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Articles from the May 27, 2024 edition

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  • IDF Strikes Target Northwest of Rafah, Kills Two Major Hamas Leaders

    Stan Greene, Observer StaffWriter|May 27, 2024

    The Israel Defense Forces struck a Hamas regional headquarters Sunday night northwest of Rafah. The strike, which followed a Hamas rocket strike on Tel Aviv, killed two major Hamas leaders as well as Palestinian civilians Hamas leaders were hiding behind. Eliminated in the precise airstrike in northwest Rafah: Hamas Chief of Staff in Judea and Samaria and an additional senior Hamas official. Terrorist #1: Yassin Rabia, had managed the entirety of Hamas' terrorist activity in Judea and Samaria,...

  • Why am I Paying Medicare Part B if I'm Still Working and Paying into the System?

    Rusty Gloor, Association of Mature American Citizens|May 27, 2024

    Ask Rusty – I'm Working after age 65; Why Aren't I Exempt from Medicare Part B Premium? Dear Rusty: Why, as I continue to work after age 65 and have FICA taxes taken from my check, am I - or anyone - also compelled under the threat of penalties, rate increases, etc. to immediately take Medicare Part B? Am I not then effectively paying into the system twice? As more and more people over 65 continue to work, isn't that a consideration that should be evaluated by Congress - if one is working p...

  • MIT President Gives Mealy-Mouthed Excuse for Finally Closing Down Pro-Gaza, Antisemitic Encampment that Violated Every Institute Rule

    Alyssa Erdley, Alumnus MIT and Observer Staff|May 27, 2024

    May 10, 2024 - Today we received a press release from Sally Kornbluth, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, explaining why she had called police in early this morning to take down (finally) a provocative and disruptive pro-Gaza (pro-Hamas terror organization) encampment that had planted itself in the Kresge courtyard - a central point connecting the student dorms, the student center and cafeterias, and the classroom buildings. The encampment, she admits in her statement, was i...

  • A Call on City Leaders to Clean Up this Mess: Crime, Homelessness, Overpriced "Affordable" Housing and More

    Houman David Hemmati MD PhD, Special to the Observer|May 27, 2024

    Dear Mayor Brock, City Manager White, City Attorney Sloan, and Esteemed Members of the City Council, I write to you as a deeply concerned and thoroughly fed-up resident of Santa Monica. Our city, once a beacon of beauty and safety, has descended into a state of lawlessness, neglect, and mismanagement. This letter serves as a wake-up call and a declaration of intent to reclaim our community from the brink of disaster. It is inspired by a profound sense of duty and love for our home, much like...

  • UPDATE: Whole Foods Worker Infected with Hepatitis A After Outbreak in Los Angles County Homeless Population

    Los Angeles County Department of Public Health|May 27, 2024

    UPDATE: After initially reporting a number of Hepatitis A cases among LA County's large homeless population, a few days later, the health department now reports a case in a non-homeless individual, a worker at a Whole Foods market in Beverly Hills. This is an expected result of allowing health conditions to foster in a certain population that are strictly regulated in other populations. May 17, 2024 Public Health Investigating a Case of Reported Hepatitis A at an LA County Grocery Store The Los...

  • While Crime and Homelessness Take Over the City, Elected Leaders Waste Time Discussing the Middle East

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|May 27, 2024

    May 15, 2024 - Last night the Santa Monica City Council devoted slightly over three hours in a 9-⅓ hour meeting to the topic of the Gaza conflict in the Middle East. Freshman councilmember Jesse Zwick had brought forward a resolution calling for a "negotiated bilateral ceasefire" in the military actions Israel is conducting to root out the terrorist organization Hamas. Hamas broke the previous ceasefire on October 7, 2023, brutally raping, torturing, and murdering Israelis and other citizens, ki...