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No review for sex offender

The California Supreme Court has refused to review the case against a registered sex offender who was convicted last year of sex-related charges involving two girls in Palmdale.

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Jury urged to fault Walmart in malfunction of car tire

A lawyer for a family that lost its patriarch in a rollover crash in 2012 urged a jury this week to find Wal-Mart Stores Inc. liable for the Lancaster man’s death, arguing employees should have recommended the replacement of a 20-year-old spare tire on a Jeep that failed during a belated Father’s Day trip.

Former engineer makes plea

A former assistant engineer for the city of Santa Clarita pleaded no contest this week to embezzling more than half a million dollars and was sentenced to four years in prison.

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'British Invasion' now at MOAH

A unique exhibition for art lovers is on display through Jan. 22, 2017 at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH). And while the exhibit is in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the British Pop music sound in America, the “British Invasion” exhibit could well be a nod to “Mod London”—the period of Twiggy, miniskirts, psychedelic prints and Nehru jackets—that briefly swept the Western world.

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‘Nutcracker’ set for Sunday

The Palmdale Junior Ballet and Theater Dance will present the “The Nutcracker Story and Christmas Celebration” on Dec. 4 at the Palmdale Playhouse. Showtime is at 7 p.m.

Cold snap through tomorrow

Los Angeles County health officials warned Antelope Valley residents this week to take precautions against a cold snap forecast through Saturday. Wind-chill temperatures are expected to be below freezing in the area.

Memorial fund for teen

A memorial fund has been established to help cover funeral and burial costs for Jazmin Veronica Hernandez, the 19-year-old who was struck and killed by a vehicle in Palmdale.

Vermont Slauson appoints new executive director

The board of directors of the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC) recently appointed Joseph “Joe” T. Rouzan III as the new executive director of the organization. Rouzan assumes the leadership of VSEDC left vacant by the loss of the founder and executive director Marva Smith Battle-Bey, who died in April of 2016.

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Ron Glass of ‘Barney Miller’ dies at 71

Actor Ron Glass, best known for playing dapper Det. Ron Harris on the long-running sitcom “”Barney Miller,” has died at the age of 71. Glass died Nov. 25 in Los Angeles, according to Leon Jones, who works at SGI-USA Los Angeles Friendship Center—Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism, where Glass was an active member of the local Buddhist community.

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Children’s Rights March protests drugging of South African children

Citizens Commission on Human Rights International

King Thomas Edgar Brown, Monarch of the National Khoisan Kingdom in South Africa supported a children’s rights march held recently outside the Cape Town International Convention Center (CTICC) where the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) International Congress was being held. The march, organized by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health watchdog group, protested increasing psychiatric labeling and drugging of South Africa’s children. The rate of children being prescribed stimulants, which experts say are more potent than cocaine, is astoundingly greater than that even in the United States.

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Colombia plane crash kills 71, including soccer team

Outside a stadium in Brazil, fans who thought they'd be cheering for their favorite soccer team came to mourn. The Avro RJ85 plane was en route Monday night from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to Medellin when it crashed near Rionegro, Colombia, with 77 people on board, civil aviation officials said, only six survived.

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Fidel Castro dies at 91

Fidel Castro, a Cuban politician and revolutionary who governed the Republic of Cuba for 47 years as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as president from 1976 to 2006 (de jure until 2008) had died. Politically a Marxist–Leninist and Cuban nationalist, he also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961 until 2011.

Supervisors approve redesign of girls camp in Santa Clarita

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have approved a $4.5 million redesign of a juvenile camp for girls in Santa Clarita, aiming to create a homey environment that supports a therapeutic approach for kids under the county’s care. Behind the perimeter fence of Camp Joseph Scott on Bouquet Canyon Road is a detention-style dormitory that was built in 1966 to house up to 110 minors.

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‘3D Month’ planned in Palmdale

With the holiday season comes the deadliest time of the year because of impaired and/or intoxicated driving. The city of Palmdale wants to curtail such needless arrests, injuries and deaths by encouraging residents to participate in various “3D Month” activities.

