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Compton elementary school receives music education grant

A $4,000 grant and instrument award was delivered to Dr. Martin Luther King Elementary, 2270 E. 122nd St., Compton, as part of the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation’s 2014 Action for the Arts Grants.

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Billie Jean King event honors Olympic medalists, civil rights advocates

Local kids also gain tips from tennis pros at morning clinic

Olympic track and field medalists and civil rights advocates Tommie Smith and John Carlos were honored Saturday with the Joe Shapiro Award during Cal State L.A.’s 17th annual Billie Jean King and Friends event. The evening program took place in the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.

Greenlining Institute urges Fed: Reject CIT/OneWest Bank merger

Says ‘California does not need another bank for the one percent’

In a letter sent to the Federal Reserve Board on Friday, the Greenlining Institute urges the Fed to reject the proposed acquisition of Pasadena, Calif., based OneWest Bank by CIT Group. OneWest has branches throughout southern California.

Law group calls for ‘Day of Action’

Will discuss police shootings of Blacks, inform citizens of their rights

The National Bar Association will hold a “Day of Action” today from 6 to 9 p.m. in L.L. White Hall at Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd.

Inglewood named ‘Host Town’ for 2015 Special Olympics

A press conference will be held today at the Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., where Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr., will officially announce Inglewood as a “Host Town” for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

Some things are too toxic to trash

Compton e-waste roundup planned for Saturday

Los Angeles County residents will have the opportunity to safely discard household hazardous waste such as antifreeze, unused pharmaceuticals, car batteries, used motor oil, paint, pesticides, home-generated sharps waste such as hypodermic needles, pen needles, syringes, lancets, and intravenous needles, universal waste including household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, and electronic waste (e-waste) such as TVs and monitors, computers, VCRs, stereos, and cell phones at the free Countywide Household Hazardous Waste Roundup being held this Saturday, Oct. 18 at Compton Airport, 901 W. Alondra Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Carson City Council funds cultural arts program

In an effort to make cultural arts programs available to its residents, the Carson City Council unanimously approved funding of 11 organizations to provide cultural arts services for the community.

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Blood donations needed before the holiday decline

American Red Cross offers opportunities Nov. 1-15

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make a point to give blood before the busy holiday season arrives.

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Ebola screenings begin at five U.S. airports

Detection efforts increase at JFK, Washington-Dulles, Newark, Chicago-O’Hare, and Atlanta international

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) this week began new layers of entry screening at five U.S. airports that receive more than 94 percent of travelers from the Ebola-affected nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Carson to host march and tribute to Larry Itliong

Filipino-American labor leader will be honored on Oct. 25

The city of Carson and various organizations will honor the life’s work and legacy of Larry Itliong—a Filipino-American labor leader and organizer.

Upward Bound program helps students prepare for success

This fall, 85 percent of the recent high school graduates who participated in El Camino College Compton Center’s Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program are beginning their studies at four-year universities in Southern California. All are first-generation college students who benefited from the program, which aims to improve the college-entry success rate for local graduating seniors. For most of these students, being accepted to a university was a distant goal with many obstacles, especially financial. UBMS provided them with the academic discipline, knowledge, and resources needed to successfully enter higher education.

Serving and protecting taxpayers

Creating jobs, building community wealth and growing California businesses

Jerome E. Horton, chairman of the California Board of Equalization (BOE), announced recently a series of free events that have been designed to benefit, serve and protect California taxpayers by creating jobs, helping businesses thrive, and increasing the health and wealth-building in our communities.

Top Ladies of Distinction celebrate 50 years of service Event scheduled for Oct. 9-12 in Houston

Big things happen in Texas, and a very big event will occur in Houston on Oct. 9-12. Representatives from 110 chapters of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., (TLOD) throughout will gather at the Hotel of the Americas to celebrate 50 years of humanitarian service to youth and adults.

