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  • Ten Things that Often Happen in Sitcoms but Never Happen in Real Life

    Rebecca James, Observer Staff Writer|May 18, 2017

    1. Everyone in the gang tries out for a community theater production. The most vain character doesn't get the leading role. Petty jealously and bickering lead to a disastrous performance. 2. A friendly poker games or weekend trip to the casino revives someone's previously undisclosed gambling addiction. They lose tons of money before their friends realize what's going on and stage an intervention. 3. An unexpected visitor or event leads residents to sleep in one another's beds. Someone comes...

  • Last Person Born in 19th Century Dies in Italy

    Rebecca James|Apr 23, 2017

    The world's oldest person, Emma Morano, has died in her own home in Verbania, Italy. Emma Martina Luigia Morano (29 November 1899 – 15 April 2017) was an Italian supercentenarian who, prior to her death at the age of 117 years and 137 days, was the world's oldest living person whose age had been verified, and the last living person to have been verified as being born in the 1800s. She was the oldest Italian person ever, the second oldest European person ever behind Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, a...

  • Santa Monica Shotgun House Receives an LA 2017 Preservation Award

    Rebecca James|Apr 13, 2017

    The Los Angeles Conservancy has selected eight recipients for the organization's 2017 Preservation Awards, including Santa Monica's last surviving shotgun house. The annual designations, which celebrate "outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation," are chosen from across Los Angeles County and include physical structures, organizations, and preservation-minded programs. The Shotgun House in Santa Monica was recognized for its dogged perseverance. The building was threatened...