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Kevin McKeown Responds to Allegation He, or Another Council Member, was "For Sale"

We are all pleased with the progress being made on gaining local control of the land we own at the airport. I think it's worth noting, though, as I did earlier this week in a letter to the local...

US Navy Ship Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Navy Vessel

US Officials confirmed that the USS Squall fired three warning shots at an Iranian Revolution Guard small boat only 200 yards away. Charging at a US Navy ship can only be regarded as a provocation in ...

Why Tuesday's Vote To Close SM Airport is a Huge Victory

It is my great pleasure to forward City Council actions that we demanded for over 4 years!! The "FBO policy" which authorizes the eviction of Atlantic Aviation – which accounts for 90% of jet...

Julian Assange Vows Huge Wikileaks Dump on Hillary, Just Before the Debates

He lives in exile in an embassy in London and considers himself a journalist, while the Obama administration and many Americans consider him to be a traitor. Appearing on Megyn Kelly's Fox News...

Texas Teacher Brandy Young Tells Kids She Will Not Assign Homework This Year

Brandy Young, a second-grade teacher in Godley Independent School District just outside Dallas-Fort Worth, sent home a letter to parents promising that she will not assign homework to students this...

As tornado flattens Indiana Starbucks, victory for Starbucks coffee Inc. in court

A federal judge in Los Angeles has dismissed a lawsuit saying that Starbucks to see use its customers by putting ice in their drinks instead of products. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles federal...

247 dead as 6.2 Magnitude Quake Shakes mountanous Region of Central Italy

A major earthquake struck central Italy this evening, 6.2 miles southeast of the town of Norcia. People were reported to be trapped under debris, with heavy damage. There were 3 major shakes between ...

City Council votes to close Airport Again; FAA Says Good Luck With That, Guys

For the third time the Santa Monica City Council has voted to close it's 100-year-old airport, Cloverfield. Residents living nearby hate the airport, despite the fact that there has never been a...

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...

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,...

Pres. Obama is Wasting America's Energy Windfall

Oil imports could soon be a thing of the past. That's the main takeaway from a new report from Nordic consulting firm Rystad. Researchers estimated the total recoverable oil reserves still buried...

Cheddar Cheese in Crisis: Feds to Buy 11,000,000 pounds

It's wrapped in wax, and as orange as Donald Trump's hair. If you don't specify what cheese you want to, it's going to end up on your sandwich at Subway. And there is so much of it that the...

Smuckers: Produce Non-GMO and Organic Peanut Butter and Jelly; Stop Jamming Americans Full of GMOs

Today, Green America's GMO Inside campaign launched a major push - "Smucker's: Make PB&J Great Again" - to get The J.M. Smucker Company, America's iconic producer of Smucker's jams, jellies, and Jif ...

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...

Pierce Brothers Expands Service to Santa Monica and Surrounding Communities

WESTWOOD VILLAGE, Calif., August 25, 2016 – Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary announced that it will expand its service to meet the needs of families previously served...

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...

Leslie Jones Website is Attacked by Cyberbullies; Nude Photos added

It is the age of the Cyber bully, and some would say black women are the most easy targets. Leslie Jones.com, the actresses own website, was hacked yesterday by unknown cyber trolls, who replaced her ...

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 ...

CDPH Urges Caution Related to Seasonal Blue-green Algae Blooms

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith urges recreational water users to avoid close contact with water bodies...

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....

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...

We Got Crabs: My Volunteer Experience at Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

If you're a Santa Monica resident of any age, form, or profession, consider volunteering for Heal The Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Glam color-changing cephalopods, adorable baby sharks, and...

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...

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...

HEALTH

CDPH Urges Caution Related to Seasonal Blue-green Algae Blooms

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith urges recreational water users to avoid close contact with water bodies...

LIFESTYLE

Cheddar Cheese in Crisis: Feds to Buy 11,000,000 pounds

It's wrapped in wax, and as orange as Donald Trump's hair. If you don't specify what cheese you want to, it's going to end up on your sandwich at Subway. And there is so much of it that the...

NEWS

City Council votes to close Airport Again; FAA Says Good Luck With That, Guys

For the third time the Santa Monica City Council has voted to close it's 100-year-old airport, Cloverfield. Residents living nearby hate the airport, despite the fact that there has never been a...

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

Julian Assange Vows Huge Wikileaks Dump on Hillary, Just Before the Debates

He lives in exile in an embassy in London and considers himself a journalist, while the Obama administration and many Americans consider him to be a traitor. Appearing on Megyn Kelly's Fox News...

NEWS

Kevin McKeown Responds to Allegation He, or Another Council Member, was "For Sale"

We are all pleased with the progress being made on gaining local control of the land we own at the airport. I think it's worth noting, though, as I did earlier this week in a letter to the local...

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...

BUSINESS

Pierce Brothers Expands Service to Santa Monica and Surrounding Communities

WESTWOOD VILLAGE, Calif., August 25, 2016 – Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary announced that it will expand its service to meet the needs of families previously served...

OPINION

Pres. Obama is Wasting America's Energy Windfall

Oil imports could soon be a thing of the past. That's the main takeaway from a new report from Nordic consulting firm Rystad. Researchers estimated the total recoverable oil reserves still buried...

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...

HEALTH

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....

LIFESTYLE

Smuckers: Produce Non-GMO and Organic Peanut Butter and Jelly; Stop Jamming Americans Full of GMOs

Today, Green America's GMO Inside campaign launched a major push - "Smucker's: Make PB&J Great Again" - to get The J.M. Smucker Company, America's iconic producer of Smucker's jams, jellies, and Jif...

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...

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 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...

NEWS

US Navy Ship Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Navy Vessel

US Officials confirmed that the USS Squall fired three warning shots at an Iranian Revolution Guard small boat only 200 yards away. Charging at a US Navy ship can only be regarded as a provocation in...

SCIENCE

We Got Crabs: My Volunteer Experience at Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

If you're a Santa Monica resident of any age, form, or profession, consider volunteering for Heal The Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Glam color-changing cephalopods, adorable baby sharks, and...

NEWS

Why Tuesday's Vote To Close SM Airport is a Huge Victory

It is my great pleasure to forward City Council actions that we demanded for over 4 years!! The "FBO policy" which authorizes the eviction of Atlantic Aviation – which accounts for 90% of jet...