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Couple who Outed Planned Parenthood, Cleared of Illegally Buying Body Parts

Charges were dismissed for both defendants in the Planned Parenthood surreptitious video incident. Both Sandra "Susan" Merritt and David Daleiden had been charged by the state of Texas with...

Four men convicted of Long Beach murder four years later

​Nearly four years following his brutal death, some measure of justice has been found for murdered Hector Jauregui Campos, 24. On September 7, 2012, Campos was shot twice, beaten, strangled, and...

Paternity Test Proves That Prince Rogers Nelson Left a Son.

Independent genetic testing at a Santa Monica lab, has verified that an unidentified man in his 30s whose mother allegedly had several liaisons with Prince in the 1980s, has DNA showing Prince has a...

Sand Fire has Burned 38,000 Acres, is 40% contained

The Sand Fire north of Santa Clarita has burned 38,500 acres as of Wednesday Morning. But the fire is 40% contained, and firefighters believe they will have a handle on the fire by Friday, a week...

Decorated Navy Seal Krah, Remains in Jail for Santa Monica Murder

Decorated Navy Seal Theo Krah was watching a paddleboard tournament on Santa Monica beach one Saturday afternoon. Suddenly, he noticed a middle-aged man snapping pictures of underage girls on the...

City of Santa Monica Votes to Close the Airport. Good luck with that

It's not really their decision to make, since the Federal Aviation Administration has a permanent easement on 92% of the land. Nevertheless, the Santa Monica City Council approved a motion Tuesday...

"Cowboy Bandits" Convicted, Face Up To 107 Years Behind Bars

Two Los Angeles men were convicted Tuesday of carrying out a string of mostly small-scale robberies across Los Angeles in 2013. Dominic Dorsey, 48, of Hollywood, and Reginald Bailey, 71, of Jefferson ...

34 Year Old Victorville Woman Sentenced for Scamming 78 Year Old Man

A conviction was obtained for a Victorville woman who swindled $200,000 from an elderly man in 2013. Shirley Chrissy Urick, 34, met the victim, a 78-year-old man, in a grocery store parking lot in...

Santa Monica is all Wet, Even in a Drought

It was another day in the Soviet Socialist Republic of Santa Monica. Another day for the city to steal money from its citizens and another way to control their lives. "Drop everything! A Forum on...

Heal The Bay Calls Los Angeles River Water Quality "Troubling"

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 27, 2016) –- Popular recreation spots along the Los Angeles River suffer from very poor water quality, according to a technical report issued today by the environmental...

Lonesome Struggles of the Nail Artist (You Are Not Alone)

1. The seesaw manicure: when you're painting a friend's nails and she has higher standards or sharper eyesight than you. So you let a tiny bit of color splat on the finger by accident, and she makes...

Real Housewives of OC attend Event At Fashion Island branch of Grayse

Over a hundred lucky guests got to see a stunning fashion show at the elegant Fashion Island branch of Grayse. Former Housewife of Orange County Gretchen Christine Rossi has designed a new stylish...

"A View of the World From the Santa Monica Pier" is a Local Tribute to Famous Cover

Sabine Rose wrote painted our cover art this week, "View of the World from the Santa Monica Pier," which is available free on newsstands throughout Santa Monica now. In it, a girl plays Pokemon Go on ...

"Word of Mouth," an Autobiographical Cookbook by Chef Grant McPherson

Chef Grant MacPherson, has cooked for heads of state and celebrities such as Margaret Thatcher, George H. W. Bush, Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, Morgan Freeman, and Julia Roberts. MacPherson has...

Two Interim Superintendents Continue to Collect Salaries During Search for new SMMUSD Chief

Editor's Note: No one knows why, but both Samohi Principal Eva Mayoral and SMMUSD Superintendent Sandra Lyons mysteriously, suddenly quit in June. Mayoral indicated she had to take care of her sick,...

The Walking Dead Meets World of Warcraft: Come Over To The Darkside of Comic Con

If you think Star wars is the only fantasy franchise with a dark side think again. Having just returned from an exhausting five days at the con I was exposed to several, little talked about, quirks...

Inventor of Invisiplug Threatens to Plug a man with a Firearm

A "Shark Tank" winner has been charged for threatening a man with a firearm. Michael Philip Barzman, 38, who convinced the judges on the TV show to fund his "Invisiplug" surge protector, pled not...

You Can't Fool Miss Cleo - Psychic Readers Network Pitchwoman Dead at 53

Youree Dell Harris died Tuesday of cancer, surrounded by family and friends in Palm Beach, Florida, according to family attorney William J. Cone. "She remained a pillar of strength throughout. She...

She Sang the High Notes for Audrey Hepburn, Deborah Kerr and Marilyn Monroe

Classically trained singer Marni Nixon has died at age 86. The singer's voice appeared, usually uncredited, in some of the biggest movie musicals of her era. She sang for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair...

Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke Runs for US Senate

It sounds like satire, but it's not. David Duke, former KKK Grand Wizard, founder of the National Association for the Advancement of White People, and Holocaust Denier, sees the GOP nomination of...

Umm, were those Russian Naval Ships behind Hillary Clinton Tonight?

Hillary Rodham Clinton took to the stage tonight after her daughter, Chelsea, the first ever female nominee of a major American political party. Surely an historic occasion. But an unusually careful ...

Wikileaked Emails from Democratic National Party, Raise the Ire of Atheist Movement

Atheism is, in its broadest sense, the absence of a belief in the existence of deities. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheism. This weekend, Wikileaks released e mails suggesting some at the top of...

Bernie Sanders Knocks the Convention Dead with speech attacking the 1%

Senator Bernie Sanders walked out to address the convention looking like the Democratic nominee. The music playing was "We've all come to look for America" by Paul Simon. We all know the story....

NEWS

"Cowboy Bandits" Convicted, Face Up To 107 Years Behind Bars

Two Los Angeles men were convicted Tuesday of carrying out a string of mostly small-scale robberies across Los Angeles in 2013. Dominic Dorsey, 48, of Hollywood, and Reginald Bailey, 71, of Jefferson...

NEWS

34 Year Old Victorville Woman Sentenced for Scamming 78 Year Old Man

A conviction was obtained for a Victorville woman who swindled $200,000 from an elderly man in 2013. Shirley Chrissy Urick, 34, met the victim, a 78-year-old man, in a grocery store parking lot in...

POLITICS

Bernie Sanders Knocks the Convention Dead with speech attacking the 1%

Senator Bernie Sanders walked out to address the convention looking like the Democratic nominee. The music playing was "We've all come to look for America" by Paul Simon. We all know the story....

NEWS

Decorated Navy Seal Krah, Remains in Jail for Santa Monica Murder

Decorated Navy Seal Theo Krah was watching a paddleboard tournament on Santa Monica beach one Saturday afternoon. Suddenly, he noticed a middle-aged man snapping pictures of underage girls on the...

POLITICS

Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke Runs for US Senate

It sounds like satire, but it's not. David Duke, former KKK Grand Wizard, founder of the National Association for the Advancement of White People, and Holocaust Denier, sees the GOP nomination of...

NEWS

Four men convicted of Long Beach murder four years later

​Nearly four years following his brutal death, some measure of justice has been found for murdered Hector Jauregui Campos, 24. On September 7, 2012, Campos was shot twice, beaten, strangled, and...

PEOPLE

Inventor of Invisiplug Threatens to Plug a man with a Firearm

A "Shark Tank" winner has been charged for threatening a man with a firearm. Michael Philip Barzman, 38, who convinced the judges on the TV show to fund his "Invisiplug" surge protector, pled not...

LIFESTYLE

Real Housewives of OC attend Event At Fashion Island branch of Grayse

Over a hundred lucky guests got to see a stunning fashion show at the elegant Fashion Island branch of Grayse. Former Housewife of Orange County Gretchen Christine Rossi has designed a new stylish...

NEWS

Sand Fire has Burned 38,000 Acres, is 40% contained

The Sand Fire north of Santa Clarita has burned 38,500 acres as of Wednesday Morning. But the fire is 40% contained, and firefighters believe they will have a handle on the fire by Friday, a week...

OPINION

Santa Monica is all Wet, Even in a Drought

It was another day in the Soviet Socialist Republic of Santa Monica. Another day for the city to steal money from its citizens and another way to control their lives. "Drop everything! A Forum on...

OBITUARIES

She Sang the High Notes for Audrey Hepburn, Deborah Kerr and Marilyn Monroe

Classically trained singer Marni Nixon has died at age 86. The singer's voice appeared, usually uncredited, in some of the biggest movie musicals of her era. She sang for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair...

SCHOOLS

Two Interim Superintendents Continue to Collect Salaries During Search for new SMMUSD Chief

Editor's Note: No one knows why, but both Samohi Principal Eva Mayoral and SMMUSD Superintendent Sandra Lyons mysteriously, suddenly quit in June. Mayoral indicated she had to take care of her sick,...

POLITICS

Umm, were those Russian Naval Ships behind Hillary Clinton Tonight?

Hillary Rodham Clinton took to the stage tonight after her daughter, Chelsea, the first ever female nominee of a major American political party. Surely an historic occasion. But an unusually careful...

POLITICS

Wikileaked Emails from Democratic National Party, Raise the Ire of Atheist Movement

Atheism is, in its broadest sense, the absence of a belief in the existence of deities. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheism. This weekend, Wikileaks released e mails suggesting some at the top of...