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“A Long Overdue Recognition to An Unsung, Unseen, American Warrior!”

Leslie Jones and Lou Yeboah

Leslie Jones and Lou Yeboah

By Lou Yeboah

Mr. Leslie Jones. We could never thank you enough for your service, and your commitment to this country [Vietnam War]. Your noble qualities of service to family, community, country, and God have not gone unnoticed and live on through your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren I know.

Although, the country celebrate Veterans Day once a year; we at Westside Story Newspaper believe that one be given recognition, honor, at any given time. So with that being said, we honor you not only as a Veteran but as a Hero. Thank you!

Mr. Leslie Jones has been living in California for over 40 years. He was married to his beloved wife Ms. Helen Jones for over 35 years. He is a long time member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.

PAL Charter Academy Student Scholar-Athlete Shines at Rivals Combine

Jesse Hamilton

Jesse Hamilton

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Jesse Hamilton, a student at Provisional Accelerated Learning (PAL) Charter Academy in San Bernardino, turned heads as he competed in the Rivals combine this weekend.

The combine was a two-day event hosted in Los Angeles. Athletes from all over Southern California and across the country came to compete for an opportunity at a football scholarship. The top athletes were asked to come back for a second day competition which consisted of additional tryouts, which measured their speed and versatility in a multitude of skill drills. Hamilton was among the top athletes who got the second day call back. He had the best shuttle time out of 2,000 athletes.

Jesse is an 11th grader at PAL Charter Academy and a student ambassador. He also plays basketball and has led his team to the second round of Inland Empire Athletic League (IEAL) playoffs. PAL Academy High School doesn’t have a football team as of yet; however, Dwaine Radden Sr., CEO of the school said, “We are applying to California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) for small schools this year, and it looks favorable.”

Radden, is a former High school coach and is also a Minor League Hall of Fame coach of the California Raiders, a Minor league team in San Bernardino, which headed Nationally ranking for years. He is excited about bringing football to the PAL Charter Academy High school.

Compton Mayor, Aja Brown to Run For Congress

Aja Brown

Aja Brown

As Reported by TMZ

Stacey Dash is going to have some stiff competition in her run for Congress, because we’ve learned one of the most popular politicians in Southern California is about to throw her hat in the ring to oppose her.

We’ve learned Compton Mayor Aja Brown will announce on Thursday that she is running for Congress in the 44th District … which covers Compton, Watts, San Pedro and North Long Beach.

Our sources say Brown had no intention of running as late as a week ago — the day Dash announced she’s running for a seat in the House of Representatives. We’re told a number of members from the California Congressional delegation contacted Brown and urged her to run against Dash.

Brown has been an ambassador for Compton, often praising people like Kendrick Lamar who grew up in her city and went on to greatness.

A source who has interacted with Brown tells TMZ the Compton Mayor has privately groused that Dash is “running for notoriety” and has no relationship with the district.

Brown — a Democrat — is a super-popular mayor whose voice has been strong on various issues, including protecting food programs and housing initiatives.

We’re told Brown herself feels it’s by no means a shoo-in that she’ll win, because of almost unparalleled voter apathy in the district. We’re told, although she thinks the district is heavily democratic, the Republicans just get out and vote more often.