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Marketing unhealthy foods unfairly targets children

It’s another David and Goliath story. A small group of South LA parents, alarmed about companies advertising unhealthy foods to their children, has banded together to draw attention to the problem.

LAUSD approves new science academy

All-girls program set to open in 2016-17 school year

The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously April 14 to establish the Girls Academic Leadership Academy, Los Angeles, an all-girls science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) school on the campus of Los Angeles High School.

The art of performing

LAUSD students strut their stuff

The Los Angeles Unified School District will host a series of free arts festivals in April and May that will give young people across the district an opportunity to display their talents.

Report details Black job crisis

More monitoring and enforcement needed

In a report released April 8, the Los Angeles Black Worker Center (LABWC) detailed some sobering facts about the world of work in the City of Angels.

City launches ‘Save the Drop’

Water conservation program targets residents, businesses

Last fall, Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an executive directive calling for a 20 percent reduction in water use by 2017 in Los Angeles, and now the city is in the process of spreading the word about its “Save the Drop” campaign.

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Wonder Con moves to L.A.

Arrives in March 2016

“I am thrilled to have Los Angeles be the new home for Wonder Con and am eager to work with Comic Con International to ensure their 2016 convention is the best yet,” said Curren D. Price Jr., chair of the Economic Development Committee, and council representative for the L.A. Convention Center.

Pablo Cruise, Poundstone take the stage at LPAC

Pablo Cruise will perform at 8 p.m. April 11 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center. The one-night-only classic rock performance will be followed on April 17 by popular stand-up comic Paula Poundstone also at 8 p.m.

Spots open for Palmdale Partners

There are spots remaining for the city of Palmdale’s spring 2015 session of the Palmdale Partners Academy, which will begin on Tuesday, April 14, and continue on consecutive Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. through June 2. The Academy is designed to help citizens gain a better understanding of local government, the community and available resources.

L.A. City Council puts focus on bridging local health gap

Residents of Brentwood reportedly live 12 years longer than those in Watts, and more than 30 percent of children in South L.A. are obese compared with less than 12 percent of kids living roughly 21 miles due west.

Waters seeks funding for HIV/AIDS

Leads 66 members of Congresss seeking increased Minority AIDS Initiative funding

Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-43), a congressional leader on HIV/AIDS issues, called for increases in funding for domestic HIV/AIDS programs in fiscal year 2016. The proposed increases were included in two letters to the chairman and ranking member of the subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations, which were signed by many of the Congresswoman’s colleagues.

Garcetti announces results from study on women and girls in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday announced the initial results of “The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in Los Angeles,” the first-ever study focusing on the issues and trends affecting the women and girls in the city of Los Angeles.

Youth job academy accepting students

Skills offered in three sessions

The Palmdale Works! Youth Job Academy, designed for teens ages 15 to 18 years who want to develop job interview skills, is accepting registration for its next session.

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Parris, Garcetti attend local international business roundtable

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris joined recently his counterpart in Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, and County Supervisor Michael Antonovich for the “Welcome to LA: Gateway to USA” conference. The event hosted a number of high-level international business delegations, including those from China, Japan, Korea and Mexico.

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State senate to explore limiting sugar

Beverage warning label act would fight negative impact on health

The California Senate Committee on Health will hold a hearing Wednesday, April 22 to discuss legislation, SB 203, introduced Feb. 11 by Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning, that would establish the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act.

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Obesity rising in Los Angeles despite fast food ban

Store closures only add to the ‘food desert’ challenge

Obesity rates have gone up faster in South Los Angeles than in other parts of the city, despite a seven-year ban on new fast-food restaurants billed as a way to curb unhealthy eating in the area, according to a Rand report released last week.

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High school artists sought

All mediums welcome in contest

High school students who either attend school or reside in the 37th, 43rd or 44th Congressional Districts are invited to submit entries to the annual Congressional Art Competition.

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Redwood city man joins NASA

Will join flying observatory

A Redwood City man will participate in a NASA mission in which he will go on a high-altitude flight with the world’s largest airborne telescope.

‘Gong Show’ favorite dies at 82

Gene Patton, known to millions of ‘70s daytime TV viewers as “Gene Gene The Dancin’ Machine” on Chuck Barris’ “The Gong Show,” died this week in Pasadena after a long battle with diabetes. He was 82.