Top Ladies of Distinction celebrate 50 Years of Service

Event scheduled for Oct. 9-12 in Houston

Big things happen in Texas, and a very big event will occur in Houston on Oct. 9-12. Representatives from 110 chapters of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., (TLOD) throughout will gather at the Hotel of the Americas to celebrate 50 years of humanitarian service to youth and adults.

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MLK Hospital partners with Triple Step Toward the Cure

Partnership will increase awareness about triple negative breast cancer

With the arrival of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) has partnered with non profit organization Triple Step Toward the Cure to raise awareness about an aggressive form of breast cancer, triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). TNBC is a subtype of breast cancer where three typical cell receptors that usually fuel most breast cancers and are used as targets for treatment are missing. This cancer does not respond to hormonal therapy, which makes chemotherapy, radiation and surgery current treatment options.

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Governor Brown signs legislation to protect homeless, foster youth

Governor Jerry Brown Jr. Monday signed legislation to help protect the most vulnerable Californians —homeless children and adults and foster youth.

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Education department issues new guidelines

Will benefit poor and children of color

“With opportunity gaps widening for poor children and children of color, new guidance from the Office for Civil Rights in the United States Department of Education offers new hope and protection from discrimination,” said Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund. “For the first time in 13 years, the department now makes clear that states, school districts and schools must provide education resources that are equally available to all students without regard to race, color or national origin. It stops schools and school districts from discriminating in their allocation of academic programs and extracurricular activities, teachers and leaders, school facilities and technology and instructional materials and offers steps to level the playing field.”

Carson takes historic step toward energy independence

OpTerra Energy Services will conduct city-wide assessment

In a unanimous decision, the Carson City Council set in motion the energy independence and environmental sustainability vision originally outlined by Mayor Pro Tem Elito Santarina and Council Member Albert Robles. Their vision was to transform the city into a nationally recognized municipal leader in implementing comprehensive programs that increase energy efficiency, generate clean renewable energy, and stimulate the local economy.

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‘Kiss Me, Kate’ in Pasadena more than just another show

Go to the Pasadena Playhouse to see “Kiss Me, Kate,” running now through Oct. 12. This play, with lyrics and music by Cole Porter, was first performed in 1948 and became his biggest Broadway hit, winning the first Tony Award presented for Best Musical, in 1949. The original “Kiss Me, Kate” was a play within a play: the cast plays a cast staging a production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.”

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Holder to resign as Attorney General

Will stay in position until successor is confirmed

United States Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., the first African American to hold the position who announced his resignation, effective as soon as he is officially replaced, said that while his time in public services is coming to an end, he will keep trying to make the United States and its justice system better. “I will never leave the work,” Holder said. “I will continue to serve and try to find ways to make our nation even more true to its founding ideals.”

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ coming to Palmdale Playhouse in October

Audience encouraged to wear costumes to performances

The Palmdale Playhouse will host the Palmdale Repertory Theatre’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” in October.

AV Hollywood Days scheduled next month

To celebrate and raise awareness of the Antelope Valley’s rising-star-status within the entertainment industry, the city of Lancaster, in partnership with AV BizPro and the Antelope Valley Film Office, will host AV Hollywood Days on October 2 from 5–9 p.m., in conjunction with The BLVD Farmers Market.

Pepperdine alumni to host benefit concert for African American students

The Pepperdine University Black Alumni Council (BAC) will host its second annual “BAC Sound Investment” scholarship concert on Saturday, Oct. 11. The event will take place at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach, 700 Queensway Drive, from 5-9 p.m. The goal of the event is to raise $45,000 to support African American students at Pepperdine.

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Westside Neighborhood School service project has global impact

They completed supply drive with delivery of goods to Laos orphanage

In April, Westside Neighborhood School played host to a school-wide school supply drive to (WNS) benefit the charity, Kids for Laos Orphans (KiLO). KiLO is the brainchild of WNS middle school students and brothers Andrew, Matthew, and William Liner. After visiting the Luang Prabang Orphanage in Laos during the summer of 2013, the brothers decided they wanted to give back to the orphans they met and created KiLO as a means to help. While most of KiLO’s activities have revolved around raising money for a new bathroom facility for the orphanage, the boys hoped to engage their peers in a different way. With the support of WNS, they initiated a school-wide drive and asked other students to donate new school supplies to the boys and girls at the orphanage.

