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Articles from the May 12, 2021 edition

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  • Teen Cooking Camp in Santa Monica

    The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories Offering Week-Long Teen Camps

    The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories is grabbing their spatula, putting on their chef hats and masks and re-opening their kitchen doors for in-person classes beginning June 14! Located on the third floor of Santa Monica Place, the renowned cooking school is thrilled to be welcoming at-home foodies once again into their pristine kitchens for a hands-on cooking or baking class led by an experienced chef. To kick off this exciting re-opening, the school is serving budding new chefs with...

  • There's a Fungus Among Us: Scientists Discover Life On Mars. Maybe.

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|May 12, 2021

    A new report on the website reports on a group of US, European and Chinese researchers who believe the "blueberries" of Mars are not rock formations. They are actually hardy fungi, the report claims. Which would mean there's life on Mars. The report theorizes that the fungus, or fungi, could be used as food or fuel by future human colonists. Personally, I think I prefer the deep fried mushroom burger at Shake Shack, but I digress. The objects in question show“chalky-white c...

  • After Homeless Removed From Echo Park, So Are 35.7 Tons of Their Solid Waste; Gun-Control California May Soften Gun Crime Laws and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

    Association of Deputy District Attorneys|May 12, 2021

    Depp to get drafts of article at center of defamation case against Heard--WHAS Johnny Depp's lawsuit accusing his ex-wife Amber Heard of defamation enters its third year in court with a ruling that the actress must turn over drafts of an editorial she published in The Washington Post. Fairfax County Circuit Court Chief Judge Penney S. Azcarate ruled from the bench Friday that Heard must also turn over certain communications with partners and associates, along with a passel of other documents...

  • See Something, Say Something Results in Illegal Firearm Arrest

    SMPD and Observer Staff|May 12, 2021

    On May 8, 2021 at approximately 3:00 AM, Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Officers responded to the 900 block of Georgina Avenue regarding a report of suspicious behavior involving two individuals. The reporting person believed they were prowling. Upon the officers' arrival, they witnessed the described vehicle leaving the area at a high rate of speed. The vehicle failed to obey several traffic signs and continued to be reckless until officers were able to stop it a short distance away....

  • Over 50% of Students at SMMUSD Return to Campus

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|May 12, 2021

    More than half of the students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District have returned to campus for in-person instruction and the percentage is increasing daily, school officials said on Monday. But SMMUSD parents have until this Friday, May 14, to finalize their decision about in-person or distance learning for their children for the rest of this school year, said Supt Ben Drati in an email to parents. "Following this date, parents will no longer be able to switch between the two...

  • We're looking for the Artist in You, Santa Monica: Students (and Others) Contribute to an Online Archive of "The Plague Year" - and Get Put on Public Posters

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|May 12, 2021

    Paula Goldman is looking for the artist in you, Santa Monica. With a grant from the Art of Recovery, an initiative of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, Goldman is tasked with the mission of seeking the public's response to a year of Covid-19 and our hopes for the post-pandemic world. She wants as many people as possible to visit the "Journal of The Plague Year" website (https://covid- and post their text, image, video, or oral history. From these, she selects some...