June 26, 2014  

Aries March 21 – April 19


Strengthen relationship ties and pursue partnership interests through understanding and listening. Though you're willing to discuss key matters, midweek may be a test of your patience. You might feel you've reached a point of no return regarding a certain person. However, a chance to clear the air and come to grips with the central issue could make it easier to cooperate on a range of matters. Start home-based DIY projects on Friday to coincide with the New Moon..




Taurus April 20 – May 20


A change in your financial situation could see you pondering some fresh ideas. As Mercury continues its retrograde phase, you might want to rethink your budget or figure out the best way to save money without cutting back too much. The New Moon in Cancer on Friday may be very helpful for you, encouraging you to make a fresh start in any area you choose. Take it easy over the weekend, as someone with a hidden agenda may seem overly friendly.




Gemini May 21 – June 21


Have a good plan in place, because some parts of this week could cause you to feel somewhat unsettled. Perhaps a friendship is a cause for concern, or a love interest seems to prefer to be alone rather than with you. Short trips bring pleasure, as does participation in group activities. Sweet words of love can make a relationship come alive. However, you will need to trust your intuition and let your desires take you where they will.




Cancer June 22 – July 22


Major plans could encounter challenges before they get underway, as conflict between family and career could cause trouble. However, Venus in your spiritual sector enhances your relationship with yourself, so you may find the courage to stand firm. The New Moon in Cancer is the best time to come to grips with a plan that could be a game changer. There are romantic opportunities this weekend, but don't take someone's word as gospel. If your creative side has an opportunity to shine, go for it!




Leo July 23 – August 22


This might not be the best time to ask favors, as others may seem indifferent. An edgy link midweek suggests that certain folks may need space, and they could have a desire to do their own thing. Yet, when it comes to romance, you'll be at your flirtatious best. Whether you're in a long-term relationship or looking for love, social events can add sparkle to the days ahead. The New Moon on Friday is perfect for starting a new spiritual practice, such as meditation or yoga.




Virgo August 23 – September 22


Career matters benefit from more interaction with key people. Perhaps an informal meeting could help you make the right impression. Take it easy midweek, particularly if you feel stressed. A conscious effort to slow down could make it easier to focus. However, if you're living on your nerves it might help to book a massage or spa treatment as a way to soothe ruffled feathers. Friday brings a chance of new beginnings in a social setting. Perhaps it's time to move in new circles?




Libra September 23 – October 22


You may need all the patience you can muster, especially early in the week. Certain folks could let you down and be disruptive. Yet being pushed out of your comfort zone in this way might encourage you to give as good as you get. Perhaps it's time to stand up to someone who's been doing this for too long. A New Moon in your career sector on Friday brings an opportunity for a fresh start, whether it's a new job, contract, or idea for a business.




Scorpio October 23 – November 21


Anxious feelings could leave you needing to retreat. Perhaps it's time to relax and work on stress-busting techniques, especially on Wednesday. Far horizons call with a focus on travel, learning, and expanding your options. This week brings a special opportunity to move outside your comfort zone. In particular, the New Moon brings a two-week window of opportunity in which to make a fresh start. Be careful in romance this weekend. All that glitters may not be gold.




Sagittarius November 22 – December 21


Certain friendly ties could be more of a burden than usual, particularly if they're argumentative. Be the best friend you can be, but don't expect the same treatment in return. However, the same folks could revert to their usual open and supportive selves in few days. Think about making a fresh start with shared finances. Friday's New Moon brings opportunities to consolidate debt and make radical changes where necessary. Keep receipts if buying big-ticket items this weekend.




Capricorn December 22 – January 19


Luck is in the air as Venus moves into Gemini this week. This is when you can grab the brass ring, though you might need to make an effort to avail yourself of an opportunity. A combination of good common sense and inventive genius can make you a winner at whatever you do. A relationship gets a special boost as the New Moon invites you to take it to the next level. Later, watch out for mixed signals, even if someone's intentions seem good.




