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Merdies Hayes

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California storms bring needed rain as well as unexpected havoc

Oroville emergency spotlights crumbling infrastructure

One year ago Southern California was wondering what happened to El Nino? Outside of a few showers, there was practically no rain to speak of. “Darn those wacky weathercasters!” “Curse those miserable meteorologists!” were common complaints. One year later and we’re inundated with too much rain with more mud flowing, more floods growing and more hillsides sliding than anyone could have anticipated.

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Valentine’s Day traditions are more than just candy and hearts

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt” —Charles M. Schultz

The “Peanuts” creator may have been on to something. Love is the first thing that comes to mind, when you think of Valentine’s Day. The symbolism can’t be missed: Heart-shaped boxes of candy, heart-shaped greeting cards, floral arrangements with heart-shaped love notes, and even a little cherub sporting a bow and arrow. With Valentine’s Day arriving next Tuesday, it’s time for love and affection toward those we desire and cherish most.

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Seat belts protected children in local school bus crash

Some special needs students and others aboard a school bus that collided with a Cadillac in Lancaster were spared serious injuries and likely have seat belts to thank for it, according to law enforcement. The injuries of those aboard the bus ranged from moderate to minor in the crash reported about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday at 20th Street East and East Lancaster Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol, who added that all of the students appeared to be wearing seat belts.

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High-tech surveillance coming to a neighborhood near you

Sheriff wants ‘aerial vehicle’

Is “Big Brother” watching us? A few weeks ago, Los Angeles Sheriff Jim McDonnell held a news conference at the Hall of Justice to announce that the use of a drone—specifically an “unmanned aerial vehicle”—for search-and-rescue, bomb detection and certain hostage situations is a good idea to help keep the public and law enforcement personnel safe. Many law enforcement entities across the nation—including the Los Angeles Police Department—have purchased such aerial reconnaissance devices to assist in their efforts to increase public safety and to keep at least one-step ahead of criminal activity.

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High-tech surveillance coming to a neighborhood near you

Sheriff wants ‘aerial vehicle’

Is “Big Brother” watching us? A few weeks ago, Los Angeles Sheriff Jim McDonnell held a news conference at the Hall of Justice to announce that the use of a drone—specifically an “unmanned aerial vehicle”—for search-and-rescue, bomb detection and certain hostage situations is a good idea to help keep the public and law enforcement personnel safe. Many law enforcement entities across the nation—including the Los Angeles Police Department—have purchased such aerial reconnaissance devices to assist in their efforts to increase public safety and to keep at least one-step ahead of criminal activity.

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John Amos looks back at ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’

‘I couldn’t have had better training’

Iconic television actress Mary Tyler Moore died yesterday in a Connecticut hospital at age 80 following a decades-long battle with diabetes.

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Inauguration address may sometimes land gifted speaker in history books

Donald Trump takes oath at noon

When Donald Trump gives his inaugural address tomorrow, expect our 45th president to try to soothe some tensions after a particularly contentious campaign and tumultuous transition.

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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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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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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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