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Articles from the April 18, 2016 edition

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  • Toddler abducted by Stranger Found Safe

    Observer Staff|Apr 18, 2016

    The California Highway Patrol found a kidnapped 2-year-old boy who was the subject of a statewide Amber Alert, in a Monterey County barn. A thief had stolen the car with the boy in the back seat. The car was found abandoned, and no suspects were apprehended. A 911 caller reported seeing the Honda in a barn on River Road south of Salinas, said CHP spokesman Officer Oscar Loza. Monterey County sheriff's deputies responded to the scene, where the caller led them to the car and found the boy, Loza s...

  • The 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival Opens April 28

    Daniel Margolis|Apr 18, 2016

    The 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival, hosted by Ben Mankiewicz, will open at the historic TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Thursday, April 28, with a red carpet screening of "All the President's Men". Carl Bernstein, author of the book by the same name, will be there to meet with invited guests. A gala meet-and-greet for guests will follow the screening. At least fifty-five actors, producers, directors, cinematographers, writers and musicians are scheduled to attend the opening night gala,...

  • Teen Drowns, But Beach Cleanups Continue

    David Ganezer, Observer Publisher|Apr 18, 2016

    Update: Alix Hobbs, the President of Heal the Bay, called me to say that Thuy Tran's death, while tragic, was not connected to Heal the Bay, as she was not participating in their beach clean up event. For this reason, they have no more information on the circumstances of this tragedy. She said that Heal the Bay has procedures in place to train volunteers about beach safety. Nevertheless, she said, it's impossible to watch everyone at every moment, or to prevent people from swimming or engaging...

  • Record Luxury Home Sales in SM

    Observer Staff|Apr 18, 2016

    During the first Quarter or 2016, Santa Monica had more luxury homes sales than any area except Beverly Hills, said Sotheby's real estate in a report. Santa Monica tied with Pacific Palisades, for 24 "Luxury Home" sales in January, February and March. Only 13 such homes were sold in the same period last year. Beverly Hills had 27 luxury home sales in first quarter 2016, Sotheby's said. A luxury home is one sold for more than $3,000,000. Sotheby's Western Region COO Frank Symons said in a press...

  • The Adderall Diaries ● One More Time ● Criminal

    debbie lynn elias, Observer Film Reviewer|Apr 18, 2016

    Lots of good stuff opening in theatres this week, as well as on a concurrent digital/VOD platform, including the much anticipated Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK. Normally, I would devote full coverage to this Disney film, but given the review embargos were lifted some time ago and reviews have been flooding the marketplace leading up to the April 15th release, we're going to look at some of the unsung winners of the week in this column today. But, suffice to say, when it comes to THE JUNGLE BOOK, it i...

  • Kobe Bryant By The Numbers

    Mitch Chortkoff, Observer Sports Editor|Apr 18, 2016

    Below are facts and gures about Bryant's historic career. • 48,527: Minutes played through April 7, 2016, the sixth most in NBA history • 33,521: Career points, third on the NBA's all-time scoring list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928) • 5,640: Points scored in the NBA Playoffs, third most in NBA history behind Michael Jordan (5,987) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762) • 81: Points in a 122-104 victory against the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 22, 2006, the second-...

  • Irish Sea-Story to be Rejuvenated by Ocean Setting

    Sam Hunter|Apr 18, 2016

    Coming off a successful run at La Jolla Shores in San Diego, SECOND SKIN draws from the mystery and drama of the ocean. Pat Launer from The Times of San Diego said, "...the beach setting is perfect for this fascinating and haunting play. You may never see seals the same." The production will journey to Santa Barbara before bringing the ghostly tale to Santa Monica April 24th through May 15th. For playwright Kristin Idaszak, the ever-changing ocean and sands bring up memories of her mother and...

  • Kobe Scores 60 In His Final Game

    Mitch Chortkoff, Observer Sports Editor|Apr 18, 2016

    Kobe Bryant ended his 20- year playing career with the Lakers by scoring 60 points Wednesday night in a 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz. Bryant took 50 shots and made 22. He was given only token resistance on some of them after the Jazz learned they had been eliminated from playoff consideration when the Houston Rockets won their game. The Rockets finished eighth in the Western Conference and will op- pose the defending champion Golden State Warriors in the first playoff round. The Warriors fi...

  • Medicare Meddling Could Prove Devastating for Men

    Ana Fadich MPH CHES, Mens Health Network|Apr 18, 2016

    If statistics are any guide, the war against chronic disease is going particularly poorly for men. For 9 of the 10 deadliest diseases, American men die at higher rates than women. Over 300,000 men will drop dead this year from heart disease alone. Male patients urgently need better treatments. That's why proposed changes to Medicare's prescription drug benefit are so worrying. Below, Men's Health Network vice president Ana Fadich warns that, rather than save billions of dollars, lawmaker meddlin...

  • SMFD Puts Out Fire on Sunset Avenue

    Dale Hillock, SMFD Public Information Officer|Apr 18, 2016

    At approximately 1:35 AM, on April 15, 2016 Santa Monica fire department received multiple calls of a large vegetation fire behind 1346 Sunset Ave. upon arrival firefighters found large flames, described as 100 feet high, threatening six homes, and spanning several streets. Highwinds, arcing and falling power lines were all factors that the firefighters had to deal with in controlling the blaze. Ultimately 6 Fire Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 1Rescue Ambulance, 1 Hazardous Materials Unit, and 1...

  • Bernie Sanders Apologizes After Local Doc Calls Clinton, Democrats 'Whores'

    AP|Apr 18, 2016

    Update: Dr. Paul Song abruptly resigned from his position on the progressive group called "The Courage Campaign," five days after making the controversial comments described below. Dr. Paul Song, railing against the relationship between politicians and corporations before Sanders' supporters on Wednesday, said, "Medicare-for-all will never happen if we continue to elect corporate Democratic whores who are beholden to big pharma and the private insurance industry instead of us." Song, a health...