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City of Inglewood to receive noise mitigation funds

Grant for $8 million will aid residents

Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-43), ranking member of the Financial Services Committee, announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved an $8 million grant to the City of Inglewood for residential noise mitigation. The grant extends funding for the city’s Residential Sound Insulation Program, which provides assistance to Inglewood families to mitigate the impact of noise from aircraft flying into and out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Residents protest drilling site

Residents of a South Los Angeles neighborhood have railed against a petroleum firm about its plans to burn off excess gas at its Adams Boulevard drilling site.

Authorities seek animal abusers

Rewards in cases are growing

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich on Wednesday increased the reward he wants the county to offer for information leading to the person or people responsible for burning dogs in the Antelope Valley.

No bus charge for AV seniors

AVTA to increase rates

Senior citizens in the Antelope Valley can continue to ride free of charge on local busses. The program is made possible through grant funding and government support of a new Senior Annual Pass Program.

Jamie Bynum opens latest Dickey’s restaurant

Features Texas-style barbecue

Lancaster native Jamie Bynum has opened a franchise within the nation’s largest barbecue restaurant chain.

Scholarship fund named after educator

More than 400 people turned out Saturday for a luncheon at the Marina del Rey Ritz Carlton to recognize long-time educator Genevieve A. Shepherd with a scholarship fund named in her honor.

Dinah Washington tribute kicks off theater festival

The second annual Leimert Park Theatre Festival will feature a series of 16 staged readings beginning tonight with the opening performance and gala at 7 p.m.

Man sentenced for illegal videos

Used cell phone in bathrooms

A 38-year-old transient was sentenced this week to nine years and eight months in state prison for making secret video recordings in public restrooms in the Antelope Valley.

Lackey, Wilk meet with constituents

Several dozen Santa Clarita residents met recently with Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) and Assemblyman Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) in Canyon Country to discuss issues ranging from the High Speed Rail Project to mandatory vaccines.

Special enrollment for healthcare

HealthCare.gov is promoting a special opportunity to obtain healthcare coverage during the recess between enrollment periods for Covered California. You can enroll in a healthcare plan, if you have life changes such as getting married, having a baby, losing other coverage or if you have moved.

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New deputy mayor in Lancaster; city inks latest solar contract

Erika Monroe has become the third deputy mayor for the city of Lancaster. The city council last week voted unanimously to appoint Monroe who will represent Mayor R. Rex Parris on a variety of issues.

McCarthy blasts ‘secret’ Iran deal

A document obtained this week by the Associated Press indicates that Iran—operating under a secret agreement with a United Nations agency—will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear weapons.

Renovation at Palmdale’s Pelona Vista Park halfway complete

Officials are halfway through the long-awaited renovation of Pelona Vista Park in Palmdale. The project, taking place at 37800 Tierra Subida Ave., includes turf removal, re-grading, adding moisture retention soil amendments, irrigation replacement (with water-saving technology), and a new grass blend appropriate for the Antelope Valley climate and various play activity.

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Sandra Johnson agrees to $1,500 campaign fine

Former Lancaster Councilwoman Sandra Johnson has agreed to pay $1,500 in fines for failing to comply with state campaign reporting requirements in her 2012 city council re-election campaign.

Locals fall in softball World Series

The Antelope Valley 19-and-under All-Star team last weekend reached its first Big League Softball World Series final in a decade, only to fall to East Monroe, La., 9-1, in Roxana, Del.

City error costs Watts again

Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino this week called for an immediate change in leadership at the city’s housing authority. or the second consecutive year, the city has lost out on federal funding ($30 million) for a major redevelopment project at the Jordan Downs housing development in Watts.

CSU Super Saturday

Learn how get into the college of your choice

California State University Super Saturday is a college fair designed to provide students and families from historically underserved communities with important information about preparing for, applying to, and graduating from college.

U.S. Department of Education launches Second Chance Pell pilot

Targets incarcerated individuals

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to create a fairer, more effective criminal justice system, reduce recidivism, and combat the impact of mass incarceration on communities, the Department of Education this week announced the Second Chance Pell Pilot program to test new models to allow incarcerated Americans to receive Pell Grants and pursue postsecondary education.

