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Articles from the February 12, 2017 edition

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  • 'War Stories' is a play about love. At the Workout Studio in North Hollywood

    Ron Irwin|Feb 12, 2017

    Currently at the intimate yet charming theatre known as Actors Workout Studio this intriguing slice of theatrical life they call “War Stories” is in fact a complex and sometimes weird tale of evolving relationships and ultimately true love. Only four actors are involved and each begins with a monologue that sets up the general premise of the show. Each character is unique and the interplay between the two men and two women becomes the core of the story and it is a story that absolutely eve...

  • Battlestar Galactica's Captain Apollo/Tom Zarek Dies at 71 in Santa Clarita

    Observer Staff|Feb 12, 2017

    Richard Hatch died Tuesday. The Santa Monica born actor, writer, and producer best known for his role as Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica television series, and also as Tom Zarek in the 2003 remake of Battlestar Galactica. Richard Hatch, star of the original "Battlestar Galactica" and the Syfy remake, died on Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, his manger confirmed to Variety. Hatch died around 1:30 p.m. at his home in Santa Clarita, Calif., with his son Paul by...

  • Lady Gaga Joanne World Tour Announced Following Explosive Super Bowl Performance

    Zane|Feb 12, 2017

    Lady Gaga will be traveling the globe with the ‎Joanne World Tour starting on August 1st in Vancouver, BC and September 22nd in Barcelona with a series of concert dates throughout Europe and the UK before returning to North America in November and December this year. Grammy and Golden Globe winner and Academy Award-nominated Lady Gaga is a one-of-a kind artist and performer. She has amassed an outstanding 30 million global album sales and 150 million single sales, making her one of the b...

  • LASD Calls Shooting of Vasquez at 3300 Pico "Suicide by Cop" of a suspect wanted for murder.

    Observer Staff|Feb 12, 2017

    Gerardo Vasquez stabbed his roommate in Simi Valley on Saturday, then led Police on a chase to Santa Monica. He got out of the car and waved a knife at officers, apparently hoping they would grant his death wish. They did. Sheriff's investigators identified the dead man as Gerardo Vasquez, "male Hispanic, 52 years-old." Simi Valley Police wanted him for trying to kill his roommate on February 3, 2017. He fled the scene after the stabbing and was considered "armed and dangerous." Sheriff's said t...

  • UFO Over Santa Monica Pier Sunday--Unidentified Flying Object of Alien Origin?

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 12, 2017

    An Unidentified Flying Object was seen to hover over the Santa Monica pier early Sunday afternoon. It was reported by hundreds of onlookers and photographed by many. Witnesses said the UFO moved up and down, and left and right at a rapid speed, more rapid than conventional human aircraft are capable of flying. After appearing for half an hour, the craft seemed to disappear into the cliffs. Alien spacecraft transport themselves not just across space but also through time, so the 110-year-old...

  • Rapper "The Game" Pleads to Assaulting Off-Duty Officer During Basketball Game

    Observer Staff|Feb 12, 2017

    Rapper "The Game" pleaded no contest today to assaulting an off-duty police officer during a basketball game at a high school in Hollywood, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced. Jayceon Terrell Taylor, 37, entered a no contest plea to one misdemeanor count each of criminal threats and battery. Taylor also pleaded no contest to one felony count of grand theft. Deputy District Attorney Deann Rivard said the rapper was immediately sentenced to three years of formal...

  • Academy Award nominee Ruth Negga Gets US-Ireland Alliance's Oscar Wilde Awards

    Feb 12, 2017

    Academy Award nominee Ruth Negga will be honored at the US-Ireland Alliance's Oscar Wilde Awards on 23 February at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot in Santa Monica. The actress, who grew up in Limerick, Ireland, will be honored along with Caitriona Balfe, Glen Hansard, Zachary Quinto, and Martin Short. Abrams will emcee. It has also been announced that Chris Pine and Catherine O'Hara will be presenters. For her role in Loving, Ruth's accolades include Academy Award, Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award...

  • Emmy Award Winning TV Producer Convicted of Stabbing His Own Tenant

    Sarah Storkin|Feb 12, 2017

    When the victim laughed at the victim's prospects to win Emmy's, the TV producer stabbed him. And the TV producer had won an Emmy, writing about a tenant who had been stabbed by his landlord. No really. It actually happened. A jury found an Emmy-winning television producer guilty today of stabbing his Studio City tenant, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced. Deputy District Attorney Elan S. Carr said Andre Salamán Bautista, aka Andre Bauth, 38, was found guilty of...

  • SMMUSD Updates Norovirus Alert, John Adams Middle School Closure

    SMMUSD|Feb 12, 2017

    Dear Rogers, Grant, Edison, Muir, SMASH and Samohi families, As you may be aware, we closed John Adams Middle School on Friday to help control the spread of a gastrointestinal illness, possibly Norovirus, as recommended by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Some JAMS families also have students at our other schools, which we have been monitoring for signs of illness. All SMMUSD schools are open Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The JAMS campus had been cleaned every night since Monday...

  • Sheriff's Deputies Remove Man With Arab Headdress From Expo Line Train, After He Threatened To Blow It Up

    Observer Staff|Feb 12, 2017

    Los Angeles County Sheriffs Deputies removed a man who was wearing a Kafiyeh from the Westbound Metro Exposition Line train early Sunday afternoon in Santa Monica At least one passenger heard a rumor that the man claimed to have a bomb. The Sheriff's Department would not confirm or deny this account. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department provides security throughout the MTA train system, because it moves through jurisdictions. The keffiyeh is a traditional Middle Eastern headdress fashione...

  • SMC and UCLA Partner on Integrated Teacher Preparation Program

    Grace Smith, SMC|Feb 12, 2017

    Santa Monica College (SMC) has been selected to participate in a four-year Integrated Teacher Preparation Program in partnership with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). A grant from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) will make it possible for the UCLA Teacher Education Program to partner with SMC in developing a pathway for SMC students to earn a bachelor's degree from UCLA and a preliminary teaching credential in four years, followed by a bilingual authorization...