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Board seeks Governor Brown’s assistance to keep Kinkisharyo in Palmdale

The Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) board voted unanimously Wednesday to send a letter of support to Gov. Jerry Brown asking him to intervene to help keep Kinkisharyo International, L.L.C. from leaving Palmdale and building its permanent manufacturing facility outside of California.

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Former NBA player Juaquin Hawkins and Carson mayor host DreamMakers tournament

Annual event raised more than $3,700

An awards presentation ceremony, a basketball clinic for 20 children, and a book signing recently kicked off the third annual DreamMakers Basketball Tournament weekend at the Carson Veteran’s Sports Complex.

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Al Sharpton hosts Vanguard awards; celebrates 60th birthday

Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network, hosted recently the standing-room-only 2014 African American Vanguard Awards reception. The event was created by Lord, Bush & Randolph, LLC. (LBR) to recognize African Americans who have made a positive impact on the city of Los Angeles and surrounding communities.

Foundation offers health grants

Organizations helping low income, foster and formerly incarcerated youth sought

The California Wellness Foundation has launched a new Advancing Wellness grants program that will focus on three interconnected goals—Bridging the Gaps in Access and Quality Care; Promoting Healthy and Safe Neighborhoods; and Expanding Education and Employment Pathways. The grants program also includes the Opportunity Fund to support innovation in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

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The fashion world loses an icon: Oscar de la Renta

Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who spent half a century putting high society in haute couture, has died. He was 82. The man—often described as the “sultan of suave"—dressed every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy. Among those whose glamor factor his dresses jazzed up: Oprah Winfrey, Chanel Iman and, more recently, star of ABC’s hit drama “Scandal,” Kerry Washington. “We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful,” former first lady Laura Bush said late Monday night. De la Renta designed the wedding dress for her daughter, Jenna.

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‘Taste of Soul’ successfully celebrated ninth year

The Taste of Soul Festival hit Crenshaw Boulevard for its ninth year this past Saturday, and the community came out in droves to support an event that features South Los Angeles’ best food, and great Soul, R&B, and Gospel music.

Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas hosts public health forum

Rep. Karen Bass co-sponsors event at Crenshaw High

Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas will host a public health forum at Crenshaw High School, 5010 11th Ave., L.A. on Monday, Oct. 27, to provide the facts on infectious diseases and highlight preventative health measures residents can take to halt their spread.

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Shropshire University adds online degree in multicultural studies

With the demand for quality affordable education increasing, Shropshire University, a new online university, adds five graduate programs to its more than 120 courses. Applications open in late October.

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U.S. Black Chambers ready for Small Business Saturday

In partnership with American Express, the U.S. Black Chambers Inc. invites you to become a Neighborhood Champion for Small Business Saturday to help make Nov. 29 one of the biggest days of the year for local small businesses.

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Oldest living member of FAME celebrates her 104th birthday

Members of First AME Church of Los Angeles joined family and friends of Rosie Tilles who celebrated her 104th birthday on Saturday at the Saint John of God Retirement and Care Centerin Los Angeles. She was joined by her two friends who are both centenarians Ruby Norman, age 103, and Eleanor Waller, age 102.

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USC introduces new Center for Convergent Bioscience

Philanthropist Gary K. Michelson gifts $50 million

USC president and prominent philanthropist C. L. Max Nikias and newly recruited scientists today will inaugurate a new era in bioscience research on USC’s campus with the construction of a facility that will fast-track advances in health.

Carson City Council funds cultural arts program

In an effort to make cultural arts programs available to its residents, the Carson City Council unanimously approved funding of 11 organizations to provide cultural arts services for the community.

Compton elementary school receives music education grant

A $4,000 grant and instrument award was delivered to Dr. Martin Luther King Elementary, 2270 E. 122nd St., Compton, as part of the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation’s 2014 Action for the Arts Grants.

