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Charges remain in boy’s death

A judge rejected a bid this week to dismiss charges against two former Los Angeles County social workers and their supervisors, who are charged with child abuse and falsifying records stemming from the death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy.

Community outreach, education best to combat drug addiction

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors debated this week whether a carrot or a stick is most effective in dealing with people repeatedly charged with misdemeanor drug offenses, while voting to spend $6.6 million on Proposition 47 outreach and services.

Settlement in teen death

The mother of a 16-year-old Palmdale High School sophomore who died when a SUV slammed into their apartment reached a settlement this week in the lawsuit she filed against the intoxicated man behind the wheel, as well as the building’s owner.

Certification of energy program

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors debated this week whether a carrot or a stick is most effective in dealing with people repeatedly charged with misdemeanor drug offenses, while voting to spend $6.6 million on Proposition 47 outreach and services.

Kids Night Out...tonight

Palmdale’s Culture and Recreation Department will host this evening a Kid’s Night Out event from 6 to 9 p.m. at Marie Kerr Park Recreation Center, 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd.

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New exhibit at MOAH:CEDAR

MOAH:CEDAR will begin an exhibition tomorrow evening featuring artwork created by members of Lakes and Valleys Art Guild. The opening will include a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

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NBA great Nate Thurmond dies

Nate Thurmond, one of the most respected centers in NBA history, died July 16 after battling with leukemia. He was 74.

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Gang town hall held in South L.A.

Rapper The Game invited “all Crips, Bloods, ESE’s and all gang members, major figures and gang leaders from every hood in our city as well as the surrounding cities” to a town hall-style meeting in South Los Angeles aimed at curbing violence, and hundreds of people came.

Election filing period nears

The official filing period for the Nov. 8 general municipal election in Palmdale will run from July 18 through Aug. 12. The following offices will be up for election:

Chronic Tacos in Palmdale

Chronic Tacos will celebrate the opening of its newest U.S. location, in Palmdale, on July 16 with an eating contest. A grand opening party will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 39604 10th Street West, Suite B1.

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Sheriff Explorers’ ‘Mud Run’

The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Explorers will partner tomorrow with “Hot and Dirty Mud Run Series” to showcase the inaugural Muddy Explorer Fun Run at 6 p.m. at Acton Movie Ranch, 3840 Crown Valley Road, in Acton.

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Body cameras for deputies

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to roll out body cameras for sheriff’s deputies as soon as possible.

Indictment in Boyle Heights

Firebombings of Black residents

Seven Los Angeles men were charged in a federal indictment with firebombing the homes of Black residents in the Boyle Heights area two years ago in an effort to drive them out of the defendants’ Hispanic gang territory, prosecutors announced.

Memorial to local disaster

A bill by Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25) that would create a St. Francis National Memorial and Monument in Los Angeles County has passed the House with bipartisan support.ow

Palmdale toddler drowns

Authorities this week identified a 3-year-old boy who drowned in Palmdale.

New Demos report outlines why some students graduate debt-free

This week, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced major new additions to her plan to provide debt-free public college and reduce the burden of student debt for those struggling to repay.

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Lifeguards get top rating

They don’t work in Manhattan Beach or Huntington Beach. They work in the High Desert, which is why the “world class” status earned last month by Palmdale’s lifeguard team is so remarkable.

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Discuss ‘Kill ‘Em and Leave’

The African American Book Club at the Palmdale Library will discuss on July 19 “Kill ‘Em and Leave,” James McBride’s new book about legendary entertainer James Brown. The group will meet at 7 p.m.

Budget funds more homeless services

The Board of Supervisors has approved a $28.7 billion budget to fund 2016-17 services ranging from housing the homeless and protecting vulnerable children to building new jails and enforcing a new minimum wage ordinance.

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LA Sparks on winning streak!

The first-place Sparks made 30 of 57 (52.6 percent) field-goal attempts and are off to the second-best start in WNBA history trailing only Houston. The Comets started the season 20-1 in 1998.

Police commission nomination

Mayor Eric Garcetti has nominated attorney and former California Coastal Commission member Cynthia McClain-Hill to the Los Angeles Police Commission.

New Demos report outlines why some students graduate debt-free

This week, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced major new additions to her plan to provide debt-free public college and reduce the burden of student debt for those struggling to repay.

Congresswoman Waters urges U.S.P.S. to issue Alzheimer’s Stamp

Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-43), ranking member of the Financial Services Committee and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, sent a letter to Mary Anne Penner, director of stamp services at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), urging USPS to issue and sell an Alzheimer’s Research Semipostal Stamp as the inaugural semipostal stamp under the USPS discretionary Semipostal Stamp Program.

Budget funds more homeless services

The Board of Supervisors has approved a $28.7 billion budget to fund 2016-17 services ranging from housing the homeless and protecting vulnerable children to building new jails and enforcing a new minimum wage ordinance.

