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Lancaster resident jailed

A murder charge was filed on Tuesday against a Lancaster resident who allegedly used a hunting bow-and-arrow to kill a man who tried to intervene in a domestic argument in Lancaster.

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Lancaster hosts ‘Celebrate America’ in honor of military service personnel

The city of Lancaster’s fifth Celebrate America on the BLVD, an annual patriotic party and military tribute, will take place in downtown Lancaster on Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m.

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Free admission for teachers at DryTown Water Park

Palmdale’s DryTown Water Park, located at 3850-B East Avenue S, is offering free admission to teachers during September. “To show our appreciation for all our teachers do, we’re offering them free admission in September,

Lancaster welcomes new VISTA team

During Tuesday’s city council meeting, the new AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer team was introduced and welcomed to the city of Lancaster. The team consists of five recent college graduates who will be devoting their efforts to several innovative, community service projects over the course of their one-year term with the city.

Hundreds traveling to St. Louis on Labor Day Weekend

The #BlackLivesMatter Ride for Justice for Mike Brown

On Aug. 28, the “Black Lives Matters Ride” (BLM Ride) a national advocacy effort of #BlackLivesMatter, will bring concerned citizens from across the country to St. Louis, Missouri, as part of a national call to end state violence against Black people.

Good food equals good business

Workshop introduces ways to create healthy food options

The Healthy Neighborhood Market Network will host a workshop—Healthy Foods, Healthy Businesses—on Sept. 25 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee Phoenix Hall, 10950 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles.

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Inglewood celebrates grand reopening of Chamber of Commerce

Inglewood Mayor James Butts, members of the City Council, and business leaders celebrated the grand reopening of the Inglewood/Airport Area Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday morning.

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Ribbon cutting held for Mental Health Urgent Care Center

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, health leaders and the community came together for a ribbon cutting celebration for the new Mental Health Urgent Care Center (UCC) at the Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Campus Wednesday morning. The Mental Health Center is near the recently opened MLK Outpatient Center and the new hospital, which is scheduled to open next summer.

Rosa Parks’ apartment vandalized

Montgomery Housing Authority was renovating location

Police in Montgomery, Ala., on Monday began an investigation into a burglary of the apartment where civil rights icon Rosa Parks once lived. Detectives are looking for suspects who allegedly broke in and ripped and stole copper wiring from the apartment and several other now-vacant units undergoing renovation. Parks died in Detroit, Mich., in 2005 at age 92.

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BLVD Cinema to screen MANA at close of Spirit of Summer Exhibit

Film produced by MOAH curator, Andi Campognone

On Sunday, August 31, The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) and BLVD Cinemas will once again collaborate as they screen MANA, a documentary on southern California artists who share the skill and affinity of surfing. The film showcases 10 southern California artists who are concurrently being featured in MOAH’s South Gallery as part of the Celebrating the Spirit of Summer Exhibit. Filmed in Kona, Hawaii and southern California, MANA takes viewers on a ride through 10 different artists’ styles, studios and processes, united in vision and driven by family, friendship, stoke, aloha and MANA: the universal power of the land and sea.

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‘Finding Nemo’ wraps up family movie series at Palmdale Amphitheater

Palmdale’s “Family Movie Night” concludes tonight at the Palmdale Amphitheater, 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd., with the showing of “Finding Nemo.”

Lancaster offers Preschool and Wee Folks programs

Lancaster is offering residents the opportunity to start the education of their little ones early with the Preschool and Wee Folks programs offered at El Dorado Park. Taught by trained and certified city staff, both programs provide lively and fun experiences. From social development through games and group activities, to development of independence, little ones will receive the preparation and tools necessary for a successful education.

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Hofbauer attends poverty summit

Regional meeting held in downtown L.A.

Palmdale councilmember Steve Hofbauer on Wednesday joined regional leaders and a number of the top names in education, business and government from throughout Southern California in Downtown Los Angeles to discuss tangible steps moving forward in the ongoing War on Poverty.

