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  • Egyptian Goose Seen in Douglas Park Santa Monica, California, for the First Time

    Sara Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 3, 2020

    Birdwatchers take heed: Egyptian geese have been spotted near Douglas Park in Santa Monica. The species is common in Africa, but are not native to the America's and have not previously been reported in California. According to Wikipedia, the Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) is a member of the duck, goose, and swan family Anatidae. It is native to Africa south of the Sahara and the Nile Valley. Egyptian geese were considered sacred by the Ancient Egyptians, and appeared in much of their...

  • Illegal Alien charged in Stabbing Death of Goldline Communter Nov. 27th

    Sara Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 6, 2018

    As if Angelenos needed another reason to avoid public transportation, a 51-year-old illegal alien and convicted felon has been charged with the murder of a man on a Gold Line Metro train, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced. Peter Muñoz, 51 faces one count each of murder and carrying a dirk or dagger. Case GA104722 was filed yesterday. The next court date is scheduled on Dec. 20 in Department 5 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Alhambra Branch. The criminal...

  • Annual Pumpkin Patch Opens on Santa Monica Blvd and 14th Street, Jack o'Lanterns for Sale

    Sara Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 29, 2018

    Santa Monica's annual pumpkin patch has reopened this year and sells, well, pumpkins. Of all shapes and sizes. And for $5, you can pet a goat. The owner of the vacant lot uses it for parking 9 months of the year. In October it sells pumpkins, then becomes a Christmas tree lot in November. "He figures he doesn't need to build a tower and become rich," said one customer. "He just does it for the kids." This years holiday event features a bounce house (more than one actually), and also a petting...

  • SMPD: a British Woman in her 30's Tried to Abduct a Student from Roosevelt Elementary School

    Sara Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 29, 2018

    It's a rather odd story which makes us think they're not telling us everything. But then again, when do they. The Santa Monica Police Department is seeking additional information or witnesses regarding an incident that occurred on August 23, 2018 at Roosevelt Elementary School located at 801 Montana Ave. On August 23, 2018 between 1:15-1:30 PM, a Roosevelt elementary student was waiting to be picked up by his mother near the 9th Street gate of the school. A female in her early 30's approached...

  • Security Breach: How Mobile Apps Can Threaten Your Private Information

    Sara Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 1, 2017

    Risking Your Privacy: The Truth About Mobile Security Apps Have you ever worried about the security of the apps on your smartphone? If you have, you're not alone. If you haven't, either you feel you have a mobile security app that you believe can protect your data or it never occurred to you that your device can be compromised by malware or other cyber criminal activity. There are two important truths that all mobile users need to face about smartphone security. The first is that your device -...

  • Did Janet Jackson Use an Islamic Burqa, to Disguise Her Lack of a Baby Bump?

    Sara Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 20, 2017

    The blessed event of Janet Jackson and her husband of one year, Qatari Prince/ billionaire Wissam Al Mana, lifts and drops a question on your plate: How? Obvious as the question is, no journalist wants to be rude enough to ask her. Pregnancies of women past the age of 50 achieved through sexual intercourse, are so rare that there is an article about them on Wikipedia. In the United States, between 1997 and 1999, 539 births were reported among mothers over age 50 (four per 100,000 births), with...