Los Angeles County, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBCSD) plays a critical role in locating and rescuing stranded hikers.  The region is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture U.S. Forest […]

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Keeping it Real: Hestrin and Bianco–Bridges or Bulwarks to Progress Regarding Criminal Justice Reform

S.E. Williams I hate to jump on the editorial bandwagon but in this case, I think it’s worth the ride.  The criminal justice duo or should I say the “Frick and Frack” of Riverside County’s criminal justice officials, County Sheriff Chad Bianco and County District Attorney Mike Hestrin have no reservations about grabbing the spotlight […]

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Treading Water and Overcoming Stereotypes One Goal at a Time

Prince James Story In Riverside County,  local aquatic athlete Messan Moore aspires to compete on the United States Olympic men’s water polo team, is drawing comparisons to another beloved Southern California athlete.  “I would describe Messan as a very well-spoken, educated, full of heart, big man,” said Edwin Barrera, former coach for the Irvine Kahuna […]