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Articles from the July 22, 2020 edition

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 By Leonard Brophy    News    July 22, 2020

Kristen McCowan Appointed to Greg Morena's Seat on Santa Monica City Council

History was made on Tuesday when the majority of council members voted for Kristin McCowan to join them on the virtual dais. With that decision, McCowan became the first black Santa Monica council...


Chinese Army Shaving Uigher Prisoners' Heads, Blindfolds and Loads them on Train to Gulags: Video

The US is focused on a few protestors in Portland, but meanwhile the human rights crisis in China has become really serious. Tape has emerged of a Muslim minority called the Uyghers, being shaven,...

 By Sarah Storkin    News    July 22, 2020

#NakedAthena Protestor Spreads Her Legs at Police During Portland Protest. Now We've Seen Everything

So. "Naked Athena" a performance artist, appears in front of a police line and dares them to shot tear gas at her. At one point she sat down in the road, her legs splayed. She did wear a mask,...


Santa Monica Bus Driver William Alvarenga Retires After 37 Years of Driving Passengers

7/13/20: Big Blue Bus bid farewell to William Alvarenga, its longest-tenured bus "Operator," or driver. Alvarenga had driven for the company for 37 years. "(Alvarenga) was an exceptional Operator. He...


Cycle Bar Moves Exercise Machines and Social Distances to Keep Clients Coming During Covid

Cycle Bar in Culver City has taken extreme measures to continue classes during the most recent County of Los Angeles health closures. Steph Sklar-Mulcahy told Inside Edition that moving outside is...

 By Alyssa Erdley    Schools    July 22, 2020

Let's Use Covid-19 to Rethink America's Public Schools. They're Obsolete, Anyway

All over the United States, local and national leaders debate the possibility of opening school in the fall. In many areas, officials and teachers are reluctant to invite children to congregate and...


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