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Adults with diabetes

Vaccinations are an important part of protecting your health

A recent national survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that most American adults are not aware that they need vaccines throughout their lives to protect against diseases like pertussis, hepatitis, shingles, and pneumococcal disease. Some vaccines you received as a child may require a booster, and as you get older, there may be other diseases you are at increased risk for based on your job, where you travel, and other factors.

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Learn about attending a state college

nCSU Super Saturday College Fair targets middle, high school students

Middle and high school students and their parents or guardians will have the opportunity to meet representatives from all 23 of the California State University campuses during the free sixth annual CSU Super Saturday College Fair this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cal State Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson.

A Black business: how to find one

nMobile app simplifies the task

The United States Black Chamber of Commerce (USBC) recently launched an app for both Android and iPhone users to help individuals find Black-owned businesses around the nation.

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Liberty Hill Foundation kicks off Black philanthropy month

Launches new ‘giving circle’

Liberty Hill Foundation, L.A.’s leading social justice funding organization, has launched a new giving circle designed to fund organizations impacting the African American community.

Bill strengthening California Voting Rights Act headed to Gov. Brown

Limits political gerrymandering

A bill that would strengthen the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) is on its way to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration. The bill, SB 1365 by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), won final legislative approval Aug. 13 in the State Senate and would explicitly prohibit school boards, cities, and counties from gerrymandering district boundaries in a manner that would weaken the ability of a racial or language minority to influence the outcome of an election.

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Lancaster announces grand opening of restored Cedar Center for the Arts

Open house tomorrow

The city of Lancaster has announced the grand opening of the newly restored Cedar Center for the Arts, which has undergone major restoration over the past nine months. The new facility is comprised of several distinct areas including the MOAH: CEDAR Art Gallery, Memorial Hall, and numerous arts classroom spaces. Many of these unique spaces can be rented for private events.

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Youth Sports & Healthy Families Festival returns for a sixth year

Free event will feature a host of new activities

Santa Clarita’s annual Youth Sports and Healthy Families Festival is back and better than ever in 2014. The free, action-packed event will feature sports activities, interactive lessons, healthy food demonstrations and more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 23 at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex.

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Paulette Brown named president of American Bar Association

Becomes first African American woman to hold position

National Bar Association (NBA) past president Paulette Brown was sworn in Tuesday as president- elect of the American Bar Association becoming the first African American woman to assume the role.

Hearing set for Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles

Council to determine if plan is adopted

The Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles (PHLA) is scheduled to go before the City Planning Commission today to make a recommendation to the City Council on whether this plan should be adopted or not. If adopted, the PHLA will become the first-ever health element to the city’s General Plan, elevating health as a priority in the city’s future growth and development and establishing a policy framework to make Los Angeles a healthier place to live, work and play.

Carson discusses Oil and Gas Code

Meeting begins at 6 p.m.

The city of Carson will hold a public meeting Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center, 801 E. Carson St., in Community Halls ABC, to inform residents and interested parties about the update to the city’s Oil and Gas Code.

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Know Your Digits

Campaign encourages people to know their blood pressure numbers

The Community Health Councils recently kicked off a new campaign designed to help county residents know their blood pressure facts.

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Mentally ill man shot, killed by police

Compton deputies beat another

A 25-year-old Los Angeles man was mortally wounded Monday evening by LAPD officers whom witnesses said ordered him to the ground and, after complying, fired upon him allegedly striking him in the back. Evell Ford Jr., who reportedly suffered from bipolar disorder, was rushed to California Medical Center at about 8:10 p.m. and later died during surgery.

Lancaster deputies honored for heroism

Recognized for heroic actions

Three Lancaster sheriff’s deputies were among 18 department members honored recently for heroic deeds at the annual Lifesaving Awards ceremony in Monterey Park. Deputies Jared J. Fletcher, Michael A. Gelardo and Estevan Perez were honored with medals for service “above and beyond” the call of duty.

