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Articles from the July 10, 2016 edition

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  • Human Rights Abuses Cause US to Sanction Kim Jong Un

    Jul 10, 2016

    The United States sanctioned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un today for human rights abuses "without parallel in the Modern world." The Treasury Dept. added Kim and 10 other North Korean individuals and five entities, to the U.S. sanctions list. The "Marshall" as he is called in North Korea, is among 23 individuals and entities cited for their role in serious human rights violations, hunting down defectors or censorship in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. "Human rights abuses in the...

  • Islamic Connection: Some Suspects in Dallas Shooting Sympathized with the Nation of Islam

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 10, 2016

    On July 7, 2016, five police officers were killed by sniper fire in Dallas, Texas. Six other officers and two civilians were wounded. A shooter fired at a protest against police killings in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. This is all generally known. It seems improbable that Black Lives Matter members would fire on a Black Lives Matter demonstration. And that is in fact, not what happened. Among the five suspects now in Dallas Police custody are self...

  • Susan Cline Hired as new Director of Santa Monica Public Works Dept.

    Constance Farrell, City Managers Office|Jul 10, 2016

    City Manager Rick Cole has selected Susan Cline to serve as the new Director of Santa Monica's Public Works Department. Cline has served as Assistant Director for over six years, and brings nearly 20 years of leadership experience in public sector planning, operations, and management. She has served as interim Director of Public Works on two previous occasions. "The responsibility of running the team that provides the backbone public services our community relies on 24/7 is a special and...

  • DEA Source Confirms Schedule II Medical Marijuana is in the Works.

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 10, 2016

    "Let me tell you how the big pharma industry works," said the DEA lawyer, picking up a glass of chardonnay and swirling it around. We were having lunch at Shutters on the Beach, and the wine, for which I would pay, cost $150 a glass. But he had promised to answer some questions from readers of my groundbreaking article entitled "US Gov't Will Legalize Marijuana August 1." "I'll tell you how...

  • Biblical Noah's Ark Encounter Opened July 7 in Kentucky

    Observer Staff|Jul 10, 2016

    It took Noah 40 days and 40 nights to wait out the storm. And visiting a full size replica of the Ark opening in Williamston KY this weekend, will set you back $40. Ark Encounter is a Christian theme park that opened in Grant County, Kentucky on July 7, 2016. The centerpiece of the park is a full-scale model of Noah's Ark 510 feet (160 m) long and 81 feet high. Plans for additional phases of the park include a model of the Tower of Babel, along with replicas of an ancient walled city and a...

  • Sarah Silverman: "I'm lucky to be alive" after three weeks in ICU

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 10, 2016

    Actress and comedian Sarah Silverman describes herself as lucky to be alive, after three weeks in the Intensive Care Unit at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. She checked in with what she thought was a routine throat infection. The actress said ultimately she was diagnosed with Epiglottitis, a sometimes fatal infection that took 3 weeks for her to overcome. She says further that three people she's close to have died within the last year The full text of the actresses Facebook post is below....

  • What Bonobo and Dolphin Sexuality Teaches Us about Humans

    Sabine Rose, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 10, 2016

    I'm going to say it. The "s" word. Don't laugh. Please don't tell on me. It's the iron core of our flesh-and-blood universe as living beings. It's also the source of countless thousands of detentions, imprisonments and giggles in seventh grade biology classrooms. It's the perfumed breath of all our timeless stories as they rush us like wind to the climax of our lives. It's also the reason human populations have been assembled into strict, competing categories and has caused far too many lives...