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Robbery at Beverly Hills Restaurant Believed to be the latest in a String of Robberies by Three Suspects

3/4/21: It was the latest in a string of brazen robberies. This one occurred in daylight hours in the heart of Beverly Hills. The crime occurred at Il Pastaio Restaurant on North Canon Drive. Three...

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Do not Buy or Use 18650 lithium-ion Batteries if You Got Them Sold Individually at Amazon or Walmart

March 4, 2021, Los Angeles, CA – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers not to buy or use loose 18650 lithium-ion battery cells. These cells are manufactured as...

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Inoculation Rates in Santa Monica, Brentwood Much Higher than in Poorer Communities

Santa Monica and other wealthy communities in the Westside have some of the highest Covid-19 inoculation rates in Los Angeles County even though their residents were less affected by the coronavirus,...

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Black Lives Matter Wants to Abolish the Police During a Homicide Surge in Los Angeles

During an alarming surge in the number of homicides committed in Los Angeles, with the majority of victims people of color, Black Lives Matter-LA has begun a campaign to deplatform and abolish unions...

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Santa Monica's Elementary Schools Prepare Cautiously for a Phased-In 'Reopening' of 1-2 Days of In-Person Instruction Per Week Starting March 15

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District reached an agreement with the teachers' union to 'reopen' the elementary schools with a target date of March 15. Reopening does not mean a full-on return...

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TSA Gives Tips for Travelling Safely and Efficiently During Spring Break

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has substantial efforts underway in preparation for spring break travelers, who typically travel late February through April. Those...

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Schools Are Reopened in California State Prisons

If you want your kids back in school, send them to prison! Last week, female and transgender male state prisoners here @ C.I.W. went back school to receive in-person educational instruction! No,...

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Personal Items of Dead Covid-19 Patient Taken from his ICU Room in Santa Monica

The family of a man who died from Covid-19 in a Santa Monica hospital has filed a police report stating his personal belongings were stolen from his intensive care room. "Instead of writing the...

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Arson Suspect Arrested for Setting Fire to Santa Monica Police Car, In Front of Police.

While the police were investigating a robbery near the Metro Train station, a 32 year old homeless dude jumped on top of a detectives unmarked police vehicle, poured gas on it, and set it on fire....

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The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Offers an Oasis for Those Escaping LA Lockdowns

Some people find locked down LA oppressive. If you need an escape from Gov. Newsom's latest edicts, Las Vegas is a quick 4 or 5 hour drive up the 15 freeway. But what is LV like during the lockdowns?...

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Passover Begins at Sundown on March 27, 2021 and Lasts Eight Days

Passover 2021 will begin in the evening of Saturday, March 27. This year, Easter Sunday falls on the last day of Passover; Sunday April 4, 2021. That is, for most Christians; Eastern Orthodox rites...

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Ask Amber: Got a Question about Women's Prison? Ask the Expert in all things Prison

Our correspondent currently serving a 25-year-to-life sentence at the California Institution for Women asks readers to send her their questions about anything having to do with prison. You...

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Can You Work While Collecting Early Social Security?

Dear Rusty: I will be 65 in August of this year. If I start drawing Social Security on my 65th birthday, how will my Social Security check be affected if I continue working at my full-time job, and...

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Moshe is compelled to seek out the advice from a Catholic priest, a Muslim imam and a Sikh holly man.

"Tango Shalom" is a heart- warming comedy, dance film extravaganza is being showcased in over nine established Film Festivals in the United States as one in India, the film production center of the...

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Los Angeles Continues to Work on Non-Violent Response Teams of Mental Health Workers to Replace Police

On February 23, the Los Angeles City Council heard an update on the work done to create a non-police response program to deal with nonviolent calls. The city council called for the program...

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Violent Crimes by Prisoners Against Other Prisoners

Prison is a small city, both in physical layout and in how it operates. You have ghetto areas, higher class areas, drug-addicted clusters, etc. So, its not a far stretch to see how crime would be and...

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Judge Judy Loses her Own Court Case; Drunk Driving Charge Dropped Against Bruce Springsteen; Black Lives Matter Targets Police Unions, Wanting Them Out of Organized Labor Coalition and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings U.S. Supreme Court weighs scope of police power to enter homes without a warrant U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared reluctant to give police unlimited power to...

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Home Prices: What Happened in 2020? What Will Happen This Year?

The real estate market was on fire during the second half of 2020. Buyer demand was way up, and the supply of homes available for sale hit record lows. The price of anything is determined by the...  Website

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Knowledge Is Power on the Path to Homeownership

Homeownership is on the goal list for many young adults, but sometimes it's hard to know exactly how to get there. From understanding the homebuying process to pre-approval and down payment...

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