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LA, Paris final Olympic bidders

Los Angeles’ effort to host the 2024 Olympic Games gained momentum this week with news that Budapest will be withdrawing from thecompetition, making Paris the only other bidder for the event.

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County Board of Supervisors eyes new homeless shelter

The Board of Supervisors voted this week to explore converting the National Guard armory in Sylmar to a homeless shelter. County Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Kathryn Barger recommended leasing the facility to provide year-round, 24-hour crisis housing in the area.

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Another cold snap tonight

Anticipating cold weather overnight and through Sunday in the mountains, in Santa Clarita and in the Antelope valleys, health officials warn residents to take extra precautions. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a cold weather alert for the mountains tonight through Sunday, for the Antelope Valley through Saturday, and for the Santa Clarita Valley Today.

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Stern notice issued to motel

The city of Palmdale has filed a complaint for nuisance abatement and receivership in Los Angeles Superior Court against the Palmdale Inn, 217 E. Palmdale Blvd., for a long list of health, safety and criminal violations. The city issued a Notice and Order to Repair or Abate about two months ago ordering the motel to repair more than 400 city and state building code violations within 30 days. The property owner(s) have reportedly failed to respond to many of these directives.

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Leaked memos draw protests about immigration crackdown

Local activists and elected officials this week lashed out at newly released memos outlining planned federal efforts to crack down on people living in the country illegally, saying the directives set the stage for mass deportations. “The administration’s immigration executive orders will have serious negative consequences for our country, ripping apart families and crippling our economy,” Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Los Angeles, said. “As we work to reform our broken immigration system, we should be focusing on deporting those who are a threat to our country, not on those who are contributing members of our communities.”

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Vision rehabilitation maximizes hope and independence

New studies predict boom in cases of low vision, but help is available.

As the last of the Baby Boom generation approaches the age of 65, the number of cases of visual impairment and blindness is projected to experience a boom of its own in the coming years. According to recent studies funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the number of Americans who are visually impaired—including those with low vision—is expected to double to more than 8 million by 2050.

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Prospective jurors await Baca trial

Jury selection began this week for the second trial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca on federal corruption charges for allegedly conspiring to obstruct an FBI probe into possible abuse of inmates in the county jail system. Two groups of about 125 potential panelists each began going through early stages of the selection process in the downtown federal courthouse. Jury selection, which marks the start of a trial, could last through Monday.

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New guidelines in place for Lancaster home builders

Lancaster has established a notable footprint in the alternative energy arena. In frequent reference as being a “city of firsts,” the City Council recently introduced its Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Home Ordinance which mandates all builders install a solar system equal to two watts per square foot for each home built.

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Supervisors blast Obamacare repeal

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to push back against the threatened repeal of the Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare.

Women, minorities make only modest gaines in Hollywood

Women and minorities have made modest gains in front of and behind the camera but remain significantly underrepresented as leading actors in films, as TV show creators, and as writers, according to a report released this week by UCLA. The “2017 Hollywood Diversity Report,” which will be released by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, analyzed 168 theatrical films released in 2015 and more than 1,200 television programs released during the 2014-15 season on broadcast, cable, digital and via syndication, the Los Angeles Times reported before the study’s release. What few gains the report found came from television.

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