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Articles written by Amanda Ball

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  • Student hacks into Santa Monica school district email system

    Amanda Ball, Observer staff writer|May 6, 2020

    A student has hacked into the Gmail system used by SMMUSD to inform teachers, parents and students of events, changes in the schools planning, etc. This according to an email sent by school district superintendent Ben Drati Saturday morning. "Around midnight last night, one student accessed the system and was able to send messages to all students for 16 minutes, before it was discovered by our technology team. The system was then disabled," according to an Email on behalf of Superintendent Dr. B...

  • Murder Suspect: Suspected Serial Killer Caught in Santa Monica Was 6-Time Deportee

    Amanda Ball, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 1, 2018

    On Monday morning, following a 6:51 am radio call regarding a male victim suffering head trauma on 7th and Colorado, Santa Monica Police detained a suspect in the 600 block of Broadway Avenue. Although the police initially cautioned they had not made a link between this attack and the series of attacks against mostly homeless individuals in Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles, eventually they did conclude they were all connected. ​Suspect Ramon Escobar, 47, was charged Wednesday for the a...

  • Queen of the Beach Invitational set to serve up top high school and college beach volleyball competition this weekend

    Amanda Ball, BZA PR|Jun 25, 2016

    Hermosa Beach, Calif. (June 24, 2016) ---- A new beach volleyball tournament is set to bring together the top female college and high school players this weekend and crown a "Queen of the Beach" at both levels. The inaugural Queen of the Beach Invitational will be played June 25-26, 2016 north of the Hermosa Beach Pier in Hermosa Beach, Calif. Hosted by Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist Eric Fonoimoana, the tournament will be a showcase event that allows the top college players to test them...