Aquarius January 20 – February 18


A dream or moment of quiet contemplation could bring inspiration, thanks to your intuition. When it comes to family affairs, a friend could suggest a radical solution that you might want to adopt. Kindness, sympathy, and good feelings abound, making for easy relationships. Friday's New Moon can be perfect for starting a diet or fitness routine, particularly if you're eager to get a beach-ready body. A romantic opportunity could be too good to miss on Saturday.




Pisces February 19 – March 20

Don't take it personally if someone backs out of a commitment. This is one of those weeks when disruptions can occur right when you don't need them. Midweek may need special attention, as an impulsive desire to shop could affect your finances. If you can't stick to a budget, take a friend with you who can intervene at the right moment. The weekend seems made for romance, but try not to get stuck with someone who is a bit of a drain.

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June 26, 2014


By Nicole Williams

Contributing Writer



Add one part Vegas, two parts battle of the sexes, four parts couples and one part wedding and you’ll get “Think Like A Man Too.” The romantic comedy is a sequel to “Think Like A Man,” which was based on Steve Harvey’s New York Times best-selling book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.”


The big screen sequel pulls out all the stops going above and beyond the first movie comically, for a side splitting good time.  The hilarious, fun and heartbreaking sequel brought the audience on an adventure through the lives of five couples, well four, if you discount the split relationship between Cedric, who is played by Kevin Hart and his wife Gail and La La Anthony who plays the solo friend, Sonia. The movie was directed by Tim story and produced by Will Packer who says that the sequel differs from the first film.


“The first film was definitely a romantic comedy. It was about building relationships,” Packer said. “This one is an out-and-out romp, as they try to literally, survive the weekend in Vegas.”


The movie centered on the highly anticipated wedding between Candace, played by Regina Hall and Michael, played by Terrence J and of course, the bachelor/bachelorette escapades that really brought the notion of “Vegas” to life. But amidst the sometimes stressful preparations were the normal jitters of any relationship. When is the right time to start a family? Are we ready to commit? What’s next? The movie really explored those questions as we see the nature of each characters true personality come out. Cedric, who is played by Kevin Hart, really became the center of attention as he tries to be “the best man in the history of best men.” But it’s Vegas, so as you can imagine it takes us on an adventure that can sometimes not go as planned. Mya who is played by Meagan Good discovers Zeke played by Romany Malco has a past that no girlfriend wants to hear.  Sonia, played by La La Anthony is the best friend to Mya, who is loyal and supportive. She says filming in Vegas brought some interesting elements to the movie.


“It’s Vegas, so you never know what to expect,” Anthony said.


The ambitious duo, Lauren and Dominic played by Taraji P. Henson and Michael Ealy also face their own questions as career battles love. Of course we know the battle of the Momma’s Boy, Michael and the mother-in-law from hell, Ms. Loretta, played by Jenifer Lewis. She provides a battle throughout the movie, as she tries to stay in control of the eventful trip. 


Then there were the happily married couple and the Newlyweds. Bennett the fanny-pack toting happy-go-lucky man who is played by comedian Gary Owen and his wife, Tish, played by Wendi McLendon-Covey are the happily married conservative couple, or at least that’s how they appear. Like previously mentioned, Vegas tends to turn things up a notch. Kristen and Jeremy, played by Gabrielle Union and Jerry Ferrara are the newlyweds of the group who are challenged with the question, “When should we start a family?”


The cast agrees that it was a blast working with each other for a part two.


“To be paid to hang out with your friends, I don’t know anybody who would have turned that deal down. We just genuinely enjoy each other,” Gabrielle Union said.


Hart also agrees that working with the cast was a “bonus.”


“Having the same cast is a bonus, you know? We’re not co-workers – we’re friends. Almost family,” he said.


The romantic comedy opened in theaters June 20, 2014.

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June 19, 2014



Associated Press


An actor who played a police officer on “The Shield” TV series pleaded not guilty to murder Wednesday  June 18 in the death of his wife and was ordered to stay away from his two young sons.


