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 By Stan Greene    News    July 26, 2021 

There's a Good Reason the Norway Women's Beach Handball Uniforms Are Different. Here It Is:

It's the summer, nothing's on TV and the top story in the world are the bikini bottoms worn by the Norway Women's Beach Handball Team. Personally, I'll take this over any Covid related story. Beach Ha...

 
 By Stan Greene    Lifestyle    July 14, 2021

Video: Giant Dragon Consumes Pedestrian Alive in Palisades Park, Santa Monica

A pedestrian in Palisades Park recently recorded video of a dragon consuming a giant June Beetle. The video has been posted to YouTube and has gone viral. Ok, fine, it was really a Western Fence...

 
 By Stan Greene    Science    July 8, 2021

Lambda Covid-19 Variant in Peru of Concern to Scientists, as it Seems Resistant to Covid Vaccines

The statistics coming out of Peru are concerning. Some in the world's medical community are beginning to express concern that the Lambda variant is more resistant to vaccines and antibodies, than...

 
 By Stan Greene    Crime    June 25, 2021

DA Dismisses Charges After Stabbing Leads to Death of a Man on Third Street Promenade Monday June 21

Photo: Sean Alexander Graves in a mugshot released by the SMPD. Graves has not been charged with a crime. The DA's office has declined to file charges after one man stabbed and killed another on the...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    June 24, 2021

Mistake Releases 34 Cows From Slaughterhouse. Cows Run Amok in Pico Rivera Neighborhood

Oh the humanity! An employee who neglected to close a gate, released 34 cows from a slaughterhouse near Pico Rivera, in South LA County. Saving them from certain death and the Golden Arches. The 1000...

 
 By Stan Greene    Science    May 28, 2021

UFOs: Press Conference Will Confirm the Existence of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena on June 2, 2021

Washington is quietly buzzing about what should be the single biggest news story of the 21st Century: UFOs are real. And the pentagon, the headquarters of the US Armed Forces, has the evidence. In...

 
 By Stan Greene    Politics    May 24, 2021

Santa Monica Decides to Keep Its Mask Mandate Until June 15, Even Though No One is Following It

Local residents and visitors – including those vaccinated – must continue to wear face coverings indoors and around crowds in Santa Monica, city officials declared this week. Interim City Manager...

 
 By Stan Greene    Science    May 12, 2021

There's a Fungus Among Us: Scientists Discover Life On Mars. Maybe.

A new report on the Researchgate.com website reports on a group of US, European and Chinese researchers who believe the "blueberries" of Mars are not rock formations. They are actually hardy fungi,...

 
 By Stan Greene    Politics    May 5, 2021

Some Republicans Rush to Endorse Caitlyn Jenner for Governor of California After Recall of Gavin Newsom. Me, For One

About 15 years after California's last Republican Governor, elected in a recall, complained about all the "girly men" in Sacramento; the leading Republican candidate in California's next recall...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    April 21, 2021

The Verdict: Derek Chauvin found guilty on All Three Charges.

4/20 The jury in the Derek Chauvin trial reached a guilty verdict after about 16 hours of deliberations. The judge read their verdict just after 5 PM in Minneapolis. Unintentional second degree...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    April 8, 2021

City Launches New 311 Program for Non-Emergency City Services

Santa Monica launched yesterday a new 311 assistance program to improve customer service for all non-emergency City services.  Santa Monica 311, available in English and Spanish, is an integrated...

 
 By Stan Greene    Business    March 31, 2021

Ship "Partially Refloated" And Being Towed to Great Bitter Lake, as Suez Crisis Resolves

3/29: Egypt's President Sisi bragged today (justifiably), about his country's massive technical achievement in refloating and moving the 400 million metric ton Evergreen Ever Given, and moving her...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    March 27, 2021

Malibu Wants to Divorce Santa Monica, and Santa Monica is OK With It.

Over the last 25 years, Malibu has repeatedly threatened to form its own school district and leave SMMUSD. At last week's City Council meeting, the Santa Monica City Council affirmed its support for...

 
 By Stan Greene    Politics    March 21, 2021

Addressing Homelessness, Creating Clean and Safe City Top City Council Budget Priorities

The Santa Monica City Council held a special meeting last Saturday to discuss the community priorities that will guide the biennial (2021-23) budget. In a 4-3 vote, the Council selected the following...

 
 By Stan Greene    Crime    March 11, 2021

Puppy Stolen at Gunpoint by Three Men, One Armed, on the Venice Boardwalk

Lady Gaga’s English Bulldogs were stolen from her on February 24th and later recovered. But this is apparently not the only case of guns being used in canine robberies. “My roommate was walking...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    March 11, 2021

Hail Falls in Santa Monica, West LA During Wednesday Evening Storm

A winter storm rolled through So Cal early Wednesday morning and into Thursday night. The storm brought a rare burst of hail in Santa Monica. According to some social media reports, it was the first...

 
 By Stan Greene    Lifestyle    March 6, 2021

Passover Begins at Sundown on March 27, 2021 and Lasts Eight Days

Passover 2021 will begin in the evening of Saturday, March 27. This year, Easter Sunday falls on the last day of Passover; Sunday April 4, 2021. That is, for most Christians; Eastern Orthodox rites...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    February 28, 2021

Covid Crime Report: Gunmen Shoot Dogwalker, Flee With 2 French Bulldogs Belonging to Lady Gaga

When Lady Gaga’s dog walker Ryan Fisher was shot by a couple in a white Nissan, he may not have known that the purpose of the assault was to steal her dogs. Fisher is expected to make a complete...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    February 23, 2021

In a Sign That the Pandemic Is Easing, Santa Monica Bus Company Goes Back to Normal

The number of Covid-19 cases is declining in LA County. Schools in Santa Clarita opened one day a week Monday. The Big Blue Bus Company in Santa Monica is now charging fares again. Passengers no...

 

LBUSD will begin in-person elementary school instruction on Monday, March 29, says Mayor

Long Beach Unified School District plans to resume in-person classes for grades K through 5 in March 2021. Schools have been closed since March 19, 2020 due to Covid-19. Long Beach Mayor Robert...

 
 By Stan Greene    Sports    February 9, 2021

Super Bowl halftime show a little incomprehensible. Who's the Weeknd anyway?

The Weeknd's super weird, Superbowl half time show made no sense to anyone. The guys marching in masks was half Michael Jackon's Thriller, Half pandemic fears. It sucked as much as Bruce...

 

Santa Monica City Council Approves Combat Pay for Grocery Store Workers

The Santa Monica City Council voted to approve a temporary pay increase of $5 per hour for grocery and drug store employees in the city. A similar measure in Long Beach resulted in Kroger (parent...

 

Unidentified Flying Object Seen from Southwest Airlines Plane Over Nebraska February 2, 2021

The best footage of a UFO taken from an airplane in several years was posted to Reddit and to Twitter on February 2, 2021. The footage may be seen here: https://www.reddit.com/r/UF...

 

Street Racers Take Over West LA Intersection for an Evening of Street Racing at Bundy and Pico

Tonight tonight the highway's bright. Out of our way mister you best keep! 'Cause summer's here and the time is right, For racing in the street. -- Bruce Springsteen, Racing in the Streets. If you're...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    February 2, 2021

Reddit Rebellion Gets In Wall Street's Face With Billboards Planned Across America. "Hold the Line on GME!"

The newly minted billionaires on wallstreetbets.com/reddit, have gotten really in your face with the hedge fund guys. After attracting the ire of Nancy Pelosi and accolades from everyone else from...

 

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