Author: Roz Edward, Michigan Chronicle Managing Editor

Protest over shooting of unarmed Black man overtakes freeway

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Protesters decrying this week’s fatal shooting of an unarmed Black man marched from Sacramento City Hall and onto a nearby freeway Thursday, disrupting rush hour traffic and holding signs with messages like “Sac PD: Stop killing us!”

California could cut pot taxes in bid to lure legal users

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Less than three months after California launched legal marijuana sales for adults, the state could consider temporarily slashing hefty tax rates that some say are driving buyers into the black market.

Democrat’s dilemma: An energized left or moderation

ATLANTA (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Conor Lamb and Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, the new miracle men of the Democratic Party, offer a clear model for how to run in Republican territory: Focus on economics, not guns, immigration or President Donald Trump.

But that won’t be easy when much of the party is whipped into a fervor over those topics.

California lawmakers push 10 new gun control bills

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Monday proposed 10 new gun control bills to the state’s nation-leading gun restrictions in the wake of the latest mass shooting in Florida.

The proposals to be considered later this spring include expanding the definition of assault rifles; expanding gun violence restraining orders; letting individuals block themselves from buying guns; and cracking down on homemade “ghost guns.”

1st Black leader of California Highway Patrol sworn in

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nation’s largest state law enforcement agency has its first Black leader.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday delivered the oath of office to 56-year-old Warren Stanley as the new commissioner of the California Highway Patrol.

Report: Inequality remains 50 years after Kerner Report

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Barriers to equality are posing threats to democracy in the U.S. as the country remains segregated along racial lines and child poverty worsens, says a study examining the nation 50 years after the release of the landmark 1968 Kerner Report.

‘Black Panther’ crushes box office records in opening weekend

“Black Panther” continued its roaring start at the box office on Monday.

Disney’s Marvel Studios film brought in $40.16 million on Presidents’ Day, edging out 2016’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for the biggest Monday in box office history.

Monday’s haul pushed “Black Panther’s” four-day holiday total to a staggering $241.9 million in North America.

2 Kings lead World past US 155-124 in Rising Stars game

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic got the All-Star weekend off to a running start in the World’s latest victory over the NBA’s young Americans.

Hield scored 29 points with five 3-pointers, and his Sacramento Kings teammate won the MVP award with 26 points and seven 3-pointers in the World team’s 155-124 victory over the U.S. team in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.

California lawmaker alleges racism may be behind suspension

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker suspended amid a sexual misconduct investigation sued the state Senate on Thursday, seeking reinstatement and arguing he’s been unfairly treated by his colleagues.

Randolph keys big first half as Kings top Mavericks 114-109

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines Center was once the most hostile road arena for the Sacramento Kings.

Not anymore.

Zach Randolph scored 22 points, Bogdan Bogdanovich added 19 and the Kings used a big first half to beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-109 on Tuesday night.

California legislative staff get whistleblower protections

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California legislative staff members on Monday applauded the passage of a bill granting whistleblower protections to legislative staff members who say they are badly needed to ensure sexual misconduct and other misbehavior can be reported without fear of retaliation.

Kings score 9 in 1st, rally to beat Bulls 104-98

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two days after getting heated with his players didn’t work, Sacramento coach Dave Joerger tried a softer, gentler approach and got the results he wanted.

If only it had been that easy for the Kings all season.