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How Minneapolis Tamped Down George Floyd Riots on Day 3

It's about math. They didn't have enough police/guards to carry out a city-wide effort until today. All they could do before was scramble around trying to put out fires. Literally. Guard was...

High Command: Latest Lockdown Suggestions From City of Santa Monica are a Bit Better

In line with the County of Los Angeles, the City of Santa Monica has issued new guidance for Covid-19 social distancing. Churches and synagogues can reopen, with 25% as many congregants. Theaters and...

Chasing after the Phenomenal Blue Bioluminescent Waves in Southern California

When the California beaches reopened this past weekend, after being closed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, I had an insatiable desire to see the remarkable blue bioluminescent waves before they...

"No Justice, No Peace!" Chant Protestors as they walk from SMPD HQ to Venice in Los Angeles

Protesting the death of Minnesota security guard George Floyd at the hands of white police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, about 100 protestors walked down Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica from the...

Santa Monica Unemployment Rate Mega Jumps From Covid-19

Santa Monica is doing better than the county as a whole but worse than the state in unemployment, according to the latest statistics from the California Employment Development Department. The EDD...

Police abandon building as Looters, Rioters Set Fire to Police Station in Minneapolis over #GeorgeFloyd

Angry at the police, protestors have set fire to the Third Precinct Police Station just before 11 pm local time in Minneapolis, MN. In life he was a security guard, and his surviving girlfriend...

Minneapolis PD Officer Derek Chauvin Taken Into Custody as Volunteers Clean Debris

Minneapolis, 5/29: As volunteers cleared debris and helped board up burned out buildings in South Minneapolis, Minnesota Gov. Walz announced that the police officer at the center of the George Floyd...

City of Santa Monica Imposes Curfew Intended to Prevent George Floyd Looting

Tonight, we follow the City of Los Angeles in imposing a City-wide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. to ensure public safety across our region. Emergency responders are exempt, as are those traveling...

Santa Monica Pier is Empty As Family Businesses There Live Through Covid Lockdown

The Pier has been a bit of a mystery since the Coronavirus lockdown began 9 weeks ago. It's closed, and the police won't allow you to walk down the ramp to see it for yourself. The 110 year old Santa...

Last Remaining Cast Member From "Gone With The Wind," turns 104 Years Old

Olivia de Haviland will celebrate her 104th birthday on July 1, 2020. A birthday event is being organized by Spring de Haviland, who is "related to Olivia, but no one is entirely sure how." And no...

We Need a Lockdown Death Meter Beside the COVID-19 Death Meter

Ever since the COVID-19 disease began spreading through the world, countries and localities have been publicizing the number of cases and deaths from COVID-19. In Los Angeles County, this metric is...

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