Expect increase in holiday travel

Some 3.65 million Southern California residents are expected to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday this year, a 3.1 percent increase over 2015, when 3.54 million took Thanksgiving trips, the Automobile Club of Southern California said this week. The projected number of Southland travelers this year is the highest since 2007, when the number stood at 3.99 million, the AAA said in a statement.

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Rockin' Jump in Palmdale

Rockin’ Jump, the popular leader in what is commonly called “fitness diagnosed as fun,” will be arriving in Palmdale in early December at 1301 W. Rancho Vista Blvd. adjacent to the Antelope Valley Mall.

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Local Walmart under fire over negligent tire inspection

The son of a Lancaster man who died in a 2012 rollover crash, after a tire blowout, has testified that he was unaware his father had not survived the accident until he woke up in a hospital.“I woke up and there were one or two nurses around,” said Daniel Akins, who along with his mother and sister are suing Arkansas-based Wal-Mart stores Inc. “I thought he was still alive and I asked where he was. They told me he didn’t make it.”

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No plea in Sgt. Owen death; new arraignment set Dec. 15

A parolee accused of shooting a Lancaster sheriff’s sergeant responding to a burglary call, then pumping four additional shots into the veteran lawman once he was down, appeared in court recently but did not enter a plea. Arraignment was postponed a second time—to Dec. 15—for Trenton Trevon Lovell, 27, of Lancaster, who is charged with capital murder in the Oct. 5 killing of Sgt. Steve Owen.

Homicide reward posted

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently renewed a $20,000 reward for information leading to the gunman who killed an aspiring firefighter in Lancaster in mid-August.

Bouquet Canyon Road reopens

A portion of Bouquet Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest, which was closed last month and had been expected to remain off-limits through the winter storm season, was unexpectedly reopened earlier this week.

When autumn leaves fall

Autumn in the Antelope Valley traditionally brings robust breezes and mounds and mounds of fallen leaves. They’re usually everywhere, so that’s why Waste Management’s Fall Leaf Collection Program can assist Lancaster residents with bagging leaves separately from their normal trash bins.

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Jackson Limousine hold annual Turkey Dinner Giveway

Thousands of Southern California’s less fortunate families line up at the Jackson Limousine Service parking lot, to receive free Thanksgiving Dinner Groceries at the nation’s largest Turkey Dinner Giveaway.

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Obituary for Connie Watson

Private funeral services were recently held for Connie Watson, who served more than 25 years as executive director of the South Los Angeles People Who Care Youth Center.

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LA leads in homelessness

The Los Angeles area led the nation for a second year in a row in the number of chronically homeless individuals, according federal rankings. The 12,970 chronically homeless people living alone on the streets of Los Angeles and surrounding cities is up from the previous year’s 12,356 chronically homeless individuals, according to figures provided in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s annual reports to Congress on homelessness.

College and career fair to be held

More than 40 colleges, universities, HBCUs, community colleges, vocational schools and academies, (including representatives from seven University of California campuses), are expected to participate in the “Hoops and Options College and Career Fair,” hosted by First AME Church of Los Angeles (FAME).

DUI cause of big rig crash

The driver of a big rig was in custody this week after he crashed off the side of the roadway on the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway in Santa Clarita, then fled, authorities said.

Boeing will shift job sites

The Boeing Co. announced this week it will shift 1,600 jobs from its Huntington Beach location to facilities in Los Angeles County, Seal Beach and St. Louis.

Reward offered in Llano homicide

Authorities this week announced a $20,000 reward for help in solving the beating death of a Llano widower during an apparent home invasion robbery 15 months ago.

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Major quake could wreak havoc

A major earthquake along the San Andreas fault could simultaneously wreak havoc in both Southern and Northern California, dramatically increasing residential property damage and recovery costs from previous estimates that assumed only one region of the state would be affected, according to a report released this week.

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Best of Zeppelin at LPAC

Take a trip back to the 1970s tomorrow as Zeppelin USA, popularly known as ZUSA, takes the stage at 8 p.m. at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center.

