Chris Wood A superb late strike from Chris Wood gave Leeds victory at Derby to record their first win of the season.Wood’s 88th minute goal settled an absorbing contest that had seen Tom Adeyemi head Leeds in front only for Chris Martin to equalise with his 50th goal for Derby.It also completed another memorable visit to the iPro Stadium for head coach Uwe Rosler who had won on his previous two visits with Wigan.History might have been against Leeds but they started confidently and Wood fired just over from the edge of the box after a four-man passing move.Martin headed a free kick wide after Richard Keogh, with his forehead bandaged, halted a strong run from Wood and Leeds twice went close with Lewis Cook volleying wide from an angle before Wood just failed to connect with a pass from Liam Cooper.But the visitors got the goal they deserved in the 43rd minute when a short corner was lifted in by Alex Mowatt and Adeymi headed past Scott Carson from eight yards.Derby had hit back in their previous four Championship games and they were level in the 48th minute when George Thorne played Martin in and the striker turned on the edge of the area to send a left-footed shot past Marco Silvestri.But Wood more than made amends two minutes from time when he turned on the edge of the area to send a right foot shot flashing past Carson to seal Leeds’s first win of the campaign. 1
COURT: The man was sentenced to six years for the crash that killed Robert Clark and his son. By Angela Ayers-Allen CITY NEWS SERVICE The 25-year-old man responsible for the drunken-driving crash that killed film director Robert Clark and his son was sentenced to six years in prison Friday, but not before he begged his victims’ relatives for forgiveness. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Hector Manuel Velazquez-Nava said it was “simply an accident” when he lost control of his GMC Yukon on April 4 while driving on Pacific Coast Highway and slammed into the Clarks’ 1997 Infiniti Q30. “I want to ask for forgiveness to the families of the persons who died in this accident,” Velazquez-Nava said through a Spanish interpreter. “I feel very sad about what happened. It was never my intention to harm anyone. It was simply an accident.” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Hector M. Guzman said Velazquez-Nava chose to disregard “constant” public warnings about drinking and driving when he got behind the wheel that night. “Mr. Velazquez-Nava had been drinking to the point his blood alcohol level was .24, so it’s not simply an accident,” Guzman said prior to sentencing. At .24, Velazquez-Nava’s blood-alcohol level at the time of the accident was three times the legal limit of .08. Velazquez-Nava pleaded no contest to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in the death of Clark, 67, of Pacific Palisades, and his son, Ariel Hanrath-Clark, 22, of Santa Monica. Clark directed numerous movies, including the holiday season standard “A Christmas Story” in 1983 and “Loose Cannons” in 1990. He also directed, wrote and produced the teen cult films “Porky’s” and “Porky’s II: The Next Day.” His son studied music at Santa Monica College. When the sentencing hearing began, Judge Katherine Mader refused to accept the plea deal, saying, “I’m not comfortable sentencing to the agreed-upon disposition.” Mader transferred the case back to Guzman, who accepted the plea deal in August. Guzman then sentenced Velazquez-Nava to six years in prison, per the plea deal.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I have never misused the office of the sheriff of Orange County for financial gain,” Carona said in a prepared statement. “Any fair review of the evidence can only lead to that conclusion. “And I am offended that similar accusations have been made about my wife, which are also patently false,” he said. His wife said in a separate statement that the indictment had no merit and “the government’s strategy of using me as leverage against my husband will not succeed.” Hoffman does not have an attorney yet, Mrozek said. A call to her law office after business hours was not immediately returned. Two former assistant sheriffs, Donald Haidl and George Jaramillo, previously pleaded guilty to related charges as part of a deal with prosecutors. Jaramillo, who is currently serving a 12-month term on state charges, cooperated with federal investigators to bring the case against Carona, his attorney said. SANTA ANA – Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, once a rising star in California politics, was indicted on federal corruption charges after he and others allegedly accepted $350,000 in gifts and cash in exchange for political favors. A sweeping indictment unsealed Tuesday charges Carona with seven counts, including conspiracy, mail fraud and witness tampering. Also charged were Carona’s wife of 27 years, Deborah, and attorney Debra Victoria Hoffman, identified in court papers as his “longtime mistress.” Carona was expected to surrender to authorities today at the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, said U.S. attorney spokesman Thom Mrozek. Carona rejected the allegations and said he would not step down as the case moved forward. All five allegedly conspired to get Carona elected in 1998 so he could then use his position to enrich himself and his cohorts. Together, Carona and other conspirators are accused of accepting more than $350,000 in cash, gifts, loans and other compensation, authorities said. The indictment is a serious blow to Carona, elected top cop eight years ago in this sprawling county of more than 3 million people located between Los Angeles and San Diego. He gained national attention during an investigation into the 2002 kidnapping and murder of 5-year-old Samantha Runnion. CNN’s Larry King called him “America’s Sheriff,” a nickname that appears on Carona’s official biography.