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Articles from the April 1, 2017 edition

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  • "Black Heritage Auction" to Feature Songs, Notes and Jewelry of Tupac Shakur

    Zane|Apr 1, 2017

    On April 7th rap legend Tupac Shakur will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Brooklyn, New York. On the same day and only a few blocks away, a large selection of Tupac's lyrics, song lists, clothing, and jewelry will be offered in the first "Black History Auction" held specifically to honor the achievements and contributions of African-Americans. Over 300 items will be sold live by auctioneers Alexander Historical Auctions at The Dumbo Loft, 155 Water St., Brooklyn, New York star...

  • Facebook Totally Copies Snapchat Filters; Can Offices on Venice Beach Be Far Behind?

    Observer Staff|Apr 1, 2017

    In the beginning, there was the vanishing photo. Then Snapchat created the vanishing video, allowing millennials to share their most private moments without threat of parental retribution. And millennials saw the light, that it was good. But today Facebook put the kabosh on everything, putting three day sensing and filters into the same use of putting glasses and rainbow vomit onto your tongue as well as Snapchat. For Snapchat, the filters are an existential threat. You can have a Rocky Raccoon...

  • Oakland Raiders Will Move to Las Vegas, Despite NFL Opposition to Gambling

    Observer Staff|Apr 1, 2017

    Despite traditional opposition to sports gambling, the owners of NFL teams have approved a proposed merger of hte Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas NV. Monday at a Phoenix resort for the annual league meeting, they voted to ratify the Raiders' proposed move. Raiders owner Mark Davis set his sights on Las Vegas after the owners last year chose the Inglewood stadium proposal of Rams owner Stan Kroenke over the Carson project proposed by Davis and the Chargers' Dean Spanos. The L.A. option granted then...

  • Some Roosevelt Parents Object to Termite Spraying This Spring

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff|Apr 1, 2017

    Roosevelt Elementary school plans to tent school buildings this Saturday, April 1, 2017, and spray for termites. But some parents think the plan is for the birds, and dangerous to the birds, bees and kids. "Did you know that raising the temperature inside the walls to 120 degrees Farenheit will kill termites?" asks Jill Hawkins. She is part of a group of Roosevelt Elementary School parents, lobbying the SMMUSD to put away the poison. She thinks there are less dangerous alternatives to poison,...

  • Fires Scorch Thousands of Acres in Kansas and Oklahoma.

    Observer Staff|Apr 1, 2017

    Meanwhile, in flyover country, 1000's of acres burned in Kansas and Oklahoma, touched off by lightning and fueled by dry winds. Hundreds of farmers and ranchers were forced to shoot hundreds of cattle, either because they were injured or because nothing remained for them to graze upon. Emergency crews on Tuesday struggled to contain deadly wildfires that have scorched hundreds of square miles of land in four states and forced thousands of people to flee their homes ahead of the wind-whipped flam...

  • Clean Energy Plan Killed. Resurrected by the People.

    Zane|Apr 1, 2017

    As the Trump Administration prepares to scale back regulations on carbon pollution, consumers take matters into their own hands – BIGLY! Recent events suggest consumers are fighting back to protect the health of the planet. If true, it might just mean that decades of environmental public service announcements are paying off. Grassroots movements have sprung up across the country amplifying angry voices heard at protests and Congressional town hall meetings. Conscientious consumers are taking a...

  • When An American soldier in Paris meets a mysterious beautiful young Parisian dancer

    Ron Irwin, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 1, 2017

    It is the Tony Award winning stage version of the 1951 multiple Oscar winning film classic "An American in Paris" and it is nothing short of spectacular. Few moments in history could equal or exceed the overwhelming drama of that time and the end World War Two. More than four bloody years of global horror and anguish had finally come to an end, France had been taken back from the Nazis and the City of Lights, Paris was returning to a spirit of joy, love and happiness absent far too long. In...

  • Abundant Mendacity, Greed, Superficiality and Sexuality as a Dysfunctional Family Connives

    Apr 1, 2017

    'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' launches Anteaus Theatre Company new home. To kick off its brand new and I will say dazzlingly facility in Glendale, California the just completed Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, the always top performing Antaeus Theatre Company has chosen the Pulitzer Prize winning Tennessee Williams classic "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." You really couldn't ask for a better play, venue or team of truly top flight actors. The story is set in the early 1950's in America's Deep...

  • Jane Goodall Meets With Santa Monica High Students at Environmental Charter Schools in Lawndale

    Benjamin Kay, SamoHi|Apr 1, 2017

    SaMoHi students were very excited to meet and present their science and sustainability projects to JG yesterday at Environmental Charter Schools in Lawndale, CA. Ten schools were invited to take part in this special after school opportunity. Following a tree planting ceremony and observing student projects, "Dr Jane" spoke to a packed amphitheater of young people and educators. Dr Jane - age 82 - was as lucid as ever as she masterfully relayed stories of her life and messaged the audience about...

  • NASA Study Confirms Biofuels Reduce Jet Engine Pollution

    Zane|Apr 1, 2017

    Using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent, in a new study conclusion that bodes well for airline economics and Earth's environment. The findings are the result of a cooperative international research program led by NASA and involving agencies from Germany and Canada, and are detailed in a study published in the journal Nature. During flight tests in 2013 and 2014 near NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards,...

  • Panasonic Unveils Sleek Black Solar Panel for Unobtrusive Residential Use

    Zane|Apr 1, 2017

    New N320K, N315K and N310K models are the latest additions to Panasonic's line of high-efficiency solar panels designed for residential applications. - Aesthetically remodeled to blend in seamlessly with most rooftops. - Highest level conversion efficiency among black panels available in the market. - Backed by Panasonic's 15 year product warranty. - Designed to operate at high-efficiency even in high temperatures. These new models are able to produce 320, 315, and 310 watts of power,...

  • Alien Force Field Prevents Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket from Kennedy Space Center

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 1, 2017

    SpaceX says that it postponed a planned launch of its Falcon 9 rocket Tuesday night, blaming high winds. Photos of the rocket, however, show the presence of a powerful, translucent alien force field preventing access to the Falcon 9 rocket. The launch was originally scheduled for early Tuesday morning from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The customer wants to launch a communications satellite built by EchoStar, which necessitates a one way trip for the Falcon 9 rocket--there will not be enough fuel...

  • Huge Alien Spaceship Discovered Vacuuming Water From Saturn's Inner Ring

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 1, 2017

    When Astronomer Mark Showalter analyzed old Voyager 2 probe photos in 1990, he discovered something shocking: An enormous UFO parked in orbit around Saturn. But wait, there's more: It is vacuuming in ice crystals from Saturn's innermost ring, just what you might expect a visiting starship to do. Publicly, NASA says Pan is a small, saucer shaped moon approximately 20 miles across and 15 miles wide that orbits within the Encke Gap in Saturn's A Ring. In mythology, Pan was a shepherd. The small...

  • Google Street View Captures Images of Alien Invasion by Birdlike UFO People

    Observer Staff|Apr 1, 2017

    Pigeon people appear to have descended upon a street near Tokyo Japan, from their secret base in the Gobi Desert. This according to images just revealed from Google Street maps. Google street view has captured people doing everything they do, from murder to mayhem to making love. Now, it has captured an alien invasion, and not the kind Donald Trump's wall is designed to keep out. Google Street View is a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth that provides panoramic views from...