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Parris, Garcetti attend local international business roundtable

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris joined recently his counterpart in Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, and County Supervisor Michael Antonovich for the “Welcome to LA: Gateway to USA” conference. The event hosted a number of high-level international business delegations, including those from China, Japan, Korea and Mexico.

Youth job academy accepting students

Skills offered in three sessions

The Palmdale Works! Youth Job Academy, designed for teens ages 15 to 18 years who want to develop job interview skills, is accepting registration for its next session.

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Obesity rising in Los Angeles despite fast food ban

Store closures only add to the ‘food desert’ challenge

Obesity rates have gone up faster in South Los Angeles than in other parts of the city, despite a seven-year ban on new fast-food restaurants billed as a way to curb unhealthy eating in the area, according to a Rand report released last week.

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State senate to explore limiting sugar

Beverage warning label act would fight negative impact on health

The California Senate Committee on Health will hold a hearing Wednesday, April 22 to discuss legislation, SB 203, introduced Feb. 11 by Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning, that would establish the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act.

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High school artists sought

All mediums welcome in contest

High school students who either attend school or reside in the 37th, 43rd or 44th Congressional Districts are invited to submit entries to the annual Congressional Art Competition.

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Redwood city man joins NASA

Will join flying observatory

A Redwood City man will participate in a NASA mission in which he will go on a high-altitude flight with the world’s largest airborne telescope.

‘Gong Show’ favorite dies at 82

Gene Patton, known to millions of ‘70s daytime TV viewers as “Gene Gene The Dancin’ Machine” on Chuck Barris’ “The Gong Show,” died this week in Pasadena after a long battle with diabetes. He was 82.

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National Society of Black Engineers convention showcases community impact

More than 8,000 to attend

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), an organization that seeks to increase the number of Black engineering professionals, will hold its annual convention in Anaheim on March 25–29. The 41st annual convention, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center and neighboring facilities, is expected to draw more than 8,000 attendees.

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Mother of Our Weekly co-founder succumbs

Service to be held Saturday

A memorial service will be held in Los Angeles March 21 at 9 a.m. at Greater New Vision Missionary Baptist Church for Mary Alice Miller, affectionately known as “Mae Alice.” She passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 14, at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif. She was the mother of Our Weekly co-founder, David Miller.

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Achievement gap narrows as minority students improve graduation rates

Graduation rates for Black and Hispanic students increased by nearly 4 percentage points from 2011 to 2013, outpacing the growth for all students in the nation, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

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