Smith leaves with ‘Key to City’

The Lancaster City Council presented outgoing Councilmember Ron Smith with the Key to the City. Smith, who has resigned, was elected to the council in 2006 after having served five years on the Lancaster Planning commission, four years of which ...

Special kids activities tonight

The city of Palmdale Recreation and Culture Department will host a special Kids’ Night Out event at Marie Kerr Park Recreation Center, 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight.

Scientists, officials monitor condition of state’s majestic Giant Sequoias

Everyone witnessing the historic California drought may have expected the alarming news. Scientists gathering data in Sequoia National Park are seeing unprecedented signs of stress in the ancient trees, some of which are 3,000 years old. Now scientists, ecologists, park ...

Saving lives at 18 of the world's suicide 'hot spots'

Since the Golden Gate Bridge was built in San Francisco in 1937, more than 1,600 people have jumped off it and died. The bridge is one of many sites around the world that are considered suicide hot spots because people ...

‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’ underscores historic parallels

“Was he insane? F*** yeah that boy was crazy, and he got a lot of people hurt!” —Afro-Puerto Rican community activist

Student Athlete of the Week:

It’s a family affair at Augustus F. Hawkins High School in South Los Angeles. Quarterback Dylan Lemle is carving up opposing defenses under the tutelage of his uncle and team head coach Milvon James.

Chief Beck addresses breakfast forum

In October, the Urban Issues Breakfast Forum will be 16 years old. Its first guest back in 1999 was then LAPD Chief Bernard Parks. Last Friday’s guest was current LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.

Black Catholics talk incarceration

If the leadership of the nation’s 3 million Black Catholics had an opportunity to have an audience with Pope Francis during his six-day visit to America, which continues through Sunday, one of the key issues they would discuss is the ...

Urban Farming

The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to move forward with a plan to reduce property taxes on some vacant urban lots, if owners lease them out as vegetable gardens or fruit orchards.

New Children’s Institute in Watts

A new Children’s Institute campus is scheduled to be built in Watts. Frank Gehry, the internationally acclaimed architect known for the Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles and the Getty Museum in West Los Angeles, has signed on to ...

State schools chief appoints fourth administrator to Inglewood schools

Vincent Matthews, Ed.D., has become the fourth State Administrator in three years appointed to take control of the Inglewood Unified School District since the state department of education took charge of the district in October of 2012 in exchange for ...

NFL says it has taken steps to reduce concussions in recent seasons

Eighty-seven of 91 former NFL players who donated their brains to science after death tested positive for a brain disease that is believed to be linked with repeated head trauma and concussions, researchers said.

Sierra Nevada snowpack lowest in past 500 years

The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is the lowest than at any time in the previous 500 years. That’s the latest finding from researchers at the journal Nature Climate Change who reported this week that the level of snow ...

‘March’ provides unique insight into famed Civil Rights Movement

John Lewis has provided to youth a rare and unique perspective of the Civil Rights Movement in his unfinished trilogy “March” (2015, Top Shelf Productions, $8.50-$15.30). Books one and two have been released to thunderous praise from politicians, major news ...

Needed: Munchkins, Dorothy, Tin Man

Attention all would-be Munchkins, witches and wizards: the Palmdale Playhouse and Palmdale Reperatory Theatre will hold open auditions at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11 for the upcoming musical production of L. Frank Baum’s “Wizard of Oz.” The auditions will ...