Inglewood named ‘Host Town’ for 2015 Special Olympics

A press conference will be held today at the Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., where Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr., will officially announce Inglewood as a “Host Town” for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

Law group calls for ‘Day of Action’

Will discuss police shootings of Blacks, inform citizens of their rights

The National Bar Association will hold a “Day of Action” today from 6 to 9 p.m. in L.L. White Hall at Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd.

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Blood donations needed before the holiday decline

American Red Cross offers opportunities Nov. 1-15

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make a point to give blood before the busy holiday season arrives.

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Billie Jean King event honors Olympic medalists, civil rights advocates

Local kids also gain tips from tennis pros at morning clinic

Olympic track and field medalists and civil rights advocates Tommie Smith and John Carlos were honored Saturday with the Joe Shapiro Award during Cal State L.A.’s 17th annual Billie Jean King and Friends event. The evening program took place in the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.

Greenlining Institute urges Fed: Reject CIT/OneWest Bank merger

Says ‘California does not need another bank for the one percent’

In a letter sent to the Federal Reserve Board on Friday, the Greenlining Institute urges the Fed to reject the proposed acquisition of Pasadena, Calif., based OneWest Bank by CIT Group. OneWest has branches throughout southern California.

Some things are too toxic to trash

Compton e-waste roundup planned for Saturday

Los Angeles County residents will have the opportunity to safely discard household hazardous waste such as antifreeze, unused pharmaceuticals, car batteries, used motor oil, paint, pesticides, home-generated sharps waste such as hypodermic needles, pen needles, syringes, lancets, and intravenous needles, universal waste including household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, and electronic waste (e-waste) such as TVs and monitors, computers, VCRs, stereos, and cell phones at the free Countywide Household Hazardous Waste Roundup being held this Saturday, Oct. 18 at Compton Airport, 901 W. Alondra Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Ebola screenings begin at five U.S. airports

Detection efforts increase at JFK, Washington-Dulles, Newark, Chicago-O’Hare, and Atlanta international

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) this week began new layers of entry screening at five U.S. airports that receive more than 94 percent of travelers from the Ebola-affected nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Carson to host march and tribute to Larry Itliong

Filipino-American labor leader will be honored on Oct. 25

The city of Carson and various organizations will honor the life’s work and legacy of Larry Itliong—a Filipino-American labor leader and organizer.

Upward Bound program helps students prepare for success

This fall, 85 percent of the recent high school graduates who participated in El Camino College Compton Center’s Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program are beginning their studies at four-year universities in Southern California. All are first-generation college students who benefited from the program, which aims to improve the college-entry success rate for local graduating seniors. For most of these students, being accepted to a university was a distant goal with many obstacles, especially financial. UBMS provided them with the academic discipline, knowledge, and resources needed to successfully enter higher education.

Serving and protecting taxpayers

Creating jobs, building community wealth and growing California businesses

Jerome E. Horton, chairman of the California Board of Equalization (BOE), announced recently a series of free events that have been designed to benefit, serve and protect California taxpayers by creating jobs, helping businesses thrive, and increasing the health and wealth-building in our communities.

Top Ladies of Distinction celebrate 50 years of service Event scheduled for Oct. 9-12 in Houston

Big things happen in Texas, and a very big event will occur in Houston on Oct. 9-12. Representatives from 110 chapters of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., (TLOD) throughout will gather at the Hotel of the Americas to celebrate 50 years of humanitarian service to youth and adults.

Top Ladies of Distinction celebrate 50 Years of Service

Event scheduled for Oct. 9-12 in Houston

Big things happen in Texas, and a very big event will occur in Houston on Oct. 9-12. Representatives from 110 chapters of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., (TLOD) throughout will gather at the Hotel of the Americas to celebrate 50 years of humanitarian service to youth and adults.

