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Beat the heat with these timely tips

With triple-digit temperatures expected this weekend in the High Desert, everyone is....

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Wilk suggests immediate halt to proposed CEMEX mine

The California State Senate has passed overwhelmingly Senate Resolution 96 (SR 96) authored by...

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California state budget has more spending on infrastructure

Mitchell calls it an ‘appropriate balance’

State Sen. Holly J. Mitchell (District 30), chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, released the...

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Harris, Booker introduce bill making lynching federal crime

’A despicable part of our history’

Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC), the only African-American members of...

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Compton Salvation Army wants to place more veterans in jobs

For decades, service organizations, government entities and private citizens have...

Funding secured for Watts revitalization

Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced that Los Angeles has been awarded $35 million..

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Best selling author defies financial odds for Black women

Last week, Dr. Venus Opal Reese became an Amazon #1 Best-Selling Author in..

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Paul Lamar Hunter story provides encouragement to African Americans

Paul Lamar Hunter has quite a story to tell. Born the 19th of 21 children, Hunter..

Lancaster reaches out to homeless

The city of Lancaster, led by Vice Mayor Marvin Crist, has played a key role in ensuring that..

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Inglewood parents sue state

Parents representing Children of Promise Preparatory Academy, a charter school in..

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LA Phil hosts holiday concerts

Join jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves will perform on Dec. 20 as part of the LA Phil’s..

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The Prevention Institute

The Prevention Institute, a California -based non-profit specializing in community..

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle bridge social, cultural worlds

Royal Wedding scheduled in May 2018

Wedding bells will ring in the spring when Prince Harry marries actress and Los Angeles..

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle bridge social, cultural worlds

Royal Wedding scheduled in May 2018

Wedding bells will ring in the spring when Prince Harry marries actress and Los Angeles..

Dog Walker Watch tomorrow

The city of Palmdale will host a free Dog Walker Watch at Yellen Dog Park, 5100 E..

Holiday shows at Playhouse

The Palmdale Junior Ballet and Theater Dance will present “The Magical Toyshop”..

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Sexual harassment, abuse claims roil nation from Hollywood to Capitol Hill

More women confront age-old indignity

From Hollywood to the nation’s capitol and virtually all...

United Kingdom Initiative on Saturday

A collaborative of local churches on Saturday will conduct the fifth annual..

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Wellness institute opens office in Leimert Park

Prevention Institute, a California-based non-profit specializing in community access ..

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South LA-NOW sets town hall

The South Los Angeles branch of the National Organization for Women (SLA-NOW)..

Looking back, looking forward along LA’s Crenshaw Boulevard

Rapid change is taking place along Crenshaw Boulevard...

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Dodgers return to World Series

Game three tonight in Houston

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ 29-year wait to return to the World Series..

Board calls for urgent reform at county probation department

Citing a need for urgent reforms at the troubled Los Angeles County Probation ..

Board calls for urgent reform at county probation department

Citing a need for urgent reforms at the troubled...

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R. Rex Parris addresses recent energy conference

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris urged attendees of the recent ASES 2017 Solar Conference in Denver, Colo.

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Downtown ‘HomeWalk’ works to put a dent in homelessness

With the number of homeless individuals swelling to more than 57,000 in Los Angeles County...

Senior center to receive makeover

Lancaster and county officials broke ground recently on a renovation project which will expand and refurbish the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., in Lancaster...

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In an emergency, early preparation can mean difference between life, death

Ways to remain safe, secure

ou can take your pick among emergency situations in Los Angeles County. From earthquakes, storms, floods, brush fires—even the occasional riot..

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In an emergency, early preparedness can mean difference between life, death

Ways to keep you, family safe and secure

You can take your pick among emergency situations in Los Angeles.

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Mall hosts music producers tonight

A unique question-and-answer session headed by some of the music industry’s biggest producers and supervisors will take place..

Wellness center debuts in Baldwin Hills

Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (54th District) and a number of community leaders are expected to be in attendance this morning to open the new ...

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Las Vegas gunman kills 58, wounds more than 500 people

At least two Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department employees, two Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters and a Los Angeles police officer were...

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Local roads closed this weekend

Lancaster is preparing for the ninth annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix..

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South Los Angeles is undergoing rapid change to benefit residents

No longer a forgotten part of city

When traveling north through South Los Angeles, the gleaming downtown skyline may remind one of sentinels that overlook an often neglected community historically shut off from modernity.

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Dick Gregory revisited next month at Annenberg Center

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will launch its 2017-18 season on Oct. 13 with a limited engagement of “Turn Me Loose” about the life and times of trailblazing comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory.

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Many scholarship opportunities remain available for African American students

Every year, billions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships are given away to students to help them pay for tuition, books, and other college-related expenses.

