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‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Rams may move to Inglewood

Residents need to to approve

In the latest sweepstakes involving a possible return of professional football to Los Angeles, St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke said this week he plans to build a stadium at the old Hollywood Park site in Inglewood. The Rams once played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum from 1946-1979 before moving to Anaheim Stadium and then to St. Louis in 1994.

Palmdale to host certification classes for property managers and landlords

Palmdale will host a series of California Certified Residential Manager (CCRM) workshops for property managers and landlords presented by the California Apartment Association (CAA) designed to prepare participants for certification.

City encourages residents to turn ‘Lights On for Life’

The city of Palmdale, in recognition of December being named National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month, is requesting citizens to drive with their headlights on all day today as part of the “Lights On for Life” campaign in honor of those killed or injured by drunk drivers.

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LAPD will add body cameras

Plan would enhance current pilot program

Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday announced a plan to outfit LAPD officers with body cameras. The department already has a pilot program underway involving 600 body cameras paid for by $1.35 million in private donations.

Feds award $3 million to state

Will improve healthcare, lower costs

California will receive up to $3 million to design health care payment and service delivery models that will improve health care quality and lower costs, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia M. Burwell announced this week.

Carson tops many cities nationwide in park spending

Based on the study by Trust for Public Land of the 60 largest cities nationwide with a population of at least a half a million, the average expenditure that a city spends on the parks is $78 per resident.

Titi Branch, co-founder of Miss Jessie’s, dies at 45 of apparent suicide

Titi Branch, one of the co-founders of the successful natural hair care line, Miss Jessie’s, died Dec. 4, according to an obituary by NV Magazine.

State offers fellowships

Paid training offered for 11 months

Applications are now available for the 2015-16 California Senate Fellows program and can be accessed online. Established in 1973, the California Senate Fellows (CSF) program is one of the oldest and most distinguished service learning programs in the country. It offers college graduates a paid, full-time legislative staff position in the State Capitol for 11 months.

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Palmdale hosts blood drive

Palmdale will host a blood drive Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Poncitlán Square.

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Palmdale honors community builders at council meeting

The Palmdale City Council honored several local individuals, pastors, churches and law enforcement staff at its last meeting to thank them for their many community building efforts over the past year.

‘Magical BLVD Christmas’ on tap tomorrow evening

The city of Lancaster will again present the lights and sounds of Christmas tomorrow as the fifth annual A Magical BLVD Christmas takes place downtown from 5 to 9 p.m.

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FAME to host Black Solidarity Sunday

Pastors, parishioners to dress in black

First A.M.E. Church of Los Angeles (FAME) will join congregations of all denominations across the country in asking parishioners to wear black clothing to church services on Sunday, Dec. 14, to demonstrate that “Black Lives Matter.”

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LAUSD board member George McKenna qualifies for the March 2015 ballot

Running unopposed to advance community’s education agenda

The Los Angeles City Clerk has confirmed that LAUSD board member George McKenna submitted the required number of signatures from District 1 voters to qualify for the March 3, 2015 ballot. McKenna will run unopposed, because he is the only candidate to qualify for the ballot.

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Health advocate succumbs

Lark Galloway-Gilliam dedicatecd her life to helping others

Lark Galloway-Gilliam, executive director of the Community Health Councils, passed away recently following complications from a long-fought illness. She was 61.

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Kids, parents and sweets—tips for healthy eating at holiday time

Florence WIC Center focuses on preventing childhood obesity

Limiting the sweets children eat could be more difficult than ever with Christmas right around the corner.

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First AME church shows appreciation to Rev. and Mrs. ‘J’ Edgar Boyd

More than 350 members of First AME Church of Los Angeles (FAME) were on hand for a spirit-filled, outdoor reception to welcome Senior Minister “J” Edgar Boyd for another year at the helm of the 142 year-old congregation.

Habitat for Humanity, Bank of America build home for Compton family

Bank of America and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) have completed the renovation of a home in Compton, which was dedicated to new homeowner Trenisha Dorsey. The home was donated by Bank of America to support the affiliate’s efforts to build affordable housing in partnership with hardworking, low-income families in greater Los Angeles.

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Mostly peaceful protests continue in response to decision in Ferguson

Numerous cases of ‘death by cop’ have occured since Michael Brown

With more Southland protests planned in response to the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck warned again that while lawful protests will be respected, people who break the law or try to stop freeway traffic will be arrested. Monday night, in response to the decision in Ferguson, a number of folks in Los Angeles participated in lawful protest,” Beck said. “That lawful protest was facilitated for many hours by the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Thousands of Angelenos ‘Move It’ with the LAUSD

District 5K at Dodger Stadium in support of health and wellness

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) recently held its second annual 5K ‘Move It’ Challenge and Health Festival at Dodger Stadium. In partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the District fundraiser endeavors to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle among students, employees and community members, while raising important funding for the District’s Wellness Centers.

What will you find during medicare open enrollment?

Continues through Dec. 7

Your health needs change from year to year. And, your health plan may change the benefits and costs each year too. That’s why it’s important to review your Medicare choices each fall. Compare your current plan to new options and see if you can lower some costs or find a plan to better suit your needs. Open enrollment is the one time of year when all people with Medicare can see what new benefits Medicare has to offer and make changes to their coverage.

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Los Angeles AIDS advocates named to POZ 100 as part of ‘Youth Power’ list

Josephine Ayankoya, a long-time AIDS advocate at the University of California, Michael Eisman of the Impulse Group and Christopher Jackson of the In The Mix program in San Diego have been named to the POZ 100.

Safety is best ingredient during Thanksgiving

While overeating and Thanksgiving are virtually synonymous, cooking accidents and “turkey day,” unfortunately, go hand in hand as well.

Compton Unified provides new glasses for Clinton and Dominguez students

Made possible by partnership with Vision to Learn

More than 50 Compton Unified School District (CUSD) students are seeing the world more clearly today thanks to a new partnership between the school district and the nationwide nonprofit Vision To Learn (VTL), which provided new eyeglasses for the Clinton Elementary and Dominguez High School students at an event on the Dominguez campus.

Flu during the holidays—not a pretty picture

nFree flu shots available for children and adults

One infant has already died from the flu since mid October, and the flu season hasn’t even reached its peak. The greatest flu activity in this country occurs between December and February.

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Jury selection resumes in Miramonte sex abuse trial

Jury selection resumed this week in the first lawsuits stemming from the sex abuse scandal at Miramonte Elementary School, even as settlement discussions continued.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital initiates community health program ‘Know Your Basics’

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) recently announced the launch of the Know Your Basics Community Wellness Campaign on Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The six-month campaign will provide health screenings and enrollment events at 23 grocery stores, barber shops and beauty salons, farmers’ markets, shopping centers and senior centers throughout the South Los Angeles community.

DWP to open on a Saturday

Four locations offer services December

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will hold “Customer Service Saturday” at four of its customer service centers on Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Catch the rain water

City pilots effort to use precipitation for lawns

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that Keep Los Angeles Beautiful (an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful) and the city of Los Angeles have partnered with Coca-Cola on a Rain Barrel Pilot Program in which 1,000 45- and 55-gallon syrup barrels will be re-purposed as rain barrels and distributed to city residents, free of charge, so they can capture rainwater for irrigation.

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Westside Neighborhood School to implement ‘Grades of Green’

Enviornmental program introduces ‘Trash Free Tuesdays’

Westside Neighborhood School (WNS) has in Playa Del Rey partnered with the Grades of Green organization to expand on going ‘green.’ Grades of Green is a nonprofit organization, “with a vision of making environmental protection ‘second nature’ in young minds.”