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Santa Clarita burglar charged

A Santa Clarita man suspected of breaking into a series of residences and assaulting a woman has been charged with seven felony counts.

Sex assault victims sought

Sheriff’s investigators this week sought additional possible victims of a message therapist charged with sexually assaulting a woman during a treatment session at her Santa Clarita home.

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Proposition 51

Since 1914, 42 education-related bond measures have appeared on the ballot in California, and all of them were legislatively-referred. In 2014, legislators tried to place a legislatively-referred bond act that called for $9 billion for school maintenance and construction on the ballot. The legislation passed the California State Assembly, but Gov. Jerry Brown opposed it before it could pass the California State Senate, and so it did not qualify for the 2014 ballot.

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Recycling event set tomorrow

The city of Lancaster, in collaboration with CalRecycle, tomorrow will host its latest free used oil and electronic waste recycling event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the City Maintenance Yard, 615 W. Avenue H.

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See Delfonics Revue Oct. 1

Coming to Legacy Commons

There’s a rare treat coming to Legacy Commons for Active Seniors. The Delfonics Revue featuring Gary Stevens will perform at 6 p.m. Oct. 1.

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Baca goes on trial Dec. 6

A Dec. 6 trial date has been scheduled for former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who faces charges of conspiring to obstruct a federal probe of deputies.

Sign-up for Palmdale Partners

The city of Palmdale is accepting applications for the 2016 fall session of the Palmdale Partners Academy, scheduled to begin Sept. 14. The sessions will continue on consecutive Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. through Nov. 2. Registration will conclude on Sept. 2.

Santa Clarita engineer charged in theft

A former assistant engineer for the city of Santa Clarita was scheduled for arraignment this week on felony charges for allegedly embezzling more than one-half a million dollars.

Community college students fly NASA Mars prototype

A team of students at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base successfully flew a prototype of an aircraft that could one day be deployed into the Martian atmosphere and send its findings back to Earth.

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Beauty school settles lawsuit

The insurance carrier of the now-defunct Marinello Schools of Beauty, which operated a location in Palmdale, has paid $8.6 million to resolve civil allegations that the school—which operated in about a dozen Southland locations—obtained federal student loan funds for ineligible students, it was announced this week.

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Santa Clarita hosts food drive

Next month, the Santa Clarita Public Library will partner with the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry to launch the first-ever Food for Fines program which allows patros to donate one food item to waive up to $20 of overdue library fines or replacement card fees.

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Reward offered for info on missing woman

Authorities hope a $20,000 reward offered this week will generate the lead they need to solve the disappearance of a young Lancaster mother who vanished in 2013.

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Deadline to register to vote

People who want to vote in the Nov. 8, general election must register by Oct. 24.

Crash kills two

Two men were killed Thursday when their vehicle collided with another in Palmdale, authorities said.

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Golfers will pay more in green fees

In an effort to increase county coffers to tackle more underfunded issues—such as the homeless emergency—the Board of Supervisors this week voted to raise the greens fees at county-operated golf courses effective Sept. 1. Operating costs for the golf courses have reportedly increased.

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Proposition 51

Since 1914, 42 education-related bond measures have appeared on the ballot in California,

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Charges for armed protesters

Criminal charges have been filed against two San Fernando Valley men who were allegedly carrying assault rifles and clad in military garb when spotted walking around the Inglewood area in the early-morning hours of Aug. 16.

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Deadline to register to vote

People who want to vote in the Nov. 8, general election must register by Oct. 24.

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Drug poisons users on skid row

Police officers this week began distributing fliers informing drug users on Skid Row about the dangers of the synthetic drug Spice in the wake of two mass illness breakouts that prompted county health officials to warn all residents against using the illicit drug.

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Pan African Film Festival calls for submissions

The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is currently accepting submissions for the 25th annual in the category of features and shorts; narrative and documentary films made by or about people of African descent.

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Ask a cop

Question: How many African Americans did the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) shoot last year?

Mom lashes out at police board

Officers kill son at Nickerson Gardens

The grieving mother of a young Black man killed by police at a Watts public housing project vented her frustrations at the Police Commission meeting this week, saying department officials who promised to meet with her have yet to reach out to her.

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‘Kaleidoscope’ seeks artists

The city of Palmdale is looking for artisans to participate in its latest art and music festival called Kaleidoscope, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Palmdale Amphitheater.

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New charge filed against local killer

A man on death row for a Palmdale woman’s killing has pleaded guilty to strangling another woman in her South Los Angeles home more than three decades ago.

Driver hits dog, kills owner

A Lancaster man, who allegedly struck a dog with his car and then shot the animal’s owner after being asked to pay for the injured canine’s veterinary care, pleaded not guilty this week to a murder charge.

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Reward for missing mom increased

Monique Figueroa of Littlerock

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted this week to double a reward—to $20,000—for information that helps locate a Littlerock mother who went missing more than a year ago and is presumed dead.

