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Cynthia E. Griffin

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Watts businesses today similar to those of 50 years ago

Local people serve the local community

By the time the Watts civil unrest took place in 1965, Chambers Shine Parlor and Repair had spent nearly a decade serving customers in the community near the intersection of Manchester Boulevard and Central Avenue.

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Teens wow with business ideas

Earn seed funding, trip to Silicon Valley

While many in South Los Angeles have spent the last few weeks worrying about the drama that has gripped the community with reports of murders, shootings and a gang vendetta, a group of 33 middle and high school young men have spent that same time and longer learning to think like a technology entrepreneur.

Summer jobs still available to youth

County, city hope to place 20,000

The city and county of Los Angeles expect to provide up to 20,000 jobs for low-income youth by summer’s end through its HIRE L.A.’s Youth program, which kicked off this month.

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First on the agenda for Harris-Dawson: Respecting constituent needs and wants

Talking face-to-face to almost 30,000 voters during the course of a winning political campaign gave newly-elected Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson a very clear picture of some of his constituents' key concerns.

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Hilton wins contested Carson election

More action needed to fill remaining vacant seat

Describing their actions as “political shenanigans,” Jim Dear, former long-time mayor of Carson, who on March 3 was elected city clerk, filed an exparte notice of intent to file a lawsuite earlier this week asking a judge to declare a special city council meeting held Friday, illegal.

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Students can still find summer educational offerings

Students looking to make-up credits, benefit from academic intervention, or explore summer enrichment learning can take advantage of enrollment opportunities at a number of schools throughout L.A. County.

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High unemployment continues for African Americans

Energy sector expects 1.3 million jobs

For the second consecutive month, the U.S. unemployment rate has remained essentially unchanged at 5.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But as usual, the rate for African Americans remains high—nearly double the national rate at 10.2 percent, up from 9.6 percent in April.

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College or bust

Report recommends eight steps to improve Black graduation rate

The Campaign for College Opportunity in July will issue the third in a series of reports that presents an overview of the status of California’s ethnic minorities attending college.

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Looking for spirit in the rhythm

June is Black Music Month, and there is no time better suited to understand and explore the evolution of the distinctive ways folks of African descent have used to create this lyrical language.

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Exit Exam could be suspended

Views are mixed about the need for action

The California State Senate voted recently to temporarily suspend the administration of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) and now the legislation moves to the Assembly for its consideration.

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