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Articles from the March 18, 2024 edition

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  • Maestro, Saltburn, and Barbie were the big winners. Ivana Primorac and the hair styling team of "Barbie" Won Big

    Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 18, 2024

    The 11th Annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards (Local 706), were presented on Sunday evening February 18, 2024 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel was hosted by Melissa Peterman and presented by Ardell and Giovanni. The evening started with a 4pm "Red Carpet" and Cocktail Reception, Banquet dinner at 6 pm, and the Awards Show at 730 pm. The honoree awards were supposed to begin with Oscar- nominated actor Annette Bening, being honored with the Distinguished Artisan Award, however due to CO...

  • Liftoff: Space X successfully Launches Starship Heavy Rocket at 6:25 am PST in Successful Test of Super Heavy Booster

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 18, 2024

    Space X has successfully launched the Starship Heavy rocket on a suborbital flight, which will one day take colonists to Mars in Elon Musk's vision. They held it to the 8:25 Central Time launch time. Third Stage separation was acheived a few minutes later, followed by a de-orbit burn. Less than an hour later, Starship landed in a field of Plasma. The third test flight of Starship Heavy is historic, since the first two blew up shortly after launch. If they get it off the ground, Musk Tweeted, Sta...

  • Hit and Run Driver Who Killed Dog on Leash in Brentwood Intersection, Sought by Dog's Owner

    Mar 18, 2024

    A Brentwood resident has appealed for help to find the driver who killed her dog on a leash. Last Saturday, the driver went through the intersection of Gretna Green and Montana Avenue, hitting the dog on a leash and killing him instntly. He, the driver, stopped, got out and said he would move his car and return. But he instead drove on. In a post on Neighbors, a social media site, the unidentified resident wrote: "trying to find any witnesses to this accident on Saturday, March 9 in Brentwood....

  • Recognize the Latest Scams

    US Bank|Mar 18, 2024

    Keep your money and personal data safe from these scams: A fake bank representative You're contacted by someone pretending to be your bank. They may ask you to transfer money to yourself or ask you to pay a fee to avoid an urgent negative action. A false government official A scammer says they’re from a local, state or federal government agency, like the IRS calling about tax debt relief. They say you’ll miss out on some government benefit or that something bad will happen if you don’t do what...

  • Two Santa Monicas in Numbers

    Arthur Jeon, Special to the Observer|Mar 18, 2024

    I want to thank our police department for their work in apprehending this felon (picture below). Great work in catching up to him within 24 hours of his attack-proactive policing at its best. He was on parole in San Bernardino and didn't check in, which is a violation. I don't know what he was originally in prison for, but these days you practically have to kill somebody to go to jail (the last person who attacked me was set free the same day). In Santa Monica, this transient was arrested in...

  • Pepperdine to establish a College of Health Science

    Pepperdine University|Mar 18, 2024

    March 11, 2024 - Pepperdine University President Jim Gash announced the University's decision to establish a College of Health Science. The Board of Regents approved the proposal in a February meeting and gave their overwhelming support to proceed with further exploration of its foundational and future programs. "Establishing a College of Health Science is among the most ambitious initiatives ever undertaken by the University," said University President Jim Gash. "We see the tremendous need for...

  • Big Blue Bus Institutes Unarmed "Safety Officers"

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Mar 18, 2024

    March 1, 2024 - Big Blue Bus, the bus line that operates in Santa Monica, announced they will be deploying "safety officers" on high-traffic routes and selected bus stops. The "friendly, contracted officers" will be unarmed. Despite the lack of weapons, Big Blue Bus claims the officers will be able to "educate" riders about the bus company's code of conduct and "ensure adherence." The company says the introduction of the safety officers is one of several initiatives to help riders feel...

  • Glitzy Guests and Charismatic Celebrities Attend The Merritt + Marianna Group IGNITE: A Fire Luxury Gifting Lounge

    Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 18, 2024

    On Thursday March 7, 2024 the Merritt + Marianna Group founded by Nicole Lester and Heather Marianna sponsored IGNITE: A Fire Luxury Gifting Lounge in honor of the upcoming Oscars 2024 This all day lavish affair was held at the Ambrose Hotel, 1255 20th St., Santa Monica CA 90404 from 10- AM -5PM. This exclusive event was a tribute to the late beloved publicist Doris Bergman, who passed away February 8, 2023 Doris was well known for including foster children at her Emmy and Oscar awards gifting...