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Football Has an Even Bigger Concussion Problem: Nearly 90 Percent of Donated Brains From Deceased Football Players Had CTE

Out of 202 brains of deceased football players studied, CTE was diagnosed in 177 of them, a number that includes NFL, college and even high school athletes.

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Black Women Lead Surge In Gun Ownership

A recent study has shown that black women outpace other races and genders in securing concealed carry permits.

Increased filming in Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita had a robust period of location filming in fiscal year 2016-17 (July 2016-June 2017) with the Film Office recording 545 film permits and 1,265 location film days, generating an estimated $30.1 million for the city.

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Repairwoman is found dead

Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a man accused of killing a woman who came to his Lancaster home to fix an appliance.

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Domestic incident results in arrest

A man was arrested in Lancaster after he assaulted his spouse and waved a large machete at deputies, authorities said today.

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State honor for The BLVD

The California Arts Council announced recently the selection of The BLVD in Lancaster as one of California’s premier state-designated cultural districts. A promotional campaign led by the city of Lancaster, the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, the Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundation, and The BLVD Association helped to secure the recognition.

Man shot in botched robbery

A man in his 40s was shot and wounded this week in Lancaster when he interfered with an attempt to rob his roommate.

‘The Country Girls’ at book club

The Palmdale City Library Classics Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. July 24 to discuss “The Country Girls” by Edna O’Brien. “The Country Girls” follows the exploits of Kate and Baba, a pair of Irish childhood friends who have left the safety of their convent school to embark on life and love in the big city. Once there, they struggle to maintain their somewhat tumultuous relationship.

Motorcyclist killed in crash

A 72-year-old motorcyclist was killed this week near Lancaster in a crash involving a big rig pulling two flatbed trailers. The collision was reported about 9:20 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of East Avenue I and 70th Street East, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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West Nile Virus detected

The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District (AVMVCD) has reported that chickens from sentinel flocks in Palmdale and Lancaster have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Sentinel flocks are those chickens and other poultry which have been placed in restricted areas for testing for antibodies in their blood (seroconverted), including strains of West Nile Virus.

Local doctor caught in kickback scheme

A Palmdale physician pleaded not guilty this week to federal charges of receiving illegal kickbacks in exchange for home health care referrals.

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National Night Out event July 26

The Palmdale Neighborhood Services Department will host the annual National Night Out event from 4 to 8 p.m. on July 26 at Domenic Massari Park, 37716 55th St. East in Palmdale.

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Pres. Trump Rejects 2nd Invite From NAACP To Speak At National Convention

President Trump has rejected an invitation to speak at the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People/NAACP in Baltimore, according to White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

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OJ Simpson is granted parole

Former football star O.J. Simpson, who was acquitted of double-murder in Los Angeles during one of the most celebrated criminal trials of all time, was granted parole Thursday after serving nearly nine years in prison in Nevada for a Las Vegas armed robbery and kidnapping conviction.

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Stevie Wonder Marries (For 3rd Time) To Tomeeka Robyn Bracy

Stevie Wonder, 67, and his fiancée, Tomeeka Robyn Bracy, 42, who have 2 children together, made it legal and official at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles last weekend, according to People.

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Desperate Kevin Hart Tries To Laugh Off Shocking Cheating Scandal

Kevin Hart attempted to brush off Radar’s shocking cheating scandal this week, despite being caught on camera with a mystery woman in the backseat of a luxury car in Miami Beach.

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Lawsuit: Usher Pays Woman $1.1M After Allegedly Giving Her Herpes

R&B singer Usher reportedly paid a woman $1.1 million after allegedly infecting her with genital herpes, according to legal documents obtained by Radar Online. The court papers emerged Wednesday, but they were created in 2012.

Quincy Jones launches Qwest TV

Legendary music producer and composer Quincy Jones has announced the formation of Qwest TV, billed as the world’s first subscription video-on-demand platform dedicated to jazz and jazz-inspired music forms.

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More bilingual doctors needed

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to diversify the pool of doctors working at county hospitals, trauma centers and health care facilities.

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Former Compton official pleads guilty to theft of $3.7 million

Compton’s former deputy treasurer and his wife have pleaded guilty to a federal charge of stealing more than $3.7 million in city funds. Salvador Galvan, 47, of La Mirada, admitted one federal count of theft from an organization receiving federal funds. His wife, Rosa Maria Galvan, pleaded guilty to the same charge.

