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‘Motown My Girl’ featuring Frank Graves coming to Palmdale Playhouse tomorrow

The Palmdale Playhouse will present “Motown My Girl” featuring Frank Graves tomorrow at

Santa Clarita begins pedestrian safety plan

“Stop, look, listen.” “Look both ways before crossing the street.”

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Conviction in studio executive death

A San Fernando Valley drug dealer was sentenced this week to 11 years in prison for killing a 20th Century Fox distribution executive who was having an

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Palmdale holds monthly housing rights clinic 

The city of Palmdale and the Housing Rights Center recently held a free walk-in housing rights clinic at the South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES), 1002 E. Ave. Q-12. Housing rights clinics are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month in Palmdale.

Memorial set for Bobby Taylor

A memorial, “The Way We Were: Celebration of Life,” will be held on Monday, Sept. 25 for the late Motown Records great Bobby Taylor.

Curtis Granderson to host clinic

Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson on Saturday will conduct a baseball clinic from 10 a.m. to noon at the Major League Baseball Youth Academy,

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Bernie Casey dies at age 78

Bernie Casey, the former San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams wide receiver who went on to even greater fame as

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U.S. Postal Service features new stamps showcasing beloved story

The U.S. Postal Service showcases Ezra Jack Keats’ most beloved story, The Snowy Day.

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Food giveaway Sept. 30 in Watts

The Shumei America National Center will launch its inaugural “Healthy Food For All” project beginning Sept. 30 and again on

Earth, Wind & Fire to headline Jazz At Drew concert series

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Watts will host on Oct. 7 its 20th Jazz At Drew concert series on

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Possible bankruptcy for Toys R Us

Toys R Us, the nation’s largest retailer of toys and games, could file for bankruptcy

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State senate recognizes Lancaster energy plan

The California State Senate has passed a resolution recognizing the city of Lancaster's many successful Alternative Energy and Climate Change initiatives.

Sheriff’s ask for public’s help  locating missing Lancaster man

Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Missing Persons Unit are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Tom “Tommy” Ikuta, a 75 year-old Japanese male who was last seen

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POW/MIA remembrance event today

The Antelope Valley Service Organization Association and the city of Palmdale will hold its annual POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony today at 11a.m. at Poncitlán Square, 38315 9th Street East, (between Avenues Q-9 and Q-10).

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‘AV Wall’ featured at air show

The Mobile Vietnam Memorial Wall—AV Wall will be on display at the 2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show, Sept. 22-24, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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Young people discuss ‘freedom of expression’

The Palmdale City Library, 700 E Palmdale Blvd, will host the next meeting of Young Americans, a civics discussion group exclusively for teens ages 13 to 19, on Monday, Sept. 18 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The topic discussed this month will be freedom of expression.

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Inglewood reminds motorists to practice pedestrian safety

The Inglewood Police Department is focusing an increased spotlight this month on pedestrian safety.

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Seminar for prospective 7-Eleven franchisees

The Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with 7-Eleven Inc., will host on Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. a workshop/seminar at the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Mall to attract minority entrepreneurs interested in becoming 7-eleven franchisees.

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Alice Harris to address Watts group

“Sweet” Alice Harris will speak Sept. 20 on “Why the Black Man Has No Peace” at the Parents of Watts South Los Angeles, 10828 Lou Dillon Ave. in Los Angeles.

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Compton College fetes 90 years

Compton College is inviting the public to celebrate 90 years of educational opportunities being provided to Compton Community College District with a free Homecoming Festival and Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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70th Anniversary of Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw celebrated

Grammy Award-winning singer Faith Evans was on hand

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ESPN host tweet stirs controversy

ESPN host Jemele Hill stirred controversy this week when she tweeted that President Donald Trump was

Plea in domestic killing

A Lancaster man has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife after an argument in June.

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Best of Motown at Palmdale Playhouse

The Palmdale Playhouse will present “Motown My Girl” featuring Frank Graves on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Playhouse, at 38334 10th Street East.

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BLVD to host ‘Season of Fun’

The city of Lancaster has announced the lineup for its annual “Season of Fun” with a preview of the many special events to be hosted on The BLVD this month through December.

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Palmdale receives recycling award

The city of Palmdale was presented with the 2017 Outstanding School Recycling Program Award by the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) at its annual conference held recently in San Diego, for an innovative food recycling program.

Hepatitis scare in Lancaster

A street fruit vendor in Lancaster has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, and health officials have warned that anyone who brought fruit at that stand could have been exposed to the communicable disease.

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Flight Test Historical Foundation receives $2 million gift

The Flight Test Historical Foundation (FTHF) took a big step forward in its Air Force Flight Test Museum fundraising efforts a few weeks ago, when it received a $2 million gift,

Faith Evans at Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Mall

Grammy Award-winning singer Faith Evans will headline a celebration on Saturday for the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Mall 70th anniversary.

