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A pioneer in the “free jazz” scene, Pharaoh Sanders has died at 81

“Trane was the Father, Pharaoh was the Son,    I am the Holy Ghost.” —Albert Ayler Pharaoh Sanders, the revered and influential tenor saxophonist who explored and extended the boundaries of his instrument while forming…

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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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LOCAL NEWS

Go paperless and go online with the DMV

Real ID needed by May 3, 2023

A trip to the DMV might not be at the top of your to-do list, but the California DMV is making transactions quicker, greener, and more convenient through the DMV website. The DMV now provides several online and paperless services to simplify your already busy life at dmv.ca.gov/online. Here are some ways you can save time and…

Anaheim man to be arraigned on multiple hate crime charges

Self proclaimed ‘incel’

A 25-year-old Anaheim man and self-proclaimed “incel” is scheduled to be arraigned next month on multiple hate crime charges for allegedly pepper spraying three women and a man in Costa Mesa. Johnny Deven Young was charged May 4 with two separate attacks on Nov. 21, 2021 and April 17 of this year, according to court records. He…

Branford Marsalis performs at UCLA 

Quartet celebrated for interpretations of jazz standards

UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents NEA Jazz Master, Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis and his acclaimed quartet on Oct.16 at 7 p.m. in Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Ct. Tickets starting at $59 are available now at cap.ucla.edu, (310) 825-2101 and the UCLA Central Ticket Office. One of the…

NATIONAL NEWS

Documentaries offer fresh perspectives on iconic historical Black figures 

Two original documentaries that shed new light on the lives of a pair of towering figures in the struggle to end slavery — Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass — premiere on PBS in October.  Co-productions of Firelight Films and Maryland Public Television (MPT), the films are directed by Oscar-nominated…

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…

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ANTELOPE VALLEY NEWS

Our Weekly Antelope Valley covers the northernmost portion of Los Angeles County, including the cities of Lancaster, Palmdale, Acton, Rosemond and California City. Coverage also extends to the cities of Santa Clarita and Valencia.

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…

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