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USC addresses controversial dean accused of drug use, criminal ties

Acknowledging widespread concern on campus, USC President C.L. Max Nikias said this week the university will “examine and address” a report in the Los Angeles Times that its former medical school dean abused drugs and associated with criminals and drug users.

Woman jailed in false carjacking

A woman who falsely reported that her Toyota Camry had been carjacked in South Los Angeles with her 16-year-old son inside, sparking an Amber Alert, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of filing a false police report.

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Gary Payton cleared of abuse charge

A mostly female jury this week today exonerated former Los Angeles Laker guard Gary Payton of allegations that he twice battered a woman he was dating during a trip to Seattle in 2015, a verdict his lawyer hailed as a rejection of an attempted “money grab.”

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Memphis Woman Claims White Doctor Called Her ‘Aunt Jemima’

An African-American Memphis woman claims that her doctor recently used an offensive racial slur when he greeted her in his office.

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Teen Vogue Publishes Story About 'Anal Sex'

Teen Vogue recently continued its agenda-driven mission with a new “tutorial” for its young readers on how to have anal sex.

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Serena Williams Thought She Could Deposit Her First $1M Dollar Check At Bank's Drive Thru

In the case of Serena Williams, when it came to depositing her first $1 million check; she thought it was as simple as depositing it via the bank’s drive-up window.

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Black-Owned Law Firm Named One of the 10 Best Law Firms in California by the AIOLC

The Law Office of Zulu Ali in Riverside, California has been named one of the 10 Best Law Firms in California for Client Satisfaction in the areas of Criminal Defense, Immigrations, and Personal Injury by the American Institute of Legal Counsel (AIOLC).

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Intruder Arrested at Drake's California Home After Finding Address 'On Blog'

*A man who says he came across Drake’s address on a blog was arrested at his home on Thursday (July 13), accused of trespassing.

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Philly Pre-School Teacher Calls Out Beauty Salon That ‘Made Me Feel Ugly’ (FB Post Goes Viral!)

Philly Pre-School Teacher Calls Out Beauty Salon That ‘Made Me Feel Ugly’ (FB Post Goes Viral!)

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Beyonce Presents Sir and Rumi Carter (The Twins) To The World Via Instagram

Let’s all say thank you to Mrs. Carter for releasing the first official photo of her and Jay-Z’s newborn twins.

Step closer to dam memorial

A bill to create a national memorial and monument to victims of the 1928 St. Francis Dam disaster was approved this week by the House of Representatives. H.R. 2156, by Reps. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) and Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village), would create a national memorial at the site of a dam in the San Francisquito Canyon, about 10 miles north of Santa Clarita.

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Court refuses to review convictions in 2006 murder of plastic surgeon

This week the California Supreme Court refused to hear the case of two men who were convicted of the murders of a prominent plastic surgeon and another man nearly a year later at the doctor’s 200-acre ranch in the Antelope Valley. The state’s highest court denied the defense’s petition seeking its review of the case against Antonio Martinez and Arturo Rosales Verdin, who were found guilty of the July 5, 2006 killing of Dr. Esfandiar “Steve” Kadiv, 64, and the April 28, 2007, killing of Efrain Soto Martinez.

Nordstrom Rack in Santa Clarita

Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. announced this week plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at The Promenade at Town Center in Santa Clarita.

Youth to discuss teen driving

The Young Americans civic discussion group will meet next at Palmdale City Library on July 17 to discuss teen driving. The youth group will discuss the basics of how to acquire a learner’s permit, obtaining your license and the responsibilities that come with the privilege of motoring. California DMV handbooks will be available, as will pizza and refreshments.

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Lancaster cooling center is open

The ongoing heatwave has compelled the cooling center at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) to remain open through the end of the month. City officials encourage residents to take proper precautions during intense heat events, therefore the cooling center on the first floor of the facility, located at 665 W. Lancaster Blvd., will operate from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Wednesday, and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday. The Lancaster Public Library, 601 W. Lancaster Blvd., also serves as a cooling center and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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Board considers ‘second-chance’ hiring

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors moved forward this week with proposals to develop policies aimed at opening more employment doors both at the county and in the private sector for people with criminal records. The board approved a pair of motions asking for reports in 90 days with recommendations for amending hiring processes to give people with criminal records a “fair chance” at being hired. The rules would apply not only to county jobs, but to businesses operating in unincorporated areas or doing business with the county.