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Mexico earthquake is reminder that southland is always vulnerable

Last week’s 8.1-magnitude earthquake that hit offshore in Southern Mexico is another reminder to southlanders

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Lakers to retire Kobe Bryant jersey

Kobe Bryant will be immortalized in Los Angeles Lakers lore—aside some of the greatest players in NBA history—in December, when the team

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Mental illness is still an issue that causes silent suffering

Exploring the facts versus the myths

About one in five American adults—roughly 43.8 million people—will experience some form of mental illness in any given year. The statistics are startling regarding how pervasive the many aspects of mental illness can be. This week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to spend $800,000 toward new psychiatric and family residency programs at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Watts. The psychiatric programs will focus on outpatient services in the committees of Athens, Compton, Crenshaw, Florence, Hyde Park, Lynwood, Paramount and Watts.

One generation honors another at state Black Caucus anniversary

The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) celebrated recently its 50th Anniversary with “The Legacy Continues” black tie gala at Universal Studios Hollywood's Globe Theatre. Nearly 500 people gathered to honor 50 years of advocacy by former CLBC leaders, including the Founder's Award recipients, Hon. Willie L. Brown, Jr. and the Hon. Yvonne Brathwaite-Burke; the Chairman's Award recipient, Hon. Nate Holden; and the Vanguard Award recipient, Hon. Mark Ridley-Thomas.

NAACP denounces DACA decision

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), America’s premier civil rights organization, released the following statement today in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to revoke an Obama Administration-era executive action designed to prevent young, undocumented immigrants from deportation and to keep families intact.

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National Black Worker Project looks at Labor Day and African Americans

As the nation prepares to celebrate Labor Day, the African American community faces a two-dimensional job crisis: the crisis of unemployment and the crisis of low-wage work. These are two of the many issues being addressed by the National Black Worker Center Project, an organization that seeks to provide education about the impacts of low-wage work and unemployment within the Black community, while also working to prevent racial discrimination in hiring and other employment practices and policies.

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Harvey strikes Houston as thousands of citizens scramble to safety

The biggest rainstorm in history to hit the U.S. mainland made a second landfall on Wednesday on the Gulf Coast, and is slowly moving away from Houston, Texas while inundating the southeast portion of the state and southwest Louisiana. Now categorized as Tropical Storm Harvey, it is expected to weaken today as it moves north toward Mississippi and Tennessee as the National Hurricane center warned mid-week of “catastrophic and life-threatening” flooding. At press time, more than 20 persons were reported dead and tens of thousands of people in Houston and across southeast Louisiana have had to evacuate their homes. Officials fear many more fatalities as the waters recede in the coming days.

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Jerry Lewis kept the laughs rolling

Funnyman dies at age 91

The goofy and unbridled comedic antics of Jerry Lewis entertained the world for 70 years. Last weekend, the internationally acclaimed performer died at his Las Vegas home at age 91.

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Jerry Lewis steps out of character

Beloved star raised $1 million for Hurricane Katrina relief

The goofy and unbridled comedic antics of Jerry Lewis entertained the world for 70 years. Last weekend, the internationally acclaimed performer died at his Las Vegas home at age 91. In 2005, however, there was a visibly shaken man who opened the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon. In the previous 40 years of the event, Lewis had never strayed from comedy nor delved into political discussion. But the funnyman had no jokes that evening. With his voice breaking, Lewis noted that he’d never included a plea for another cause on his signature fundraising event, but that changed as he saw coverage of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and other Gulf Coast regions.

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Local Red Cross expands outreach to assist during emergency situations

Palmdale mixer brings officials, residents together

So often in emergencies, the public relies on first responders to come to the aid of those in distress. These police officers, firefighters and EMTs are a familiar and welcome sight when things go bad.

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Top acts in music and comedy highlight LPAC fall season

See Howie Mandel on Sept. 8

An exciting line up of some of the most popular acts in music and comedy will appear this fall at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center. First up on Sept. 8 is comedian and variety show host Howie Mandel. The Canadian-born funnyman arrived in Los Angeles in 1979 on an ordinary business trip, but he passed by the Comedy Store in West Hollywood and decided to try out for amateur night.

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Coyote sightings increase locally

Coyote sightings continue to rise around the southland, with some of these incidents culminating in deadly results. Shortly after dawn on July 30, Baldwin Hills Estates resident Greta Seshta was awakened by the frightening screeches of one of her cats. Her little felines rarely stray far from the house—just the typical exploring the innate desire to hunt—but this time something was different. Her daughter looked outside toward the commotion and saw a a pair of coyotes running off with one of her cats.

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New plan for Crenshaw Plaza continues makeover of South LA

The Los Angeles City Planning Commission has unanimously approved a proposal for a major redevelopment of the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Plaza, which would add an office complex, a hotel, 1,000 residential units and more than 300,000 units of retail space. The project will be done in phases, and officials expect construction to begin near the end of the year. Completion is anticipated in about six years.

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Animal shelters get makeover; public can adopt at no charge

Bernie and Ed Massey, two of Los Angeles County’s most celebrated public artists, will present their latest project tomorrow at the Agoura Animal Care Center. What is of interest locally, however, is that the Massey brothers joined recently with thousands of southland youth to help in an artistic makeover of each of the seven county animal care centers, including those in Carson and Downey.