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Toddler hit, killed by truck in Palmdale

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PALMDALE – A 2-year-old boy was struck and killed by a pickup truck Thursday afternoon in a driveway in Palmdale, authorities said. The incident happened around 5:35 p.m. Thursday, June 25, on Avenue R-8, east of 30th Street East. Martin Rios, 52, of Palmdale was driving a 2004 Dodge Ram 3500 eastbound into a private…

Foster and adoptive care workshop this Saturday

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PALMDALE – Authorities are hoping to spread the word about the critical need for more loving foster and adoptive families in the Antelope Valley. The Los Angeles County the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will hold a foster and adoptive care workshop this Saturday entitled “Share Your Heart…Share Your Home.” The workshop is…

“Thursday Night on the Square” kicks off June 25!

TNOTS will feature a Children’s Art & Activity Center, where kids will get Stuck on the Square creating their own duct tape wallet, get into Monkey Business making wild animal tails, and get personal with their own Sock It To Me puppet pal. (contributed)

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s popular Thursday Night on the Square (TNOTS) will usher in the summer season with the first of eight free events beginning this Thursday. The first 2015 TNOTS event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at Poncitlán Square, located on 9th Street East, between Avenues…

Local students advocate for STEM education on Capitol Hill

Team 5012 members meet with Congressman Steve Knight in his office to discuss STEM legislation. (contributed)

PALMDALE – Students from The Palmdale Aerospace Academy took to Capitol Hill recently to advocate for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational programs. Members of Team 5012 “Gryffingear” traveled to Washington D.C., as participants in the FIRST (For Inspiration Recognition of Science and Technology) National Advocacy Conference June 14-16. The event brought together robotics…

Video: Highland’s Rachel Garcia is Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year!

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PALMDALE – Highland High School’s Rachel Garcia is the 2014-15 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year! Garcia was surprised with the news recently by two-time Gold Medalist and former UCLA Bruin Stacey Nuveman. “Rachel really deserves to be this year’s Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year because she embodies everything the award stands…

Contestants sought for 3rd annual Miss Black AV

[Contributed photo] 2014 Miss Black AV court – Miss Briana Johnson, Junior Miss Akungbe Obazee, Young Miss Simone Zulu, and Little Miss Harmony Ayanna Crossland.

PALMDALE – Contestants are being sought to compete in the third annual Miss Black AV pageant, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8. The event is presented by Antelope Valley Pageants, and this year’s theme is “Our History in Music,” according to Pageant Coordinator Waunette Cullors. “Some may ask, ‘Why have a pageant that highlights African-American culture?’…

Students study earth from NASA flying laboratory

Matthew Irish, a senior Climate Impact Engineering major at the University of Michigan, attaches tubing to the Whole Air Sampler (WAS) instrument installed on the NASA DC-8 airborne laboratory. (contributed)

PALMDALE – Thirty-two undergraduate students are participating in an eight-week NASA Airborne Science field experience designed to immerse them in the agency’s Earth science research. Hosted by NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center facility in Palmdale, the Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) kicked off June 15 with lectures by NASA scientists and program managers. Now in…

Public-safety officials urge caution during heat wave

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Summer doesn’t officially begin until Sunday, but the Antelope Valley was basking this week in some summer-like conditions, and authorities urged the public to take simple common-sense steps to avoid heat-related ailments. Temperatures are expected to be 15 to 25 degrees above normal across Southern California through the end of the weekend, according to the…

Join the ‘World’s Largest Swim Lesson’ this Thursday

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PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s recreation & culture department’s aquatics division is joining forces with the nation’s top water safety and training organizations to present The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 18, at Drytown Water Park, located at 3850 East Avenue S. The swimming lesson is free. Ages 1…

Fireworks go on sale in Palmdale June 28

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PALMDALE – Dozens of local nonprofit organizations will begin selling fireworks at various locations throughout Palmdale starting Sunday, June 28, city officials announced. Fireworks will be sold during the following dates and times: Sunday, June 28 – Noon to 10 pm Monday, June 29 through Saturday, July 4 – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday,…

Palmdale hospital sued for alleged elderly neglect

AV Cancer Center's new location is in a medical office building directly attached to the Palmdale Regional Medical Center. The new office opens on June 10.

PALMDALE – A recently filed lawsuit is charging Palmdale Regional Medical Center with dependent adult abuse and negligence, despite the hospital’s stellar record for patient safety. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Eckard Nichols by the law firm of Garcia, Artigliere & Medby, alleges that Nichols developed a “baseball-size infected pressure sore on his coccyx”…

Palmdale Aerospace Academy wraps Summer Science Academy

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PALMDALE – The Palmdale Aerospace Academy this week held a Summer Science Academy that provided hands-on, interactive activities for students entering the seventh and eighth grades this fall. Around 70 students attended this year’s Summer Science Academy, where they explored engineering careers through activities that were designed to challenge them while making science and learning…