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Volunteer to help clean river

The city of Santa Clarita will host the 23rd Annual River Rally Cleanup and Environmental Expo on Saturday, Sept. 23, 8 to 11 a.m. The river cleanup event will start behind the shopping center located at 18386 Soledad Canyon Road.

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Littlerock man arrested in fatal crash

A man was killed the morning of Aug. 13 in a fiery crash involving two vehicles on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway near Santa Clarita, and the second driver, a Littlerock man, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, authorities said.

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City honors pastor with award

During a recent Lancaster city council meeting, Mayor R. Rex Parris honored Pastor Jacob Johnson with the city’s most recent Community Contributor award. Pastor Johnson was recognized for his efforts to build a stronger Lancaster community through faith-based initiatives and beyond.

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Jail deaths draw increased concern

Guards and medical personnel failed to acknowledge two mentally ill Los Angeles County jail inmates who refused to eat for several days, leading to their deaths from starvation, according to a report presented this week.

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West Nile virus reaches Palmdale

Almost half of the 22 people from Los Angeles County who tested positive for West Nile virus so far this year are from the San Fernando Valley, a hot spot where the disease appears to be spreading this season, according to public health and vector control officials.

Solar eclipse viewing party

The Palmdale City Library is teaming up with Mother Nature for a special community program to coincide with the solar eclipse occurring on Aug. 21.

Change to street sweeping schedule

Improving services for its residents is a high priority for Lancaster. As the city has continued to grow, the cumulative amount of time it takes for street sweepers to properly clean the gutters throughout every neighborhood has increased.

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Classics Book Club to meet

The Palmdale City Library’s Classics Book Club will discuss the book “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood on Monday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m., at the library, 700 E. Palmdale Blvd.

Kids rock free at Queen Nation/Police Experience

This Saturday at the Palmdale Amphitheater

Two highly renowned tribute acts, Queen Nation and The Police Experience, will rock the stage of the Palmdale Amphitheater tomorrow at 7 p.m. as part of the city of Palmdale’s summer concert series.

Ruling on South LA police shooting

The Los Angeles Police Commission ruled this week that an officer was justified in using deadly force in a shooting that killed an 18-year-old man in South Los Angeles last fall. Despite clearing the officer who shot Carnell Snell Jr., the commissioners faulted some of the tactics used by officers involved in the chase that ended with the shooting on Oct. 1 at 107th Street and Western Avenue.

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