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Defaming his name: Martin Luther King Day, 2022

King’s legacy carries on—even among those intent on eroding the dream

“Give us the ballot (Yes), and we will no longer plead to the federal government for passage of an anti-lynching law; we will by the power of our vote write the law on the statute […]

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This Week’s Feature

Vaccines lag among children in grade school

Two months after Pfizer’s covid vaccine was authorized for children ages 5 to 11 years, just 27 percent have received at least one shot, according to Jan. 12 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). […]

Ballot measure proposes more homeless funding

Later this year, Los Angeles voters will have an opportunity to bolster funding to address the homeless crisis—provided a ballot measure is approved in November. Paperwork has been filed by “United to House LA” to gather signatures to […]

LOCAL NEWS

County crime statistics spike in automobile theft

Pandemic has played a role

Homicides and auto thefts spiked from 2019 to 2021 in areas policed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said recently during a virtual town hall meeting. Villanueva presented year-end statistics for 2021 but said it was too early to draw any conclusions about trends in the first 12 days of 2022. “Because we’re […]

More people hospitalized as health workers dwindle

Severe illness on the rise

With the Omicron variant continuing to spread at a rapid pace, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health data shows more residents are requiring treatment for severe illness in the ICU. By mid-week, both the seven-day average of new admissions of people with COVID-19 and the total number of patients admitted into the ICU had increased from […]

Caravan held on King Day 

Drummers, dancers food trucks and other vendors marked holiday

Although the Kingdom Day parade was canceled for a second year due to the pandemic, a coalition of community organizations came together for a “Caravan for Social Justice” Monday, and others organized celebrations at Leimert Park. “These groups are the groups that have power – all of them,” said Rev. William D. Smart, Jr., president and director […]

NATIONAL NEWS

Poet Maya Angelou featured on United States quarter

For the first time in American history, people will be able to hold a piece of U.S. currency with the image of a Black woman—poet Maya Angelou—later this month. According to the U.S. Mint, shipping of coins bearing an image of Angelou on the tails side and the traditional […]

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Masking for the omicron variant 

By Victoria Knight Kaiser Health News The highly transmissible omicron variant is sweeping through the U.S., causing a huge spike in COVID-19 cases and overwhelming many hospital systems. Besides urging Americans to get vaccinated and boosted, public health officials are recommending that people upgrade from their cloth masks to […]

Biden proclaims January National Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Human trafficking – whether in the form of forced labor, sex trafficking, or other offenses – counts as an abhorrent abuse of power and a profoundly immoral crime that strikes at the safety, health, and dignity of millions of people worldwide,” President Joe Biden said in a statement declaring […]

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.

Lancaster in partnership to encourage ‘green’ upgrade

Trade in your gas-powered lawn equipment

The City of Lancaster has teamed up with the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) and Lowes with a greener opportunity for our residents. This year, exchange your gas-powered lawn equipment and receive a credit up to $275 towards an electric model. This is a rare opportunity to make a difference for the community and to receive a big […]

No sanctions imposed on Valencia science laboratory

Integral in COVID-19 research

California’s health department has reversed its decision to impose sanctions on a COVID-19 testing lab in Valencia for “significant deficiencies,” finding no definitive proof to allegations by a whistleblower that the lab destroyed data. The Valencia Branch Laboratory, run by Massachusetts-based PerkinElmer, had problems in its documentation, record keeping, process and training, state inspectors found. However, authorities could not confirm […]

Metro will resume normal fair payment beginning Jan. 10

Discount for eligible passengers

Metro bus riders will be asked to resume paying fares on Jan. 10, but Metro will offer half-price passes for six months and even bigger discounts for eligible low-income passengers. “As our communities are still faced with an unprecedented health pandemic that racial and economic inequalities have further exacerbated, providing financial relief with fare discounts to riders is critical,’’ said […]

Palmdale fetes ‘family volunteers’ with special day of appreciation

Scheduled Nov. 20

The City of Palmdale will host its sixth annual Family Volunteer Day on Saturday, Nov. 20 with three options for participation. From 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers may stop by South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES), located at 1002 E. Ave. Q-12 in Palmdale, to assist SAVES staff with preparing Thanksgiving baskets for distribution, or creating “Cards from the Heart” […]

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