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National Society of Black Engineers convention showcases community impact

More than 8,000 to attend

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), an organization that seeks to increase the number of Black engineering professionals, will hold its annual convention in Anaheim on March 25–29. The 41st annual convention, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center and neighboring facilities, is expected to draw more than 8,000 attendees.

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Mother of Our Weekly co-founder succumbs

Service to be held Saturday

A memorial service will be held in Los Angeles March 21 at 9 a.m. at Greater New Vision Missionary Baptist Church for Mary Alice Miller, affectionately known as “Mae Alice.” She passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 14, at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif. She was the mother of Our Weekly co-founder, David Miller.

Jenesse wins million dollar grant

Aim is to break cycle of violence for South L.A. youth

Jenesse Center Inc., which is celebrating 35 years of service to the Los Angeles community, was awarded a $1,000,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Violence Against Women (OVW). The grant was funded to help break the cycle of violence for underserved and unserved youth (ages 13-18) who are victims or are exposed to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, gang violence, bullying and/or sex trafficking. Jenesse was the only organization in the State of California to receive this grant.

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Achievement gap narrows as minority students improve graduation rates

Graduation rates for Black and Hispanic students increased by nearly 4 percentage points from 2011 to 2013, outpacing the growth for all students in the nation, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

New study reveals effective treatment program for breast cancer survivors

In a new study that could help improve the day-to-day quality-of-life for women with breast cancer, UCLA researchers have developed a cognitive rehabilitation program to address post-cancer treatment cognitive changes, sometimes known as “chemo brain,” which can affect up to 35 percent of post-treatment breast cancer patients.

Metro hires new CEO

Phillip Washington comes from Denver to run agency that serves millions

Veteran mass transit manager Phillip Washington was approved by the Los Angeles County Metropolitant Transit Authority as the next CEO of the agency which currently has a budget of $5.5 billion.

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WIC: Addressing nutrition insecurity among the poor

Food insecurity is a serious issue for many in South Los Angeles and countywide.

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Palmdale hosts delegation for L.A. Special Olympics

The city of Palmdale will host Special Olympics delegations of athletes and coaches from Cyprus and St. Lucia this summer as part of the Special Olympics World Games Host Town program.

Plots still available at Palmdale’s Community Garden

There are still plots available for interested persons or groups who would like to to become “plot holders” this spring at the City of Palmdale Community Garden located at the Yucca Neighborhood House, 503 E. Ave. Q-3.

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Four hearings set to discuss raising the minimum wage

The Los Angeles City Council Economic Development Committee will hold a series of four hearings to discuss the current proposals to raise wages across the city. The hearings will review an economic impact study conducted by the University of California Berkeley, which was commissioned by the city last fall. The hearings will also discuss independent studies prepared by key stakeholders the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the County Federation of Labor.

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Trio heads to Big Apple

National August Wilson competition set for May 4

Shaila Essley, a student at the Los Angeles High School for the Arts on the campus of Cal State Los Angeles, will lead a group of three local students to perform in the finals of the August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) in New York.

Women entrepreneurs wanted at seminar

Learn how to ‘dream big’

Young African American women are invited to attend a free seminar targeting the next generation of prospective entrepreneurs March 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Community and Youth Center in Inglewood.

Price lends support to small businesses

Urges more contracting opportunities

Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price has introduced a motion to provide further support and expansion of contracting opportunities for small and micro businesses within the city. The 9th District councilman said he wants to “level the playing field” to help such special groups to secure public contracts.

Honor set for veteran pastor

Pastor David Buggs of Central Baptist Church in Carson this month will turn 90 and the congregation will fete the veteran minister on March 29 at 10 a.m. with a morning of song and tribute.

Women entrepreneurs wanted at seminar

Learn how to ‘dream big’

Young African American women are invited to attend a free seminar targeting the next generation of prospective entrepreneurs March 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Community and Youth Center in Inglewood.

Healthy Compton initiative, hosts ‘Crop Circles’

Campaign presented by Tessemae’s All Natural

As a part of Mayor Aja Brown’s initiative to improve the quality of life of residents and promote healthy living in the city of Compton, she announced Wednesday that the city will host a pop up Farmers’ Market entitled “Crop Circles.” The event will provide thousands of residents with free produce, health screenings and educational information, activities, and live entertainment. It will take place on Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Civic Plaza (MLK Monument) - in front of the courthouse and Compton Library. More than 2,500 residents are expected to attend throughout the day.

