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Merdies Hayes

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Globetrotters great dies at 89

Long before Bob Cousy, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe and Pete Maravich graced the hardwoods, there was Marques Haynes. The famous dribbling wizzard of the Harlem Globetrotters died on Friday in Plano, Texas. He was 89.

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Childhood mental illness remains early stigma that can last a lifetime

L.A. County boosts treatment services

Practically no one expects a child to be intentionally harmed physically, sexually or emotionally, but it happens every day. Experts have for years concluded that child abuse, in general, often leads to mental disorders that affect behavior, self esteem, identity, and social and cognitive development.

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‘Race on the Q.T.’ explores Tarantino’s body of work

Screenwriter/director Quentin Tarantino has during the past 25 years provided to moviegoers a number of films that at best elicit responses of shock and surprise, and at worst hearken to the base racial characterizations seen prominently in the “Blaxploitation” genre of the early 1970s. Adilifu Nama’s new book, “Race on the Q.T.” (2015 The University of Texas Press, $22.95), provides a thorough albeit academic review of the prominent filmmaker’s most popular films ranging from “Reservoir Dogs” to “Django Unchained.”

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‘Senior’ farmers volunteer to reduce water during drought

Some California farmers who hold some of the state’s oldest water rights have been forced to turn them over. Several of these family water holdings near the San Joaquin River date back to the Gold Rush, but state regulators will institute mandatory cuts today to these farmers who have been historically spared from water restrictions.

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New stadium set for Exposition Park

The team doesn’t yet have a name, but plans were announced this week that a new soccer stadium will be built on the site of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Area in Exposition Park. The sports arena will be demolished.

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B.B. King dies at 89

B.B. King, one of the greatest interpreters of the blues and to a generation of musicians one of the industry’s finest guitarists, died May 14 asleep at his home in Las Vegas. He was 89.

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Palmdale Playhouse to feature variety of stage presentations

See ‘Check Please’ tomorrow evening

The Palmdale Playhouse has announced one of its most exciting and artistically varied summer seasons with activities ranging from concert performances, dance reviews, art exhibitions, dramatic presentations and classic films.

Experts say wildlife sightings will increase in urban areas

Drought forces longer treks for food, water

California wildlife experts announced this week that the recent episodes of bears in backyards, coyotes snatching little dogs and cats, and mountain lions holed up in cozy city hideaways is a result of a lack of fresh water and game in their natural habitat.

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Activists petition U.N.

Call for review, reform of U.S. civil rights

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR) this week called for major criminal justice reforms as the United Nations reviews the United State’s record on human rights issues. The call for a U.N. review comes in the wake of recent police killings of unarmed Black men in Baltimore, Md.; New York City; Ferguson, Mo.; Los Angeles; North Charleston, S.C.; and in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Mother’s Day is etched into our memories

What would you buy your favorite ‘TV mom’?

Mothers do just about everything for their families. They nourish both the body and soul. They bring purpose and add meaning to our lives. They willingly, and without regret, share their days and nights without celebration, without adulation ... and without compensation.

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