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'The Dancing Man' Throwing First Pitch at Dodger, Padres Game


The Military Hero of the Game will be Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Smith of Tulare, an active duty member of the California National Guard for the past 25 years. Smith is assigned to the 144th Security Forces Squadron in Fresno, providing base and aircraft ...

Highlands H.S. Conduct Year-Long Fundraiser For Make-A-Wish


Tyler, a 2003 graduate of Highlands, had muscular dystrophy. He passed away in September at the age of 30. When he was 10, his wish to visit California and be part of the filming of the 30th anniversary of “Star Trek Voyager” was granted by Make-A-Wish.

Highland dancing and bagpipe championships at OC Scottish Fest this weekend


The 2015 music line-up at Scottish Fest is one of the best in festival history if not in Southern California with all the favorites like Bad Haggis, Wicked Tinkers, Neil O'Neill, Sligo Rags, Highland Way, and the Ploughboys. The musical performances span ...

Letters to the Editor policy


Mail letters to: Editor, Highland Community News, 27000 Base Line, Suite G, Highland, CA 92346 or fax: (909) 862-1787; e-mail: editor@highlandnews.net; or use the Highland Community News website, www.highlandnews.net. Letters may also be dropped off at our ...

Hillstone to Open Honor Bar in Highland Park Village


will go into the former Patrizio space across from Cafe Pacific in Highland Park Village. This will be Honor Bar’s third location. There is one in Beverly Hills and another up the freeway in Montecito, California.I checked out the menu and it looks ...

Arcadia resident may file lawsuit against city for alleged violations of California’s open meetings law


An Arcadia resident Monday gave city officials 30 days to respond to alleged violations of California’s open meetings law before he files a complaint with the District Attorney or pursues a lawsuit against the city. In the letter, Highlands resident ...

Highland area has lost 89 veterans in the last year


He served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Beale Air Force Base in California. His body was donated to science. Jerald Leon McGrew, 84, of Marine died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 at Faith Care Center in Highland. He had served in the Army.

Highland Gathering celebrates culture and competition


Bagpipe music filled the air around Victoria Park in downtown Regina this weekend. The Saskatchewan Highland Gathering and Celtic Festival took place there on Saturday and Sunday, featuring all elements of Scottish culture. Bianca McGregor, a member of the ...

Amgen bike race takes some Highland Park car owners by surprise


HIGHLAND PARK – Jane Parshall had never heard of the Amgen Tour of California, the nation’s largest bike race, until it was too late. On Sunday morning, Parshall discovered that her Volvo station wagon had been impounded because it had been parked on ...

Amgen Tour of California to Close Streets From Downtown L.A. to Pasadena


Several area streets will be temporarily closed early Sunday as the largest cycling race in America concludes its final leg, with the course extending from downtown Los Angeles through Highland Park and into Pasadena. The 724-mile Amgen Tour of California ...

E-Book “Knight in Highland Armor” Now $0.99


Top Pick by Night Owl Reviews & Amazon #1 Medieval Bestseller   Knight in Highland Armor Book One~Highland Dynasty Series GRAB YOURS NOW!! Price goes up May 29th Whispersync for Voice: Ready (…

Open This Weekend: A Spacious Modern in Los Feliz, a Restored Spanish Revival in the Franklin Hills and a​ California Bungalow​ in​ Highland Park


Sponsored Post Open House: Saturday, May 23 & Sunday, May 24 from 1 PM – 4PM 3733 Clayton Avenue | Franklin Hills A spacious modern in the Franklin Hills. Built in the mid 1960’s and featuring clean …

K.T. Burger Opens in Highland Park Village Today


Highland Park Village has decided to go in a different direction with its latest restaurant. After the departures of Patrizio's, which moved to Uptown, and Village Kitchen, which was jettisoned down t…

The Greyhound Team Opening ETA, a Neighborhood Lounge in Highland Park


It'll go into an old 1920's retail storefront. The Greyhound, which opened less than two years ago along Figueroa in Highland Park, is opening another concept just a block away called ETA. Taking ove…

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Vehicle crashes into utility pole in Highland Park, 5 injured


At least five people were hurt Wednesday evening when a vehicle crashed into a utility pole in Highland Park, city paramedics told emergency dispatchers. The … Vehicle crashes into utility pole in H…

Lost in Highland Park: Grey tailess cat


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2 Vehicles, School Bus Involved In Highland Park Crash


PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Authorities are investigating a three-vehicle accident that involved a school bus in Highland Park on Monday afternoon. One person reportedly became trapped inside an SUV involved…

