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Inglewood City Council approves stadium

The Inglewood City Council has voted unanimously to approve an 80,000-seat stadium at the site of the old Hollywood Park racetrack as proposed by the owner of the St. Louis Rams, bypassing the need for a referendum.

Cal Grant deadline set

Open to high school grads, transfer students

According to El Camino College Compton Center, the deadline to apply for a Cal Grant is Monday, March 2.

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Federal Officials close investigation into death of Trayvon Martin

The Justice Department announced today that the independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin

‘Season of Service’ community project on tap tomorrow in Palmdale

The city of Palmdale’s “2015 Season of Service” program will host a community service work day tomorrow from 8 a.m. to noon at 1020 East Ave. Q-5, between 10th St. East and 10th Place East, near the city’s newest Neighborhood House #5 and community garden.

Former coach arrested on rape charge

Worked at Santa Clarita school

A 27-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., on sex-related charges involving boys who attended the Albert Einstein Academy in Santa Clarita, where he was a basketball coach.

McCarthy sets summer internships

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) this week announced he is accepting internship applications for his Summer 2015 Internship Program.

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Los Angeles County Air Show announces ‘Pyrobatic Night’

Plus concert featuring country star Craig Morgan

The Los Angeles County Air Show has announced the addition of a pyrobatic night show and concert on Friday, March 20, 2015, featuring country star Craig Morgan, to its weekend festivities. Tickets for the night show and concert are on sale and can be purchased via the Air Show website at http://www.lacountyairshow.com/purchase-tickets/. The LA County Pyrobatic Night Show and Concert will be held at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.

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Thompson joins transit board

nAppointed to fill vacant seat on Antelope Valley Transit Authority

Palmdale City Councilman Fred Thompson has joined the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) Board of Directors.

BBA recognizes historic contributions

Photographer Bill Jones among honorees

Groundbreaking photojournalist Bill Jones will receive the Historian Award at the upcoming Black Business Association’s (BBA) 45th anniversary year dinner and salute to African American History Month Feb. 28 at the L.A. Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In celebration of this year’s theme, the gala will honor decades of contributions made by African American history makers such as Jones and other businesses, institutions, organizations and individuals all under the event theme: “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.”

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Israel’s Black immigrants forced to use birth control

Several victims speak out

As enraged feminists in the U.S. continue to protest against “50 Shades of Grey,” a book-turned film that attempts to romanticize female objectification, Israeli women are currently battling an injustice perpetrated by their own government leaders. More specifically, according to reports, numerous Black immigrants have been, and are currently being, forcibly injected with various forms of birth control.

Local group presses Carson against drilling

Faced with the threat of oil drilling in Carson—and with the loss of the protection of a moratorium against all types of drilling—community leaders, organizations and residents have requested that Mayor Jim Dear and the city council consider protective measures against the health hazards of oil exploration within residential areas.

MTA opens business center

Targets small firms, especially those impacted by new rail lines

The Metropolitan Transit Authority has opened a Business Solution Center (BSC) designed to help businesses impacted by construction of the Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line between 48th and 60th streets.

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With Covered California, reaching out on L.A. College campuses

With the Feb. 15 deadline for open enrollment in Covered California fast approaching, teams from Dakota Communications were on the campus of Los Angeles City College this week

Palmdale man pleads guilty

Admitted to 5 murders

A Palmdale man pleaded guilty this week to killing his ex-wife and four others and then setting a Quartz Hill home on fire during a 2008 rampage.

Leaf collection in Lancaster

Service free for 90 days

The high winds that blew through the southland this week have resulted in Lancaster officials requesting that residents try to rake and trash as many fallen leaves as possible. Street sweepers, apparently, are often unable to complete their rounds because of the large volume of fallen leaves around the city, particularly in residential neighborhoods..

‘Thunder on the Lot’

Scheduled June 26-28

The city of Lancaster, along with Ron and Yvette Emard of Kids Charities, announced this week a new partnership with “Thunder on the Lot,” a popular car and motorcycle show that will move this year to Lancaster City Park on June 26-28.

Edwards hosts European visitors

Welcomes them to test pilot school

The Edwards Air Force Base Civilian Military Support Group (CMSG) welcomed visiting families from Europe recently during an informational gathering at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center in Palmdale.

College district hosts biz boot camp

Small firms encouraged to apply

The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Building Program will host a free six-week training program to encourage smaller-sized contractors to participate in the district’s $6 billion program to modernize the nine LACCD colleges and other facilities. Today is the deadline to apply.