‘Open-carry’ lawsuit filed

A group of gun owners filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles this week challenging state and county restrictions on carrying firearms for self-defense in public.

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New guidelines for jail deputies

Sheriff’s deputies who serve in Los Angeles County’s jails will use new procedures when restraining inmates after several prisoners were tethered to tables or doors for long periods of time without care or supervision, resulting in one man’s death, it was reported this week.

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State grants new funding for transportation

The Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) is one of several entities in Los Angeles County to receive millions of dollars in state grants for transportation projects including a rail link to LAX and upgrades to Union Station.

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Supervisors request review of police racial bias

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last week to take a look at whether Los Angeles County’s law enforcement agencies can do more to mitigate implicit racial bias.

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‘Made in America’ at MOAH

The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) is hosting an exhibit through Oct. 30 entitled “Made in America.”

Stiff sentence meted out for drunk driver

A Lancaster man who rear-ended a car at a traffic light in Palmdale while drunk and on probation for alcohol-related reckless driving, who also killed the other driver, was sentenced recently to 15 years to life in state prison.

Reward for missing mom increased

Monique Figueroa of Littlerock

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted this week to double a reward—to $20,000—for information that helps locate a Littlerock mother who went missing more than a year ago and is presumed dead.

Supervisors request review of police racial bias

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last week to take a look at whether Los Angeles County’s law enforcement agencies can do more to mitigate implicit racial bias.

Animal sanctuary sues MADD

An Acton animal sanctuary filed a lawsuit this week alleging that a direct-mail company wrongfully disclosed the plaintiff’s private list of donors to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Dedication and Everlasting Love to Animals filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against MADD, Northridge-based Adwest Mailers and the mailing company’s owner, Frank Grijalva.

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Conviction upheld in killing of Compton youth pastor

A state appellate court panel has upheld the convictions of two gang members for a Compton youth preacher’s shooting death in Venice.

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Black athletes making history at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Before the 2016 Rio Olympic Games come to a close this weekend, a reflection is in order to acknowledge how pivotal a role Blacks/Africans around the world have played in taking home medals to their respective countries, and breaking records and barriers along the way.

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Sentence for sex trafficker

An ex-con pleaded no contest recently to sex trafficking charges and was immediately sentenced to nearly 17 years in state prison for pimping a 17-year-old girl and a 23-year-old woman in South Los Angeles.

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Leimert Park Village Book Fair to host its 10th anniversary

Zane, Bobby Brown, Meagan Good & DeVon Franklin and Miss Robbie of Sweetie Pie’s are among featured headliners

Powerhouse and best-selling author/publisher Zane will headline the Leimert Park Village Book Fair (LPVBF) Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the outdoor promenade of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Zane is a New York Times best-selling author of 32 titles, and considered one of, if not the most, powerful African American female in the publishing industry.

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Idea to big business reality

New fund could take you from here to there

If you are one of those folks with plenty of big business ideas, a passion to turn that idea into a reality but with no money, the Neighborhood Start Fund may be the answer to your dilemma.

State grants new funding for transportation

The Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) is one of several entities in Los Angeles County to receive millions of dollars in state grants for transportation projects including a rail link to LAX and upgrades to Union Station. A local congresswoman, however, said this week she was disappointed funds were not allocated for a Gold Line rail extension from Azusa to Montclair.

Murder suspect found

A man was in custody on Thursday for allegedly shooting a man to death in 2012 during a street brawl involving three other men since convicted of second-degree murder.

‘Made in America’ at MOAH

The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) is hosting an exhibit through Oct. 30 entitled “Made in America.”

‘Kaleidoscope’ seeks artists

The city of Palmdale is looking for artisans to participate in its latest art and music festival called Kaleidoscope, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Palmdale Amphitheater.

New charge filed against local killer

A man on death row for a Palmdale woman’s killing has pleaded guilty to strangling another woman in her South Los Angeles home more than three decades ago.

‘Open-carry’ lawsuit filed

A group of gun owners filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles this week challenging state and county restrictions on carrying firearms for self-defense in public.

No housing vouchers for Sand fire victims

HUD says it wasn’t ‘federal disaster’

Federal officials this week refused requests for housing assistance in the wake of the Sand Fire, which forced some 20,000 people in Santa Clarita to evacuate, and destroyed 18 homes. “The last time they issued (housing) vouchers was for the Northridge earthquake in 1994,” Housing Authority Director Sean Rogan told the Board of Supervisors.

Stiff sentence meted out for drunk driver

A Lancaster man who rear-ended a car at a traffic light in Palmdale while drunk and on probation for alcohol-related reckless driving, who also killed the other driver, was sentenced recently to 15 years to life in state prison.

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Ask A Cop

Question: I got stopped by the police and I asked him if I was arrested and he said “No, you’re detained.” What did he mean by that?

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MWD new solar power plan may cut carbon emissions

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California unveiled this week its latest investment in solar power, intended to reduce both carbon emissions and operational costs.

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