Condo For Sale in Oceanfront Luxury Community in Highland Beach! Listed at $750,000


Immaculate condition! Hardly lived in! Beautiful view to the Toscana grounds, the fountain, and the beach club! 2 bedrooms + den, 2.1 baths, 2231 sq. ft. of living area, marble floors throughout main …

Driver Flees The Scene of Crash in Highland Park


HIGHLAND PARK (KDKA)- The driver of a truck fled the scene of a violent crash early Friday morning in Highland Park. It happened around 2:30 a.m. in the 7300 block of Butler Street, near the Pittsbur…




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People help people. Gods do not help people

HealthDay news image Organ transplants have saved more than two million years of life in the United States over a period of 25 years, new research shows.But fewer than half the people who needed a transplant in this period they received, according to a report in the online edition of the January 28 issue of the journalSurgery JAMA ."The critical shortage of donors continues to affect this field. Just 47.9 percent of patients on the waiting list during the 25 years of the study underwent a transplant. The need is increasing, and therefore the Organ donation should increase, "wrote Dr. Abbas Rana, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and colleagues. The researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 530,000 people receiving organ transplants between 1987 and 2012, and nearly 580,000 people who signed up for the waiting list but never received a transplant. In that period, transplants saved 2.2 million life years, with an average of just over four years saved for each person who received a transplant from a living body, the study authors noted in a news release from the journal . The number of years saved by type of organ transplant life were: kidney, 1.3 million years; liver, more than 460,000; heart, almost 270,000; lung, about 65,000: pancreas and kidney, nearly 80,000; pancreas, just under 15,000, and intestines, around 4,500. One expert noted the relevance of the findings. "This study highlights the importance of organ donation, and shows that solid organ transplants save lives. One organ donor can have an impact on up to 50 lives," said Dr. Kareem Abu-Elmagd, director of the Center for transplant at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. "The field of transplantation continues to seek ways to save more lives," said Abu-Elmagd. "For example, the program of ex vivo perfusion of organs of the Cleveland Clinic has been studying perfusion technology to better preserve organs donated." Powered by infusion, a machine pumps oxygen and nutrients to the donated enriched to prevent damage or deterioration of the body prior to transplant into a patient waiting, according to the Cleveland Clinic organ solution. Baylor researchers suggested a direct solution. "We call for greater support of transplantation and solid organ donation, valuable efforts have an impressive record of achievements and tremendous potential to do even more good for humanity in the future," concluded the authors. HealthDay, translated by HispaniCare

SOURCES: Kareem Abu-Elmagd, MD, Ph.D., director, Cleveland Clinic´s Transplant Center, Ohio; JAMA Surgery , news release, Jan. 28, 2015

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Tips to Prevent Data Theft in HIGHLAND CALIFORNIA

Today, it’s quick and easy to get a credit card approved, transfer money from one account to another, renew your driver’s license, fill a prescription from your doctor at your local pharmacy, use store loyalty cards, and purchase products online. But you pay for this convenience by providing more opportunities for your personal information to be changed, stolen, or reported inaccurately. Companies can also use the information you have shared to direct their future marketing efforts or can sell the information to other companies. To help protect your privacy, follow these tips:

  • Look for privacy statements on websites, sales materials, and forms you fill out. If a website claims to follow a set of established voluntary standards, read the standards. Don´t assume they provide the level of privacy you want.
  • Ask how your personal information will be stored and used.
  • Only provide the purchase date, model/serial numbers, and your contact information of warranty registration forms.
  • Discuss privacy with others in your home. Everyone, even children, should understand what information is not appropriate to share on the phone, while using a computer, tablet, smart phone and in other situations.

Check with your state or local consumer agency to find out whether any state laws that help protect your privacy. Some companies and industry groups have also adopted voluntary policies that address privacy concerns.

Creating Secure Passwords

The number of passwords that you need on a daily basis can be overwhelming. It is tempting to use the same password across several sites; however to get the most protection available, you should use different passwords on each site and change your passwords periodically. The goal for creating passwords is to strike a balance between being something that is easy to remember and unique. Some general tips for creating a secure password include:

  • Use a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • The longer password, the better it is.
  • Don’t use your name, birthday, license plate, favorite sports teams or other facts that are easily guessed.
  • Create a password based on a phrase. For example “A stitch in time saves nine” can be translated into the password “Ast!Ts9”. where each character represents a word in the phrase.
  • If you must use the same password on several websites, add a prefix or suffix. For example, use “Ast!Ts9:4bnk”for your bank account and “Eml: Ast!Ts9” for your email account.

