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Articles from the July 30, 2021 edition


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  • Homeless 'Advocate' Busted for Allegedly Dealing Drugs in Venice

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 30, 2021

    A man who describes himself as a homeless outreach advocate was arrested last Thursday on charges of selling drugs to the transients near the "Venice Bridge Home," sheriff's officials said. Garry Featherstone, 65, was charged with possession of phencyclidine (PCP) for sale and possession of methamphetamine for sale, according to statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD). Investigators from the Narcotics Bureau conducted the search warrant operation on tent near 3rd Avenue...

  • There's a Good Reason the Norway Women's Beach Handball Uniforms Are Different. Here It Is:

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 30, 2021

    It's the summer, nothing's on TV and the top story in the world are the bikini bottoms worn by the Norway Women's Beach Handball Team. Personally, I'll take this over any Covid related story. Beach Handball has not yet made the Olympics permanently. At the 2020 games, it is an exhibition sport striving for world attention. The ladies look just awesome dressed that way. Sorry, but who really wants to see the guys dressed that way, anyway? "Norway's Women's Beach handball team just took a stand fo...

  • Fund Manager Pleads to Stealing $336,000 From UCLA's History Department

    Pamela J. Johnson, District Attorney Office|Jul 30, 2021

    Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced that a fund manager at UCLA's history department pleaded no contest today to stealing more than $300,000 from the university through fraudulent purchase orders and travel reimbursements. "Public employees have a financial responsibility to the people they serve," District Attorney Gascón said. "This criminal conduct drained resources from the history department that could have been used to benefit students and fulfill the...

  • DA Gascon Actually Includes a Sentencing Enhancement for a Crime Committed in Santa Monica

    Observer Staff|Jul 30, 2021

    Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon condescended to add a sentencing enhancement to a defendant accused of assaulting and attempting to rob a Korean woman in the middle of the day in downtown Santa Monica. The defendant made the mistake of adding racial slurs as he tried to coerce money from the woman. According to Gascon, that makes the crime of pinning the woman by her car door, striking her, and grabbing her phone and her purse sufficient to actually press charges. Below are...

  • They Didn't Suddenly Decide to Demolish Samohi's History Building During the Pandemic

    Rufus N. Baker, Samohi Alum and longtime resident|Jul 30, 2021

    As a SAMOHI alum, class of 1970, and an SMMUSD employee since 1998, I, too, wish the District could save the combined SAMOHI History/Art/Business building complex. But they didn't just suddenly decide during the pandemic. It's nothing new. We've known for years that SAMOHI is on a long-term program to tear down and replace all its buildings except the English building, which is a designated historic landmark. They've made no secret of their plans. It's just that most people pay no attention...

  • Can a Wife and Minor Children Collect Social Security Based on Their Father?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Jul 30, 2021

    Ask Rusty – Should I Claim Family Benefits? Dear Rusty: I was born in 1956 and my wife in 1961. I've got 45 years of SSA earnings, and I will have income in 2021. We have 4 minor children, the youngest born in 2012. When is the best time for us to apply for benefits? Are we eligible for family benefits? My statement infers that we are. Signed: Older Dad Dear Older Dad: Born in 1956, your full retirement age (FRA) for Social Security purposes is 66 years and 4 months. If you claim your SS benef...

  • 8.2 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Alaska

    Jul 30, 2021

    An 8.2 magnitude earthquakes struck the u.s. state of Alaska Wednesday night, around 15 minutes after midnight Pacific standard time. It was centered off the coast of Alaska, and tsunami warnings were issued for the US Pacific coast Hawaii and Guam. They were canceled at 1:15 AM Pacific standard time, as no waves materialized. The earthquake was said to be the biggest one anywhere in the United States since 1965. An 8.2 magnitude earthquake would be 10 times larger in terms of its release of ene...