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Rain could bring more poppies

The recent storms may result in more wildflower blossoms this year. Organizers of the California Poppy Festival at Lancaster City Park on April 16 and 17 are counting on the dormant plants to sprout their magnificent blossoms in ways not ...

Youth part of ‘Banners’ program

The popularity of Lancaster’s Hometown Heroes Banners program has resulted in recognizing the achievements and artwork of local youth.

Father, daughter crash; Lancaster murder probe

Authorities report that the driver of a Chevrolet Camaro and his teenage daughter were killed when the sports coupe crashed into a traffic signal pole in Palmdale during an apparent street race.

Los Angeles workers gather to protest Measure S

Wearing hardhats and waving homemade signs, a diverse collection of construction workers and affordable housing advocates gathered recently to protest the potential passage of Measure S, a proposal that would ban development of low-cost housing and potentially eliminate more than ...

Entrepreneurs want more Blacks to adopt a plant-based diet

Kareem Cook and Claude Tellis, are two entrepreneurs, who are on a mission to save more black lives by changing the way African Americans eat. Cook and Tellis are the owners of VeganSmart, a health food company that makes a ...

City Council decriminalizes street vending

The City Council on Wednesday approved two ordinances decriminalizing street vending in Los Angeles. The practice is still outlawed but will be enforced through citations as the council continues to work on a permitting system for the industry. The ordinances, ...

New beginning for Compton College

The Compton Community College District, which has been managed by a state-appointed special trustee since it lost its accreditation more than a decade ago, this week regained the authority to govern itself. The college now will be run once again ...

Blacks will account for nearly 18 percent of U.S. population by 2060

Each year, the Census Bureau recognizes Black History Month by releasing up-to-date statistics that reveal the total Black population, the number of Black-owned businesses and even how many African-American military members are serving the country. Currently, the Black population stands ...

Blacks return to the labor market and find jobs, BLS report says

The Black unemployment rate continued to improve falling from 7.8 percent in December to 7.7 percent in January, according to the latest jobs report from the Labor Department. The labor force participation rate for Blacks, which is the share of ...

County extends marijuana ban; off limits in unincorporated areas

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted this week to extend a ban on the cultivation, manufacture, processing, testing, transportation and retail sale of medical and non-medical marijuana in unincorporated areas until a comprehensive regulatory framework can be put ...

New books on review; chocolate lover’s delight

The Palmdale Library book clubs are attracting new members every month with an exciting array of contemporary literary favorites. On Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., the Mystery, Murder and Mayhem discussion group will unpack David Liss’ “A Conspiracy of Paper,” ...

Seat belts protected children in local school bus crash

Some special needs students and others aboard a school bus that collided with a Cadillac in Lancaster were spared serious injuries and likely have seat belts to thank for it, according to law enforcement. The injuries of those aboard the ...

Board condemns Muslim ban

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 this week to support legislation seeking to rescind the Trump administration’s executive order temporarily barring immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. and suspending the county’s refugee program.

Lawmakers request block of rail funds

California lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao requesting to block pending federal funding to the California High Speed Rail project until an audit is completed regarding the finances.

Killer receives 164 years

A convicted killer has been sentenced to 164 years to life in state prison for sexually assaulting and attempting to kill a woman in the Antelope Valley in 2015.