Michael Jace entered the plea through his attorneys and was told by a judge to stay away from his two children and not contact them if he is eventually released on $2 million bail.


Jace, 51, is accused of shooting his wife to death on May 19 in their Los Angeles home. The children, both under 10, were home at the time and unharmed.


Jace’s attorney Jason Sias said his client might seek a reduction of his bail at a future hearing.


The lawyer said Jace did not contest the protective order involving his children because he wants to do what is best for them.


“Mr. Jace is just concerned about his children,” Sias said after the hearing.


Police have not disclosed a motive for the slaying but have said they were looking into whether financial or other domestic issues may have been involved.


The family of April Jace has called her death a senseless act of domestic violence. Police say Michael Jace called 911 to report the killing.


Audio of Jace’s call has not been made public, but fire officials have released a 911 call from April Jace’s father in which he says the actor told him he had shot the victim.


“My son-in-law called me, and (texted) me, and said come get the kids because he shot April, our daughter,” the caller, whose name was redacted from the audio, told a fire department dispatcher.


April Jace, 40, a financial aid counselor at Biola University, had three sons, including the two with Michael Jace.


Michael Jace also appeared on the show “Southland” and had small roles in the movies “Planet of the Apes,” “Boogie Nights” and “Forrest Gump.”

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June 26, 2014


City News Service


Critics of a Southland lawmaker’s bill to require condom use in pornographic films shot in California recently spoke out against the legislation, saying it criminalizes the work of adult film performers and citing privacy concerns.


“We are not being heard by many in the Capitol. If they refuse to listen to us, we will show up on their doorstep, we will speak out until they recognize the legitimacy of our voices,” adult film performer Lorelei Lee said.


Nina Hartley, a porn star and activist, told Video News West that current practices, including regular testing for sexually transmitted diseases, protects performers.


“We cannot make it risk-free. Unless I'm going to be celibate my whole life, on camera or off camera, being sexual with another person contains risk,” Hartley said.


Hartley, along with fellow adult entertainment stars nikka Albrite, Alex Chance, Charli Piper and Mia Li, on Monday delivered a petition to Assemblyman Isadore Hall's office, asking the Compton Democrat to withdraw AB 1576. The petition containing the names of about 600 adult entertainment performers states that the signers “have serious concerns about the ways in which this bill violates our privacy, strips us of our rights, and criminalizes our work without addressing any of our actual labor issues.”


The bill was approved by the Assembly in late May. Hall has said the bill is meant to protect those in the adult film industry.


“We need to begin to treat the adult film industry just like any other legitimate, legal business in California. Legitimate businesses are required to protect employees from injury in the workplace,” Hall said during a floor debate on his bill.


Los Angeles County voters in 2012 approved a condom mandate for adult film performers. Hartley said she does not want to perform a scene with a condom, and maintains that it should be a performer’s choice.


“When you have lady parts and make a living with your lady parts, you can come talk to me about condom chaffing being a real thing or not,” Harley said.

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June 19, 2014

Aries March 21 - April 19


As Mercury rewinds back into Gemini, a family or property concern may be resolved to your satisfaction. However, you'll need to remain on your toes concerning the purchase of big-ticket items or closing deals. You might find a nice business or financial opportunity on Tuesday, so long as you're willing to negotiate carefully. The Sun moves into Cancer on Saturday, putting the spotlight on home matters, perhaps encouraging you to do some repairs, gardening, or redecorating.




Taurus April 20 - May 20


You may need your problem-solving skills, especially where a financial or business matter is concerned. However, you can organize things to your satisfaction with a little tweaking. Although the purchase of expensive items should be delayed due to Mercury's retrograde phase, you can go ahead if you keep receipts and paperwork in case of problems later. After Saturday, a trip down memory lane might encourage you to connect with pals for a reunion. Also, you could be a coach or mentor to someone who needs support.




