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Articles from the June 12, 2016 edition

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  • Nightclub Shooting in Orlando Kills 50. 53 at hospital, of which 19 are now released

    Observer Staff|Jun 12, 2016

    Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, 29 lived about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from Orlando. Mateen was an American citizen born in New York to Afghan parents, and was a Muslim. He was a licensed security guard, attended the Haj in Mecca in 2012. His views became increasingly radicalized. At 2:02 a.m. EDT June 12, shots were heard and an Orlando Police Department (OPD) officer stationed at Pulse nightclub engaged Mateen and returned fire. Pulse posted on its Facebook page at 2:09 a.m. EDT, "Everyone get ou...

  • FBI was Aware of Omar Mateen Prior to Orlando Gay Nightclub Massacre

    Observer Staff|Jun 12, 2016

    The Federal Bureau of Investigations was made aware of shooter Omar Mateen in 2013, says FBI spokesman Special Agent Hopper at a press conference at 3 p.m. EST. "He was not under current investigation, and he was not under surveillance by the FBI" at the time of the attack," he said. Mateen, 29, committed the worst mass shooting in US history last night at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FLA. He had been interviewed by the FBI twice, due to radical islamic views he had expressed to co workers. B...

  • Christina Grimmie Shot Dead by Gunman While Signing Autographs at Concert--The Voice

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 12, 2016

    She died at 22 while signing autographs after a concert. The senseless killing of Christina Grimmie in front of fans, her band and her brother, shocked Orlando Florida and the Nation later Friday night. The singer was pronounced dead when she arrived at the emergency room. At 1:15 a.m. EST Saturday, Christina Grimmie died as a result of gunshot wounds. According to an anonymous intern at Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC), Grimmie passed away shortly after being brought into the emergency...

  • Annual Fireworks Display June 25, 2016

    Observer Staff

    Once upon a time, there was a beach city with a pier 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles, that held a fireworks display on July 4th on the beach. Then, the wrong crowd started showing up. There was a gang murder on Santa Monica beach in 1990, and 2 more in 1991. The City tried doing it the morning of July 4th, and called it "The Dawn's Early Light." The gangs stayed up all night, and there were 3 gang murders in 1994. So the beach City moved its display to Santa Monica college, and held in ten...

  • Facebook Users Told: Install "Moments," Or Your Photos Will Be Deleted

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 12, 2016

    Users have pretty much trashed Facebook online after they received notifications including emails, alerting them that their synced photos will soon be deleted unless they download and install the Moments app. Facebook is about to delete a group of photos on your phone, although you might not know or care that they're there. That's because they're hiding in a private "synced from phone" section of your Facebook photos. This photo section was created in 2012 when Facebook offered you the option...

  • Letter from Stanford Rape Victim's Boyfriend to Judge Surfaces

    Name Redacted, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 12, 2016

    Dear Judge Persky: I am writing to provide a statement describing the impact of the three felony sex crimes that Brock Turner committed against Jane Doe. Specifically, I want to lay out my observations on the impact of Brock Turner's crime on five individuals: Jane Doe's father, her mother, her surrogate grandmother, myself, and most importantly, Jane Doe. Jane Doe's father was one of the two first family members to hear that Brock Turner had sexually assaulted his daughter. Jane Doe sat down...

  • Two People Killed by Plane Crash in Hawthorne

    Associated Press, AP|Jun 12, 2016

    (June 11, 2016) Two people were killed on Friday after the small plane they were flying crash landed into a condominium building in Hawthorne, local police and fire told the AP. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the two people aboard the Grumman American AA-1B were killed on impact. A Los Angeles County fire dispatcher said nobody else, including the residents of the Hawthorne home , were hurt. Neighbor Antwahn Nance told KNBC-TV he could hear the plane's engine...

  • Orlando Shooting. Don't Mention Growing Homophobia Or Gun Control.

    Christine Peake, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 12, 2016

    Today is yet another sad day in what was a great forward moving country. Orlando is the latest victim in a horrific shooting and yes my social media is receiving comments about ISIS but let us not forget that this radical lunatic 29 year old Omar Mateen was able to get his hands on a weapon of war. Reports that he was known to FBI are again being released? His ex wife is spouting like Amber Heard? His father claims it was triggered by an incident where he saw a gay couple kissing in Miami two...

  • Sheriff's Dept Issues Statement on Gay Pride Event in West Hollywood

    LA County Sheriff, LASD|Jun 12, 2016

    The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is the principal law enforcement agency in West Hollywood. They issued the following statement 11:15 a.m. 6/12: Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families of this horrific attack which occurred in Orlando early this morning. While there are no specific or credible threats received by law enforcement for the greater Los Angeles area, our personnel maintain a heightened state of situational awareness and remain vigilant in the protection...

  • Santa Monica Gas Main Ruptures

    Dale Hallock, SMFD PIO|Jun 12, 2016

    Today at approximately 10:10 AM, Santa Monica Fire Department received reports of a construction accident, resulting in a severed natural gas main at 2425 Olympic Blvd. First arriving units found a high pressure, 1" gas main severed with no fire. 3 Engines, a Ladder Truck, a Hazardous Materials Unit, and Chief Officer Supervisor, ultimately responded to manage the incident. This leak resulted in the evacuation of 2 neighboring office buildings, 2425 Olympic, and 1620 26th Street. Also, all...

  • Gay Pride Festival called subdued; security heightened.

    Observer Staff|Jun 12, 2016

    Concerns were especially high as the 46th annual Gay Pride Parade, America's oldest and largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning gathering, had expected to attract over 400,000 along West Hollywood's Santa Monica Boulevard by the 11 a.m. start. Sheriff's Lt. Edward Ramirez told City News Service this morning, "In light of the unfortunate shooting incident in Orlando, Florida, the Sheriff's Department is fully prepared to respond to a similar situation, should the need exist,":...

  • Mexico Ministry of Health Outlines Steps to Fight Zika Virus

    Health Mexico|Jun 12, 2016

    · Pablo Kuri Morales, Mexico's Undersecretary of Health Prevention and Promotion, said that there have confirmed 272 cases in his country · He stressed that strict monitoring of pregnant women, infected with the virus, will remain until their babies' birth Before the next rainy season in Mexico, the Health Ministry of this country, will intensify actions to control mosquito Aedes aegypti, trasmissor vector of the zika, chikungunya and dengue virus, said Mexico's Undersecretary of Health P...