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Merdies Hayes

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Californians reduce water use; summer months to be more telling

California cities have set a record for water cuts. In May, the reductions amounted to 29 percent, according to data released this week by the State Water Resources Board.

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World Games will feature athletic courage, character sometimes forgotten among pros

Palmdale serves as a host city

What better locale can rival Los Angeles as host to some of the world’s most dedicated athletes? Some of the greatest sports stars in history, of course, have performed locally, but these household names may pale in comparison to the character and determination on display July 25 through Aug. 2, when the 2015 Special Olympics World Games comes to southern California.

Feds issue latest drought relief package; farmers may benefit

The Obama Administration this week has unveiled its “Sierra Cascade California Headwaters” package that will direct $130 million toward drought relief. Most of the money will support tree thinning, watershed restoration, streambed improvements and other work that the White House believes will assist California in finding its way through four years of financially-crippling drought. Another $13.6 million will be allocated later for ranchers, and $6 million is forthcoming to provide grants to rural communities.

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The best in ‘hogs’ and hot rods this weekend at annual Thunder on the Lot

Proceeds go to Kids Charities

Charitable contributions to underserved children remains a strong and noble commitment across the nation. There are numerous, worthwhile charities throughout Los Angeles County which do wonderful work caring for the less fortunate. The donations they collect are directed to persons in need because of physical or mental disabilities, self-induced problems (e.g. substance abuse recovery) or the most common application of charitable giving involving poverty. People donate at work, at church, online and practically anywhere, anytime they are approached with the familiar phrase: “Can you spare a little something for the less fortunate?”

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Charleston murders latest instance of persecution of Black Christians

The massacre of nine parishioners two weeks ago at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., is a stark reminder of the sad vestiges of slavery and Jim Crow still present within the United States. The deadly rampage of a 21-year-old avowed racist has brought to fore painful memories of when African Americans at great peril dared to study and adhere to the Gospels.

Officials ponder yet another name for South Los Angeles

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

Juliet from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” made this argument to imply that the names of things don’t necessarily affect what they really are. But “SOLA” standing in as a hip moniker for South Los Angeles may not go over as well with Latino residents. Councilman Bernard Parks (Eighth District) wants to incorporate this acronym to replace the negative connotations sometimes associated with South Central (or the newly-minted South Los Angeles) because it could invigorate the maligned area with a new, more gentrified contemporary-sounding name. Trouble is, the term “SOLA” in Spanish could suggest a “woman in sexual need.”

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Verbum Dei sends entire senior class off to college

For the eighth consecutive year, each graduating senior at Verbum Dei High in Watts has been accepted into a four-year college or university.

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City’s new minimum wage law signed despite opposition

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed recently an ordinance that will make the city the nation’s largest municipality to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

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L.A. Convention Center will undergo latest expansion plan

New stadium step closer to reality

In continuing his pledge to forge a “New Ninth,” Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price announced recently that a key step has been taken in the proposed construction of the city’s latest sports stadium.

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Ancient fossil discoveries abound in and around Southern California

no ‘meat-eaters,’ but research suggests why some dino species are found here

That’s about the closest dry place, if one were reading this article 65 million years ago. It doesn’t matter where in Southern California you’re located; the entire landscape was submerged at least 550 to 800 feet under the sea when the “K-Pg” extinction boundary event (the earth-altering meteor that slammed into the Yucatan Peninsula, marking the boundary between the Cretaceous and Paleocene periods) along with millions of years of ferocious volcanism that spelled doom for the dinosaurs.

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