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State Sen. Ben Allen Sponsors Bill to Transform Polling Places

Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) that he says will transform the way elections are conducted in California passed the state Assembly today on a vote of 42 - 28. "Our...

So Cal Gas closing Santa Monica Storefront After 40 Years

Southern California Gas Company has announced that they are closing their Santa Monica storefront payment location after 40 years. The location at 1300 6th Street, allowed you to pay your bill "Low...

Don't fall for the Jury Duty Scam, Warns LA Superior Court

The Los Angeles Superior Court today warned that scammers posing as sheriff's deputies may call you. The scammers will tell you that you are in contempt of court for missing jury duty. They will...

Synthetic Marijuana Creating a Health Crisis in Downtown Los Angeles

For the second time in just four days, firefighters responded to a group of overdose victims in Skid Row on Monday, August 22. Eighteen people were treated in the 400 block of E. Fifth Street in down ...

Trump Adds a Brownback Crisis to his Crazy To-Do List

Donald Trump has named Kansas Governor Sam Brownback as one of four politicians selected to serve as his Agricultural Advisory Committee, and in speeches across the country he is lauding Brownback's...

33,000 Acre Chimney Fire Burns Near Hearst Castle

The fire was first reported Saturday August 13 shortly after 4:00 p.m. Evacuations were ordered in the area of Running Deer Ranch, located on the south side of Lake Nacimiento. On Sunday afternoon,...

As Hillary opens a jar of pickles on Jimmy Kimmel live, Rudy Giuliani says she's pickled

Hillary Clinton appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night. Kimmel's name and likeness have appeared on Los Angeles are buses as a candidate for Vice President. I'm not sure how serious he ...

No Prescription: Counterfeit Pills Apparently Killed Prince Rogers Nelson (Fentanyl)

Michael Jackson's addiction to the painkiller Propofol killed him. Now, a man working the investigation of Prince's death told The Associated Press that pills found in Prince's home marked as...

Video

30 Million US Potheads Pledge to Vote for Johnson, "If I Can Find That Place Where You Vote, Man."

Yeah, well, that's just like, your opinion, man." Jeff Bridges, The Big Lebowski In the United States, 30-50 million people use cannabis daily--fully 10% of the U.S. population. ht...

Shkreli defends Mylan for Raising EpiPen Price 600%

An estimated 1 in 13 children in the United States is affected by an allergy to foods like milk, eggs, peanuts, fish and shellfish-a figure that is steadily growing, for reasons that are not clear....

National Park Service Shares Ranching History Through "Horse Tales"

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The National Park Service invites the public to tour historic Rancho Sierra Vista on Saturday, September 10 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. In addition to an optional one-mile hike,...

Speedo, Ralph Lauren end Sponsorship of Ryan Lochte

Breaking news, August 22 2016: Sports apparel manufacturer Speedo has ended its sponsorship of Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte. Lochte, 31, has now lost all four of his endorsement deals. The decision to ...

Cora wins best short film at Prague independent film festival

CORA-a short film written and directed by SMC student Kevin Maxwell-won Best Short Film at the 2016 Prague Independent Film Festival (PIFF). The winners of the first edition of the four-day...

Video

Alternative Music Videos: Mediaeval Baebes, The Piano Guys, Mbandi, Seminole Wind, CocoRosie

If you're like most people, you're sick and tired of the mainstream junk they play on the radio. You know, the dreaded intro that pounds underneath a gleeful d-j's extended blathering, and then...

Chinese Popstar Jason Zhang Invites Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto to Appear at his Concert

Star Trek Beyond cast members Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg make a surprise appearance during pop star Jason Zhang's sold-out concert with over 12,000 of his fans at the Guangzhou...

Gigi Hadid and Emily Didonato Spotted on Santa Monica Beach

They are very easy on the eyes, intelligent, on vacation, and comfortable in a bikini. And if I looked like they do, I probably would be too. Our photographer spotted Gigi Hadid and Emily Didonato on ...