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Donate blood with the Red Cross in support of organ transplant

October is Liver Awareness Month

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during Liver Awareness Month in October.

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Holder joins Cartoon Network in fight to stop bullying

#ISpeakUp campaign will use videos spread awareness

Recognizing bullying as a health, educational and legal issue that affects millions of kids and families each year, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have joined Cartoon Network’s recently announced “I Speak Up” call-to-action asking one million people to upload and share “I Speak Up” mobile videos to help fight bullying. The pro-active fall campaign serves as a focal point to Cartoon Network’s Speak Up Week (Sept. 29-Oct. 3), the latest phase of its award-winning “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” initiative, which leads into National Bullying Prevention Month.

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Shuttle carrier on display

NASA 911 served 38 years

The second of NASA’s two modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft is open for public display at Joe Davies Heritage Airpark in Palmdale. The early-model airliner, once used to carry the space shuttle “piggy-back style” back to Florida when it would land at Edwards Air Force Base, is parked next to a Boeing B-52D “Stratofortress” on the west side of the outdoor aircraft museum. You can see both aircraft, along with many more that were either designed or built at Edwards, each weekend Friday through Sunday.

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All job seekers welcome to Carson’s Veterans Job Fair set for October 3

The City of Carson Veterans Affairs Commission has organized a Veterans Career and Resource Fair for Friday, October 3.

Carson celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with music and festivity

Grammy Award Winner Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea takes centerstage as the City of Carson presents the first Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in the city.

Poncho Sanchez to lead Carson’s Jazz Festival line-up September 27

Three-decade leader and legend of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms, Poncho Sanchez, lead the line-up for the City of Carson’s annual Jazz Festival scheduled for September 27.

Ford family sues LAPD

An attorney for the family of Ezell Ford filed a federal civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit in U.S. District Court in downtown on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Police Department in the shooting death last month of the 25-year-old South Los Angeles resident.

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‘Green the Block’ fair comes to Watts

Help with free energy efficiency retrofitting, employment offered

Residents of Watts who are looking for help to make their homes more energy efficient can get assistance completing paperwork for the Home Energy Improvement program operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power during a Green the Block Fair Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, 1751 E. 114th St.

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Holder joins Cartoon Network in fight to stop bullying

#ISpeakUp campaign will use videos spread awareness

Recognizing bullying as a health, educational and legal issue that affects millions of kids and families each year, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have joined Cartoon Network’s recently announced “I Speak Up” call-to-action asking one million people to upload and share “I Speak Up” mobile videos to help fight bullying. The pro-active fall campaign serves as a focal point to Cartoon Network’s Speak Up Week (Sept. 29-Oct. 3), the latest phase of its award-winning “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” initiative, which leads into National Bullying Prevention Month.

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Boxer, Sessions introduce bill to support prostate cancer research

Bipartisan legislation would establish national strategy

U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Tuesday introduced legislation to fight prostate cancer. The National Prostate Cancer Council Act would establish a council of federal agencies, patients, and medical experts charged with drafting and implementing a national strategy to combat prostate cancer.

Watts school named after veteran educator

Green Dot honors James B. Taylor

James B. Taylor, the first African American to serve as a high school principal in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), was on hand Friday, when Green Dot Schools named one of its newest middle schools in his honor.

State Senator Wright sentenced in voter fraud, perjury case

State Sen. Rod Wright was sentenced Friday to 90 days in county jail and barred from for life holding elective office, after he was convicted earlier this year of living outside his Inglewood district, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.

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HHS announces $60 million in grants to help consumers navigate healthcare Marketplace

The Affordable Care Act is working for millions of Americans who are able to access quality health coverage at a price they can afford, in large part because of the efforts of in-person assisters in local communities across the nation. People shopping for and enrolling in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace can get local help in a number of ways, including through Navigators.

