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November 30, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While the trees haven't been cut down yet, the legal ground has been cleared for the city of Lancaster to hand over premium parkland to big-box retailer Costco. Officials say they had to give up about 4.5 shady acres of Lancaster City Park's 71 acres to keep the city's largest sales-tax generator from fleeing to neighboring Palmdale. Costco will now move next to the park from a less central site in west Lancaster.
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November 23, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Two train workers were treated for minor injuries at a Lancaster hospital after the freight train in which they were riding jumped the tracks Wednesday night three miles south of Mojave. Four locomotives and 24 cars on the Union Pacific freight train jumped the tracks, causing the lead locomotive to overturn, said Capt. Doug Johnston of the Kern County Fire Department.
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November 20, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Law enforcement officials are searching for a man who left a package covered with threatening messages at a post office Monday, causing a seven-hour evacuation of the building on 20th Street West. The shoebox-sized parcel was left at 4:30 a.m. in a 24-hour lobby. On the package were drawings of two buildings exploding and a poem that read: "Roses are red, violets are blue/soon God's wrath/will be upon you." It contained laundry detergent.
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November 6, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Lancaster probation officer was arrested Monday on suspicion of threatening, stalking and filing a false crime report against a woman he once dated, according to the district attorney's office. Gordon Wilbur Griffith Jr., 55, was booked on 10 felony and four misdemeanor counts after sheriff's deputies arrested him at his home, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.
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January 27, 2000 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An African American teenager who claimed that he was assaulted by three skinheads earlier this month admitted to authorities in Lancaster on Wednesday that he lied to avoid punishment for being in a fight with two black classmates. The 15-year-old confessed to a Los Angeles County sheriff's detective who confronted him with conflicting accounts of the attack. The boy said he had in fact gotten into a fight with two high school acquaintances and worried about damaging his braces.
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August 15, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
Two Lancaster men were wounded in unrelated shootings early Saturday, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. Both men were transported to Antelope Valley Hospital, said Sheriff's Sgt. Michael Handley. Charles Yusta, 19, was shot in the chest about 3 a.m. in the 1000 block of East Norberry Street, Handley said. Investigators were searching for the gunman, he said.
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May 4, 1999 | BOB HOWARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A ban on new apartment construction isn't a debate in the Antelope Valley--it's reality. The cities of Palmdale and Lancaster have imposed moratoriums on apartment construction in recent months, although officials in both cities say there have been relatively few units built in recent years.
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February 26, 1999 | AGNES DIGGS
Members of the Tuskegee Airmen, the famed World War II African American flying unit, will be on hand Sunday when the Lancaster City Council unveils a monument in their honor. In keeping with a tradition of recognizing the achievements of aviators, the city has placed a 6-foot brick pillar with a bronze plaque in front of the Western Hotel Museum, 357 W. Lancaster Blvd., to mark the airmen's place in history. The 4:15 p.m.
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January 25, 1999 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly 20 years ago, a small group of residents peered into the future and saw an Antelope Valley that troubled them: millions of people, widespread residential and commercial development and little apparent regard for the fragile desert. They asked city officials in 1981 to set aside land so future generations would be able to appreciate the pristine landscapes, regardless of the suburban sprawl that might surround them.
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June 26, 1998 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A reputed member of a skinhead group that terrorized African Americans in the Lancaster area was indicted for alleged civil rights violations Thursday by a federal grand jury. Eric Lance Dillard, an 18-year-old white man, was accused of taking part in the beating and stabbing of an African American youth who was set upon as he was walking along a Lancaster street on July 8, 1996.
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