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Free whooping cough shots offered

Will help students meet new requirement

With a new compliance law in effect, officials from local school districts are reminding parents and guardians that all students entering seventh grade will need proof of a T-dap booster (whooping cough) shot before starting school. DTap boosters are available for youth under seven years old.

Challenge supports girls and women

Jenesse Center raising $100,000

The Jenesse Center is one of the organizations that will benefit from a campaign created by singer John Legend and the Burkle Global Impact Initiative in response to the Nigerian crisis. The Los Angeles-area has until Aug. 18 to meet a $100,000 challenge.

Vigil planned for drive-by victim

Information still sought

The family of 18-year-old Bijan Shoushtari, who was shot and killed last year in a drive-by while riding in a car with friends along Crenshaw Boulevard, will hold a candlelight vigil in Leimert Park Plaza on Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.

Hepatitis has major impact on Blacks

Baby Boomers hard hit

Like so many other medical maladies, hepatitis C (HCV) is having a disproportionate impact on African Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which joined forces with National African American Hepatitis C Action Day on July 25, African American baby boomers are twice as likely to have the disease as others their age, and while 55-85 percent of individuals in the general population become chronically infected, the rate is 87-95 percent for Blacks.

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Legends remembered: Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee

Leimert Park Book Fair pays tribute to African American arts and culture

For almost a decade, the Leimert Park Village Book Fair has celebrated African American arts and culture and those talented individuals responsible for bringing the written word to life. In keeping with that tradition, the eighth annual event will pay a tribute to poet Maya Angelou and actress Ruby Dee. The book fair, which takes place from 10 a.m.—6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, will also debut the Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Awards.

The Whispers perform at Palmdale Amphitheater tomorrow

The legendary R&B group “The Whispers,” members of the Vocal and R&B Halls of Fame, will take the stage at the Palmdale Amphitheater tomorrow.

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Grand Park, Music Center to host National Dance Day

Celebration will feature renowned choreographer Nigel Lythgoe

The Music Center, 135 North Grand Ave., and Grand Park, 200 North Grand Ave., are partnering with The Dizzy Feet Foundation (DFF) to present the West Coast’s flagship National Dance Day event for the third year in a row. Dancers of all skill levels are invited to participate in Hip-Hop, Urban-Latin, Lyrical and Jazz dance routines at the free all-day dance extravaganza with stages and activities in both Grand Park and on The Music Center Plaza.

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Historic Dunbar Hotel hosts Central Avenue Jazz Festival

Free two-day event open to all

It’s time once again for cool Jazz on a warm summer afternoon. The 19th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival will take place this weekend in front of the famed Dunbar Hotel on historic Central Avenue in South Los Angeles. Showtime is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 26-27.

Reminder: Register to vote for LAUSD District 1 election

Deadline is July 28

Interim City Clerk Holly Wolcott reminds residents they must register by Monday, July 28, in order to be able to vote in the Aug. 12, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board District 1 special runoff election between candidates George Mckenna and Alex Johnson. To be eligible to vote, you must be a citizen of the United States, 18 years old by election day, and live within LAUSD, Board District 1. Registered voters who have moved or changed their names since the last election must re-register to vote.

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More bike paths planned for Carson

The city of Carson is making considerable strides in becoming one of the southland’s most “green” and pedestrian-friendly towns. Officials secured recently $1.25 million in funding to develop a bicycle/pedestrian path along the Dominguez Channel between Main Street and Avalon Boulevard. The new lanes will be designed to connect with an existing path on the west side of Main Street which, in turn, will connect with the Harbor Gateway Transit Center.

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L.A. County settles G.R. class action lawsuit

List of those eligible for payment available

If you applied for or received general relief (G.R.) from the county of Los Angeles from Jan. 1, 2010 to April 8, 2014, you may be entitled to proceeds from a class action settlement.

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Cancer scare for Lakers great Michael Cooper

WNBA coach will undergo surgery this week

Former Los Angeles Lakers great Michael Cooper has been diagnosed with tougue cancer. Cooper, head coach of the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA, made the announcement on Monday, one day after coaching the East team to a 125-124 win in the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game.

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Woman in freeway beating files civil rights lawsuit against CHP

Pinnock still hospitalized

Attorneys for a homeless woman seen on video being punched by a California Highway Patrol officer along the Santa Monica (10) Freeway filed a civil rights lawsuit last week, alleging Marlene Pinnock was the victim of an unprovoked attack and a cover-up that was “tantamount to attempted murder.’’

Local small businesses and prime contractors speed date

Match-making summit planned

On Aug. 7, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will host the Metro to Crenshaw/LAX Small Business Matchmaking Summit designed to introduce South Los Angeles small businesses to prime construction contractors and small business service providers.

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Tuberculosis cases on the rise

Homeless most heavily impacted

Tuberculosis cases have been on the rise, primarily among the homeless, but there are plenty of county hospital beds for those who need to be quarantined, health officials told the Board of Supervisors this week.