Gemini May 21 - June 20


Expect some confusion early in the week as Mercury rewinds into your sign. However, you can quickly resolve problems if you're prepared to tweak your plans. If you exercise tact and diplomacy with both business and personal ties, you can sail through the days ahead with few problems. Finances get a boost from Saturday, perhaps encouraging you to take a shrewd look at your expenses or consider adapting your budget. In romance, someone may be keeping a secret from you.




Cancer June 21 - July 22


Even though you may feel impatient early on, you'll radiate charm and charisma on Wednesday, enough to impress all the right people. The right folks will naturally want to cooperate with you, which could lead to a romantic tryst or even a lucrative deal. You may get an energy boost when the Sun glides into your sign on Saturday. Its presence here puts a focus on personal goals and needs in the month ahead, encouraging you to start on any plans you've been considering




Leo July 23 - August 22


Perhaps it isn't a good idea to gamble or take unnecessary financial risks right now, particularly as Mercury, your financial planet, continues retrograde. While it does a backward dance in Gemini starting Monday, you also need to watch out for mixed messages, especially where socializing and networking are concerned. However, the Sun moves into your spiritual sector on Saturday, and you're entering a natural phase in which you should take time out to relax and recharge. Dreams may gain in importance, too.




Virgo August 23 - September 22


Your social life continues to sizzle, especially on Tuesday, when a warm and friendly aspect is perfect for a get-together, party, or even a business lunch. However, as Mercury moves back into Gemini and your career zone, take extra care when discussing deals or signing contracts that have an impact on your future and reputation. Read the fine print and ask relevant questions before agreeing. Make copies of paperwork to help guard against problems further down the line.




Libra September 23 - October 22


You may want to sign up for a course, lecture, or seminar in the week ahead. This can be an opportunity to improve your skill set or get a qualification that will be helpful in the future. However, at midweek there's a chance you can close a lucrative deal if you play your cards right, and there's the option of romance in a workaday setting. If you're traveling on Thursday, be ready for a potential change of plans or some delays.




Scorpio October 23 - November 21


It probably isn't the best time to apply for a loan or mortgage, since Mercury will be moving back into your zone of shared assets. Research your options, but don't put pen to paper unless you're sure you understand what you're getting into. Midweek may be the optimum opportunity for a date night with a special someone. If you're willing to move outside your comfort zone, you might get along even better. Later, a desire for adventure might tempt you to join a pal on an excursion.




Sagittarius November 22 - December 21


Venus in Taurus might cause some of your more indulgent habits to show up. While this may not be the best week for your diet, you might fare better at work, where there is the potential for a pay raise or contract that could help your cash flow. In romance, misunderstandings may arise as Mercury heads back into Gemini, which could be unfortunate in a dating situation. Get clear before you do or say anything that could cause embarrassment.




Capricorn December 22 - January 19


You have good intentions, but you might not get around to accomplishing everything. This could come down to Mercury's retrograde phase, which could cause delays at work and everyday affairs. However, you can also use this opportunity to sort out any issue that has been bothering you for some time, whether it's a computer problem or a relationship matter. Later, the Sun's entrance into Cancer spotlights social opportunities. A reunion may be in the cards if you're up for it.




Aquarius January 20 - February 18


A romantic relationship may seem to take a backward step. If so, it's best to let it be. It's possible that your love interest has problems to deal with or other reasons why they can't spend more time with you. Once Mercury forges ahead on July 1, things should return to normal. Venus in your home zone encourages entertainment, especially midweek, when hosting a guest and colleagues or business partners could lead to a lucrative proposition. Starting Saturday, you'll want to get fit and feel fabulous.




Pisces February 19 - March 20

Good news may come regarding a publishing, educational, or legal matter. You might also be invited to visit friends who live at a distance, or be visited by someone you haven't seen in a while. Meanwhile, getting your house in tiptop shape could be a major priority as Mercury eases back into Gemini and your home sector. This could be a golden opportunity to remove clutter and make more space for creative activities. On another note, reorganizing your home could bring greater peace of mind.

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