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WASHINGTON – President Bush sought to save Michael Mukasey’s troubled nomination for attorney general Thursday, defending the retired judge’s refusal to say whether he considers waterboarding torture and warning of a leaderless Justice Department if Democrats don’t confirm him. “If the Senate Judiciary Committee were to block Judge Mukasey on these grounds, they would set a new standard for confirmation that could not be met by any responsible nominee for attorney general,” Bush said in a speech at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. “That would guarantee that America would have no attorney general during this time of war,” the president said. Nonetheless, opposition continued to grow. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., became the fourth of 10 Democrats on the 19-member Judiciary Committee to declare he will vote against Mukasey when the panel decides Tuesday whether to endorse or reject his nomination. The comments raised questions about whether Bush would nominate anyone else to succeed Alberto Gonzales as the nation’s top law enforcer. Bush could bypass Congress by filling the job with someone serving in an acting capacity or appointing someone while lawmakers are in recess to serve out the last 14 months of his administration. Asked if Bush was saying he would not nominate anyone if Mukasey is rejected, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said: “We don’t believe it would come to that. No nominee could meet the test they’ve presented.” There is a way for Mukasey to get a full Senate vote even if committee Democrats are united in opposing him. The Senate Judiciary Committee could agree to advance the nomination with “no recommendation,” allowing Mukasey the chance to be confirmed by a majority of the 100-member Senate. Several vote-counters in each party said Mukasey probably would get 70 “yes” votes. Despite that prospect, opposition to Mukasey was growing among Senate Democrats. Most cited his refusal to say whether waterboarding is torture and thus illegal under U.S. and international law. In a letter to Senate Democrats this week, Mukasey said waterboarding is “repugnant to me” but added he wanted to review legal and other issues surrounding it before saying whether it is torture. Democratic Sens. Joe Biden of Delaware, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Dick Durbin of Illinois said this week they will vote “no” in committee. Assuming all nine of the panel’s Republicans vote for Mukasey, only one Democrat would have to side with the president for the nomination to move to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation. So far, the committee’s other Democrats have declined to announce their positions. That includes Mukasey’s chief Democratic sponsor, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters he could not guarantee a full Senate vote if the nomination fails in committee. “I really believe in the committee process,” said Reid, who has not said how he would vote. “If I’m asked by members of the committee to stay out of the fray, I am willing to do that.” Two Republicans troubled by Mukasey’s initial answers said they would vote for him in the full Senate. But in a letter to Mukasey, GOP Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina urged the nominee never to let waterboarding be used if he were to become attorney general. Still, signs abounded that Mukasey’s nomination was in trouble. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who is not on the Judiciary Committee, declared his opposition. In the Oval Office, Bush complained about the delay and said it was unfair to ask Mukasey about interrogation techniques about which he has not been briefed. “He doesn’t know whether we use that technique or not,” the president said during the session. Bush said, “It doesn’t make any sense to tell an enemy what we’re doing.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Kennedy said Mukasey’s unwillingness to say that waterboarding, an interrogation technique that simulates drowning, is torture increases the chances that it will be used against U.S. troops. “Judge Mukasey appears to be a careful, conscientious and intelligent lawyer and he has served our country honorably for many years,” Kennedy said in a Senate speech announcing his opposition. “But those qualities are not enough for this critical position at this critical time.” Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., planned to announce today in his state how he will vote next week. Bush framed Mukasey’s nomination with the familiar theme of national security and the attorney general’s role in it. “It’s important for Congress to pass laws and/or confirm nominees that will enable this government to more effectively defend the country and pursue terrorists and radicals that would like to do us harm,” the president said earlier Thursday during a rare Oval Office session with reporters.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “I support the expansion, but the hospital needs to be a good neighbor and expand responsibly,” said Councilman Richard Alarc n, who represents Mission Hills and is fighting the expansion without an EIR. “Just because it’s a health care organization doesn’t mean (the expansion) is being done the right way.” Hospital Administrator Kerry Carmody said he has worked with community groups to address their concerns, so an EIR will just delay the project and boost the price tag by $40 million. “On a daily basis I speak to families whose loved one is waiting for a bed. I deal with physicians who need to get patients into beds. It’s extremely frustrating,” Carmody said. “The delay would serve no useful purpose to the health care of the community. None.” It’s a project everybody says they support, but the proposed expansion of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills has divided neighbors, labor unions and city leaders. This week the City Council will consider the expansion, which would add a 101-bed wing, a larger maternity ward and a new intensive-care unit for newborns. Providence has the support of the Mission Hills Neighborhood Council, county health officials and business groups, who say the region needs more hospital beds now. But community activists, rallied by union organizers in a battle with the hospital’s parent company, are lobbying to block construction until Providence completes a lengthy environmental impact report analyzing traffic and parking. While city leaders consider the Holy Cross expansion, the Board of Supervisors and health services director have already endorsed the plan because it would replace some of the 359 hospital beds lost in recent years when Granada Hills Hospital and the Northridge Hospital-Sherman Way campus closed. The Planning Commission approved the project this summer based on a limited environmental study, not a full EIR. But Community Advocates for Responsible Expansion at Providence Holy Cross appealed that decision to the City Council. Generally on land-use cases, the City Council votes with the council member who represents the district where the project is located. But Providence Holy Cross is a regional hospital, and some council members have said they don’t like delaying the expansion when there is a shortage of hospital beds in the San Fernando Valley. “I do not understand their desperate need to do an EIR when this has had a (study) already,” said Councilman Greig Smith, adding that he’s not convinced the extra 101 hospital beds will generate much traffic. “This whole argument began over a union issue. It’s not a health-care issue, it’s not a traffic issue. It’s a union issue and I have a real problem putting people’s lives aside over a union.” Indeed, CARE was organized by the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers and the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, which is a community organizing group affiliated with labor. Providence Holy Cross employees voted against joining the union three years ago, but the SEIU has a campaign to put pressure on the parent company and appealed Providence’s plans to expand a hospital in Everett, Wash., earlier this year. The SEIU has spent $38,000 lobbying the council to deny the Holy Cross expansion without an EIR, according to Ethics Commission filings. Maria Loya, with the L.A. Alliance for a New Economy, said her group would be interested in the hospital expansion even if Holy Cross employees were unionized. “(Providence) keeps bringing up that this is merely a labor issue,” Loya said. “When we saw the scale of the development we felt there needed to be review and community benefits.” CARE has argued that other hospital expansions and large projects have had to complete EIRs, which offer greater scrutiny and require the developer fix any problems created by the project. Wayde Hunter with the Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council said he welcomes the union’s help to get the street widened and ensure sufficient parking, so cars don’t spill into the neighborhood. “Are we not allowed to have help?” he asked. “If Providence had worked with the community they could be building the hospital right now because everybody wants the expansion. We’re just saying do it right.” While neighborhood councils in Granada Hills, Sylmar, Pacoima and Sunland-Tujunga have all opposed the expansion without an EIR, the Mission Hills Neighborhood Council supports the project as is. “The hospital has addressed every concern we brought them, from low-sulfur emissions in fuel to dust to parking,” said David Crawford, chairman of the Mission Hills Neighborhood Council. “For another