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Traffic delays expected during pipeline project

nCentral, Broadway in Carson to be impacted

Starting on July 28 Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) will be replacing a section of one of its natural gas pipelines along Victoria Street from south Central Avenue to south Broadway Street in Carson. Construction is expected to take approximately three to four months to complete and traffic delays are expected on these streets.

Fifth Harmony, Bea Miller to perform at Palmdale Amphitheater tomorrow

Summer concert series contines to draw crowds

The highly popular all-girl group Fifth Harmony, fresh off their appearance on the Today Show and the release of their new single “Bo$$”, and X Factor star Bea Miller will bring music, energy and fun to Palmdale Amphitheater tomorrow at 8 p.m. as part of Palmdale’s summer concert series.

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Celebrate Black Family Month with economic empowerment

Use these simple tips to help improve your family’s financial literacy

July is Black Family Month. And, while most African American families host reunions and make plans to be together, the Awaken the Greatness Foundation (ATG) encourages you to also implement fun and easy activities that will start changing the way your family views its personal finances.

Edison raises income limits

More people to qualify for discounts

Several programs operated by Southern California Edison that enable customers to pay lower rates have changed the income eligibility requirements in a way that will allow more people to receive the discounted service.

Obamacare failing for Blacks, says new report

Other races see drop in uninsurance rates

According to a recent survey, the Black population is not benefiting from Obamacare as compared to other demographic groups.

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Low Vitamin D levels linked to high blood pressure

Researchers recommend more studies to see if supplements can lower pressure

Low levels of vitamin D may be a cause of high blood pressure, according to a new study published online June 25 in the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

Get ready for the ‘Century Crunch’

LAX access limited July 25-28

Century Boulevard is one major artery to Los Angeles International Airport with more than 92,000 motorists traveling through the Century and Aviation boulevards intersection daily.

Palmdale Playhouse to host art exhibition

Residents invited to submit works

The Palmdale Playhouse is calling all artists to participate a special art exhibition titled “ENCORE,” which will be held in conjunction with the theatre’s 20th year celebration beginning this September.

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Inaugural ‘Be The Light’ 5K run/walk set for August 30

Community event to benefit ‘A Light of Hope’ support center

The inaugural “Be the Light” nighttime run/walk will hit the pavement on Saturday, August 30, at 8 p.m. Registration is now open and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit A Light of Hope, a Santa Clarita non-profit addiction support center.

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L.A. sees decline in crime

Mayor cites ‘data-driven policing” as key factor

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday that mid-year crime statistics show a reduction in every LAPD bureau in the city, making Los Angeles safer than it’s been since 1949.

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Learn business skills in SoCal

Events target youth, women, minorities

There are a number of key business events happening in Southern California in the next few months.

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Carson uses grant to renovate park pool

The city of Carson was recently recognized for reinforcing the linkage between housing, jobs, and the economy in creating a vital, livable community. Carson was awarded a $290,000 grant for improvement of its capital park-related projects by the California Department of Housing and Community Development and will use the grant for the Park Pool Improvement Project in Carson Park.

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Partial transplant reverses sickle cell

NIH trial success suggests a new treatment option for older, sicker patients

Half of patients in a clinical trial have safely stopped immunosuppressant medication following a modified blood stem-cell transplant for severe sickle cell disease, according to a study in the July 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association External Web Site Policy. The trial was conducted at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., by researchers from NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

AFT to give away 15,000 books, groceries to disadvantaged children

Event held at All Peoples Community Center

The American Federation of Teachers will distribute 15,000 new, free books and groceries to Los Angeles children and families in need today from 4-6 p.m. at the All Peoples Community Center, 822 E. 20th St., L.A.

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Palmdale showcases its Energy Action Plan

Statewide Energy Forum held in San Diego

The city of Palmdale was invited to present its innovative energy efficiency program at the fifth annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Best Practices Forum held on June 19 in San Diego.

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Santa Clarita hosts 6th annual Summer Food Drive

Residents invited to donate food for local families in need

The city of Santa Clarita in partnership with the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, is hosting the 6th Annual Summer Food Drive to help local families in need now through August 29. Residents interested in donating to the cause can drop off donations at several city facilities.

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Youth centers serve free food

Program continues through August

The Sheriff’s Youth Foundation will provide more than 900 summer meals and snacks to children in the Youth Activities League (YAL) Centers in the Palmdale, Val Verde, Florence-Firestone, Compton, Marina del Rey, South Whittier, Temple, Walnut, and West Hollywood areas through Aug. 16.

Mayor kicks off Summer Night Lights

Public parks host events to reduce crime and violence

Mayor Eric Garcetti, along with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Youth Squad members, recently kicked off the start of the seventh year of the Summer Night Lights (SNL) program.

