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Howard grad becomes California’s first female and first African American attorney general

Democrat Kamala Harris was sworn in as attorney general on Monday, becoming the first woman and first minority to hold California’s top law enforcement office.

She told hundreds of supporters that she will be an innovator who will be smart on crime as well as tough on crime.

“Being smart on crime is about doing more preventing and less reacting,” she said, promising to target chronic truancy and the underlying causes of criminal behavior as she did during two terms as San Francisco district attorney.

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NAACP chief criticized for backing legalizing pot

The president of the NAACP’s California chapter said Wednesday she will not falter in her support of an initiative to legalize marijuana despite criticism from some religious leaders who have called on her to resign her post at the civil rights organization.