Charles Burnett to receive honorary Oscar

Writer-director Charles Burnett, actor Donald Sutherland, cinematographer Owen Roizman and Belgian director Agnes Varda were named this week as recipients of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Honorary Awards.

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Barack Obama Freeway approved

A portion of the Ventura Freeway (134) near Occidental College has been named after former President Barack Obama. The state Legislature gave final approval this week to a resolution naming the 134 between the Glendale (2) and Foothill (210) freeways the “President Barack H. Obama Freeway,” said Sen. Anthony Portantino, (D-La Canada Flintridge).

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Back-to-school giveaway in Compton

Compton Councilwoman Emma Sharif (Fourth District) will host on Saturday her second annual Back to School Backpack Giveaway at Kelly Park, 2319 E. Caldwell St.

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Angels Flight reopens for good

Angels Flight was expected to return to operation today, according to a representative of the company operating the 116-year-old funicular, which is billed as the world's shortest railway.

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More funding is allocated for mental illness programs

With mental illness among South LA residents—particularly the homeless—reaching staggering rates, the Board of Supervisors this week voted to spend $800,000 to fund new psychiatric and family medicine residency programs at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Watts.

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Former President Obama issues statement on DACA rollback

Former President Barack Obama issued a statement on Tuesday decrying the Trump administration rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules.

Settlement reached in wrongful death case

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted this week to pay out $1.49 million to the father of an unarmed and reportedly intoxicated, mentally disabled man fatally shot last summer by sheriff's deputies who mistook him for an armed suspect in a carjacking.

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Rodeo Finals come to the A.V. Fairgrounds

The RAM PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) California Circuit Finals Rodeo Committee and the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds this week announced the upcoming RAM California Circuit Finals Rodeo on Oct. 13-15.

Book sale planned at Palmdale Library

The Friends of the Palmdale City Library will hold a book sale on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd.

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Will Trump pardon Lee Baca?

In the wake of a controversial pardon for convicted ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, will President Trump also pardon disgraced ex-Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca?

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Sentence in bow & arrow killing

A Lancaster man convicted of using a hunting bow and arrow to kill a man three years ago has been sentenced to 26 years to life in state prison.

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AV Hospital receives recognition

This week Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) received the Health & Human Services Silver Recognition Award for raising awareness about organ donation.

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Antelope Valley Florist named August’s Small Business of the Month

State Sen. Scott Wilk (R- Antelope Valley) has honored Antelope Valley Florist as his August Small Business of the Month. Wilk presented AV Florist owner, Chris Spicher with a Senate certificate recognizing the honor at a reception.

Palmdale City Library to host Spin a Yarn program

The Palmdale City Library’s monthly knit and crochet program will be held Thursday, Sept. 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Activity Room of the Library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd.

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Omar Bradley sentenced to probation

Former Compton Mayor Omar Bradley—who was convicted last month of misappropriating and misusing taxpayer funds—was sentenced this week to three years' probation and a year in county jail that he has already served. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli suspended a three-year state prison term that the 59-year-old former city leader will not have to serve if he complies with the terms of his probation. The judge cited Bradley's age and lack of prior criminal history.

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Angels Flight slated to reopen

The historic Angels Flight railway in downtown Los Angeles, billed as the shortest railway in the world, will reopen soon. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced in March that the iconic railway would undergo a renovation and reopen by Labor Day, after it was closed in 2013 when one of the two rail cars came off the tracks. The re-opening is tentative pending the approval of the California Public Utilities Commission, according to the Downtown News.

Harris leads rallies supporting DACA

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) this week joined with a coalition of civil rights groups for a series of local events in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which may be threatened with extinction under President Donald Trump.

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Student loan debt continues to grow

In the last decade, student loan debt in the United States has grown more than $833 billion to reach an all-time high of $1.4 trillion, the global information services company Experian reported this week. Experian said in a statement that it analyzed data from its consumer credit database and found that 13.4 percent of U.S. consumers—from the Silent Generation to Generation Z—have one or more student loans on file.

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Woman killed in car shooting

The mother of two young children was shot and killed early this week and her husband was wounded in the attack that took place from another car as the family drove through South Los Angles.

Newhall man sentenced for murder

A Newhall man who confessed to fatally shooting a childhood friend and leaving his body in the Angeles National Forest near Sand Canyon has been was sentenced to 10 years in state prison.

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New exhibit at MOAH tomorrow

The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) invites the community to experience its newest exhibition—Estate Italiana. MOAH will kick off the show with a free opening reception 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow where the public can view the exhibition and meet each artist.