South LA native Dr. Dre is Compton’s newest billionaire + New regulations for Exide Battery Plant


A sign for Compton Boulevard running through Compton. | Boo Reynolds / Flickr

A sign for Compton Boulevard running through Compton. | Boo Reynolds / Flickr


LA Times: Compton celebrates, and contemplates, its newest billionaire, Dr Dre.

SCPR: The Exide Battery Recycling Plant in Vernon has new regulations that may allow it to reopen, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. See from Intersections: Facing off against pollution in South LA neighborhoods

ApparelNews: Knitting becomes big business in Huntington Park.

LA Times: Police offer a $50,000 reward for any information or leads in two separate murders.


School Board vote on Tuesday, South L.A. pollution near LAX + new Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center

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LA Times: On Tuesday voters will choose the new school board member representing a vast swath of South L.A. The winner will replace Margueritte LaMotte.

LA Times: The California Housing Partnership Corp. has released a report calling for 500,000 additional housing units for L.A. County’s poorest residents.

Long Beach Press Telegram: Residents in South L.A. and other areas east of the Los Angeles International Airport could be inhaling hazardous levels of fine particulates that could lead to health issues such as inflammation, blocked arteries, asthma and heart conditions.

KPCC: The new Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center had its grand opening this week and will be operating by mid-June. It’s one of several new buildings and services replacing the troubled King/Drew Medical Center.

Los Angeles Wave [OPINION]: The L.A. County Office of Education could be taking steps to close the Wisdom Academy for Young Scientists.

CBSLA: The students at Maya Angelou Community High School voted to name their campus after this literary legend two years ago, and now pay tribute to her legacy.

Global Post: Dr Dre is on his way to becoming hip hop’s richest man, says Forbes. After selling Beats Electronics to Apple, his net worth is expected to shoot up from about $550 million to between $700 million and $800 million.

USC News: Students from South L.A.’s Augustus Hawkins high school visited USC for a day of math-based games led by USC mathematics professors.

Best Start L.A.: Construction of a new park is underway at Avalon and Gage in South L.A. It will measure about a third of an acre.

PR Web [Press Release]: The Special Needs Network gala raised half of its funds for Joe Patton Academy Camp, which it calls “the only free summer inclusion camp in South Los Angeles for kids with autism and related disabilities and their siblings, benefiting more than 300 local children.”

LA Weekly makes their picks for the best LA rap albums of all time

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imageSome of the most popular rap music in the world comes from South Los Angeles. LA Weekly published a list of its top 20 LA Rap albums of all times. Not surprisingly, South LA artists were prominent. Check out the top five.