Scallops Recalled after Hundreds Contract Hepatitis A From Oysters

Scallops sold to restaurants in California, Hawaii, and Nevada have been voluntarily recalled by Sea Port Products Corp after at least 206 people became sick with hepatitis A. The US Food and Drug...

Toxic Rock Crabs: Cal Dept. of Public Health Warning About Seafood

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers not to eat rock crabs caught in Half Moon Bay and bivalve shellfish or rock crabs caught in Monterey Bay, due to the detection...

Scientific American Editors Take Stand Against Trump

(August 18, 2016 as posted by SA) Donald Trump's Lack of Respect for Science Is Alarming The U.S. presidential election shows how far the political conversation has degenerated from the nation's...

Video

New Lightweight Metal Foam Destroys Bullets on Impact (video)

A composite metal foam (CMF) has been developed at North Carolina State University that is strong enough to resist bullets, disintegrating them on impact. The foam is largely composed of steel, but...

Eliminating the Mosquito is Technically Possible: Why Not Just Do It?

Thousands of species feed on the blood of various kinds of hosts, mainly vertebrates, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and even some kinds of fish. Some mosquitoes also attack...

Trump Supporter Kicked out of Rally for Having Dark Skin

Jake Anantha, an 18-year-old college student and Donald Trump supporter was enthusiastic about attending a Trump rally at the Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, last Thursday. He joined...

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What If Trump Campaign is Right, and Clinton Really Does Have Aphasia?

The Washington Post, which among American newspapers is the most unabashedly pro-Clinton and Anti Trump, says "(Trump Campaign Spokeswoman) Katrina Pierson is at it again:" "... saying Thursday on...

US Gov't Hands the Keys to the Ladies Room Door to Men

​The federal government is opening all bathrooms in national buildings managed by the Government Services Administration (GSA) to use by transgender individuals. Under the new policy released by...

How Clintons, Trumps, and Putins are all Related to Each Other, by Love, Marriage and Children.

Does it prove the Power of Love, or the Love of Power? Maybe just the stickiest, strangest, least probable people-who-know-people story of the year. Turns out the Clintons, the Trumps, and the Putins ...

3 Arrested for Looting in Blue Cut Fire Evacuation Area

San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies arrested three people Thursday for allegedly trying to steal property, including a flatbed truck, from an evacuated home in the Blue Cut Fire area. Deputies...

CRIME

3 Arrested for Looting in Blue Cut Fire Evacuation Area

San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies arrested three people Thursday for allegedly trying to steal property, including a flatbed truck, from an evacuated home in the Blue Cut Fire area. Deputies...

NEWS

30 Million US Potheads Pledge to Vote for Johnson, "If I Can Find That Place Where You Vote, Man."

Yeah, well, that's just like, your opinion, man." Jeff Bridges, The Big Lebowski In the United States, 30-50 million people use cannabis daily--fully 10% of the U.S. population. ht...

NEWS

As Hillary opens a jar of pickles on Jimmy Kimmel live, Rudy Giuliani says she's pickled

Hillary Clinton appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night. Kimmel's name and likeness have appeared on Los Angeles are buses as a candidate for Vice President. I'm not sure how serious he...

NEWS

CAL FIRE Firefighters Union Threatens to Strike Over Pay and Benefits

In the midst of the greatest outbreak of fires in California history, at least one firefighters union is threatening to strike for more pay and benefits. The reason is jealousy. Firemen make more...

NEWS

Cal State Bar staffer patronized AshleyMadison.com and is Outed

​This morning the Hews Media Group broke a story about prominent California legislators and their staff who use the Ashley Madison adultery website, some of them doing so on government time....

SCHOOLS

Cora wins best short film at Prague independent film festival

CORA-a short film written and directed by SMC student Kevin Maxwell-won Best Short Film at the 2016 Prague Independent Film Festival (PIFF). The winners of the first edition of the four-day...