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Education department issues new guidelines

Will benefit poor and children of color

“With opportunity gaps widening for poor children and children of color, new guidance from the Office for Civil Rights in the United States Department of Education offers new hope and protection from discrimination,” said Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund. “For the first time in 13 years, the department now makes clear that states, school districts and schools must provide education resources that are equally available to all students without regard to race, color or national origin. It stops schools and school districts from discriminating in their allocation of academic programs and extracurricular activities, teachers and leaders, school facilities and technology and instructional materials and offers steps to level the playing field.”

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MLK Hospital partners with Triple Step Toward the Cure

Partnership will increase awareness about triple negative breast cancer

With the arrival of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) has partnered with non profit organization Triple Step Toward the Cure to raise awareness about an aggressive form of breast cancer, triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). TNBC is a subtype of breast cancer where three typical cell receptors that usually fuel most breast cancers and are used as targets for treatment are missing. This cancer does not respond to hormonal therapy, which makes chemotherapy, radiation and surgery current treatment options.

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Governor Brown signs legislation to protect homeless, foster youth

Governor Jerry Brown Jr. Monday signed legislation to help protect the most vulnerable Californians —homeless children and adults and foster youth.

Carson takes historic step toward energy independence

OpTerra Energy Services will conduct city-wide assessment

In a unanimous decision, the Carson City Council set in motion the energy independence and environmental sustainability vision originally outlined by Mayor Pro Tem Elito Santarina and Council Member Albert Robles. Their vision was to transform the city into a nationally recognized municipal leader in implementing comprehensive programs that increase energy efficiency, generate clean renewable energy, and stimulate the local economy.

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‘Kiss Me, Kate’ in Pasadena more than just another show

Go to the Pasadena Playhouse to see “Kiss Me, Kate,” running now through Oct. 12. This play, with lyrics and music by Cole Porter, was first performed in 1948 and became his biggest Broadway hit, winning the first Tony Award presented for Best Musical, in 1949. The original “Kiss Me, Kate” was a play within a play: the cast plays a cast staging a production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.”

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Holder to resign as Attorney General

Will stay in position until successor is confirmed

United States Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., the first African American to hold the position who announced his resignation, effective as soon as he is officially replaced, said that while his time in public services is coming to an end, he will keep trying to make the United States and its justice system better. “I will never leave the work,” Holder said. “I will continue to serve and try to find ways to make our nation even more true to its founding ideals.”

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ coming to Palmdale Playhouse in October

Audience encouraged to wear costumes to performances

The Palmdale Playhouse will host the Palmdale Repertory Theatre’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” in October.

AV Hollywood Days scheduled next month

To celebrate and raise awareness of the Antelope Valley’s rising-star-status within the entertainment industry, the city of Lancaster, in partnership with AV BizPro and the Antelope Valley Film Office, will host AV Hollywood Days on October 2 from 5–9 p.m., in conjunction with The BLVD Farmers Market.

Pepperdine alumni to host benefit concert for African American students

The Pepperdine University Black Alumni Council (BAC) will host its second annual “BAC Sound Investment” scholarship concert on Saturday, Oct. 11. The event will take place at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach, 700 Queensway Drive, from 5-9 p.m. The goal of the event is to raise $45,000 to support African American students at Pepperdine.

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Westside Neighborhood School service project has global impact

They completed supply drive with delivery of goods to Laos orphanage

In April, Westside Neighborhood School played host to a school-wide school supply drive to (WNS) benefit the charity, Kids for Laos Orphans (KiLO). KiLO is the brainchild of WNS middle school students and brothers Andrew, Matthew, and William Liner. After visiting the Luang Prabang Orphanage in Laos during the summer of 2013, the brothers decided they wanted to give back to the orphans they met and created KiLO as a means to help. While most of KiLO’s activities have revolved around raising money for a new bathroom facility for the orphanage, the boys hoped to engage their peers in a different way. With the support of WNS, they initiated a school-wide drive and asked other students to donate new school supplies to the boys and girls at the orphanage.

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Donate blood with the Red Cross in support of organ transplant

October is Liver Awareness Month

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during Liver Awareness Month in October.