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Palmdale library hosts events

Palmdale Library will hold a variety of events for book lovers, crafters, and more.

Federal oversight for mentally ill inmates

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department this week agreed to implement sweeping reforms in its jail system in hopes of, at best, eliminating recurring mistreatment of mentally ill inmates at the hands of deputies.

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U.S. Department of Education launches Second Chance Pell pilot

Targets incarcerated individuals

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to create a fairer, more effective criminal justice system, reduce recidivism, and combat the impact of mass incarceration on communities, the Department of Education this week announced the Second Chance Pell Pilot program to test new models to allow incarcerated Americans to receive Pell Grants and pursue postsecondary education.

Gas company starts testing in South L.A., Inglewood

Will begin eight weeks of work

As part of efforts to update and test its natural gas pipeline system throughout Central and Southern California, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) on Monday will begin working in the city of Inglewood and in South Los Angeles.

CSU Super Saturday

Learn how get into the college of your choice

California State University Super Saturday is a college fair designed to provide students and families from historically underserved communities with important information about preparing for, applying to, and graduating from college.

Bill remembers local dam disaster; McCarthy nixes highway bill

Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25) has introduced legislation that would authorize a national memorial to commemorate the 425 Californians who died in the 1928 collapse of the St. Francis Dam in San Francisquito Canyon.

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Lancaster reduces sewer rates

Los Angeles County Sanitation District No. 14, which oversees much of the sewer system in Lancaster, recently approved an ordinance designed to help lower service charges for local rate payers. The reduced rates will reportedly take place immediately and should be seen on upcoming property tax bills in October.

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Police address 100 days buzz

Residents of South Los Angeles are on edge over what is being called a “100 days, 100 nights” campaign, which has been reported to be a war between rival gangs.

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New art exhibit in Lancaster

A new art exhibit entitled “Regarding Us Chain Letter Project” is on display through Aug. 22 at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History.

Rosamond woman arrested in mother’s death

A Rosamond woman has been taken into custody in connection with the July 17 death of her 81-year-old mother. Police said the deceased woman suffered from severe neglect. Shelly Ann Freeman, 46, was arrested on suspicion of murder and felony elder abuse, according to Ray Pruitt, spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. Freeman is being held without bond.

Anti-bullying workshop to kick off Saturday

The city of Palmdale will present the first of three anti-bullying workshops Saturday called “Take a Stand Against Bullying.” The two-hour workshop, which begins at 9 a.m., will take place in partnership with Best Start and Girl Scouts Gold Award candidate Jo Barrera.

Feuer moves to close ‘gang house’

Drug sales, illegal gang activity alleged

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer this week said he will take immediate legal action against the owner of a single-family home in Watts that is allegedly used by a street gang to sell drugs and to store weapons.

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Los Lobos in Palmdale Saturday

Los Lobos, one of the most popular and innovative musical groups from Los Angeles, will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Palmdale Amphitheater.

Knight fights CEMEX mine plan

Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25) is continuing his fight to prevent CEMEX from breaking ground on an aggregate mine in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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Garner family accepts settlement

The city of New York this week reached a $5.9 million settlement with the family of Eric Garner, whose death after he was placed in a banned chokehold by a police officer, sparked a public outcry nationwide.

Transit authority receives grant to buy electric buses

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) has been awarded $24.4 million from the California State Transportation Agency to purchase 29 electric busses.

Library fetes Japanese Tanabata festival

The Palmdale City Library tomorrow will celebrate from 1 to 5 p.m. the annual Japanese Tanabata festival. The event is free for teens 13 to 17 years and will feature authentic Japanese snacks as well as craft sessions. There will also be an anime film screening. “We’re really excited to be putting on this special event, with the support of our Friends of the Palmdale Library,” said Marissa Thompson, youth librarian. “Tanabata festivals are conducted once a year in Japan, in the summer, to honor the two stars Vega and Altair. According to Japanese legend, these two stars are lovers, who are separated by the Milky Way, except on one night when they get to meet every summer. This day is celebrated with a Tanabata festival.”