NEWS

Don't fall for the Jury Duty Scam, Warns LA Superior Court

The Los Angeles Superior Court today warned that scammers posing as sheriff's deputies may call you. The scammers will tell you that you are in contempt of court for missing jury duty. They will...

SCIENCE

Eliminating the Mosquito is Technically Possible: Why Not Just Do It?

Thousands of species feed on the blood of various kinds of hosts, mainly vertebrates, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and even some kinds of fish. Some mosquitoes also attack...

NEWS

Fatal Motorcycle Accident Blocks McClure Tunnel to PCH Saturday night

Last night at the McClure tunnel right where the 10 Freeway curves onto PCH, a couple were riding a motorcycle. It was just before midnight and the moon was full. The motorcycle entered the tunnel,...

POLITICS

How Clintons, Trumps, and Putins are all Related to Each Other, by Love, Marriage and Children.

Does it prove the Power of Love, or the Love of Power? Maybe just the stickiest, strangest, least probable people-who-know-people story of the year. Turns out the Clintons, the Trumps, and the Putins...

SCIENCE

New Lightweight Metal Foam Destroys Bullets on Impact (video)

A composite metal foam (CMF) has been developed at North Carolina State University that is strong enough to resist bullets, disintegrating them on impact. The foam is largely composed of steel, but...

NEWS

No Prescription: Counterfeit Pills Apparently Killed Prince Rogers Nelson (Fentanyl)

Michael Jackson's addiction to the painkiller Propofol killed him. Now, a man working the investigation of Prince's death told The Associated Press that pills found in Prince's home marked as...

HEALTH

Scallops Recalled after Hundreds Contract Hepatitis A From Oysters

Scallops sold to restaurants in California, Hawaii, and Nevada have been voluntarily recalled by Sea Port Products Corp after at least 206 people became sick with hepatitis A. The US Food and Drug...

SCIENCE

Scientific American Editors Take Stand Against Trump

(August 18, 2016 as posted by SA) Donald Trump's Lack of Respect for Science Is Alarming The U.S. presidential election shows how far the political conversation has degenerated from the nation's...

NEWS

Shkreli defends Mylan for Raising EpiPen Price 600%

An estimated 1 in 13 children in the United States is affected by an allergy to foods like milk, eggs, peanuts, fish and shellfish-a figure that is steadily growing, for reasons that are not clear....

NEWS

So Cal Gas closing Santa Monica Storefront After 40 Years

Southern California Gas Company has announced that they are closing their Santa Monica storefront payment location after 40 years. The location at 1300 6th Street, allowed you to pay your bill "Low...

SPORTS

Speedo, Ralph Lauren end Sponsorship of Ryan Lochte

Breaking news, August 22 2016: Sports apparel manufacturer Speedo has ended its sponsorship of Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte. Lochte, 31, has now lost all four of his endorsement deals. The decision to...

NEWS

State Sen. Ben Allen Sponsors Bill to Transform Polling Places

Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) that he says will transform the way elections are conducted in California passed the state Assembly today on a vote of 42 - 28. "Our...

HEALTH

Toxic Rock Crabs: Cal Dept. of Public Health Warning About Seafood

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers not to eat rock crabs caught in Half Moon Bay and bivalve shellfish or rock crabs caught in Monterey Bay, due to the detection...

POLITICS

Trump Supporter Kicked out of Rally for Having Dark Skin

Jake Anantha, an 18-year-old college student and Donald Trump supporter was enthusiastic about attending a Trump rally at the Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, last Thursday. He joined...

POLITICS

US Gov't Hands the Keys to the Ladies Room Door to Men

​The federal government is opening all bathrooms in national buildings managed by the Government Services Administration (GSA) to use by transgender individuals. Under the new policy released by...

POLITICS

What If Trump Campaign is Right, and Clinton Really Does Have Aphasia?

The Washington Post, which among American newspapers is the most unabashedly pro-Clinton and Anti Trump, says "(Trump Campaign Spokeswoman) Katrina Pierson is at it again:" "... saying Thursday on...

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