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Specialty Consumer Reports

Credit reports are not the only reports that you can get for free. The same law that allows you to get a free credit report each year also allows you to get a copy of specialty consumer reports. Just like Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion collect your credit information, there are other companies that collect information about your medical, insurance, rental/tenant and alternative credit histories. Landlords, insurers and other companies buy these reports to help them decide whether or not they will offer their services to you.

Just like your credit reports, you have the right to a free annual report from each specialty consumer reporting agency. Since there is no centralized place to order these reports (like there is for credit reports), you must contact each agency individually. If you are planning to rent an apartment, ask the landlord for the name of the screening company that they use and request a copy of your report in advance. Similarly if you are getting a new insurance policy, you can contact the consumer reporting agencies that collect related information. If there is a mistake on your report, you have a right to correct it.

For a list of specialty consumer agencies, visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (PDF) or Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. If you need to file a complaint about a consumer reporting agency, contact the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or the Federal Trade Commission.

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Giving Every Young Person in HIGHLAND CALIFORNIA a Path to Reach Their Potential

Our nation’s most basic duty is to ensure that every child has the chance to fulfill his or her potential. This isn’t the responsibility of one individual or one neighborhood: it’s up to all of us to pave these paths of opportunity so that young people — regardless of where they grow up — can get ahead in life and achieve their dreams.

That’s why My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is such an important initiative. Launched by President Obama last year, MBK brings communities together to ensure that all youth — including boys and young men of color — can overcome barriers to success and improve their lives. I got to see this work up close during a recent trip to Oakland, California. I joined Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Lynette McElhaney, and other stakeholders for a conversation about efforts that are making a difference in the lives of local youth.

One of the participants was a teenager named Edwin Manzano. The son of a hard-working single parent, Edwin found encouragement and support at the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC). Thanks in part to the academic and mentoring services offered by the EOYDC, Edwin will become the first member of his family to attend college when he begins his studies this fall at San Francisco State University.

Edwin is grateful for the opportunities that EOYDC afforded him. “Everyone needs a support system,” he says. That’s true whether you are a teenager or HUD Secretary. I was lucky when I was growing up on the West Side of San Antonio. Although it was a modest community in terms of resources, it was rich with folks who took an interest in my future. I had family members, teachers — and even policymakers — who paved a path that allowed me and other young people like me to succeed.

Unfortunately, not every child is as fortunate. That’s why My Brother’s Keeper is so close to my heart. The future of every young person in America should be determined by their heart, their mind and their work ethic. It should never be determined by their zip code.

In Oakland, I talked with 17 young people who have big hopes and aspirations for the future. It’s in our nation’s interest to help them achieve their goals. And we’re committed to doing our part at HUD.

For example, we’ve introduced a Jobs-Plus pilot program that will provide public housing residents in eight cities with intensive employment training, rent incentives and community building focused on work and economic self-sufficiency.

We’re also working on a broadband initiative to ensure that students living in HUD-assisted households will benefit from the life-changing opportunities available through high-speed internet. This project will provide the access to online resources that young people need to succeed in the 21st century global economy.

On the housing front, we expect the recent expansion of our Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) initiative to aid HUD-assisted properties in raising billions of dollars in private sector investment — funding that will be used to secure our nation’s affordable housing future. And recently, our Federal Housing Administration lowered its Mortgage Insurance Premiums to make homeownership more affordable for responsible families, helping them put down roots and build wealth for the future.

But I know HUD alone won’t solve the issues facing America’s youth. These challenges require our Department to maintain longstanding, effective partnerships with other federal agencies and key stakeholders. Most importantly, President Obama understands that My Brother’s Keeper will only succeed if local leaders take his call to action into their own hands.

Folks in Oakland are stepping up to answer this call. During the Community Conversation, I spoke with leaders from Oakland’s nonprofits, philanthropic institutions, and faith-based organizations that are putting our young people on the path to success. Groups like the East Oakland Youth Development Center, the East Bay Foundation, and the Allen Temple Baptist Church are using promising and proven approaches to make a real difference in their communities.

This kind of work is happening all across the nation and will benefit generations of Americans. We’ve got to keep it going by continuing to support our young people. When they succeed, our nation grows stronger, and our future becomes brighter. And by giving everyone an opportunity to reach their goals, we can ensure that the 21st century is another American century.

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