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Articles from the August 17, 2022 edition

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  • Santa Monica Police Arrest Man For Possession of Stolen Jewelry, Electronics, Credit Cards and Identification

    Aug 17, 2022

    The Santa Monica police have arrested a 38 year old man they believe is responsible for a string of robberies in Santa Monica. The SMPD found jewelry, electronics, credit cards and identification that did not belong to Ramiro Martinez. Police also found that Ramiro Martinez had "a small amount" of crystal meth on his person. The press release, written by Lt. Rudy Flores, Santa Monica Public Information Officer, reads as follows: On August 13, 2022, at about 4:45 PM, Santa Monica Police...

  • Ukrainian Military Detonates Ammunition Depo in Crimea Tuesday morning August 16th

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 17, 2022

    The Ukraine military has detonated a large ammunition storage facility in Russian occupied Crimea. Video of the explosions were posted to Telegram and other social media. The explosions continued for a good twenty minutes. "Yet another “fire incident” at a Crimean ammo depot close to Dzhankoi, detonations ongoing," tweeted Illia Ponomarenko, reported for the English language website Kyiv Independent. "As always, for absolutely no reason whatsoever." He was referring to the Russian's history of...

  • Three Questions to Find a Good Insurance Agent

    Joseph A. Green, Merlin Insurance and Financial Services|Aug 17, 2022

    Benjamin Franklin once wrote that "Nothing is certain except death and taxes." Had he lived today, he'd throw "insurance" onto his list of life's certainties: "Nothing is certain except death, taxes, and insurance." When faced with certainties like death, taxes, and insurance we seek out guidance. At death, we speak with a religious leader. During tax season, we need our accountant. To guide us through the kafkaesque maze that is insurance, our nephew calls us up for the "ask!" Most dread the...

  • Santa Monica Police Seek a Serial Sexual Assault Suspect who is also a Convicted Sex Offender

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 17, 2022

    Santa Monica Police say they need the public's help to find a suspect who grabs women and girls' from behind, then runs away. They are also looking for other victims. The SMPD arrested Anthony Barrett, 29, after he "grabbed a female's buttocks then fled" in downtown Santa Monica. He was released. The SM City Attorney filed Sexual charges against Barrett on August 9th. Because he had a prior record, Barrett had been required to register as a sex offender, but did not do so. So he was also...

  • Free Ballet Workshop 'Dance to Dreams' Pilot Launched August 7, 2022

    Claire Lemoine, Westside Ballet|Aug 17, 2022

    An open day of dance classes for students to "comfortably and freely explore the art form of ballet" led by Westside Ballet Alumnus Adrian Blake Mitchell (formerly of Mikhailovsky Ballet Company) was launched on Sunday, August 7th at Westside School of Ballet, according to a new press release provided by spokesperson Jewels Solheim-Roe. The event was produced in collaboration with Mitchell's nonprofit Dance in Color and Westside Ballet's nonprofit arm's Community Outreach Committee, a...

  • Is Your Wife Eligible for Spousal Benefits Right Now?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Aug 17, 2022

    Ask Rusty – What Are My Wife's Benefits While I'm Living and as My Widow? Dear Rusty: I will be 70 in January and my wife will be 65 in February, at which time we will both go on Medicare. I am currently working, and my approximate Social Security benefit will be around $2,900. My wife was a stay-at-home mom and, therefore, has minimal Social Security benefits on her own. At 65 she is eligible for $870 and at full retirement age will qualify for $990. A few questions: if she starts to draw benef...

  • Boyfriend Kills Girlfriend Then Goes to Jack in the Box. Santa Monica Police Release Details of Murder on Lincoln Blvd

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 17, 2022

    14: Santa Monica police are investigating a murder that took place Thursday morning at 1453 Lincoln Blvd. "SMPD is working a homicide investigation at a residence in the 1400 block of Lincoln Blvd," wrote Lt. Rudy Flores, Santa Monica Police Dept. Public Information Officer. "A male, believed to be involved, is in custody. SMPD Detectives are still on scene, collecting evidence, reviewing footage and speaking with witnesses. I will follow up with an official press release soon," Flores...

  • Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez Caught Sharing a Passionate Kiss Outside Dunkin Donuts in Santa Monica

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 17, 2022

    There's just something about donuts. Jen and Ben have shared an on again/off again romance for years, sometimes pairing up with other partners. But a NY Post photographer caught this photo in front of the Dunkin Donuts on Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica. Ben, clutching a bag of donuts in one hand, the love of his life singer JLo in the other arm. Does life get much better than this? Probably not. Photo and story from the New York Post/Page Six:

  • SMMUSD Wants Students to Take Antigen Tests Before Returning to School

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 17, 2022

    Officials from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School are urging students this week to take antigen tests prior to the start of the new school year to “ensure everyone is Covid-19 free upon their return.” SMMUSD Supt. Ben Drati also mentioned that students will not be required to wear masks when they return to school next Thursday, August 18, but they might be asked to take part in voluntary weekly antigen testing program. In a back-to-school letter to parents that also focused on health and...