council to get involved on issues of parking, I don’t know how that would affect them.” The fight over the hospital expansion has hit the airwaves and newspaper pages in recent weeks. CARE estimates Providence has spent more than $400,000 on advertisements in English and Spanish that ask residents to call Alarc n and ask that he support the expansion. The hospital has also spent $90,000 for two firms to lobby city officials on the project, according to the Ethics Commission. And the hospital has lined up its own union support. The Police Protective League endorsed the expansion. The Building Trades Council, the labor union representing construction workers, also took out advertisements praising Providence for hiring union construction firms. “We just had to get out there. We wanted to talk about our quality and how urgently this expansion is needed,” Carmody said. The ads have only infuriated Alarc n, who said he received calls from people asking why he opposed the hospital expansion. He predicted those tactics would backfire. “My colleagues (on the council) are hyper-sensitive to how issues of development are being promoted,” he said. “They do not like those kinds of lobbying practices.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Letterkenny Chamber is asking the business community and the voting public to insist that infrastructure and access is the top priority for all incoming public representatives. Letterkenny and the North West has many needs but none more so than basic access to the region.There are a very wide range of candidates and each has their own top priorities. Over the last few weeks we have seen Ministerial visits and on every occasion we have asked that they prioritise access to Letterkenny.Sometimes we feel this is falling on deaf ears however we believe that the newly elected members of Donegal County Council must place access as their top priority and must bring pressure to bear on central government to enable this County and town get the roads that its business community needs.Letterkenny Chamber President Gerard Grant explains why this is such an important issue, he told Donegal Daily, “Back in 2008 we were promised that we would be driving on the A5/N2 in 2015 by the Transport Minister.“We are now in 2014 and the A5/N2 is still in public consultation. “The road link to Dublin is the main arterial route for many of our businesses in dealing with customers, suppliers and for transporting goods to and from the region.“It is used when executives from the US Headquartered companies come on regular visits to Letterkenny and it is the first transport link experienced by prospective investors and it is simply not fit for purpose and borderline embarrassing, he added.Grant points to the motorways being built connecting the main cities in the south to Dublin, but Letterkenny and Derry remain cut off.Secondly he points out that the Government is projected to spend almost €370m linking up two sides of the Luas in a city already served by bus, light rail and tram which is scheduled to be finished in 2017.Grant concluded, “The investment and infrastructure deficit in the Northwest needs to be addressed once and for all if economic recovery is to be a reality for every region in the country. “As the new enhanced council forms in June we believe they have a strategic role in the development of this region and they will need bring their influence to bear on this issue.“Letterkenny Chamber takes every opportunity to lobby government and TDs on the serious infrastructure deficiencies that are affecting the North West.“Potential County Councillors hoping to represent this region must do all they can to support us.LETTERKENNY CHAMBER CALLS FOR CANDIDATES TO MAKE INFRASTRUCTURE THEIR NO.1 PRIORITY was last modified: May 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessElection CandidatesLetterkenny ChamberLocal electionsnewsPolitics
6. Leicester: 71 points from 35 games in all competitions – In the Premier League Leicester have 63 points from 30 games. The Foxes are remarkably and brilliantly on course to win the title, and their relative lack of cup action hasn’t hurt that fact. 20 2. Tottenham: 82 points from 44 games in all competitions – In the Premier League Tottenham have 58 points from 30 games. The Lilywhites are Leicester’s closest challengers in the top flight, but have played nine more cup ties than the Foxes, even before they host Dortmund in a Europa League last 16 second leg. 20 20 20 20 13. Watford: 49 points from 34 games in all competitions – In the Premier League Watford have 37 points from 29 games. The Hornets have reached the FA Cup semi-finals. 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 Leicester City are flying high, five points clear in the Premier League and hot favourites to take the title.The Foxes have eight games remaining this season, all of them in the league, having been knocked out of the domestic cups early.Meanwhile, their title rivals Tottenham have already faced nine Europa League matches, with at least one more to come against the might of Borussia Dortmund.Leicester have played 35 matches in all competitions to date, compared to Tottenham’s tally of 44, while Liverpool have featured in 47 games.All of which got us thinking, if three points for a win (and one for a draw) were awarded for all games, how would the Premier League’s clubs rank?Take a look at the slideshow above to find out.