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Articles from the July 25, 2016 edition

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  • The Sun was Red Saturday Morning in Santa Monica, Los Angeles

    David Ganezer, Observer Publisher|Jul 25, 2016

    7/23: In Santa Monica and elsewhere in Los Angeles, the sunlight appears to be red. Particles arise into the atmosphere from a forest fire, sometimes traveling for miles. The particles produce a scattering effect upon the component parts of white light. The Sand Fire in Santa Clarita has now burned more than 20,000 acres. Update 4 PM: it's now cooler outside my apartment then inside in Santa Monica. This is because the cloud of smoke has completely obscured the sun. Temperatures have fallen...

  • Backbone Trail Cowgirls Complete Ride Saturday. One, Ruth Gerson, is 82 years old.

    Kate Kuykendall, National Park Service|Jul 25, 2016

    Five courageous ladies are embarking on a major challenge of skill and adventure in a couple of weeks. The Backbone Trail Cowgirls are setting out to ride the entire Backbone Trail on horseback as the first group to do so since the trail was completely opened end-to-end and officially designated as a National Recreation Trail. Update: 82-year-old Ruth Gerson and four friends will complete their horseback ride of the 67-mile Backbone Trail on Saturday, 7/23. They began their journey on 7/18 at...

  • Wonder Woman, Imperial Storm Troopers, Trekkies Mingle with Nerds at San Diego Comic-Con

    Ariel Tobe, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 25, 2016

    6,000 people poured into San Diego's convention center for the 36th annual comic con starting last Thursday and ending Sunday night. If I had to summarize Comic-con in one word it would be an adventure. If you are a first timer or a veteran of the con, there is always something new and exciting, after all who doesn't enjoy entertainment. It feels as if all human kind is present at the con, with everyone racing to get to the same thing. The ever so popular hall H with the annual Walking Dead...

  • Do the Fish, Whale Shark and Octopus in Finding Dory Behave Like Real Fish?

    Sabine Rose, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 25, 2016

    "Hands! Hands!" Trembling with fear, the purple pickles burrow under the sand to wait out the plunging, poking, wrenching storm that is a sea of children crowded around a touch tank. If you've seen Disney-Pixar's new release "Finding Dory," you know which scene I'm referring to. But is this really how sea cucumbers feel about kids at touch tanks? In this article, I will expose some interesting facts about the characters in the movie, as they would function and behave in real life. Hank the...

  • Unilever Buys Dollar Shave Club For $1 Billion

    Observer Staff|Jul 25, 2016

    Unilver announced on Tuesday evening that it is getting into the razor business, by agreeing to acquire Dollar Shave Club. No financial terms were disclosed, but a source close to the deal tells Fortune that Unilver is paying $1 billion in cash for the Santa Monica-based business. Dollar Shave Club is a Venice, California-based company that delivers razors and other personal grooming products straight to consumers by mail. The company positions itself as a cost-effective and convenient...

  • 30,000 Acre Wildfire Continues to Grow North of Los Angeles

    Liz Miller, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 25, 2016

    Update 7 PM 7/24: Sand Fire continues to move at a rapid speed. The Santa Monica Animal Shelter is collecting animal crates to help relocate animals. There are many animal sanctuaries and rescues in the areas now being evacuated. Contact your local shelter or go to #sandfire on Twitter to see if there is a way for you to help. Current Evacuation Zones: Sierra Hwy at Shady Lane to Sierra Hwy at 14 / Escondido at 14 to Sierra Hwy at 14 Agua Dulce Canyon Road north to the 14 Freeway / Crown Valley...

  • 8,473 Claims Filed Against City for Jets at Santa Monica Airport

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 25, 2016

    Attorney Jonathan Stein has informed the City Manager Rick Cole, that he is filing 8,473 tort claims against the City of Santa Monica for running a "nuisance" at the airport. A government tort claim is a condition precedent to filing a class action lawsuit against the City. The jet noise and other pollution at the airport, Stein says, constitutes a nuisance and in one particular case filed by the City Manager himself, the jury found "jet-powered aircraft operations at Santa Monica Municipal...

  • Finding Dory Stands On Its Own as a Marine Lost & Found Tale

    Sabine Rose, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 25, 2016

    Thirteen years ago, a six-year-old girl screamed and ran out of the movie theater into painfully broad sunlight because an Australian Great White Shark with a magnificent grin had smiled across the big screen and said "Hallo." Thirteen years later, that girl clipped breathlessly through throngs of Santa Monica tourists to reach the theater in time for the 10:20 am showing of "Finding Dory," the long-awaited sequel to "Finding Nemo." This time, though, I was more afraid of being locked out of...

  • Hillary Clinton Selects Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her VP Running Mate

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 25, 2016

    On July 22, 2016, Hillary Clinton announced that she had selected Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate in the 2016 presidential election. Timothy Michael "Tim" Kaine, 58, is an attorney serving as the junior United States Senator from Virginia. A member of the Democratic Party, Kaine was elected to the Senate in 2012. Clinton named Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia to be her running mate Friday, according to a senior campaign official, selecting a battleground state politician with...

  • Music to Your Ears: Santa Monica Conservatory of Music

    Liz Angeles, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 25, 2016

    Looking for something to do with your kids this summer? You know how you like to find an activity that's unique and fun for the kids, that has a bonus of being educationally and culturally rewarding? Have I got the answer for you! Summertime can be brutal on a parent who is getting "MOMMY! MOMMY MOMMY!"d to death... You know the drill. So every time my daughter's school has a break, we make a run to the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music (SMCM). Their music camps offer the perfect answer for...