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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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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.

Beyond the Bell helps prevent summer learning loss

Program offered students traditional summer school, credit recovery programs and high-quality learning experiences

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Beyond the Bell Branch expanded its programs to serve more than 88,000 students in grades K-12 during the summer semester. These included: Extended Learning Opportunity Summer Program, District Base and CORE Waiver High School Credit Recovery programs, Comprehensive Summer Enrichment programs and L.A. Summer of Learning. Many of the students served this summer participated in various Beyond the Bell programs.

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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.

Weekend closures planned for Crenshaw/LAX line contruction

Walls for underground Crenshaw/Expo station will be built

Metro and Walsh/Shea Corridor Contractors will close Crenshaw Boulevard between Exposition Boulevard and Coliseum Street for three weekends on Sept. 12, 19 and Oct. 24 to complete piling installation and begin excavation of the underground Crenshaw/Expo station. The work has been scheduled for: 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12 to 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15; 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 to 6 a.m. Monday, Sept, 22 and from 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 to 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27.

Inglewood future developments, public safety to be discussed

Townhall set for Saturday

Inglewood Mayor James Butts will hold a town hall meeting on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Living Room, 400 W. Inglewood Blvd.

LAUSD’s Local Control and Accountability Plan approved

Budget okayed for 2014-15

The numbers were irrefutable. The $700 million in question was indeed spent appropriately last year on students with high needs. As a result of that clarification, the Los Angeles County Office of Education has approved the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) spending plan targeting additional state dollars to help low-income students, English Language Learners and youth in foster care do better academically.

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Santa Clarita’s Youth Grove Evening of Remembrance scheduled

Community event honors young lives lost on the road

The city of Santa Clarita will host the ninth annual Youth Grove Evening of Remembrance on Wednesday, Sept.10 at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road. The event will begin with the inaugural Walk of Remembrance at 6:45 p.m., followed by the Evening of Remembrance at 7:15 p.m.

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Lancaster accepting applications for Youth Commission

The city of Lancaster is currently accepting applications from local high school students who are interested in serving on this year’s Lancaster Youth Commission.

The city of Lancaster is currently accepting applications from local high school students who are interested in serving on this year’s Lancaster Youth Commission.

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Rings true in community crime prevention

One of the reasons why the crime rate in Palmdale has dropped more than 32 percent since 2008 is a continued commitment to community crime prevention reflected in a solid partnership between local law enforcement, Palmdale City staff, and local residents.

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Grant applications open for L.A. County-based arts organizations

Free technical support workshops available

Applications are available for the 2015-16 Organizational Grant Program (OGP). The program provides regional nonprofit arts organizations with support to address their priority needs and ensure they continue to provide cultural services to the diverse communities that comprise Los Angeles County. Guidelines and applications are available at lacountyarts.org/grantsapply. Deadlines vary between October-November 2014.

Crenshaw Family YMCA gets a makeover

Kaiser Permanente volunteers paint, clean, install furniture

Dozens of Kaiser Permanente employees and physicians will trade their stethoscopes and smartphones for shovels and paintbrushes to perform much needed renovation work at the Crenshaw Family YMCA on Saturday. This project is part of Kaiser Permanente’s employee community volunteer day events and runs from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. New carpet and furniture will be installed, asphalt patch work and replacement provided, as well as cleaning and painting—all performed by Kaiser Permanente employees.

New hunger figures show millions of Americans continue to struggle

More than 14 percent of households ‘food insecure’

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Elderly couple demands LAPD pay for damage to their home

The Johnsons say that officers left thousands in damage after executing a search warrant

After detectives at LAPD’s West LA Division traced blood left at a March burglary as belonging to 18-year-old Deshawn Johnson, they raided his grandparents home.

Sam’s Club to hold free diabetes screenings

Available on Sept. 13

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 29.1 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and of those, 8.1 million are still undiagnosed. Further, there continues to be a large number of adults (86 million) aged 20 years and older who have pre-diabetes. To help encourage early detection of this chronic condition in communities around the U.S., Sam’s Club Pharmacy will host free diabetes screenings to both members and non-members on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 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.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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.

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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.