*All statistics correct up to and including 14 March 2016. For cup matches that went to penalties, the result is taken from the end of extra-time, not after spot-kicks. 20 12. Crystal Palace: 51 points from 36 games in all competitions – In the Premier League Palace have 33 points from 29 games. The Eagles will face Watford in the FA Cup semis. 20 4. Liverpool: 77 points from 47 games in all competitions (goal difference +19) – In the Premier League Liverpool have 44 points from 28 games. No Premier League club has played more games than the Reds so far this season. 20 20 8. Chelsea: 66 points from 43 games in all competitions – In the Premier League Chelsea have 40 points from 29 games. The Blues have played 14 ties in domestic cup competitions and the Champions League, but have been knocked out of each cup. 9. Everton: 63 points from 38 games in all competitions – In the Premier League Everton have 38 points from 28 games. The Toffees reached the League Cup semi-finals and will contest an FA Cup semi, too. 20 20 20. Aston Villa have played 36 games in all competitions – if three points for a win were awarded for EVERY game* they have played in all comps, the Villans would have 26 points, placing them 20th in our all comps ranking – to find out where your club ranks, click the arrow above, right – In the Premier League Villa have 16 points from 30 games, and in cup competitions they have won three matches this season, drawing one, from six contested. Awarding three points for a win, that would give Villa 26 points from 36 games – the worst all competitions record of all Premier League clubs this season, but putting them much closer to the 19th placed team than they currently are in the league. 3. Man United: 77 points from 46 games in all competitions (goal difference +27) – In the Premier League Man United have 47 points from 29 games. They could yet reach the FA Cup last four, with a replay to come against West Ham. 17. Norwich: 32 points from 34 games in all competitions – In the Premier League Norwich have 25 points from 30 games. The Canaries have also featured in four cup matches. 7. West Ham: 70 points from 41 games in all competitions – In the Premier League West Ham have 49 points from 29 games. The Hammers will replay against Man United for the right to face Everton in the FA Cup semi-finals. 1. Man City: 85 points from 45 games in all competitions – In the Premier League Man City have 51 points from 29 games. With the League Cup in the bag, City are aiming to reach the Champions League latter stages for the first time. 5. Arsenal: 74 points from 43 games in all competitions – In the Premier League Arsenal have 52 points from 29 games. The Gunners have played 14 cup ties to date, with a 15th to come away to Barcelona. 18. Sunderland: 28 points from 32 games in all competitions – In the Premier League Sunderland have 25 points from 29 games. Like Newcastle, Sunderland have played just three cup games this season. 10. Stoke: 58 points from 38 games in all competitions – In the Premier League Stoke have 43 points from 30 games. The Potters reached the League Cup last four. 15. West Brom: 48 points from 36 games in all competitions (-10 goal difference) – In the Premier League West Brom have 39 points from 29 games. The Baggies have contested seven cup matches, winning just two. 14. Bournemouth: 48 points from 36 games in all competitions (-6 goal difference) – In the Premier League Bournemouth have 38 points from 30 games. The Cherries’ cup record includes three wins from six ties. 16. Swansea: 36 points from 33 games in all competitions – In the Premier League Swansea have 33 points from 30 games. The Swans have played just three cup matches this campaign. 11. Southampton: 57 points from 38 games in all competitions – In the Premier League Southampton have 44 points from 30 games. Saints began their season with a 3-0 Europa League win over Vitesse Arnhem on 30 July 2015. 20 19. Newcastle: 27 points from 32 games in all competitions – In the Premier League Newcastle have 24 points from 29 games. The Magpies have featured in just three cup games this season, winning just one, at home to Northampton last August.
