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April 20, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times
In the brutal cycles of California real estate, the Antelope Valley has been among the last to boom, the first to bust and the slowest to recover. But in the High Desert, separated from downtown Los Angeles by 65 miles and a mountain range, the housing market is finally gaining steam after the latest debacle, underscoring the strong recovery across the region. The reason is simple: Big new houses are selling in the $200,000 range, a mere fraction of home prices across much of the region.
January 21, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
The father of the man publicly named as the one behind a hoax involving Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te'o became emotional Sunday as he thanked his Antelope Valley congregation for their support. The group of about 90 people clapped and cheered when Pastor Titus Tuiasosopo was introduced during Oasis Christian Church's Sunday service - the first since news of the scandal broke. "I want to thank you for your prayers, church family," Tuiasosopo said at the end of the two-hour service, his voice breaking.
September 26, 2012
Re "Feeling burned in Sun Village," Column One, Sept. 24 Beginning in 1964, I participated in the Sun Village Waterworks District project. In contrast to the prejudice averred in your article, we in the L.A. County engineer's department worked hard to provide the remote desert enclave with municipal water. I was responsible for engineering Jackie Robinson Park. Ever since junior high, Robinson had been a hero of mine, as when he tore up the gridiron for UCLA. I followed him religiously when he broke Major League Baseball's color line.
June 23, 2012 | Bloomberg News
Shares of First Solar soared after the biggest maker of thin-film solar panels got permission to continue construction on a $1.36-billion power project in Los Angeles County. Shares of First Solar Inc. soared after the biggest maker of thin-film solar panels received permission to continue construction on a $1.36-billion power project in Los Angeles County. First Solar had the biggest increase among the companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 index Friday, rising 9.2% to $15.88.
May 29, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Life is shorter for African Americans in the High Desert. Antelope Valley residents of all races face higher mortality rates than in the rest of Los Angeles County, but the rates for black residents are even more pronounced. African Americans in the region die four years sooner than black residents elsewhere in the county and 10 years earlier than county residents in general, according to the most recent health statistics. As the number of African Americans living in cities like Palmdale and Lancaster continues to grow, county officials acknowledge that they have yet to investigate the causes and consequences of lowered life expectancy.
March 7, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
As federal authorities probe allegations that sheriff's deputies targeted minorities for harassment, a group of Antelope Valley families and one deputy are demanding unspecified damages from Los Angeles County for alleged episodes of racially motivated abuse, including two fatal shootings. In a claim dated March 1 and filed with the county, attorney Bradley C. Gage alleged that racist deputies were responsible for several violations against minorities, including the deaths of two men, the beating of a third, the false detention of a woman and the harassment of a fellow deputy.
November 8, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
The NBA scout made his annual rounds, checking in with his sources about prospects. Among his West Coast connections, he heard a similar story: There is a 7-footer, a lean and athletic kid who plays aggressively. Runs like a deer. His ears perked. "Those guys," the scout said, "there are just not a lot of them. " The player's name: Dewayne Dedmon. And there was the twist. He wasn't at all familiar with the player whose name was now being mentioned constantly.
September 27, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Ken Ellingwood
Reporting from Mexico City - The spaces for "Name of Father" are blank. But the L.A. County birth certificates list the mother, who happens to be the young wife of a highly sought-after drug lord, Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman. Emma Coronel traveled to Southern California in mid-July and gave birth Aug. 15 to twin girls at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, according to birth records and a senior U.S. law enforcement official. Turns out Coronel, a 22-year-old former beauty queen, holds U.S. citizenship, which entitles her to travel freely to the United States.
September 7, 2011 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
If you're looking to hire a nurse, solar panel installer or pastry chef, the University of Antelope Valley has a deal for you. The for-profit school, based in a former motel in Lancaster, will pay employers up to $2,000 for each graduate they hire. But there are lots of conditions, including that the offer is good only this month and the graduate must be hired in the field in which he or she studied. In other words, if you hire one of their massage therapy graduates to be a store clerk, you don't get the money.
August 20, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi and Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
A top official with the U.S. Department of Justice vowed Friday "to peel the onion to its core" regarding allegations that Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in the Antelope Valley have harassed minority residents of government-subsidized housing. Assistant Atty. Gen. Thomas E. Perez said investigators would parse Sheriff's Department records and arrest data to determine if deputies were "used" in an alleged effort to drive out black and Latino residents of historically white Palmdale and Lancaster.
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