Sorority hosts youth symposium

Offers interactive, informative panels

Young people ages 13-17 can attend a free symposium March 14 at Rialto Middle School. The event is the 18th annual youth symposium - “Building Partnerships to Support Our Youth,” hosted by the Theta Pi Sigma Inland Empire chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, and the goal is to demonstrate that when we work together, we create a strong “community village” positioned to support young people.

Compton to add new high school

Will offer accelerated program for some students

Compton Unified School District (CUSD) is creating a new school for students who are motivated to finish high school and their first two years of college at the same time. Called Early College School, the facility is a collaboration between El Camino College Center and the CUSD and will begin with 100 to 120 ninth graders during the 2015-16 school year. The school will add one grade each annually until a complete 9-12 configuration is achieved.

Inglewood City Council approves stadium

The Inglewood City Council has voted unanimously to approve an 80,000-seat stadium at the site of the old Hollywood Park racetrack as proposed by the owner of the St. Louis Rams, bypassing the need for a referendum.

Cal Grant deadline set

Open to high school grads, transfer students

According to El Camino College Compton Center, the deadline to apply for a Cal Grant is Monday, March 2.

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Federal Officials close investigation into death of Trayvon Martin

The Justice Department announced today that the independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin

‘Season of Service’ community project on tap tomorrow in Palmdale

The city of Palmdale’s “2015 Season of Service” program will host a community service work day tomorrow from 8 a.m. to noon at 1020 East Ave. Q-5, between 10th St. East and 10th Place East, near the city’s newest Neighborhood House #5 and community garden.

Former coach arrested on rape charge

Worked at Santa Clarita school

A 27-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., on sex-related charges involving boys who attended the Albert Einstein Academy in Santa Clarita, where he was a basketball coach.

McCarthy sets summer internships

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) this week announced he is accepting internship applications for his Summer 2015 Internship Program.

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Los Angeles County Air Show announces ‘Pyrobatic Night’

Plus concert featuring country star Craig Morgan

The Los Angeles County Air Show has announced the addition of a pyrobatic night show and concert on Friday, March 20, 2015, featuring country star Craig Morgan, to its weekend festivities. Tickets for the night show and concert are on sale and can be purchased via the Air Show website at http://www.lacountyairshow.com/purchase-tickets/. The LA County Pyrobatic Night Show and Concert will be held at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.

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Thompson joins transit board

nAppointed to fill vacant seat on Antelope Valley Transit Authority

Palmdale City Councilman Fred Thompson has joined the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) Board of Directors.

BBA recognizes historic contributions

Photographer Bill Jones among honorees

Groundbreaking photojournalist Bill Jones will receive the Historian Award at the upcoming Black Business Association’s (BBA) 45th anniversary year dinner and salute to African American History Month Feb. 28 at the L.A. Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In celebration of this year’s theme, the gala will honor decades of contributions made by African American history makers such as Jones and other businesses, institutions, organizations and individuals all under the event theme: “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.”

MTA opens business center

Targets small firms, especially those impacted by new rail lines

The Metropolitan Transit Authority has opened a Business Solution Center (BSC) designed to help businesses impacted by construction of the Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line between 48th and 60th streets.

Local group presses Carson against drilling

Faced with the threat of oil drilling in Carson—and with the loss of the protection of a moratorium against all types of drilling—community leaders, organizations and residents have requested that Mayor Jim Dear and the city council consider protective measures against the health hazards of oil exploration within residential areas.

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Israel’s Black immigrants forced to use birth control

Several victims speak out

As enraged feminists in the U.S. continue to protest against “50 Shades of Grey,” a book-turned film that attempts to romanticize female objectification, Israeli women are currently battling an injustice perpetrated by their own government leaders. More specifically, according to reports, numerous Black immigrants have been, and are currently being, forcibly injected with various forms of birth control.

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With Covered California, reaching out on L.A. College campuses

With the Feb. 15 deadline for open enrollment in Covered California fast approaching, teams from Dakota Communications were on the campus of Los Angeles City College this week

Palmdale man pleads guilty

Admitted to 5 murders

A Palmdale man pleaded guilty this week to killing his ex-wife and four others and then setting a Quartz Hill home on fire during a 2008 rampage.