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New art exhibit in Lancaster

A new art exhibit entitled “Regarding Us Chain Letter Project” is on display through Aug. 22 at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History.

Rosamond woman arrested in mother’s death

A Rosamond woman has been taken into custody in connection with the July 17 death of her 81-year-old mother. Police said the deceased woman suffered from severe neglect. Shelly Ann Freeman, 46, was arrested on suspicion of murder and felony elder abuse, according to Ray Pruitt, spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. Freeman is being held without bond.

Anti-bullying workshop to kick off Saturday

The city of Palmdale will present the first of three anti-bullying workshops Saturday called “Take a Stand Against Bullying.” The two-hour workshop, which begins at 9 a.m., will take place in partnership with Best Start and Girl Scouts Gold Award candidate Jo Barrera.

Feuer moves to close ‘gang house’

Drug sales, illegal gang activity alleged

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer this week said he will take immediate legal action against the owner of a single-family home in Watts that is allegedly used by a street gang to sell drugs and to store weapons.

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Los Lobos in Palmdale Saturday

Los Lobos, one of the most popular and innovative musical groups from Los Angeles, will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Palmdale Amphitheater.

Knight fights CEMEX mine plan

Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25) is continuing his fight to prevent CEMEX from breaking ground on an aggregate mine in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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Garner family accepts settlement

The city of New York this week reached a $5.9 million settlement with the family of Eric Garner, whose death after he was placed in a banned chokehold by a police officer, sparked a public outcry nationwide.

Lackey says pot shop owners need bank accounts

Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) recently authored a resolution that calls on the president and Congress to support policies allowing banks and credit unions to provide financial services to entrepreneurs in the medical cannabis industry. The resolution has been cosponsored by George Runner, vice-chairman of the State Board of Equalization, and board member Fiona Ma.

Library fetes Japanese Tanabata festival

The Palmdale City Library tomorrow will celebrate from 1 to 5 p.m. the annual Japanese Tanabata festival. The event is free for teens 13 to 17 years and will feature authentic Japanese snacks as well as craft sessions. There will also be an anime film screening. “We’re really excited to be putting on this special event, with the support of our Friends of the Palmdale Library,” said Marissa Thompson, youth librarian. “Tanabata festivals are conducted once a year in Japan, in the summer, to honor the two stars Vega and Altair. According to Japanese legend, these two stars are lovers, who are separated by the Milky Way, except on one night when they get to meet every summer. This day is celebrated with a Tanabata festival.”

Transit authority receives grant to buy electric buses

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) has been awarded $24.4 million from the California State Transportation Agency to purchase 29 electric busses.

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