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Mother Johnson celebrates 90 years

Affectionately called ‘Mother Johnson,’ Allie-Glee was born and educated in Mississippi, where she meet the love of her life—Charles Johnson. The two have been married for 59 years and have nine children: Dorothy, Charles, Earlean, Odessa, Lillie, Annie, Sandra, Samuel and James.

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Palmda le recognizes its finest in public safety

Sheriffs, firefighters, others honored

Since 1992, the city of Palmdale has honored individuals who work in the public safety area. At the June City Council meeting, public safety practitioners awards were presented to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Detective Steve Saylor, Firefighter Chris Dubois, CHP Officer Robert Vandecar and City of Palmdale Public Works Administrative Analyst Cheryl Hughes.

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Lancaster and NASA unveil refurbished F/A-18 Hornet

Display located in front of Lancaster Municipal Stadium

The city of Lancaster and NASA Armstrong this week unveiled the recently refurbished F/A-18 Hornet display located in front of the Lancaster Municipal Stadium, home of the Lancaster JetHawks. The F/A-18 Hornet was taken down from its mounting last December and transported to NASA Armstrong’s Bldg. 703 in Palmdale for restoration.

Santa Clarita prepares for Thursdays @ Newhall

Event scheduled for month of July

The city of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays @ Newhall, kicks off the month of July with a series of traditional and commemorative time periods for all to enjoy.

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‘Thursday Night on the Square’ line-up announced in Palmdale

Numerous events scheduled for the summer

Palmdale officials announced the themes and musical performers who will be part of this year’s Thursday Night on the Square (TNOTS) events that will be held on eight Thursday nights beginning June 26.

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MOAH hosts summer party on The BLVD this Saturday

Surf-inspired artwork, vintage car and motorcycle show, live music and more

On Saturday, Lancaster’s Museum of Art and History (MOAH) will host a 60’s-surfing-scene themed Endless Summer exhibition party from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. The public is invited to come enjoy this celebration marking the opening of MOAH’s new surf-centric summer exhibit.

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Bozigian given key to city at the LPAC Foundation’s Gala and Grand Auction

Event raises nearly $130,000 to fund programs and capital enhancements

Lou Bozigian, president of the Lancaster Performing Arts Center Foundation (LPACF) and former Lancaster mayor, was presented a key to the city at the fourth annual gala and grand auction benefiting the Lancaster Performing Arts Center (LPAC).

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Santa Clarita WorkSource to host construction recruitment

Forty positions immediately available

The Santa Clarita WorkSource Center will host a free Skilled Trade Construction recruitment on Friday, June 26 at 11 a.m. for 40 full-time positions immediately available with Masco Contractor Services. The event will be held at College of the Canyons in Suite 250 at the University Center, located at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road. All attendees must arrive at or before 11 a.m.

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Thousands of summer jobs expected

Youth 14 and older targeted

Youth in Los Angeles County may be eligible to apply for one of thousands of summer jobs available in the region.

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The BET Experience returns to L.A. LIVE

The city is abuzz as Los Angeles prepares for three days of entertainment at L.A. LIVE for The BET Experience.

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Jordan Downs residents want tests of ‘toxic’ soil

Before the Housing Authority of the city of Los Angeles can begin its long overdue revitalization of the Jordan Downs housing project in Watts, it must tackle perhaps one of the most polluted and blighted parcels of land in the entire city.

Johnnie Mae Ricks dies at 92

Johnnie Mae Ricks was born July 20, 1921 to Ernest Nixon and Rosie Lee Kimbrough of Palestine, Texas. Upon graduation from high school and technical college she met and married Link Webster Ricks. To that union four children were born, three of which preceded her in death.

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BET Experience at L.A. Live

OurWeekly Friends & Family Offer Featured artists: Rick Ross, Outkast, The Roots, Mary J. Blige, Trey Songs, DJ Khaled & many more!

Councilman to hear about ‘sick-day’ woes

Tour to highlight needs of workers

Ninth District Councilman Curren Price is taking a listening tour today to hear from constituents to understand how the lack of paid sick days impacts their lives.

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Free admission to DryTown for dads on Father’s Day

Palmdale’s DryTown Water Park is helping kids treat their dads on Father’s Day with a special “Bring Dad Free” offer on Sunday. “Spend a Father’s Day that will be filled with fun and will create great memories,” said DryTown manager Eric Dombrowski. Now in its ninth year of operation, DryTown is open daily through Aug. 10 and weekends from Aug. 16 to Sept. 14.

Kinkisharyo to construct permanent rail manufacturing site in Palmdale

Antelope Valley poised to become transportation epicenter

Kinkisharyo, a world leader in rail car production, will construct a new, permanent manufacturing facility in Palmdale.

McCarthy next House Majority Leader?

Local Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-23rd) may become the next House Majority Leader in the scramble to replace outgoing Virginia representative Eric Cantor who was defeated this week in his GOP primary by Tea Party candidate Dr. David Brat.