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Thanksgiving meals scheduled

The 10,000 Fearless Movement in the Antelope Valley will serve Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday to area homeless persons. Stop by the Self-Improvement Community Center, 1035 W. Avenue L, in Lancaster at 11 a.m. to receive a ticket for dinner.

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Vin Scully, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will receive Medal of Freedom

Retired Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully and former Los Angeles Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were among 21 recipients announced this week of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Fatal crash on 14 Freeway

Authorities this week identified a 32-year-old man who was killed, when he crashed while on a motorcycle on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway in Lancaster was identified today by authorities.

Beck: Racial bias is ‘not rampant’

Addressing critics who say racial profiling is still a significant problem for the police department, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said this week that while he believes bias is not “rampant” among officers, he hopes to build more trust between police and the community.

Students protest prospect of tuition hike

A group of California State University students carried out a protest this week as the CSU Board of Trustees began two days of meetings, during which it will review a financial report that includes the possibility of a roughly 5 percent tuition increase.

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Vin Scully, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will receive Medal of Freedom

Retired Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully and former Los Angeles Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were among 21 recipients announced this week of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

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Salute to veterans today

The city of Santa Clarita will honor its past and present military members with a special Veterans Day Ceremony today at 11 a.m. at Veterans Historical Plaza, 24275 N. Walnut St.

Serial molester is sentenced

A former Palmdale resident has been sentenced to 104 years to life in prison for sexually abusing two young family members and beating a third child.

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Probation Department gets new head

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors this week formally appointed Terri McDonald, the one-time jails chief, to head the troubled Probation Department.

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Suit filed in torture case

A Palmdale woman who was previously sentenced to seven years to life in prison for torturing her two adopted children is named in a lawsuit filed on behalf of the boy and girl.

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Search for teen’s killer

Authorities this week identified a 17-year-old boy who was fatally shot in Palmdale, and whose killer remains at large.

Storytime at Palmdale City Library

The fall/winter Storytime session at Palmdale City Library, 700 E. Palmdale Blvd., will run through Friday, Dec. 11.

Rail station meeting set

A special interactive workshop will focus on the Palmdale High-Speed Rail Station area plan at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Hwy. in Palmdale.

Performing dogs at LPAC

Famed dog trainer Chris Perondi on Nov. 18 will bring his world famous Stunt Dog Experience to the Lancaster Performing Arts Center. Showtime is at 7 p.m.

Guard shooting, an accident

The coroner’s office has confirmed that the shooting death of a security guard at a strip mall in Lancaster was an accident.

Kurtis Blow thanks LAPD; officers perform CPR on rapper

Pioneering ‘80s rapper Kurtis Blow has credited four Los Angeles police officers with saving his life by performing CPR when he collapsed at a bus stop near the Topanga Mall in Canoga Park last Saturday.

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Black millenials closing the digital divide

Black millennials are reportedly 11.5 million strong and leading a viral vanguard that is driving African Americans’ innovative use of mobile technology and closing the digital divide. Nielsen highlights this group in a new report called “Young, Connected and Black: African-American Millennials Are Driving Social Change and Leading Digital Advancement.”

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Hustle N’ Code teaches technology at South Park

If you have an idea for a webite or app, let your thoughts run wild during the fifth annual South L.A. Hustle N’ Code Hackathon Dec. 3 beginning at 10 a.m. at South Park, South Park Recreation Center, 345 E. 51st St.

Election gives L.A. Unified financial means to provide ‘essential priorities’

Passage of Propositions 55 and 58 boost public education efforts statewide

L.A. Unified leaders expressed gratitude Wednesday to California voters for approving Propositions 55 and 58, saying the measures will boost public education and enable the District to continue providing the necessary resources to prepare students to compete in the 21st century economy.

Across Black America week of Nov. 10, 2016.

The White House hosted a Princess Party on Oct. 7 for 115 Black girls to celebrate literacy and Black excellence. The event, which was led by 6-year-old Jordan West, author of “Princess for a Day,” was held at the Department of Education and was organized by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.