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Field of Drafts coming soon

Lancaster is preparing for its fourth annual Field of Drafts craft beer festival set from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 at The Hangar at Lancaster Municipal Stadium.

Election rigging? Officials say not a chance in Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County voters don’t need to worry about a rigged election, no matter what Donald Trump says, according to Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan.

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Man fires shot at ‘creepy clown’

A Santa Clarita homeowner was in custody this week on suspicion of weapons and narcotics charges for reportedly firing a warning shot at a 6-foot man dressed in a “full clown” costume, who allegedly approached him with a knife.

Multiple injuries in Palmdale crash

A man allegedly high on narcotics while driving a stolen vehicle earlier this week led officers on a high-speed chase that ended, when he crashed into two cars in a Palmdale intersection.

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Better safety urged for local gas storage fields

A federal task force created following the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak near Porter Ranch issued dozens of recommendations this week aimed at bolstering safety at an underground gas-storage field, including design changes to ensure that a single “point of failure” in a well cannot lead to an uncontrolled leak.

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Verdict in local sex assault

A Lancaster man, convicted of sexually assaulting three women in Los Angeles and two women in Lancaster, is facing a potential life prison term, when he is sentenced next month.

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Famous local couple celebrated

The city of Palmdale will host a celebration of life gathering on Oct. 25 in honor of Joe and Audie Davies. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Hwy.

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Pot bust in Canyon Country

Sheriff’s investigators raided a marijuana growing operation this week in Canyon Country and arrested one person while seizing more than $6 million in growing and cured marijuana as well as edible products such as cookies.

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Voters look at parks’ improvement

Measure A tax assessment

Among the many issues facing voters in November is Measure A, a 1 1/2-cent per square foot tax on improved properties in Los Angeles County to fund parks development and maintenance.

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President offers statement on breast cancer awareness

Carson hosts health conference and expo tomorrow

Every year, too many Americans are touched by the pain and hardship caused by breast cancer—a disease that, among women, is not only one of the most common cancers, but also one of the leading causes of cancer-related death,” said President Barack Obama in a recent statement marking the proclamation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Pilot plan for jobs, housing

Two Los Angeles Cioty Council members this week proposed a pilot program intended to give homeless individuals a better and more permanent path off the streets by matching them with both job training and housing subsidies.

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Proposed jail sparks protest

County wants facility in Lancaster

Dozens of protesters converged in downtown Los Angeles this week, some dressed in hazmat suits, to protest the county’s plans to build a women’s prison in Lancaster.

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Beware ‘creepy clown’ pranks

With Halloween approaching, law enforcement authorities in the Antelope Valley are warning people to be aware of a new prank involving a group of males approaching pedestrians while wearing clown masks and possibly carrying knives.

No injuries in small brush fire

A brush fire scorched about 70 acres earlier this week in the Elizabeth Lake area near Lancaster, but no structures were threatened and no one was hurt.

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Search for missing teen, senior

Deputies continued to search this week for a 19-year-old Palmdale man reported missing last week, authorities said. Eduardo “Eddie” Ramirez was last seen at 9:30 a.m. Thursday leaving his residence in the 3900 block of Cobble Court, according to Deputy Lisa Jansen of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

AV Wall returns on Nov. 10

Ceremony honors Gold Star Families

The AV Wall, a half-scale tribute to the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., will return for display Nov. 10-15 at Palmdale Amphitheater, 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd.

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Drought continues but residents prepared to conserve more water

The Southland is well-positioned to weather a sixth year of drought, Metropolitan Water District (MWD) officials said this week, but they warned that consumers and businesses still need to do their share to conserve.

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Make a call on Addams Family

The Palmdale Repertory Theater this weekend will present an original production of the popular Addams Family comedy at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. East. Performances tonight and tomorrow are at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee scheduled for 2 p.m. The troupe will again perform the show Oct. 21-22 at the same timeslots.

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Better representation urged for incarcerated juveniles

The Board of Supervisors voted this week to have the Alternate Public Defender’s office represent juvenile offenders when the Public Defender’s office cannot, a move away from “panel attorneys” in the wake of criticisms about unequal representation.

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Thousands of seasonal jobs will be offered

Tomorrow amd Saturday, Target will host hiring events at its Los Angeles-area stores in order to help fill an estimated 70,000 (14,300 state wide) slots for the holiday season as well as 7,500 team members for its distribution and fulfillment facilities.

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Kevin Hart receives latest star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Kevin Hart, a former Philadelphia shoe-salesman and now superstar comedian, this week received the 2,591st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The honor came four days before the release of his stand-up comedy film, “Kevin Hart: What Now?”

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Tommy Ford dies at 52

“Martin” actor Tommy Ford died on Wednesday in an Atlanta hospital after suffering a ruptured aneurysm in his abdomen. He was 52.

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Wells Fargo agrees to refund money taken fraudulently

Bank workers and consumer advocates along with elected officials announced Tuesday that the city of Los Angeles will further prohibit the unscrupulous practices of the U.S.’s largest banks thanks to a motion introduced by Councilmember Paul Koretz that will, if approved by the full council “prohibit predatory sales goals by any company doing business with the City of Los Angeles.”

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‘ARTober’ in Santa Clarita

In conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month, the city of Santa Clarita is hosting ARTober with an array of art-focused activities. Each Saturday this month residents can partake in a variety of free events taking place throughout the city in celebration of the arts.

