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Articles from the February 1, 2017 edition

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  • Santa Monica Experiences Increase in Crime Since the Expo Line Opened in May, 2016

    Observer Staff|Feb 1, 2017

    The statistics are undeniable. Since the Expo Line returned to Santa Monica, crime has increased. The SMPD appears to have shifted from denial that crime has increased, to adding more officers in congested areas near train stations. 2016 saw a 5.5 percent increase in crime in Santa Monica. This is also the year the train began operation, bringing riders from as far as downtown Los Angeles all the way to 4th Street and Colorado, near Santa Monica Place. The area including the train station, the...

  • Lis Wiehl to Release "Hunting Charles Manson," the First Book in a Nonfiction Thriller Series

    Zane|Feb 1, 2017

    Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, announced today they have signed a deal with former federal prosecutor and New York Times bestselling novelist Lis Wiehl for a major new series of nonfiction thrillers recounting the relentless quest for justice in the aftermath of history's most devastating and sensational crimes. Leveraging Wiehl's years of experience as a prosecutor, legal analyst, and investigative crime reporter, each book in the Hunting series will offer a page-turning,...

  • Doomsday Clock Moves Ahead: It Is Now Two And A Half Minutes To Midnight

    Zane|Feb 1, 2017

    It is now two and a half minutes to midnight. For the first time in the 70-year history of the Doomsday Clock, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board has moved the hands of the iconic clock 30 seconds closer to midnight. In another first, the Board has decided to act, in part, based on the words of a single person: Donald Trump, the new President of the United States. The decision to move the hands of the Doomsday Clock is made by the Science and Security Board of the...

  • Civil Rights Leader John Lewis Among American Library Association 2017 Youth Media Award Winners

    Zane|Feb 1, 2017

    The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. A list of all the 2017 award winners follows: John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature: "The Girl Who Drank the Moon," written by Kelly Barnhill, is the 2017 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Alg...

  • REI Adventures Launches Women's Adventures Collection and Mountain Bike Trips

    Zane|Feb 1, 2017

    Active travel leader REI Adventures is launching a collection of 19 Women's Adventures in Africa, Europe, Latin America, New Zealand and North America. In addition, REI Adventures is expanding its cycling offerings into fully supported mountain bike trips and growing its Signature Camping itineraries in Africa and Latin America. "Adventure travel can be inspiring and life-transforming. As we enter our 30th year, we are excited to roll out incredible itineraries for women to experience some of...

  • "The Underground Railroad," "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City," 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

    Zane|Feb 1, 2017

    The American Library Association selects "The Underground Railroad," by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday, Penguin Random House LLC) as the winner of the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City," by Matthew Desmond (Crown, Penguin Random House LLC) as the winner of the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. The selections were announced this evening during the RUSA Book and Media Awards Ceremony and Reception that...

  • LA Has Most Expensive Home in the U.S. - New Bel Air Luxury Lists for $250 Million

    Zane|Feb 1, 2017

    Major luxury developer Bruce Makowsky, known for curating, designing and bringing to life some of the most stunning homes in the country, has unveiled his greatest masterpiece, a brand new $250 million spec home located at 924 Bel Air Road in Los Angeles. Setting a record for the country's most expensive home ever listed for sale, the 38,000-square-foot new construction home plus an additional 17,000 square feet of entertainment decks includes two master suites, 10 oversized VIP guest suites,...

  • Exclusive "Secure the Bag" Timberland Boot with DJ Khaled Released by Champs Sports

    Zane|Feb 1, 2017

    Champs Sports has unveiled its highly-anticipated, exclusive "Secure the Bag" Timberland boot. This premium boot is the latest collaboration between Champs Sports and Grammy-nominated artist, DJ Khaled. The boot is the final reveal within the partnership which rolled out earlier this month, commencing with the "Secure the Bag" retro video game launch. The branded boot is inspired by DJ Khaled, the CEO of We The Best Music Group, who also participated in the development of the product packaging...

  • SMMUSD Sends Bulletin Warning of Suspicious Man in a Car Near John Adams Middle School

    SMMUSD|Feb 1, 2017

    Good evening SMMUSD families of Samohi, JAMS, Grant and Rogers students, We were notified today (Sunday afternoon) that a police report was filed by a young woman who encountered a man while walking on Pico Blvd near 25th Street, who pulled up to her on the wrong side of the street and started talking to her and suggested she get in his car. She is not one of our students and is over the age of 18. The young woman was able to ignore his suggestions and got home safely, and notified the Santa...