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Articles from the April 16, 2017 edition

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  • Second Drug Related Death in Three Weeks of a Santa Monica High School Student

    Observer Staff|Apr 16, 2017

    Update, 5/10/17: Leslie Hernandez disenrolled in Santa Monica schools in March of 2015. She was a student at the time of her death, but she was not a student specifically at SamoHi or any SMMUSD school. The body of a teenage girl found on April 7th, 2017 along the Los Angeles River in Long Beach, turns out to be that of a Santa Monica High School junior, Leslie Hernandez, 17. Witnesses called Long Beach Police at 1:30 a.m. Thursday to report that they had seen a body. She was recovered from...

  • Teen Scientist Wins $250,000 Regeneron Science Talent Search Award

    Zane|Apr 16, 2017

    Society for Science & the Public and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has announced that Indrani Das, 17, of Oradell, New Jersey, won the top award in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and math competition. Forty finalists, including Indrani, were honored at the annual Regeneron Science Talent Search Awards Gala for their research projects demonstrating exceptional scientific and mathematical ability, taking home more than $1.8 million in...

  • Trump Calls it "Fake News." Thomas Jefferson Said Pretty Much The Same Thing About Newspapers

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 16, 2017

    Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence; Donald Trump wrote the Art of the Deal. Jefferson owned Monticello; Trump owns Mar A Lago. Jefferson owned slaves, dozens of them. He had an affair and six children with Sally Hemings, one of his slaves. Trump employs hundreds of people, from construction people to lawyers to PR people. Jefferson founded the University of Virginia, which is still a great university. Donald Trump founded Trump University; let's not go there. Thomas...

  • 8th Suspicious Death of Russian Diplomat or Official in 5 months: Denis Voronenkov

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 16, 2017

    Update: CNN has added the deaths of three more Russian diplomats or officials in two months to the list. CNN has noticed what we noticed 2 months ago: The mysterious deaths of Russian officials are piling up. First Alexander Kadakin, 67, the Russian ambassador to India, died on January 26 after a brief, mysterious illness. Then, Denis Voronenkov was gunned down in Ukraine. "The brazen daytime slaying of a Russian politician outside a Ukrainian hotel this week brings to eight the number of...

  • Couldn't we all just get along? Asks Halton Pardee, celebrating SNAP Inc's Venice Presence

    Nancy Kaufman, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 16, 2017

    Venice Beach, CA is still where the action is today, in its new, improved and future form. Snap, the technology boom, the rise of digital capitalism, and Snapchat as the disrupter of social media all intersect where the economy and culture of Venice meet. According to Forbes, Snap was considered the disrupter of social media in 2013. Business Insider called Snap a "socially augmented reality platform," which has taken the digital platform to another level. Snapchat is the only app of its kind...

  • Free Solar Systems to Orphanages Throughout Baja Mexico and Beyond

    Zane|Apr 16, 2017

    Powerpedia, a San Diego-based renewable energy consultancy has announced the formation of the nonprofit organization GetChargedUp to facilitate a multi-year commitment of providing free solar systems to orphanages throughout Baja Mexico and beyond, under its flagship program EmpowerOrphans. "I recently had a chance to spend the day with children and volunteers at the Rancho de Los Niños orphanage in Baja, Mexico and it was an extraordinary experience for me," said Faisal El Azzouzi, Principal...