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‘Taming the Beast’

Offers in depth look at the flawed individual behind façade of ‘Iron Mike’

Athletes, who transcend their sports, often do so because they confront or symbolize larger issues that emerge from our ever-changing society. The standout athlete is celebrated not just because he/she excels at physical performance, but because they reaffirm attributes society deems important enough to be held up as examples for the fans and spectators who make up the majority of civilization. Quarterback Joe Namath achieved iconic status; arguably because he bucked the traditional role of “clean cut” sportsman, and helped usher in the age of extreme hedonism, and the establishment of the male sports figure as strutting peacock. Boxer Muhammad Ali brought in a component even more foreign to the traditional role reserved for the athlete in society: the political spokesperson.

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Free help with taxes

Feb. 14 at CSU Dominguez Hills

Individuals and families who need help with income tax return preparation are invited to attend a free income tax preparation and family resource fair. It will be hosted by Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome E. Horton and local officials at California State University, Dominguez Hills on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Several other Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) events are scheduled throughout Los Angeles County during February and March.

Demanding excellence

Brown taps Phoebe Beasley for post

Los Angeles collage artist Phoebe Beasley, 71, has been appointed to the California Arts Council by Gov. Jerry Brown and was confirmed by the State Senate to a four-year term. Beasley has been an artist and the owner of Phoebe Beasley Art Studio since 1975.

L.A. artist appointed

Brown taps Phoebe Beasley for post

Los Angeles collage artist Phoebe Beasley, 71, has been appointed to the California Arts Council by Gov. Jerry Brown and was confirmed by the State Senate to a four-year term. Beasley has been an artist and the owner of Phoebe Beasley Art Studio since 1975.

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Finalists aim for spot on Broadway

Competing in August Wilson Monologue Competition

Six African American students, including five from the Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, are among the 12 finalists taking part in the August Wilson Monologue Competition Regional Finals March 2 at the Ahmanson Forum in downtown Los Angeles.

‘Rise Phillips Succumbs’

Rise Phillips, former president and CEO of T.H.E. (To Help Everyone) Health and Wellness Centers, died Tuesday in her Los Angeles home. She was 55.

Youth empowerment workshop set

Will be held

The 25 Dream Campaign will host its first Empower U Dream Workshop for teenagers and young adults on Saturday, March 28 at the El Segundo Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo.

‘Friendship Nine’ exonerated

A circuit court judge in Rock Hill, S.C., this week overturned the convictions of nine African American men who helped to pioneer the “jail, no bail” strategy used during the famous “lunch counter protests” of the civil rights movement.

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State clarifies service hours requirements Public schools can not require parents to volunteer

The California Department of Education on Jan. 20 issued a memo clarifying state law and rules regarding so-called parental service hours.

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Fathers Incorporated readies for National Save Our Sons Night

Leading nonprofit for the promotion of responsible fatherhood

On Friday, February 6, 2015, the first National Save Our Sons Night (NSOSN) will take place across the country. On this evening, various partners from faith-based, national and local nonprofits, and individual community members are hosting events to encourage and facilitate fathers spending more quality time with their sons. Currently there are 106 organizations in 59 cities registered to participate in support of the effort and facilitating activities to engage fathers/men and sons/boys.

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New Healthvana app launches in time for National Black HIVAwareness Day

National Black HIV Awareness Day is on Feb. 7 and the CDC estimates that nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year. A simple, life-saving tool is Healthvana – a Yelp-like health app that helps users find free HIV & STD testing centers in their area.

‘World Music for Kids’at Palmdale Playhouse

The city of Palmdale is accepting registration for its new program “World Music for Kids” underway through March 4 for children 3 to 6 years.

Four sentenced in Lancaster ranch killings

Four men convicted of first-degree murder with special circumstance allegations were sentenced Thursday in connection with killings at a doctor’s ranch in Lancaster, the Los Angeles County District At

Four men convicted of first-degree murder with special circumstance allegations were sentenced Thursday in connection with killings at a doctor’s ranch in Lancaster, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Young sickle cell patients gain alternative treatment to blood transfusions

Daily medication reduces stroke risk and avoids side effects

For young sickle cell anemia (SCA) patients at the highest risk of stroke, a daily dose of the medication hydroxyurea provides management of the disease that is just as effective as monthly blood transfusions, without the issues of iron overload and antibody formation which are sources of morbidity in these children. That finding is the result of a recent clinical trial that was halted a year early by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) because its findings were so conclusive.

First Young Athletes festival introduces kids to sports skills

Event hosted by LAUSD, Special Olympics and L.A. Dodgers

LAUSD Young Athletes is a partnership between Special Olympics Southern California and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Young Athletes is intended to introduce students 2 to 7 years to sports skills and activities that foster physical, cognitive and social development of children with and without mental impairment.

