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Articles from the July 25, 2022 edition

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  • Two American Servicemen Dead After Russian Attack in Donbas Region of Ukraine

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 25, 2022

    Update: “2 Americans, a Canadian and a Swedish citizen were killed July 18 when a Russian tank opened fire on them during an hourslong battle north of Siversk, their commander confirmed to me. The Americans killed were Luke Lucyszyn and Bryan Young.” Reports Christopher Miller, of Politico. The US State Dept. has confirmed that two American servicemen fighting for Ukraine, have died in a Russian artillery attack in Eastern Ukraine. "Out of respect to the families of the deceased, we will rel...

  • US and UK Spy Chiefs Agree: "There Is No Evidence" That Russian President Vladimir Putin is Sick or Dying

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 25, 2022

    7.21.22: He has been speculated to have Parkinson's, poisoning and various forms of cancer. I have speculated as much as anyone else, but US and UK intelligence chiefs are in agreement that Vladimir Putin, 69, appears to be in good health and in no risk of dying. "There is no evidence" that Putin is ill, MI6 chief Richard Moore told reporter Jim Sciutto, echoing what CIA Director Bill Burns said on July 20th. Putin is said to be expecting another child with Russia's secret first lady, Alina Kaba...

  • Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich Has Financial Conflict of Interest

    Peter Borresen, Santa Monica resident|Jul 25, 2022

    Dear Editor, The Santa Monica city attorney, or the city council needs to act immediately to force the Mayor's recusal from all council discussions and votes regarding either of the transfer tax ballots currently under consideration. Fact: The Mayor is spending $200,000 of her own money to gather signatures and campaign for her transfer tax ballot measure. The presence of a competing measure will require her to spend additional funds to achieve success, which will lessen her own finances. The...

  • Ukraine Navy Rescues Black Cat From Snake Island in Daring Daytime Mission

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 25, 2022

    In dramatic video posted to social media, Ukraine military intelligence rescues a black cat abandoned by Russian soldiers on snake Island. In the video, one soldier is seen handing the small black cat to another soldier. It was not immediately know what condition the cat was in, or where she was taken. "Ukraine's military intelligence operators, among other missions, have evacuated a cat 🐈 that has lived months under Russian occupation on the Snake Island and was abandoned," tweeted Illia...

  • First Citizen's Bank Replacing OneWest Bank on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica 90403

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 25, 2022

    At midnight on Sunday July 17th, First Citizens Bank replaced One West Bank at 17th Street and Montana Avenue. "First Citizens Bank has been operation for 124 years (founded in 1898), and we're the largest family controlled bank in the United States," explained Frank Smith in an email. Smith is the Sernior Communications VP for the company. "While we're headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, we've served customers in California since 2003." "OneWest Bank previously operated as a division of...

  • Jury Convicts Decorated Navy Seal for Murder of 58 Year Old Santa Monica Resident With His Bare Hands

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 25, 2022

    A former U.S. Navy Seal has been found guilty to a June 11, 2016 murder of a 58 year old Santa Monica resident, after a confrontation on Santa Monica Beach. Theodore Krah became concerned that a man who would ultimately become his murder victim, was photographing minor girls on the beach. The two exchanged words on surveillance footage, then parted company. As we reported in 2016: Decorated Navy Seal Theo Krah was watching a paddleboard tournament on Santa Monica beach one Saturday afternoon. Su...

  • Santa Monica Wins $65,000 Judgment Against Local Landlord in Tenant Harassment Case

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 25, 2022

    Santa Monica has won a $65,000 stipulated judgment against a local landlord who 'allegedly attempted a wrongful eviction" against a family in a rent-controlled apartment. Last April, the city's Attorney's Office filed a lawsuit alleging that the landlords of the apartment building at 848 18th Street used "fraudulent and coercive tactics" to attempt to force a family to leave their apartment after the tenants asked for repairs and maintenance work, Santa Monica officials said. In its lawsuit,...

  • Santa Monica High School Senior Inducted Into Prestigious National Society of High School Seniors

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 25, 2022

    Samantha Flores has been recognized for academic achievement by the National Society of High School Seniors. She is an incoming senior at Santa Monica High School. Samantha is the co-captain of SAMOHI's cheer squad. "I and have worked for these past four years to receive as many academic achievements as possible as a "tribute" of sorts to my mom who didn't get the opportunities that I have today," she says. Next year, she will be the first person in her family to enroll in college. Which...