Merdies Hayes

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Golden State residents saving more water, but drought takes heavy toll on snowpack

The drought has encouraged Californians to make water saving an integral part of their daily lives. Officials at the State Water Resources Control Board announced this week that for the third straight month residents are making drastic cuts in their water use, noting a 25 percent reduction which is the original goal set by Gov. Jerry Brown. They warn, however, that talk of an impending El Nino should not be considered an opportunity to return to heavy residential or business use, because it is still not a guarantee of a wet winter.

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Los Angeles County remains far behind most other regions in charitable giving

‘Brass Butt’ looks to change dynamic

The resurgent economy, extended tax cuts for the wealthiest residents, and even Pope Francis’ appeals for a more egalitarian spirit of giving have yet to entice more Los Angeles County residents to dig into their pockets to assist the less fortunate.

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Pope Francis appeals to nation’s charity, while advancing authority of Gospels

Father Serra is now Saint Serra

Pope Francis this morning is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly to help the organization celebrate its 70th anniversary. After hosting a non-denominational service at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, he’ll visit Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem, lead a procession through Central Park and then conduct Mass tonight at Madison Square Garden. After that he’s on to Philadelphia—including a special visit to Independence Hall—and will conclude his American visit with a Mass and comments before the World Meeting of Families.

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Black Lives Matter campaign seeks justice for victims of police abuse

Opposition paints familiar argument

In January 2011, a deranged man shot and killed six people in an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords. Media pundits on the left tried to connect the murders and the wounding of the liberal Democrat to the Tea Party. A few years earlier upon the election of President Barack Obama, some liberal commentators believed that the ascension of the Tea Party was driven largely by secret racism. There were reports about racist signs at Tea Party rallies which allegedly gave more proof that the movement was only there to diminish one of America’s greatest socio-political triumphs, rather than advance the group’s ultimate goal of reigning in big government.

‘March’ provides unique insight into famed Civil Rights Movement

Trilogy by Rep. John Lewis

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 outlets and a number of celebrities all of which contend that the Georgia congressman’s inside view of the social struggle more than half a century earlier is important, worthwhile reading for the present generation. It helps them learn about the motivation, struggles, setbacks and ultimate victory of one of the great mass movements of the 20th century.

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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 at the end of March on the high hills separating California and Nevada was just one-twentieth of the average for the last half century.

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County, cities prepare for latest El Nino; storm could be one of biggest in history

Tips to keep you and family safe

Practically every part of Southern California is prone to a natural disaster. Earthquakes aside, raging brush fires, devastating high surf, mud slides and, in the upper elevations, powerful snow storms can bring daily life to a sudden halt. The newest fear stems from the impending El Nino set to strike sometime in early January. And while the rain will bring welcome relief to the on-going drought, there is a strong possibility that there will be severe flooding, particularly in parts of the High Desert.

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Sobering report on county aging; severe ‘life-gap’ 20 miles apart

Angelenos are living longer. Well, at least some Angelenos are living longer. The 2015 “Los Angeles Health Aging Report” is out and offers both happy and sad news about the health prospects of older adults residing in the City of Angels.

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LPAC, Palmdale Playhouse to feature best in comedy, music, classic theatre

The Palmdale Junior Ballet and Theatre Dance Company will offer a 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 6 featuring “Hansel and Gretel” and “For the Love of Christmas.” The famous children’s story by The Brothers Grimm will be presented as a one-act dance fantasy featuring forest creatures, angels, gingerbread children and, of course, the evil witch who lures the children through the forest, then onto her gingerbread house and eventually into her wicked kitchen. As their parents search the woods for their lost children, the kids conspire to escape the witch’s giant oven and to free the gingerbread children from her evil spell. Immediately after the show, the dance company will perform to holiday-inspired tunes featuring “We Wish You the Merriest” by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, “Sound of Christmas” by Ramsey Lewis and “Zat You Santa Claus?” by Louis Armstrong.

Scientist suggests amazing 1-day climate swing of 10 degrees

El Nino to offer only ‘temporary’ relief

Despite the thunderstorms and heavy downpours that blew through the Antelope Valley region this week, the searing heat is expected to expand across the Southwest through early next week which only tends to worsen conditions for drought-stricken California.

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