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Unoccupied Panga Boat Found Beached Near Malibu Pier, Apparently Abandoned by Mexican Smugglers

An empty panga boat washed ashore near the Malibu Pier area Monday morning, triggering an investigation by local and federal authorities. The boat was discovered about 8:45 a.m. near the 23200 block...

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Santa Monica Cancels 4th of July, Citing "Lingering Safety Concerns" over Crowds and Covid

In a typical year, Santa Monica has an Independence day celebration at Santa Monica College. It's held the Friday before the holiday, a result of local disgust with a number of murders on July 4th...

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CA Appeals Court Says Jails Have to Release the Mentally Ill; Two More Cities About to Vote No-Confidence in Gascon; Court Sanctions Attorney for Accusing the Same Court of Corruption; Reckless Offenses are Not Violent Felony says SCOTUS; and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Tentative ruling stops LA County's most ambitious justice reform measure A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has published a tentative ruling that it appears will stop the...

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Baffling Decision: Mailboxes Disappear From Sidewalks In Front of Santa Monica Post Offices

Before you take a walk to the mailbox, you should know that it's not there. And former US President Donald J. Trump had nothing to do with it. Local residents woke up Saturday morning to find...

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Rebel with a Cause: Parents, Alums in Last Minute Fight to Save Historic History Building at Santa Monica High School

James Dean walked down the hallways of the History Building at Santa Monica High School in Rebel Without a Cause. Protestors at SamoHi last Saturday tried a last minute effort to save the building....

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California Institute for Women: Female Prisoner Makes Money Doing Fully Nude Massages

A girls got to eat. There's a woman on the yard here at CIW making money doing fully nude massages for other women. And for transgender men. No joke. On top of that, she's also a lesbian herself. As...

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Video: Giant Dragon Consumes Pedestrian Alive in Palisades Park, Santa Monica

A pedestrian in Palisades Park recently recorded video of a dragon consuming a giant June Beetle. The video has been posted to YouTube and has gone viral. Ok, fine, it was really a Western Fence...

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When a Spouse Passes Away, Should You Claim the Spouse's Benefit or the Survivor Benefit and Difference?

Dear Rusty: When my father passed away and we went to update my mother's Social Security benefits, a question arose that I was confused by. We were asked "Do you want to claim just your father's...

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Santa Monica High Schooler Win Spot at GRAMMY Camp

A high school student from Santa Monica has been selected to participate in the 17th annual GRAMMY Camp program., operated by the GRAMMY Museum. Jaq Adelman will be among 81 talented high school...

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City Council Tweaks, Approves SM Housing Element Update

The Santa Monica City Council this week reviewed and provided input to the draft Housing Element update, which "prioritizes 100% affordable housing in city-owned land" and "addresses historic...

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Eye-popping List of Crimes Listed as "Nonviolent" That Can Get You Out on Zero Bail in Los Angeles County

Since the Special Directives of the District Attorney were announced in his first moment in office, they have been the topic of discussion in the public and in the press. But some significant...

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