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  • The Only Gun in Antarctica Keeps the Peace, Enforces the Law in World's Most Remote Town

    Polly Hansen, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 27, 2021

    Some people call it the "The Manhattan of Antarctica." By far the largest of 100 or so bases in Antarctica, is McMurdo Station at McMurdo Sound. Located at the furthest latitude South that a ship can sail in the Antarctic summer, the 75 year old American base is the situs of important research. It is also a logistical facility that supports South Pole Station and other bases. In a locked glass cabinet in the Station Master's office is the only firearm for 2,000 miles, a 12 gauge shotgun and...

  • Parking Structure 3 Lawsuit Filed by the Santa Monica Bayside Owners Association

    Polly Hansen, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 4, 2021

    The City of Santa Monica and the Coastal Commission are being sued by the Santa Monica Bayside Owners Association (SMBOA) regarding the approval of the demolition of Parking Structure #3 in downtown Santa Monica. According to the lawsuit filed on June 15, 2021, SMBOA is a non-profit organization composed of commercial property owners, business owners, and residents who are concerned about the current state of the downtown area of Santa Monica as well as its future viability. The lawsuit alleges...

  • As Covid Restrictions Ease, Santa Monica High School Conducts 2021 Graduation

    Polly Hansen, Special to the Observer|Jun 17, 2021

    SamoHi's first 2021 graduation was on a gorgeous day, as California loosened its Covid restrictions. There are still many rules to follow for everyone's safety. We were all sent the guidelines ahead of the ceremony. The principal read the rules to us ahead of the ceremony, because it was only by complying with the county guidelines, were we able to have a graduation. People were asked not to congregate afterwards, and to keep their masks on. But I would say most family kept a distance from other...

  • Identity of Royal Family Member Who Allegedly Made "Racist" Remarks About the Sussex Children Revealed?

    Polly Hansen, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 13, 2021

    Since the broadcast of the Oprah interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, speculations have abounded as to the identity of the senior royal family member who allegedly had expressed concerns about the skin color of Queen Elizabeth's multiracial great-grandchildren. The answer to the heavy question discussed around the globe might have been finally revealed by Lady Colin Campbell. Also known as Lady C, she is a British socialite and television and radio personality who has published four bo...