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Former rap producer finds a new calling helping others

  DOWNEY − Being raised by a single mom on the streets of Long Beach wasn’t easy for Tito Rodriguez. “I grew up on 15th street. My mom sold Nikes at the swap meet [to ...


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Coming Home: Clarence Roshell

DOWNEY –  Security is second nature to Clarence Roshell, currently employed as the Assistant Vice President of Operations at RMI International. Roshell’s career of serving to ...


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INTERVIEW: city council candidate Sean Ashton

DOWNEY – Sean Ashton is not a seasoned political veteran. He’s not especially politically savvy, either. But if you ask him, that may be his best qualification for Downey City ...


082814-04-01
City Council rejects live music for south Downey bar

DOWNEY – Wary of its close proximity to nearby homes, the City Council on Tuesday unanimously rejected a request by a south Downey bar and lounge to host mariachis, DJs and other forms of ...


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Norwalk family competing on Food Network show

NORWALK -- Growing up in a household dominated by females, Javier Crespo Jr. says it was only natural that his formative years were mostly spent in the kitchen, cooking authentic Mexican ...


Community

Coordinating Council meeting

DOWNEY – The Downey Coordinating Council will meet Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting starts at ...


Crime Report

Tuesday, Aug. 19 At 2:30 p.m., officers responded to the 8200 block of Firestone Blvd. regarding an attempted robbery investigation. Officers spoke with the victim who reported he was ...


Artists sought for Oct. 11 show

DOWNEY – The Downey Arts Coalition has issued a call to artists for an Oct. 11 show at the Downey Theatre. The show is titled “Lucky Number 7” and is in conjunction with a Downey ...


Features

My Brother Bert

Kay Okino was born and raised on the idyllic island of Hawai’i. In this story she shares a personal account of the tragedy wrought by one of the most destructive tsunamis ever known. Its ...


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Coming Home: Nick Velez

DOWNEY –  “The Iraq War began in 2003 and that motivated me” states Nick Velez about his reason to join the United States Marine Corps. Nick’s military interest began when at ...


Setting boundaries in property line disputes

When facing a property line dispute, take a deep breath before jumping to conclusions. Remember that you still have to live next to your neighbors, but don’t let property line ...


Obituaries

January 11, 1923 to August 17, 2014
Wilbert G. Lidtke

Wilbert G Lidtke (Bill) returned to his heavenly father on August 17, 2014. He was 91. He passed away peacefully in his Downey home of 60 years looking forward to being reunited with his ...


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Angelo D’Eramo mourned

DOWNEY – Angelo Carmine D’Eramo, 83, passed away July 18 of natural causes. He died in Downey with family at his side. Born in Los Angeles on Aug. 18, 1930, he served his country in ...


April 7, 1931 to July 17, 2014
James G. Mann

Jim Mann passed away suddenly on Thursday 7/17/14 at San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield due to a brain aneurysm. Jim was born in Van Buren, Arkansas, the only surviving son of ...


National News

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