Mandela hospitalized again, world prays
People around the world were praying for the health of former South African President Nelson Mandela as he remained hospitalized since last weekend for a lung infection.
Widespread reports say the 94-year-old justice icon was doing well, but the Associated Press described worshipers at Soweto’s Regina Mundi Catholic Church on Sunday as praying for the Nobel Laureate, a symbol of freedom and democracy around the world. The church “once served as a major rallying point for anti-apartheid activists,” the Associated Press reported.
The country of 50 million people, as well as people around the world, awaited word of his condition this week as an announcement from President Jacob Zuma said only that he was admitted to a hospital in Pretoria for tests “consistent for his age” and that he is “comfortable.” Later reports said Mandela is responding well to a treatment for a lung infection.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A friendship city agreement between Los Angeles and Durban, South Africa, will be signed tonight at City Hall.
Councilmen Tom LaBonge and Joe Buscaino, Deputy Mayor Aileen Adams, South African Consul General Cyril Ndaba and a delegation from Durban will participate in the signing ceremony, according to Scott Levin-Gesundheit, LaBonge’s communications deputy.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A man in his early 20s suffered life-threatening wounds to his upper back this morning in a shooting in the Leimert Park, police said.
The shooting in the 3800 block of Third Avenue, near 39th Street, was reported around 12:20 a.m., said Lt. H. Fanfassian, watch commander of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Southwest Station.
The victim, who was hospitalized “in extremely serious condition,” did not provide police details of the shooting or a suspect description, Fanfassian said.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Los Angeles County probation officers asked for help today in finding a parolee who threatened to kill school children.
Frank Edward Edmonds, 40, who authorities consider “extremely violent and an imminent public threat,” may be in Compton, South Los Angeles or Inglewood, his last known address.
Two “Saturday Night Live” sets, an Instagram snapshot and 66 projector images later, we now have a better picture of what’s to come on Kanye West’s anticipated new album.
As promised, the rapper — not to be confused with a celebrity — didn’t take part in any of the skits for “SNL’s” season finale/swan song for cast member Bill Hader. But he didn’t need to — over the course of two songs, West still left a lasting impression.
CENTURY CITY, Calif. — Jason Collins, the first active player in a major male team sport to announce he is gay, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and U.S. women’s soccer national team goalkeeper Hope Solo were honored Sunday at the 28th annual Sports Spectacular at the Century Plaza.
Collins, who completed the NBA season with the Washington Wizards, received the Inspirational Athlete of the Year Award, presented to the athlete who has persevered, defied the odds and inspired us all, organizers said.