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Merdies Hayes

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Bullying robs self esteem, dignity before it consumes young lives

Antelope Valley schools take action

We’ve seen the statistics, and they are troubling. We’ve seen the participants, and they are younger each generation. We’ve seen the results, and they are often tragic.

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AV commuters may soon have easier trips in and out of town

Welcome relief for weary drivers

Travelers from the Antelope Valley have for years been popularly referred to as “extreme commuters.” In fact, the commute from Palmdale into Los Angeles may be considered among the worst nationwide in relation to time spent, route efficiency, road quality and, most of all, money.

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Black gun tradition reveals courage and torment within 2nd Amendment

‘Ol Betsy’ and armed self defense

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Bessie Winchester. Companions throughout the ages have often called me ‘Ol Betsy.’ I was born in 1866, serving as the assault weapon of my day, and conceived from an urgent need to fire more rounds more accurately against my enemy than any weapon prior. Although I have cousins with names like Colt, Remington, Smith & Wesson, Glock etc.—some of which preceded my birth and many others born after—I came to represent self defense to my bearers when confronted with imminent threat and danger. I was there unexpectedly in 1850, just after passage of the Fugitive Slave Act, to protect runaway slaves against violent oppression and to provide them with a viable, confident pathway to freedom.

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Drones may hold key to finding fresh water

nLess rain results in better wine

It’s an old idea with a new twist. Cloud seeding by way of drones may be in California’s future as scientists, politicians and the business sector are considering just about any plausible idea to find fresh water.

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Latino accomplishments abundant as are hopes, dreams of future

Remain ‘backbone’ of state economy

In the southwest United States, persons of Latino origin have probably had more influence in settling the region than anyone else. You never have to look far to see the stamp these neighbors have embellished on American culture, from the names of big cities and small towns, famous thoroughfares and little roadways and even historic houses of worship that dot California.

Stanford team finds link to global warming, drought

A team of scientists at Stanford University on Thursday reported that the lingering California drought is “very likely” linked to human-caused climate change.

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Palmdale Amphitheater presents music, fun, excitement galore this fall

Wounded Warrior concert on Oct. 4

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Palmdale Amphitheater this fall will offer a variety of concerts and events that are practically guaranteed to peak the interest of fine arts fans and those who owe a debt of gratitude to military veterans. Marie Kerr Park will also feature a number of events to coincide with the music venue anniversary.

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Lancaster Grand Prix promises downtown thrills and excitement

Annual event attracts thousands

Lancaster will be roaring and revving with high-powered excitement Sept. 26-28 as the sixth annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix winds its way through downtown. Each autumn, Lancaster hosts one of the west coast’s largest and most prestigious professional KART street races. The event draws hundreds of North America’s elite drivers, all vying for the title of “fastest street course racer.”

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U.S. to dispatch 3,000 troops to Liberia

Will help combat Ebola outbreak

The Obama administration is preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa to supply needed medical and logistical support to assist overwhelmed local health care systems in managing the Ebola pandemic.

New USC Village in 2017

Largest development project in South L.A. history

University of Southern California officials were joined by counterparts from city and county government on Monday to break ground on the new $650 million USC Village project.

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