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Articles from the April 9, 2019 edition

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  • Brunei Stones Gays, and Hollywood Boycotts Hotels as new Anti Gay Laws Take Effect

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 9, 2019

    On April 3, Brunei put into effect Islamic Sharia laws that allow for amputation for theft and stoning to death for adultery and homosexual sex. These laws have been on the books since 2014 but were only put into effect on Wednesday. Even before 2014, homosexuality was punishable by a jail term of up to 10 years. Brunei is a sultanate located on the north coast of the Island of Borneo off the South China Sea. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has held his regal position since 1967. He is listed as one of...

  • Home Invasion Robbery Results in Charges Against 23 Year Old LA Resident

    Observer Staff|Apr 9, 2019

    4/7/2019: Earlier today the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed charges on Brendan Bunnell, a 23-year old male, for a residential robbery. On April 2, 2019, at about 6:50AM SMPD responded to a residential burglary that had just occurred in the 1400 block of Grant St. The lone resident woke up to Bunnell in his house. Bunnell displayed a knife while demanding property and money. The resident was able to run out of the house and call the police without injury. Numerous officers...

  • SMFD Puts Out Fire at Coogies Cafe on Santa Monica Blvd

    Patrick Nulty, SMFD Public Info|Apr 9, 2019

    On Thursday evening, April 4th, 2019 at approximately 9:09 p.m. the Santa Monica Fire Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a structure fire at the Coogies Café located at 2906 Santa Monica Blvd. The restaurant had just closed for the night when staff members discovered the fire, and immediately evacuated. Firefighters arrived in 4 minutes and were confronted with heavy amounts of fire which was spreading rapidly throughout the rear portion of the restaurant and to the exterior...

  • Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the SamoHi Titanic with a $385 million "Discovery" Building

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Apr 9, 2019

    Ground broke on Tuesday for a new structure, dubbed the Discovery Building, at the Santa Monica High School campus. Its function is to replace the Science and Technology buildings which were demolished last summer. The building will form a U around an interior courtyard. Planned to open at the end of 2021, it will contain 38 classrooms, offices for the M and O houses, 3 multipurpose rooms, some common areas, and a full kitchen and cafeteria. A rooftop garden will serve as another classroom and...