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Articles from the July 15, 2022 edition

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  • Ivana Trump Dies of "Cardiac Event" at 73. She Was Donald Trump's First Wife and the Mother of Ivana, Donald and Eric Trump

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 15, 2022

    Ivana Trump, the ex-wife of former Pres. Donald Trump, has died at age 73, the family told reporters. She was found dead in her Manhattan apartment by police, who said the cause of death was a "Cardiac Event." The mother of Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, Ivana was a quiet, behind the scenes figure. The Trumps divorced in 1992. The former president immediately issued a statement. “I am very saddened to inform all of those that loved her, of which there are many, that Ivana T...

  • Jim Downing, Former Teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, Dies at 93

    Janis Holt, his daughter|Jul 15, 2022

    My father, Jim Downing, has passed away. He taught science and social studies at Lincoln Junior High for many years. He was very active in the Santa Monica community throughout the years he lived there. James Richard Downing was born on January 17, 1929 in Bakersfield California. He passed away on June 28, 2022 in Santa Barbara, California. He was a devoted husband, father, educator, camper, world traveler, naturalist, volunteer, and real estate developer. While studying for his BA at UCSB, he...

  • Shame on Santa Monica

    Jill Chapin, Santa Monica resident|Jul 15, 2022

    If you have walked our iconic bluffs overlooking the ocean, you will find discarded cans, old backpacks, blankets and clothes on the other side of the concrete railings that spoil the otherwise majestic ocean view. While the rest of Palisades Park is kept up beautifully, the bluff's rim is riddled with trash. I asked a Parks employee about it and he said they weren't allowed to go over the fence to clean it up because it was too dangerous. So that's it? Are we out of ideas on how to safely...

  • Tikun Olam Foundation's $5 Million Grant Helps Create The Community Connection at Venice Family Clinic

    Laura Mecoy, Venice Family Clinic|Jul 15, 2022

    Venice Family Clinic is expanding and integrating its medical, mental health, early childhood education and other services to young families with an innovative initiative called The Community Connection. Launched with a $5 million grant from the Tikun Olam Foundation, The Community Connection serves families from the moment they are expecting a child through the first three years of the child's life. It is designed to build better health outcomes and foster economic opportunity and increased...

  • Nike Turns Australian Kangaroos Into Running Shoes, Group Alleges in Protest Outside the Nike Store in Santa Monica

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Senior Staff Writer|Jul 15, 2022

    7/9/22 a protest outside the Nike Store in Santa Monica demonstrate against the shoe giant’s continued use of kangaroo skin in soccer cleats. "Nike is one of the biggest buyers of kangaroo skins used in soccer cleats," wrote " said the Center for a Humane Economy in a press release it released with Los Angeles for Animals. "In New South Wales alone, more than 40,000 kangaroos are killed every month (even during Covid lockdown) solely for this commercial purpose. There are no farmed kangaroos, a...

  • Woke Cinderella: You're Invited to the Ball as Santa Monica Live Theater Returns From a Pandemic Break

    Observer Staff|Jul 15, 2022

    "I attended the Morgan-Wixson Theatre production of Cinderella on opening night. This is an ambitious, diverse, non-traditional casting of this great musical. Santa Monica's Morgan Wilson Theatre was founded in 1946 and this is the first main stage play since the beginning of the pandemic. Support your neighborhood theatre and its actors by seeing this musical before it closes July 31st!" -- Phil Brock From the press release: The musical CINDERELLA at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre Mainstage in...

  • Death in the Parks of Santa Monica

    Arthur Jeon, Santa Monica City Council Candidate|Jul 15, 2022

    It was with sadness that I read this in a recent story in The Santa Monica Current: “The One Thing you need to know is that SMPD responded to a call at Palisades Park last night for two unresponsive men behind a restroom. One man was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to a local hospital. There were no signs of foul play but officers did find drug paraphernalia nearby.” Sadness, but not surprise. Because this is a photo I took recently of the area at the top of the Cal...

  • Exploring the World of a Vegetarian Diet Begins With You in 2022

    Chuck Levin, Special to the Observer|Jul 15, 2022

    We love animals. Human beings have a lot to say about animal beings, plus a lot of shared experience since the beginning of time. Animals are painted on pre historic walls, chased, domesticated, written of, hunted, there are centuries of works of art, one longest running musical on Broadway. Animals are idealized, villainized, feared, loved. They are definitely a significant part of our world, our culture, environment, society and our everyday life. It's not cool that hundreds are endangered,...

  • One General, 4 Colonels Killed When HIMARS Rockets Hit Russian Army HQ in Kherson, Ukraine. 150 Men KIA

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 15, 2022

    16: The Ukrainian Army confirmed that a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) supplied by the US, has hit and destroyed a command center near Kherson, occupied Southern Ukraine. "It is reported that the Russian Major General Nasbulin, Colonel Kens and the Chief of Staff of the 22nd Army Corps were killed as a result of HIMARS attack on the headquarters in Kherson region. In total, 150 dead soldiers are reported."

  • Russian Milbloggers Turn On Putin. "Because of HIMARS and other Western Equipment, the War is Now Lost."

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 15, 2022

    They are called Milbloggers, which is short for military bloggers. They have cheered the invasion since day one. They believe Putin's problem is he has held back and not used enough brute force on cities like Kyiv and Kharkiv. Their opinions are so important, expressed as they are on Telegram, that Putin himself has met with a group of them in the Kremlin, to ask them to lay off the criticism in the name of national unity. But now, one infamous military blogger has concluded that the war is...

  • Starbucks Underneath the Santa Monica Pier Closes Due to Homelessness, Crime, Unsafe Conditions

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 15, 2022

    It is a landmark known around the world. The Santa Monica Pier is 112 years old, but this is the first year where retailers have had to close stores due to "unsafe conditions." Starbucks cited safety as the reason the woke corporation was closing six west coast stores, including one on Hollywood and Vine, and one on the Santa Monica Pier. People in Santa Monica are furious about the crime and dirt in their formerly beautiful city, though not necessarily angry enough to stop voting for the...