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Articles from the April 22, 2024 edition

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  • SMPD Horse Patrol Conducts Equine Glam Photo Shoot in Front of Santa Monica City Hall

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 22, 2024

    20 — Today, I was fortunate enough to run into 11 members of the Santa Monica Police Department equine patrol, participating in a first ever photo shoot involving officers and their horses. Officer Del-Cornejo, who prefers to be called Dell, was astride a topically light colored horse. Dell told a photographer that he felt fortunate to be able to come to work and ride. Officer Barajas rode a dark brown horse with a brown mane. She said that she has been with the department’s horse pat...

  • Savoring Australia in Malibu: The Great Australian Bite

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Apr 22, 2024

    All Photos Courtesy of David Arellanes Imagining Australia evokes stunning landscapes, unique wildlife, and vibrant cities, yet those familiar with the country also appreciate its renowned culinary scene featuring diverse cuisines and exceptional wine regions. The Great Australian Bite brought this culinary essence to Malibu's iconic beaches, uniting cultures with a blend of Australian and Californian ingredients and world-class wines. Headlined by top Australian chefs-Josh Niland (Good Food...

  • Brazilian Woman Wheels Dead Uncle Into Bank, Has the Corpse Co-sign to Guarantee a Loan for $3,250

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 22, 2024

    “I don’t think he’s well. He doesn’t look well at all,” remarked one distrustful employee as Vieira tried to get her elderly relative to guarantee a 17,000 reals ($3,250) loan. Paulo Roberto Braga, 68, had died at least two hours before, authorities said. Ten minutes after visiting the bank in Rio de Janeiro Tuesday afternoon with her dead uncle, local police arrested Vieira. She was charged with violating a corpse and attempted theft through fraud, according to the Rio newspaper O Dia. “She...

  • Should She Claim Social Security Early to Clear Her Credit Card Debt?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Apr 22, 2024

    Ask Rusty – Older Husband and Working Wife Seek Guidance Dear Rusty: I am 74 years old, retired and receiving Social Security. My wife will be 65 in January of 2025. Our hope was to start paying off some credit card expense by her receiving SS when she turns 65, however it appears there would be a substantial reduction to her benefits. Her work income is $37,500 a year, and she wasn't planning on retiring from work at age 65. Because I am 11 years older, we felt it makes sense to use her S...

  • Woman Dies of Lead Poisoning After Using Vietnamese Hemorrhoid Ointment

    LA Department of Public Health|Apr 22, 2024

    April 18, 2024 - The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is warning residents not to use a Vietnamese herbal ointment called "Cao Bôi Trĩ Cây Thầu Dầu" (Castor Oil Hemorrhoid Extract) because it contains lead and can be fatal. A woman in Sacramento died in March after developing severe lead poisoning from using the Vietnamese herbal ointment, which has been promoted for treating hemorrhoids with a suggested intra-rectal application. The product was purchased on Facebook and mailed...

  • Rally Opposing Needle Distribution at Santa Monica Parks Draws Multiple News Outlets

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Apr 22, 2024

    April 17, 2024 - Differing views were expressed by speakers at a hastily convened rally opposing the free needle distribution program at Reed Park yesterday, but everyone agreed on one thing: needles do not belong in public parks. Approximately 70 people attended the rally Tuesday morning, including Channel 7 News and several other public and private news outlets. The small attendance belies the true opposition to the county program. 22,000 signatures have been collected opposing the distributio...

  • Frontier Communications Website and Phone Customer Service Out of Commission

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Apr 22, 2024

    April 17, 2024 - Since at least yesterday, the Frontier Communications website and phone payment system have been down. It is not possible to log in to pay bills nor to make payments at the self-service-only toll-free number. Technical Support has a recording that says, "We are experiencing a technical issue with our Internet support system platforms and are unable to take calls or chat. We are working quickly to resolve the issue and apologize for inconvenience. We hope to be up and running...

  • Suspects Arrested And Immediately Released Without Bail, After Looting Ulta Beauty on Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 22, 2024

    Three suspects were booked and immediately released after using sledgehammers to break open displays at Ulta Beauty on Wilshire Blvd. They stole over 23,000 in merchandise, including high end perfumes and women's clothing accessories. \The LAPD and SMPD participated in the search, which resulted in arrests in South Los Angeles. There are three additional suspects for whom police are searching. The people who burglarized the store were wearing hoodies and face masks. The press release from the...