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New rules impact SNAP retailers

Free equipment to be phased out

A new provision mandated by the 2014 Farm Bill, requires most Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) retailers to lease or purchase EBT equipment and services through their chosen service provider as soon as possible. This replaces the free services they previously used, and must be done no later than Sept. 21.

Inglewood future developments, public safety to be discussed

Townhall set for Saturday

Inglewood Mayor James Butts will hold a town hall meeting on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Living Room, 400 W. Inglewood Blvd.

LAUSD’s Local Control and Accountability Plan approved

Budget okayed for 2014-15

The numbers were irrefutable. The $700 million in question was indeed spent appropriately last year on students with high needs. As a result of that clarification, the Los Angeles County Office of Education has approved the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) spending plan targeting additional state dollars to help low-income students, English Language Learners and youth in foster care do better academically.

Weekend closures planned for Crenshaw/LAX line contruction

Walls for underground Crenshaw/Expo station will be built

Metro and Walsh/Shea Corridor Contractors will close Crenshaw Boulevard between Exposition Boulevard and Coliseum Street for three weekends on Sept. 12, 19 and Oct. 24 to complete piling installation and begin excavation of the underground Crenshaw/Expo station. The work has been scheduled for: 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12 to 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15; 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 to 6 a.m. Monday, Sept, 22 and from 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 to 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27.

Beyond the Bell helps prevent summer learning loss

Program offered students traditional summer school, credit recovery programs and high-quality learning experiences

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Beyond the Bell Branch expanded its programs to serve more than 88,000 students in grades K-12 during the summer semester. These included: Extended Learning Opportunity Summer Program, District Base and CORE Waiver High School Credit Recovery programs, Comprehensive Summer Enrichment programs and L.A. Summer of Learning. Many of the students served this summer participated in various Beyond the Bell programs.

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Santa Clarita’s Youth Grove Evening of Remembrance scheduled

Community event honors young lives lost on the road

The city of Santa Clarita will host the ninth annual Youth Grove Evening of Remembrance on Wednesday, Sept.10 at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road. The event will begin with the inaugural Walk of Remembrance at 6:45 p.m., followed by the Evening of Remembrance at 7:15 p.m.

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Lancaster accepting applications for Youth Commission

The city of Lancaster is currently accepting applications from local high school students who are interested in serving on this year’s Lancaster Youth Commission.

The city of Lancaster is currently accepting applications from local high school students who are interested in serving on this year’s Lancaster Youth Commission.

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Rings true in community crime prevention

One of the reasons why the crime rate in Palmdale has dropped more than 32 percent since 2008 is a continued commitment to community crime prevention reflected in a solid partnership between local law enforcement, Palmdale City staff, and local residents.

Crenshaw Family YMCA gets a makeover

Kaiser Permanente volunteers paint, clean, install furniture

Dozens of Kaiser Permanente employees and physicians will trade their stethoscopes and smartphones for shovels and paintbrushes to perform much needed renovation work at the Crenshaw Family YMCA on Saturday. This project is part of Kaiser Permanente’s employee community volunteer day events and runs from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. New carpet and furniture will be installed, asphalt patch work and replacement provided, as well as cleaning and painting—all performed by Kaiser Permanente employees.

New hunger figures show millions of Americans continue to struggle

More than 14 percent of households ‘food insecure’

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Grant applications open for L.A. County-based arts organizations

Free technical support workshops available

Applications are available for the 2015-16 Organizational Grant Program (OGP). The program provides regional nonprofit arts organizations with support to address their priority needs and ensure they continue to provide cultural services to the diverse communities that comprise Los Angeles County. Guidelines and applications are available at lacountyarts.org/grantsapply. Deadlines vary between October-November 2014.

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Elderly couple demands LAPD pay for damage to their home

The Johnsons say that officers left thousands in damage after executing a search warrant

After detectives at LAPD’s West LA Division traced blood left at a March burglary as belonging to 18-year-old Deshawn Johnson, they raided his grandparents home.

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