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Articles from the January 17, 2017 edition

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  • University High/Pepperdine's Coach Richard Kampmann Said to be Near Death at 92

    David Ganezer, David Ravo|Jan 17, 2017

    Update: Coach Kampmann's Memorial is set for Feb. 4, 2017 at 11 am at University High School's Stivelman Theater. Coach Richard Kampmann, University High School's beloved track and cross country coach who later coached track and cross country distance running at Pepperdine University, is near death, says his son, Bill Stimming. He was (and remains) a role model for hundreds of boys and girls over the years. Kampmann was the coach from 1962 to 1987 at UniHi. "They just dedicated the athletic...

  • Roadtrip to Niger - A journey with the Nomads in Niger Hosts Screening in Ojai

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff|Jan 17, 2017

    The Tuareg people inhabit the Sahara desert, in a vast area stretching from far southwestern Libya to southern Algeria, Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. It is one of the world's most remote and little known countries. Santa Monica Dance Studio's Benedicte Schoyen Clark recently travelled to Niger to visit Leslie Clark, Ned Clark's aunt, and the founder of The Nomad Foundation. Bringing their friend, Cooper Bates, the three of them completed a 4-week journey into the poorest, hottest and most...

  • SMMUSD Superintendent Ben Drati: Santa Monica's Ambassador to the Outside World

    SMMUSD|Jan 17, 2017

    Dear Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District students, staff, parents and communities: I am humbled and delighted to join you as your superintendent. I have great respect and appreciation for the trust you've bestowed on me to serve as steward over the most important job in the world, aside from parenting, and that is the education of our children. I want to thank the SMMUSD school board members for the great care and sensitivity they exercised in selecting me through a rigorous and...

  • Purple Line Between Wilshire/La Cienega and Century City Gets Funded

    Observer Staff|Jan 17, 2017

    Metro will receive nearly $1.6 billion in Federal grants and loans to build the Purple Line Extension to Beverly Hills and Century City. The U.S. Department of Transportation is committing nearly $1.6 billion in new funding to the project. Most of it is grant money and $307 million in loans. "This section, which any Los Angeleno can tell you, is one of the most congested areas of Los Angeles, will be better prepared to handle more people and operate more efficiently," said U.S. Transportation...

  • Tiffany Trump to Sing "I'm Like a Bird" at Pres. Donald Trump's Inauguration

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 17, 2017

    Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany will fill in the gap at her father's presidential inauguration, after several mainstream Hollywood acts passed on the opportunity to perform in front of 63,000,000 TV viewers. She will sing Nelly Furtado's hit song "I'm Like a Bird," says a source at Mark Burnett's production company. Producer of The Apprentice and Survivor, Burnett is producing the inauguration. It should surprise no one that Tiffany Ariana Trump, 23, an American internet personality, singer and...

  • Mudslide Closes Laurel Canyon Boulevard from Hollywood to Mulholland Drive

    Observer Staff|Jan 17, 2017

    Adrian Copeland noticed a crack in his balcony on W. Colt Ave. above Laurel Canyon. He rents the home with his wife. The Copelands ran out of the house Wednesday afternoon after hearing a noise, then they saw the crack widen, and a chunk of concrete from the balcony slide down the hill. Their home and the 2 neighboring homes have been red tagged and are unavailable for the residents to enter. The Los Angeles Department of Public Works needs to reassess the hillside. As a consequence, Laurel...

  • If "The Country is Overwhelmed with Fear," Then Maybe It's Time to Limit Presidential Power

    Michael Greer, American Freedom Alliance|Jan 17, 2017

    WELCOME TO OUR WORLD Senator Diane Feinstein said, "The country is overwhelmed with fear". Well, if that were true, Senator, Trump wouldn't be President-elect, would he? But, I understand, I really do. We Conservatives know exactly how you feel. We were just as fearful when Obama was elected. But we didn't have the media, academia, Hollywood and politicians to sympathize with us. We were mocked for being fearful and told we were fearful because Obama is Black and we were racists. You spent the...

  • U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

    Zane|Jan 17, 2017

    Live Nation today announced that U2 will return to select stadiums this year with U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band's classic album. Each show will include a performance of The Joshua Tree in its entirety, with support from one of a number of special guests including Mumford & Sons, OneRepublic and The Lumineers in North America and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds in Europe. Released to universal acclaim on March 9th,1987 and featuring hit...

  • Def Leppard Announces North American Tour With Poison and Tesla

    Zane|Jan 17, 2017

    Fresh off winning their fan voted Classic Rock Magazine Album of the Year award, Def Leppard announce they will return to the road this spring for a three month run across North America. The Live Nation promoted outing will storm through cities across parts of the U.S. and Canada. This new leg of dates follows the groups massive 70+ city 2016 tour and is set to kick off on April 8th in Manchester, NH and wrap on June 25th in Indianapolis, IN. Joining Def Leppard on select dates are Poison and...

  • Terrorism Expert Malcolm Nance Explains How the Russians Stole the Election

    Zane|Jan 17, 2017

    In a book published one month before the election, New York Times bestselling author Malcolm Nance not only identifies the hackers as Russian but digs deep into the biggest political scandal since Watergate. Donald Trump finally acquiesced on this topic in last week's press conference, saying they "probably" did. Nance's other claims include: 1. The entire Russian hacking was done specifically to elect Donald Trump as president. 2. Trump's advisors, including Paul Manafort, were most likely...