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Project Reach empowers Compton Unified students

Tutors help improve academic performance

Project Reach, a CSI3 program, is increasingly being recognized for its work helping to improve the test scores and academic performance of students in Compton Unified School District for the school year 2015-2016.

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Sparks off to a historic start

The next game is Sunday July 3, against New York at Staples Center at 2:00 PM.

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County pot ban extended

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors this week voted to extend a ban on growing marijuana in unincorporated areas of the county for one year.

Search for stalker

Authorities in the Antelope Valley this week asked for the public’s help in their search for a 25-year-old man accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend.

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New evidence forces suspect release

More than six years after his conviction, a man found guilty of the shooting death of an 18-year-old woman in a Palmdale park-and-ride lot has been released from custody in light of new evidence that prosecutors say casts doubt upon his conviction.

County increases homeless funding

The Board of Supervisors this week approved a $28.7 billion budget to fund 2016-17 services ranging from housing the homeless and protecting vulnerable children to building new jails and enforcing a new minimum wage ordinance.

Guards hurt in prison fights

Four correctional officers were injured this week during inmate attacks at the California State Prison-Los Angeles County (Lancaster).

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Undersheriff Tanaka gets five years imprisonment

For conspiracy to obstruct FBI jails probe

The former second-in-command of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was sentenced Monday to five years behind bars for his role as ringleader of a multi-faceted conspiracy to thwart a federal probe of misconduct in the jails.

Deputies distribute water

The sustained high temperatures around the southland has led the city of Lancaster to partner with the Antelope Valley Sheriff’s Boosters to stock patrol cars with cases of water. The donation will allow sheriff’s deputies to provide water to persons they may interact with.

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Heavy holiday travel expected

The Fourth of July travel weekend is underway and is expected to be the busiest on record for Southland residents, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.

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Reward set for missing mom

Authorities have offered a $10,000 reward for information that helps locate a woman who has been missing for more than a year.

Library hosts special events

The Palmdale City Library, 700 E. Palmdale blvd., will host at 6 p.m. July 6 a special presentation about “Hiking Those Mountains You See Every Day.”

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Judge approves ‘Happy Birthday’ settlement

A Los Angeles federal judge signed off this week on a settlement of the copyright case involving “Happy Birthday”—billed as the most recognized song in the English language—and ordered that the ditty be placed in the public domain for use at no charge.

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Undersheriff Tanaka gets five years imprisonment

For conspiracy to obstruct FBI jails probe

The former second-in-command of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was sentenced Monday to five years behind bars for his role as ringleader of a multi-faceted conspiracy to thwart a federal probe of misconduct in the jails.

Proposed bond measure considered for homeless

The Los Angeles City Council this week began debate of a bond measure and a parcel tax initiative that are both being proposed for the November ballot and are aimed at raising money to address the city’s homelessness problem.

Caesar gets Hollywood star

Eleven-time Grammy-winning gospel singer Shirley Caesar this week received the 2,583rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in connection with her 50th anniversary as a solo artist.

Festival at Expo Park

The grand tradition of fireworks in Exposition Park continues July 2-4 as Los Angeles City Councilmembers Curren Price (Ninth District) and Marqueece Harris-Dawson (Eighth District) will present a “Fourth of July Community Festival and Fireworks Show.”

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Educator announces mayoral bid

And they’re off. Steve Barr, noted charter school founder, is among the first announced challengers to unseat Mayor Eric Garcetti in next year’s election.

Grant for Drew University

UCLA officials announced this week that the National Institutes of Health has awarded a $69.6 million grant to a consortium of Southland biomedical research teams to support efforts to turn laboratory discoveries into effective patient treatments and train future researchers.

City pitches Lucas museum

Mayor Eric Garcetti is making another pitch to George Lucas to bring his museum—which would showcase the filmmaker’s art—to Los Angeles, now that plans for building it in Chicago have been abandoned.

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New position for Paysinger

Los Angeles Police Department First Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger, who is retiring, has been appointed the new vice president of civic engagement for the University of Southern California.

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Sparks honor Pat Summitt

The Los Angeles Sparks held a sneaker night in honor of legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt.

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Acting camp set in July

There are a limited amount of spots available for the Palmdale Playhouse Summer Experience, a theatre workshop designed for teens ages 13 to 17 years.

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Free summer concerts scheduled

Six free “Music in the Park” events will take place on alternate Thursdays this summer at Palmdale’s Poncitlan Square, located at 9th Street East between avenues Q-9 and Q-10. The concerts will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. from July 7 through Sept. 15.

Park, Huff compete for runoff

A businessman hoping to reach the November runoff election in the race for a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors seat expanded his lead over a state senator this week.

Search for ‘bikini thief’

Authorities launched a search this week for a bikini-clad woman apparently caught stealing on surveillance video.

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