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Articles from the January 14, 2017 edition

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  • Nuclear Powered Greenland Shark Lives 430 Years After Exposure to US Radioactive Waste

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 14, 2017

    (The following story is obviously satire/science fiction/fantasy. If you needed this warning because you thought it was a serious theory, please leave this site at once. You know just enough to be dangerous. Thank you -- S.G.) A secret buried under the Greenland ice sheet could satisfy man's eternal quest for immortality. Like so many of science's great discovery (photography, alcohol, electricity, viagra), the discovery came about completely by accident. During the Cold War, the U.S. military...

  • Sequioa Tree With Tunnel Through It Is Victim of California's Latest Storm

    Observer Staff|Jan 14, 2017

    The iconic Pioneer Cabin Tree, also known as "The Tunnel Tree", fell during a rainstorm on January 7, 2017. Since it was first hollowed out in imitation of Yosemite's Wawona Tunnel Tree, thousands of tourists and vehicles have passed through the sequoia, known as the Pioneer Cabin Tree. The Wawona tree was killed by the process and later fell during a storm in the 1960s, but the Pioneer Cabin Tree clung on, showing signs of life well into the 21st century. "The pioneer cabin tree was chosen...

  • Bobcat 332 Dies of Mange Brought on by Rat Poison, in Santa Monica Mountains

    Observer Staff|Jan 14, 2017

    "We are sad to report that another wild cat has died in the Simi Valley area," said Zachary Behrens of the National Park Service, in a press release to the Santa Monica Observer Newspaper. "Bobcat 332 was an approximately 3-year-old male that we've been following in the Simi Hills since 2015. He had severe mange, a skin disease caused by mites. Since we often see mange accompanied by rat poison in animals' systems, B-332's blood tests will be sent to a lab for analysis," he wrote The death...

  • Car Runs Red Light, Collides With Expo Line Train Late Sunday Morning

    Observer Staff|Jan 14, 2017

    Some people just can't wait for the train to pass. 7th Street was closed to traffic at Colorado Blvd late Sunday morning, as a result of a train v. car collision. A Westbound Expo line train passing 7th Street on Colorado in Santa Monica collided with the rear end of a passenger car, according to an MTA employee who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the press. "The car ran a red light," he said. "We don't know if anyone was injured in the car or not, because...

  • Joseph Lawrence Selected as Interim Santa Monica City Attorney

    Constance Farrell, Ministry of Information|Jan 14, 2017

    The City Council has chosen Assistant City Attorney Joseph Lawrence to serve as Interim City Attorney after the retirement of Marsha Jones Moutrie last month. Joe has been with the City Attorney's Office since 1986. During his tenure, he has been involved in all of the City's most demanding legal issues. He led the legal effort that recovered nearly $400 million for water contamination. During his tenure the City Attorney's Office was recognized as the top state and local law office by the Ameri...

  • Martin Rubin Says "My Efforts to Organize Anti Airport Protest Have Been Hijacked."

    Observer Staff|Jan 14, 2017

    Update: This e mail just in "Regarding the planned February 4th protest: As director of Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution, please understand that Jonathan Stein is attempting to hijack my efforts to organize this event, and in doing so has only complicated and made it more difficult for me to focus as we move forward. I have been in the process of planning this event since mid-December.Only the date has been finalized. The format of the event is in process. I have already reached...

  • Nat'l Weather Service Issues Flood, Debris Warning for Southern California

    Observer Staff|Jan 14, 2017

    Noon Sunday 1/08/2016: Flash flooding and mud and debris flows possible for recent burn areas of southwestern California this evening through Monday morning. Locally, rain is expected to start around 4 am Monday morning, and has caused flooding damage and chaos in the Northern part of the State. The National Weather Service in Los Angeles/Oxnard has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the recent burn areas in Los Angeles County, including the sand, fish, and other recent burn areas from late tonight...