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Merdies Hayes

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America prepares to celebrate life, legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A true ‘Drum Major for Justice’

For much of one-half century, the policies and ideology of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have been espoused and renounced, adopted and co-opted by practically every socio-political movement the world over. Americans, rightly, consider him as their benevolent representative of peaceful social change—a latter-day Gandhi in terms of reshaping the public landscape—whose brief and fateful sojourn would force this nation to look inward toward a more perfect union.

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George Thorogood at LPAC for one-night-only on March 5

George Thorogood and the Destroyers will perform for the first time March 5 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center. George Thorogood is one of the most popular and sought-after acts on the rock ’n roll circuit. His new Rock Party limited tour this spring will feature all of his favorite songs over the past 40 years that have seen the band amass millions of fans around the world.

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Lucas Museum in Expo Park may increase economic growth

South Los Angeles was chosen this week as the new home of filmmaker George Lucas’ Museum of Narrative Art, with the museum’s board of directors selecting Exposition Park over a competing bid from San Francisco. “We have been humbled by the overwhelmingly positive support we received from both San Francisco and Los Angeles during our selection process,” according to a statement from the board. “Settling on a location proved to be an extremely difficult decision precisely because of the desirability of both sites and cities.” The museum will abut Vermont Avenue just west of the Coliseum.

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America prepares to celebrate life, legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A true ‘Drum Major for Justice’

For much of one-half century, the policies and ideology of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have been espoused and renounced, adopted and co-opted by practically every socio-political movement the world over. Americans, rightly, consider him as their benevolent representative of peaceful social change—a latter-day Gandhi in terms of reshaping the public landscape—whose brief and fateful sojourn would force this nation to look inward toward a more perfect union.

USC comeback was ‘one for the ages’

USC on Monday orchestrated the greatest comeback in Rose Bowl history in a thrilling 52-49 victory over Penn State. The crowd of 95,128 was the second largest in the previous 19 Rose Bowl games. The Trojans, in making an unprecedented 34th appearance in the annual contest, entered the fourth quarter trailing 49-35 after allowing a Rose Bowl record 28 points in the third quarter. USC trimmed the lead to 49-42 on a three-yard touchdown run by Ronald Jones II with eight minutes remaining in regulation. Then they tied the score on Sam Donald’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Deontay Burnett with 1:20 remaining.

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Life expectancy of Black males still lags behind White counterparts

Scientific studies indicate internalized racism as unexpected culprit

With advances in practically everything from medicine, personal well-being and leaps and bounds in transportation safety, it would be believed that Americans are living longer. That assumption was refuted not long ago by a report issued by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) that indicated that American life expectancy is in decline for the first time in more than two decades.

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Life expectancy of Black males still lags behind White counterparts

Scientific studies indicate internalized racism as unexpected culprit

With advances in practically everything from medicine, personal well-being and leaps and bounds in transportation safety, it would be believed that Americans are living longer. That assumption was refuted not long ago by a report issued by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) that indicated that American life expectancy is in decline for the first time in more than two decades. Researchers can’t point to a single qualifier as to why we’re not living longer. Instead, it may be due to a number of factors—from heart disease to suicides—that have contributed to the drop. The scientists see the drop as particularly alarming, when during much of the past century, life expectancy has generally risen for all sectors of American society, even when HIV-related deaths were at their peak in the early 1990s.

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‘Chase the Night’ reveals power of faith during darkest moments

Sometimes the best in us is revealed through our worst moments. Such is the take of “Chase the Night” (2015, T&Z Publishing, Roseville, Calif.) in which author Shirley Summers and co-writer Cullen Vane retrace the dark voyage of a “God-fearing” small town woman into the depravation of the crack epidemic.

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Free yoga class tomorrow

The Palmdale City Library, 700 E. Palmdale Blvd., will host at 1 p.m. tomorrow a free yoga session conducted by The Yoga Roots, a local exercise studio. Registration is required for the session.

Most banks remain reluctant to invest in minority-owned firms

Greenlining Institute report

The banks with the largest market share in California remain reluctant to contract with businesses owned by minorities and/or women. That’s the sober assessment from a new report issued by the Greenlining Institute, a Bay Area financial advocacy group focusing on eliminating economic barriers to minority-owned businesses.

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