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Steve Owen, decorated lawman, shot to death in Lancaster

First department death in a decade

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, having cut short a visit to Hawaii, returned to work yesterday following the shooting death of a decorated sergeant and 29-year veteran in the first slaying of an on-duty member of the sheriff’s department in more than a decade.

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NASA needs budget boost; 70 years at Armstrong center

Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25) urges that NASA’s budget be fully funded and made stronger, when the House and Senate meet to work out differences between their respective agency authorization bills.

Ballplayer learns tweet lesson

A local Major League Baseball prospect this week learned the hard lesson regarding “delete before you tweet.”

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Search for missing woman

Sheriff’s detectives asked for the public’s help this week to find a 61-year-old woman suffering from dementia and bipolar disorder who went missing in Palmdale.

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Kaleidoscope will welcome muralist John Zender Estrada

The highly anticipated Kaleidoscope Music and Art Festival will welcome noted Los Angeles artist/muralist John Zender Estrada to the Palmdale Amphitheater. The festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.

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‘Before I Forget’ looks at parental complexities

The Palmdale Library African American Book Club will meet Oct. 18 to discuss “Before I Forget” a novel by Leonard Pitts Jr. The session will begin at 6:45 p.m.

‘Pillowcase Rapist’ hearing set

A judge will consider in January whether to revoke the conditional release of a serial rapist who had been living in a home near Palmdale for about two years before being taken into custody for allegedly violating the terms of his release, the District Attorney’s Office announced this week.

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Valve replacement project underway in Littlerock

The Southern California Gas Co. this week began a $3.4 million valve replacement and upgrade project at a natural gas valve station in Littlerock.

Two dead in weekend of local police shootings

Two South Los Angeles men, one African American and the other Hispanic, were involved in officer-involed shootings last weekend that left both dead. Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck on Tuesday released a security video of the chase leading up to the fatal police shooting of the 18-year-old Black man in South Los Angeles over the weekend.

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Governor signs bill that identifies ‘baby gangsters’

Gov. Jerry Brown Sept. 28 signed legislation that requires law enforcement officials to notify adults if they have been placed on a gang database and gives them an opportunity to challenge their inclusion and request removal.

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Voter drive is underway

Los Angeles County election officials have joined with their counterparts across the state to encourage people to register to vote and take part in the upcoming presidential election. As presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will square off Oct. 9 in their second debate campaign, the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder/County Clerk’s office hosted a National Voter Registration Day event at its headquarters in Norwalk, hoping to get residents onto the voter rolls.

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Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas provides Zika town hall follow-up

Assemblymember Sebastian-Ridley Thomas recently conducted a telephonic town hall to engage members of the community in a discussion on the Zika virus and how to prevent the spread of Zika within the Los Angeles community. Below is an overview of information regarding the Zika virus.

‘Red shoes’ murder trial points to ‘gang pride’ motive

A 19-year-old mentally disabled man wearing a red T- shirt and red shoes was gunned down near a South Los Angeles car wash over nothing more than “gang pride,” a prosecutor told jurors this week. “Tavin Price was no

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Black ‘Future Achievers’ part of scholarship program

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California (RMHC) announced this week that applications are being accepted for its scholarship program, with $233,000 to be doled out to deserving high school seniors in the region.

Investing in bioscience

Acting on a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved investing $3 million to help build a bioscience incubator on the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center campus.

The Congressional Black Caucus Mourns the Loss of CBC Foundation Fellow, Jonathan E. Riley, Esq.

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield issued the following statement on the passing of Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) Fellow, Jonathan E. Riley, Esq.:

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Synthia Saint James creates Kwanzaa Forever stamp

The U.S. Postal Service continued its tradition of celebrating Kwanzaa by dedicating a new Kwanzaa Forever stamp. The First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony took place in Marion Square in Charleston, N.C. at the MOJA Art Festival celebrating African-American and Caribbean arts.

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Supervisors mull special election to address county homelessness

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted this week to consider holding a special election in March to address homelessness and other issues.

Sentence for jogger attacks

A Palmdale man convicted of attacking two female joggers in the Antelope Valley has been sentenced to 23 years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Jail nurses to receive better training

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have approved a plan to train more nurses to work with jail inmates. Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended giving nurses already working with the Sheriff’s Department the advanced training they need to become family or psychiatric nurse practitioners in the jails.

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Board backs new payday loan lending guidelines

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to support federal regulations targeting predatory lending practices by payday, car title and installment lenders.

Serial burglar enters plea

A Santa Clarita man suspected of breaking into a series of residences and assaulting a woman recently pleaded not guilty to seven felony counts.

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Settlement reached for Aliso Canyon

Gas Co. must pay $4 million

The Los Angeles County District Attorney announced this week that Southern California Gas Co. will pay $4 million as part of a settlement to resolve criminal charges accusing the utility of failing to immediately report the massive gas leak at the Aliso Canyon storage facility near Porter Ranch.

Palmdale offers landlord training classes

The city of Palmdale will conduct landlord training classes on Sept. 21 and again on the Sept. 28 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the administration training room at Palmdale City Hall, 38300 Sierra Hwy., Suite A.

Prep seniors could receive free college tuition in 2017

This year’s Los Angeles Unified School District high school seniors will be eligible for one year of free community college tuition starting in 2017, under a program launched by Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Community College District.

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Former child actress sues parents; appeared in Tina Turner biopic

The parents of a child actress who portrayed a young Tina Turner in a biopic about the singer wrongfully took money from their daughter for their own personal benefit, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled this week.