Sam Allardyce believes the biggest challenge his side will face during the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday will be absorbing the atmosphere at St James’ Park.It has been billed as arguably the biggest game between Newcastle and Sunderland for many years and Allardyce admits it is by far the “biggest game of the weekend”.Allardyce’s first win in charge of the Black Cats came in a 3-0 victory against his former side Newcastle earlier in the season and he is confident of a repeat if his team are mentally ready for the Magpies’ crowd.“We’re in pretty good form at the moment but we can’t win a game,” Allardyce told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It’s just converting a good performance into a victory now. Games are running out and victories are the most important thing, starting Sunday – how we get it on Sunday, it doesn’t matter!“My aim is to give the players that mental toughness to go out and perform in that atmosphere.”Due to the FA Cup last weekend, West Ham missed out on playing their Premier League fixture and with the international break next week, it will mean Sunderland will only play one game in three weeks.“I didn’t want to miss a game last weekend so it [the fixture schedule] has been a real problem for us,” he added.“We already face the last week of the season with three games. It’s been a real problem because having played so many games in a short amount of time over Christmas and New Year.“Having a good game against Southampton and then not having another one for two weeks is something I have found a problem.”
USC juniors Darnell Bing, Winston Justice and Fred Matua are expected to announce this weekend they will turn pro. “That’s what I’m guessing,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “I don’t know what to tell you.” Justice and Matua are expected to announce today they are turning pro; Bing will make his announcement Sunday. Justice and Matua already hired agents, and Matua’s departure especially angered USC coaches. Cushing surgery: Linebacker Brian Cushing underwent successful shoulder surgery Friday. “It went well, I might be able to make it back for spring practice, I hope,” Cushing said. Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “It angers me,” offensive line coach Pat Ruel said. “His agents told him he’s going the first day of the draft. That’s what they told him. They are pieces of garbage.” None of the players spoke to Carroll on Friday and their departures would mean five underclassmen left USC, including tailbacks Reggie Bush and LenDale White. Sources said Matua wants to leave to take care of his sick mother. No Papadakis visit: USC recruits will not visit Papadakis Taverna restaurant in San Pedro tonight, because the compliance office is investigating whether it violates NCAA rules. “It’s on hold for now,” a member of the football program said Friday. The restaurant is owned by former USC player John Papadakis.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “Past experience has shown us that attendance starts thinning out before the 5 o’clock ending we had before,” said Baker. “With that in mind, we decided that a stand down concentrated into a few less hours, but providing all of the major services as before, would be more productive in the long run.” Legal aid, food, medical and dental care, counseling, clothing, blankets and other emergency services will be provided. “With each event, we just get more efficient and better able to accomplish what we set out to do – offer a hand up, not a handout,” said George Palermo, committee secretary and leader of the Vietnam veterans organization Point Man Antelope Valley. Morning “chow call” will be at 8 a.m. and general services will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon. The noon meal will be followed from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. by entertainment. Sack dinners will be handed out at 3:15 p.m., after retreat is sounded by the Highland High School Junior ROTC. Menus for the week at the senior life nutrition site in Palmdale have been announced. All meals include bread, margarine and coffee, tea or milk, for a suggested donation of $2. The Antelope Valley Senior Center, at 777 W. Jackman St. in Lancaster, will be closed Monday through Friday for the annual refinishing of the hardwood floor in the multipurpose room. Meals will still be available at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, and home-delivered meals will continue as usual. Monday: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Tuesday: Beef stew, corn bread, spinach, soup, garden salad, apple. Wednesday: Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, Normandy vegetables,minestrone soup, cottage cheese, cookies. Thursday: Hot turkey sandwich, juice, mashed potatoes, parsleyed carrots, tossed salad, gelatin with fruit. Friday: Macaroni and cheese with ham, corn, coleslaw, pineapple juice, pears. This column disseminates news of interest to seniors of all ages. Bettie Rencoret can be contacted at (661) 943-2998, or messages can be left at the Daily News’ Antelope Valley Bureau office, (661) 267-5742. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER -A USO-type show will be featured Saturday during a Veterans Stand Down that will help local veterans troubled by homelessness, unemployment, health issues and other problems. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Grace Chapel, 44648 15th St. W. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. for registration, followed by the flag-raising and opening ceremonies, according to Steve Baker, committee chairman. In times of war, a stand down is the term used for pulling front- line soldiers back to a safe and secure area where they can rest and recover from combat. Though aimed at veterans coping with problems, the local events are open to all veterans, and their families are welcome to attend. Similar events have been conducted regularly since 2003.