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Palmdale announces plans for Courson Arts Colony

Veterans housing project begins construction late in 2015

The city of Palmdale has unveiled plans to create new veterans-preferred housing on a six-acre parcel of land on the corner of 10th St. East and Ave. Q-11 and Q-12 as part of what is known as the “Courson Connection.”ow

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Concert series continues on the BLVD

Three bands scheduled to entertain in downtown Lancaster

The Sierra Toyota Scion All-American Concert Series, co-sponsored by BeX Bar & Grill, continues to entertain attendees this month, with bands bringing their talents to the BLVD Bandstand stage. The weekly Farmers Market will also continue to draw in hundreds of residents with its fresh produce and delicious treats from 4 to 9 p.m.

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MOAH manager named Art Table executive

Campognone joins Los Angeles chapter

The Lancaster Museum of Art & History’s (MOAH’s) manager, Andi Campognone, was recently appointed to the executive committee of Art Table’s Los Angeles chapter. Art Table is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to advancing professional women’s leadership in the visual arts. The organization currently has a membership of 1,400 women in 12 cities throughout the United States including Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Seattle, Washington D.C., Chicago, Miami and New Orleans.

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Services planned for Brenda Marsh-Mitchell

Succumbed to cardiac failure

A home-going service will be held Friday at First A.M.E. Church-Los Angeles beginning at 11 a.m. for local community activist, Brenda Marsh-Mitchell, who passed away on Aug. 2 from cardiac failure after being rushed to emergency surgery.

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‘Banda Machos’ wrap summer concert series at Palmdale Amphitheater

Last show of the season planned for tomorrow

Mexican regional sensations “Banda Machos” will bring their unique blend of Banda, Quebradita and Ranchera sounds to the Palmdale Amphitheater stage tomorrow.

Free whooping cough shots offered

Will help students meet new requirement

With a new compliance law in effect, officials from local school districts are reminding parents and guardians that all students entering seventh grade will need proof of a T-dap booster (whooping cough) shot before starting school. DTap boosters are available for youth under seven years old.

Vigil planned for drive-by victim

Information still sought

The family of 18-year-old Bijan Shoushtari, who was shot and killed last year in a drive-by while riding in a car with friends along Crenshaw Boulevard, will hold a candlelight vigil in Leimert Park Plaza on Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.

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Legends remembered: Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee

Leimert Park Book Fair pays tribute to African American arts and culture

For almost a decade, the Leimert Park Village Book Fair has celebrated African American arts and culture and those talented individuals responsible for bringing the written word to life. In keeping with that tradition, the eighth annual event will pay a tribute to poet Maya Angelou and actress Ruby Dee. The book fair, which takes place from 10 a.m.—6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, will also debut the Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Awards.

Ron Brown Business Summit scheduled

Will include first Women’s Symposium

The 19th annual Ron Brown Business Economic Summit themed “Fitting Pieces Together for Business Success” will be held Aug. 21-24, at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel. Hundreds of small business owners and vendors will come together to learn and share their strategies for small business success in this ever-changing economic landscape.

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Challenge supports girls and women

Jenesse Center raising $100,000

The Jenesse Center is one of the organizations that will benefit from a campaign created by singer John Legend and the Burkle Global Impact Initiative in response to the Nigerian crisis. The Los Angeles-area has until Aug. 18 to meet a $100,000 challenge.

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Hepatitis has major impact on Blacks

Baby Boomers hard hit

Like so many other medical maladies, hepatitis C (HCV) is having a disproportionate impact on African Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which joined forces with National African American Hepatitis C Action Day on July 25, African American baby boomers are twice as likely to have the disease as others their age, and while 55-85 percent of individuals in the general population become chronically infected, the rate is 87-95 percent for Blacks.

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Mentally ill youth lack access to treatment

Most are uninsured

More than 300,000 California children between the ages of 4 and 11 need mental health care, but only 1 in 4 is treated, according to a new policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research—this, despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending early intervention in childhood as a critical step in reducing the severity of mental health problems in adulthood.

