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Articles from the November 3, 2016 edition

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OPCO Merges With Larger LAMP Homeless Services Organization

As detailed in the latest episode of Shameless, nobody wants a homeless shelter in their neighborhood. Nope, Not In My Back Yard. It is for this reason that the Ocean Park Community Organization is...

 

SamoHi 10th Grader Vanai Jelks dies in bed of Mysterious Causes 10/25

Update: 10/29: The Los Angeles County Coroner's website lists the cause of Vanai Jelks death as "deferred." The Coroner's office is conducting an autopsy and will release results. Her family members...

 

Santa Monica Police Dept. 19 Year Veteran Convicted of Petty Theft

On October 20, 2016, Eduardo Parraga - 51 years old, was arraigned at the Los Angeles County Airport Courthouse on misdemeanor petty theft charges. "He has been accused of stealing personal property...

 

Fireman: How Dare they use Public Safety to Manipulate Your Vote on Measure LV!

10/24: A short while ago, I learned that the Santa Monica Firefighters Local 1109 had given its support to the "No on LV" effort. As a 38-year veteran of the Santa Monica Fire Department and lifelong...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Health    November 3, 2016

Average Okinawan Lives 110 years. Why Do They Live So Much Longer Than The Rest of Us?

Okinawa is the largest of the Ryukyu Islands located at the southern tip of Japan. While long considered a part of Japan and sharing a virtually identical language, except for the elders many of whom...

 

NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins Returns From the Space Station

NASA astronaut and Expedition 49 crew member Kate Rubins, who became the first person to sequence DNA in space, returned to Earth Saturday after a successful mission aboard the International Space...

 

Seeking Votes for $345M Bond Measure, SMC Expands Adult Learners

Editors note: This is an official SMC press release. SMC has a controversial $345 million bond measure on the Nov. 8th ballot, and has recently admitted only 4% of its 33,000 students, are Santa Monic...

 

IKEA Looks at Mushroom-Based Packaging

The flat-pack furniture giant IKEA has announced a move to a USA-made eco-friendly mycelium packaging to replace polystyrene. "We are looking for innovative alternatives to materials, such as...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    November 3, 2016

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Shakespeare in ISC style; Sam Breen as Oberon with Jose Acain as Puck

Imagine, for that is absolutely required, what happens when a small group of unsuspecting mortals enter the realm of the fantastical forest. You will see before you a wild and exotic ride as written...

 
 By Liz Miller    Science    November 3, 2016

New Green Energy Could Change the Way We Move

Wood pulp, a common waste material, could allow homeowners and communities to create their own energy by just walking around. UW–Madison associate professor Xudong Wang, graduate student Chunhua...

 

Bacardi Installs Bat Caves!

Bacardi gives new meaning to the phrase, "to the bat cave," as a team of employees, in partnership with Lubee Bat Conservancy, erected several large bat habitats at the company's BACARDÍ® rum...

 

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