Dr. La-Doris McClaney Day proclaimed

L.A. City Council honors African American woman who gave millions

Legislative Deputy Justin Wesson, says the City of Los Angeles does not declare a city recognition more than 20 days each year and very few, if any, Black women have been accorded a day in their honor. On Jan. 16 La-Doris McClaney, Ph.D., stood before the Los Angeles City Council as that body proclaimed Jan. 16 her day. It was an honor bestowed because of her significant contributions to the life of the greater Los Angeles community and her humanitarian efforts in support of worthy charities.

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Martinez joins council

Will fill Tom Lackey’s seat

The Palmdale City Council has appointed Roxana Martinez to fill the seat vacated last year by Tom Lackey, who was elected to the state assembly. Martinez had been serving as the vice-chair of the Palmdale Planning Commission and has served on the commission since 2012.

AV College to offer four-year degree in airframe manufacturing technology

Antelope Valley College is one of nine southland community colleges that have received initial approval this week to develop four-year bachelor’s degree programs in subjects ranging from mortuary science to automotive technology and dental hygiene. Antelope Valley College will now offer a bachelor’s degree in airframe manufacturing technology. It will be a seven-year pilot program expected to begin in the 2016-17 school year.

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Jack Hanna at LPAC

Animal expert will thrill the audience

America’s most famous animal expert and zookeeper, Jack Hanna, will appear tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center.

New AV Teen Writer’s Group

Meets at Palmdale City Library

The Palmdale City Library has announced the formation of the AV Teen Writer’s Group, in partnership with the Antelope Valley Writers Association, to give aspiring writers ages 13-17 a place to hone their craft.

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Kamala Harris expected to address human trafficking

UCLA Law School hosts symposium

California Attorney General Kamala Harris will be the keynote speaker at the UCLA Law Review annual symposium Jan. 29-30, that will explore the theme: “Examining the Roots of Human Trafficking and Exploitation.” during her presentation.

DOJ will absolve Ferguson police

Found no violation in Michael Brown case

According to law enforcement officials, the Justice Department intends to announce that former police officer Darren Wilson will not face civil rights charges over the death of Michael Brown.

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Kingdom Day Parade draws thousands

South Los Angeles came alive as people of all ethnicities converged on Martin Luther King Blvd to celebrate the 30th annual Kingdom Day Parade. The parade featured more than 3,000 participants, who rode on floats, marched, danced, displayed social and political statements, and celebrated the life of Dr. King.

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Free ‘Selma’ screenings offered

Students nationwide benefit

As part of a nationwide effort to give more than 275,000 middle and high school students an opportunity to see the Academy Award-nominated film “Selma”, African American business leaders are raising funds to underwrite free tickets at 25 locations around the country including eight in Los Angeles.

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Father Serra to be canonized

Pope Francis on Thursday announced that he will canonize Father Junipero Serra, the founder of the California missions. Canonization is the formal elevation of a person to sainthood and the ceremony will take place in September when the pontiff is scheduled to visit the East Coast.

Boko Haram murders 2,000 villagers

Forces girls to become human bombs

Boko Haram has extended its campaign of genocide to affixing suicide vests to girls and ordering them to commit mass murder. Last weekend, the radical Islamic group in Nigeria strapped explosives to three girls about 10 years old and ordered them to detonate in a market in the town of Maiduguri and in a mobile phone store in Potiskum, killing about 22 persons.

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Palmdale launches ‘Season of Service’

The city of Palmdale’s “2015 Season of Service” program has added a new event to this year’s roster. Southern California Edison (SCE), in collaboration with Antelope Valley Youth Build, donated $5,000 toward suppprting the new event.

KPFK radio host Margaret Prescod to moderate MLK panel discussion Saturday

For as long as she can remember, radio has played an important role in the life of Margaret Prescod.

‘Know Your Rights’ workshop planned

Led by acclaimed civil and human rights attorney Nana Gyamfi

Civil and human rights attorney Nana Gyamfi, Human Rights Advocacy and the Crenshaw Legal Clinic will host a Know Your Rights Workshop on dealing with the police on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Lakewood Church International located at 3127 East South Street in Long Beach.

High speed rail breaks ground

Begins construction on first 29-mile leg

The California High Speed Rail Authority broke ground this week in Fresno on the first leg of the bullet train which, eventually, will include a second route from Palmdale to Burbank. The system will extend from Sacramento to San Diego for a total of 800 miles with up to 24 stations, one of which would be the Palmdale Transportation Center.

Palmdale hosts emergency preparedness presentation for seniors

The city of Palmdale’s neighborhood services department will host a free emergency preparedness presentation for seniors on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. in the Legacy Commons for Active Seniors, 930 E. Ave. Q-9 in Palmdale.

Local preps off to service academies

Two youth nominated

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy this week nominated two local students to the United States Service Academies. Anna Leland, 18, a student at Lancaster’s Desert Christian High School, and Rosamond’s Gabrielle Evey, 17, who attends Desert Junior/Senior High in Edwards, were selected among the applicants.