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Historic Dunbar Hotel hosts Central Avenue Jazz Festival

Free two-day event open to all

It’s time once again for cool Jazz on a warm summer afternoon. The 19th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival will take place this weekend in front of the famed Dunbar Hotel on historic Central Avenue in South Los Angeles. Showtime is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 26-27.

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Grand Park, Music Center to host National Dance Day

Celebration will feature renowned choreographer Nigel Lythgoe

The Music Center, 135 North Grand Ave., and Grand Park, 200 North Grand Ave., are partnering with The Dizzy Feet Foundation (DFF) to present the West Coast’s flagship National Dance Day event for the third year in a row. Dancers of all skill levels are invited to participate in Hip-Hop, Urban-Latin, Lyrical and Jazz dance routines at the free all-day dance extravaganza with stages and activities in both Grand Park and on The Music Center Plaza.

The Whispers perform at Palmdale Amphitheater tomorrow

The legendary R&B group “The Whispers,” members of the Vocal and R&B Halls of Fame, will take the stage at the Palmdale Amphitheater tomorrow.

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Cancer scare for Lakers great Michael Cooper

WNBA coach will undergo surgery this week

Former Los Angeles Lakers great Michael Cooper has been diagnosed with tougue cancer. Cooper, head coach of the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA, made the announcement on Monday, one day after coaching the East team to a 125-124 win in the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game.

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L.A. County settles G.R. class action lawsuit

List of those eligible for payment available

If you applied for or received general relief (G.R.) from the county of Los Angeles from Jan. 1, 2010 to April 8, 2014, you may be entitled to proceeds from a class action settlement.

Reminder: Register to vote for LAUSD District 1 election

Deadline is July 28

Interim City Clerk Holly Wolcott reminds residents they must register by Monday, July 28, in order to be able to vote in the Aug. 12, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board District 1 special runoff election between candidates George Mckenna and Alex Johnson. To be eligible to vote, you must be a citizen of the United States, 18 years old by election day, and live within LAUSD, Board District 1. Registered voters who have moved or changed their names since the last election must re-register to vote.

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More bike paths planned for Carson

The city of Carson is making considerable strides in becoming one of the southland’s most “green” and pedestrian-friendly towns. Officials secured recently $1.25 million in funding to develop a bicycle/pedestrian path along the Dominguez Channel between Main Street and Avalon Boulevard. The new lanes will be designed to connect with an existing path on the west side of Main Street which, in turn, will connect with the Harbor Gateway Transit Center.

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Tuberculosis cases on the rise

Homeless most heavily impacted

Tuberculosis cases have been on the rise, primarily among the homeless, but there are plenty of county hospital beds for those who need to be quarantined, health officials told the Board of Supervisors this week.

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Woman in freeway beating files civil rights lawsuit against CHP

Pinnock still hospitalized

Attorneys for a homeless woman seen on video being punched by a California Highway Patrol officer along the Santa Monica (10) Freeway filed a civil rights lawsuit last week, alleging Marlene Pinnock was the victim of an unprovoked attack and a cover-up that was “tantamount to attempted murder.’’

Local small businesses and prime contractors speed date

Match-making summit planned

On Aug. 7, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will host the Metro to Crenshaw/LAX Small Business Matchmaking Summit designed to introduce South Los Angeles small businesses to prime construction contractors and small business service providers.

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Traffic delays expected during pipeline project

nCentral, Broadway in Carson to be impacted

Starting on July 28 Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) will be replacing a section of one of its natural gas pipelines along Victoria Street from south Central Avenue to south Broadway Street in Carson. Construction is expected to take approximately three to four months to complete and traffic delays are expected on these streets.

Fifth Harmony, Bea Miller to perform at Palmdale Amphitheater tomorrow

Summer concert series contines to draw crowds

The highly popular all-girl group Fifth Harmony, fresh off their appearance on the Today Show and the release of their new single “Bo$$”, and X Factor star Bea Miller will bring music, energy and fun to Palmdale Amphitheater tomorrow at 8 p.m. as part of Palmdale’s summer concert series.