Lackey says pot shop owners need bank accounts

Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) recently authored a resolution that calls on the president and Congress to support policies allowing banks and credit unions to provide financial services to entrepreneurs in the medical cannabis industry. The resolution has been cosponsored by George Runner, vice-chairman of the State Board of Equalization, and board member Fiona Ma.

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King Hospital is up and running

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) opened this week in Watts ready to serve 1.35 million residents of South Los Angeles regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. The new privately-owned facility is now fully licensed and accredited.

UCLA study: Breast cancer treatment may result in fewer side effects

A new study by UCLA scientists has found that women diagnosed with breast cancer and treated with a one-week regimen of partial breast radiation after the surgical removal of the tumor, (lumpectomy) saw no increase in cancer recurrence or difference in cosmetic outcomes compared to women who received radiation of the entire breast for a period of up to six weeks after surgery.

New training sessions at LAPD

Connecting with the mentally ill

Fervent public concern regarding the treatment of mentally ill persons by the LAPD has resulted in the department opting to retrain its 10,000 officers in the next few weeks on how to better de-escalate confrontations with suspects and how they approach them.

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“Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles”

The path to something important is never straight. You may take that first step forward… then backward, decide one way, then another, changing your mind like you change clothes. Knowing your desires will eventually get you there, yes, but you might flirt with the idea awhile before you take the leap. For author Bert Ashe, a new look on his head sat in his head for years.

Lancaster announces balanced budget

The Lancaster City Council recently adopted its fiscal year 2015-16 budget that reportedly highlights a number of success stories from the previous year.

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New healthcare development slated for Palmdale next year

Thomas Partners Properties announced this week a new wellness village real estate development called The Oasis that will be adjacent to Palmdale Regional Medical Center. Groundbreaking is expected in June 2016.

Ervin announces state senate bid

Democratic voters hold slight edge

Johnathon Ervin has announced that he will vie against Sharon Runner for the 21st Senate District seat in next year’s election. Ervin, a Democrat, said in his announcement statement this week that he wants to focus on “leading the charge” on protecting and expanding the aerospace industry. He also wants to address the drought, create what he calls “mortgage-paying” jobs in the district, and reinvest in education.

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Improving local healthcare

Ridley-Thomas advocates for Level I trauma center in South L.A.

Trauma injury, from prevention to rehabilitation. They are also research and teaching facilities.

Black Lives Matter duo confront Garcetti, Beck at community meetingBlack Lives Matter duo confront Garcetti, Beck at community meeting

A judge this week denied a request by the Los Angeles city attorney’s office for a protective order that would have prohibited two activists from coming within 50 feet of Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. Activists from Black Lives Matter still face misdemeanor charges related to an altercation with police last week at a city recreation center in South Los Angeles.

Shead will host football camp

DeShawn Shead will conduct a free Youth Skills Football Camp tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m at Domenic Massari Park, 37715 55th St. East in Palmdale.

Fireworks on sale in Palmdale June 28

Fireworks will go on sale in Palmdale beginning June 28. The Palmdale city council recently approved permits for 44 nonprofit organizations to sell fireworks; only nonprofits based in Palmdale (or that have more than 50 percent of its membership living in Palmdale and have a minimum of 20 members) are eligible to apply for fireworks booths. One booth is allowed per organization.

Olympic torch coming to Palmdale

‘Flame of Hope’ to stop at Antelope Valley Mall

With the 2015 Special Olympic World Games set to begin in Los Angeles on July 25, the famous Olympic torch—called the Flame of Hope—will make a special appearance in Palmdale on July 17. Palmdale is a host city for the 2015 Special Olympics and contestants from St. Lucia and Cyprus will reside briefly in town.

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Arrests made in ‘red shoes’ murder

Four persons were arrested this week in connection with the May 29 fatal shooting in Hyde Park of 19-year-old Tavin Terrell Price who was allegedly killed for wearing red shoes.

NNPA celebrates 75th Annual Convention in Detroit

Awards, elections, book unveiling part of weekend’s events

This past week, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) celebrated its 75th Anniversary in Detroit, Mich. Recognized as one of the much-anticipated traditions at the NNPA Annual Convention is the Merit Awards ceremony – an evening awards event which honors the year-long work of more than 200 African American newspapers and NNPA member publications from across the country.

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