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Clearing pollution may cut risk of dementia

During the past decade, a growing body of research has shown that air pollution harms older adults’ brains, contributing to cognitive decline and dementia. What hasn’t been clear is whether improving air quality would benefit brain health. Two…

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Homeless Count suggests virus cut numbers  

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) recently released the results of the 2022 Homeless Count, which suggest that homelessness may be rising more slowly than in previous years.  The results of the point-in-time count, conducted over three…

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‘The Wiz’ screening on Sept. 30

With the Debbie Allen Dance Studio as special guests

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures celebrates its one-year anniversary on Friday, Sept. 30. To commemorate the occasion, they are presenting a special screening of the Motown musical, “The Wiz” (1978) at 7:30 p.m. in the museum’s theater at 6067 Wilshire Blvd. Special guests include the Debbie Allen Dance Studio. “Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971,” an in-depth look…

Researcher to lead cancer program

James Turkson, PhD, brings global perspective to role

James Turkson, PhD, professor in the Division of Medical Oncology in the Department of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai, is uniquely positioned for a new role developed at Cedars-Sinai Cancer: Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Strategy. “I have great confidence that Dr. Turkson will provide superb leadership and implementation of programs, policies and initiatives that enhance the diversity of…

Black Health Matters goes Hollywood with Fall Summit and Health Fair

Oct. 1 event at downtown’s Cathedral Plaza

Black Health Matters is bringing its award-winning Fall Summit & Health Fair to Hollywood. This event creates a space where Black Americans can take a moment to learn how to better manage their mental and physical well-being. The free, day-long event has as its aim toward helping Blacks take better care of themselves, their loved ones, and…


Rampage tops list of football fans’ favorite NFL mascots 

With the first games of the 2022 NFL season underway, many fans will be wearing merch with their beloved (or not so) mascot on it. A mascot can say a lot about a team. While some make perfect sense (like Staley Da Bear, for the Chicago Bears), others can…

‘The Woman King’ crowns the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival

The mighty women of the Agojie were warriors. From the 1600s to1800s in the West African Kingdom of Dahomey this all-female military regiment gallantly fought their empire’s enemies.  Film fans first glimpsed the Dahomey Amazon legacy in the Marvel movie “Black Panther,” where the Dora Milaje special forces in…

Award winning performer Marva Hicks passes away

Marva Hicks Taha, an award-winning actor and singer who originally hailed from Petersburg, Va., passed away in New York City on Sept.17.  A Howard University graduate, Hicks’ performing credits span four decades. “It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of our dear Marva…


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Public Health confirms first fatality from monkeypox 

Person ‘severely immunocompromised’

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this week confirmed the first death due to monkeypox in a county resident. The person “was severely immunocompromised and had been hospitalized,” the health department said in a statement Monday. “To protect confidentiality and privacy, additional information on this case will not…

Parents complain Southland schools require much more green space

Schoolyards ‘unprepared’ for extreme heat

As the Southland endures a record-breaking heat wave, a parents coalition has demanded more green space and shade on playgrounds in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), saying the district must take “bold action” to protect students. The issue could apply to most all public secondary schools in Los Angeles County, including those in Lancaster and Palmdale. Reclaim Our…

Palmdale School District backs new independent study program

Palmdale School District backs new independent study program at Aerospace Academy

Palmdale School District’s Board of Education unanimously approved a material revision to The Palmdale Aerospace Academy’s (TPAA) charter petition to allow for the addition of an Independent Study program for the charter school’s current enrolled students. “The material revision that has been submitted for your approval would not increase our current enrollment,” TPAA Executive Director/Superintendent Julie Braswell said at the…

Organics recycling is changing in California

Learn how you can make a difference

Residents across California will soon see changes to the way organic waste items, such as food scraps and yard trimmings, are disposed of and recycled. SB1383, a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants, will require all California cities, including Lancaster, to reduce organic material waste. It also requires communities to rescue surplus food sources from commercial establishments…