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Holder joins Cartoon Network in fight to stop bullying

#ISpeakUp campaign will use videos spread awareness

Recognizing bullying as a health, educational and legal issue that affects millions of kids and families each year, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have joined Cartoon Network’s recently announced “I Speak Up” call-to-action asking one million people to upload and share “I Speak Up” mobile videos to help fight bullying. The pro-active fall campaign serves as a focal point to Cartoon Network’s Speak Up Week (Sept. 29-Oct. 3), the latest phase of its award-winning “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” initiative, which leads into National Bullying Prevention Month.

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Shuttle carrier on display

NASA 911 served 38 years

The second of NASA’s two modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft is open for public display at Joe Davies Heritage Airpark in Palmdale. The early-model airliner, once used to carry the space shuttle “piggy-back style” back to Florida when it would land at Edwards Air Force Base, is parked next to a Boeing B-52D “Stratofortress” on the west side of the outdoor aircraft museum. You can see both aircraft, along with many more that were either designed or built at Edwards, each weekend Friday through Sunday.

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All job seekers welcome to Carson’s Veterans Job Fair set for October 3

The City of Carson Veterans Affairs Commission has organized a Veterans Career and Resource Fair for Friday, October 3.

Carson celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with music and festivity

Grammy Award Winner Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea takes centerstage as the City of Carson presents the first Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in the city.

Poncho Sanchez to lead Carson’s Jazz Festival line-up September 27

Three-decade leader and legend of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms, Poncho Sanchez, lead the line-up for the City of Carson’s annual Jazz Festival scheduled for September 27.

Ford family sues LAPD

An attorney for the family of Ezell Ford filed a federal civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit in U.S. District Court in downtown on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Police Department in the shooting death last month of the 25-year-old South Los Angeles resident.

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‘Green the Block’ fair comes to Watts

Help with free energy efficiency retrofitting, employment offered

Residents of Watts who are looking for help to make their homes more energy efficient can get assistance completing paperwork for the Home Energy Improvement program operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power during a Green the Block Fair Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, 1751 E. 114th St.

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Holder joins Cartoon Network in fight to stop bullying

#ISpeakUp campaign will use videos spread awareness

Recognizing bullying as a health, educational and legal issue that affects millions of kids and families each year, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have joined Cartoon Network’s recently announced “I Speak Up” call-to-action asking one million people to upload and share “I Speak Up” mobile videos to help fight bullying. The pro-active fall campaign serves as a focal point to Cartoon Network’s Speak Up Week (Sept. 29-Oct. 3), the latest phase of its award-winning “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” initiative, which leads into National Bullying Prevention Month.

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Boxer, Sessions introduce bill to support prostate cancer research

Bipartisan legislation would establish national strategy

U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Tuesday introduced legislation to fight prostate cancer. The National Prostate Cancer Council Act would establish a council of federal agencies, patients, and medical experts charged with drafting and implementing a national strategy to combat prostate cancer.

Watts school named after veteran educator

Green Dot honors James B. Taylor

James B. Taylor, the first African American to serve as a high school principal in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), was on hand Friday, when Green Dot Schools named one of its newest middle schools in his honor.

State Senator Wright sentenced in voter fraud, perjury case

State Sen. Rod Wright was sentenced Friday to 90 days in county jail and barred from for life holding elective office, after he was convicted earlier this year of living outside his Inglewood district, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.

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HHS announces $60 million in grants to help consumers navigate healthcare Marketplace

The Affordable Care Act is working for millions of Americans who are able to access quality health coverage at a price they can afford, in large part because of the efforts of in-person assisters in local communities across the nation. People shopping for and enrolling in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace can get local help in a number of ways, including through Navigators.

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New rules impact SNAP retailers

Free equipment to be phased out

A new provision mandated by the 2014 Farm Bill, requires most Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) retailers to lease or purchase EBT equipment and services through their chosen service provider as soon as possible. This replaces the free services they previously used, and must be done no later than Sept. 21.