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Comedy festival next weekend

The lineup of comedians is set for the inaugural AV Comedy Festival, scheduled July 21 and 22 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. East.

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Search for missing senior

Authorities this week sought the public’s help to find a 76-year-old man who suffers from dementia and high blood pressure. Will Atkins was last seen about 6 a.m. Monday walking away from the 3000 block of San Luis Drive in Lancaster, according to Deputy Kimberly Alexander of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

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‘Octomom’ welfare fraud dismissed

A Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner this week dismissed the case against “Octomom” Nadya Suleman, who pleaded no contest about three years ago to a misdemeanor count of misrepresentation on a welfare application. Suleman, who turned 42 today, was ordered in July 2014 to complete 200 hours of community service and serve two years on probation. Her probation was later extended by a year to give her additional time to complete the community service hours.

Our Weekly Los Angeles tagline retraction, July 2017

A tagline on the July 13 cover of Our Weekly Los Angeles mistakenly read “Tom Bradley returns to court.” The story is in reference to former Compton Mayor Omar Bradley who has returned to court in defense of accusations of misappropriation and misuse of public funds. Bradley was found guilty of these charges in 2004, but the conviction was overturned in a 2012 ruling by the California 2nd District Court of Appeals.

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Donald Trump appears to be changing his mind about mass deportations. Does it matter?

Donald Trump’s pledge to deport more than 11 million undocumented immigrants was always preposterous, so we suppose it should be welcome news that he might be rethinking his position.

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Policeman pulls over black woman and quickly discovers she is the state attorney

A pair of police officers have caught themselves on camera, struggling to explain why they had pulled over Florida’s first and only black state attorney.

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Bill Cosby Ridiculed After Urging People To 'Do Something Nice' On His 80th Birthday

*Bill Cosby sent out a tweet asking people to do “something kind” in honor of his 80th birthday. They commenced to roasting him instead.

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OneUnited Bank's controversial mural foreshadows the #BankBlack movement second-year anniversary

In the summer of 2015, OneUnited Bank unveiled its revolutionary 550 square foot mural “Thunder and Enlightening” on the façade of the Bank’s historic Miami branch. The emotionally charged work of art by internationally acclaimed, Miami-based muralist Addonis Parker, directly confronts issues and events facing the Black community: racism, bigotry, violence, protest, the massacre in South Carolina, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and first responders.

Christmas in July planned at USC campus

Event is sponsored by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell

Thanks to strong local support, Sen. Holly J. Mitchell on Saturday will present laptops and scooters to 150 at-risk children during a free carnival that includes food, games, rides, medical screenings, athletic challenges and enough outdoor fun to inspire Santa to buy sunscreen.

Bradley accused of misappropriation; former Compton mayor returns to court

A prosecutor told jurors this week that the evidence would show that former Compton Mayor Omar Bradley misappropriated public funds for personal expenses between 1999 and 2001, but his attorney countered that the expenditures were made in good faith and that the charges against his client are false.

Carson water recycling plan may set standard for world

The city of Carson is one step closer to becoming the home of one of the world’s largest wastewater recycling programs. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Board of Directors voted on Tuesday to award a $13.9 million contract for the construction of an advanced water treatment demonstration facility at the Sanitation Districts’ Joint Water Pollution Control Plant.

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Carson resident named Mrs. California

Kristi Eddy, 29-year-old assistant principal of Cindy & Bill Simon Technology Academy High School in Watts, Calif. and resident of Carson, was recently named Mrs. California at the Hilton Palm Springs Resort. In the pageant, exclusively for married women, Eddy was one out of 14 contestants.

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Milken Scholars awards 13 exceptional students

Provides a $10,000 cash prize plus a lifetime of mentoring and resources

The Milken Scholars, a joint initiative of the Milken Institute and the Milken Family Foundation, has selected 13 talented students from the Los Angeles area for its 2017 scholarship program after a rigorous nomination, application and interview process. Open to college-bound high school seniors in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., Milken Scholars are selected based on academic performance, community service,

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How and Why Donald Trump Has The Christian Right In His Pocket

Focus on the Family has never hosted a President, but white evangelicals have been his most loyal supporters. As Pence stated, the group has, “ an unwavering ally in President Donald Trump.”