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Articles from the August 30, 2016 edition

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  • Concert at the Annenberg Beachhouse tonight to celebrate opening of California incline

    Stacy Dalgleish, President SMMCN

    When the California Incline closed for reconstruction some worried that detoured traffic would clog our neighborhoods. While local traffic has never seemed more congested, it is unknown if the closure was the reason. This week may give us an answer. At 9 a.m. Thursday, September 1, 2016, the Incline opens with a ribbon-breaking ceremony, music, food and the opportunity to walk the new road before it opens to vehicular traffic at 5 p.m. Who knows, at that point local streets may suddenly be...

  • Anthony Weiner In The News Again, This Time For, Well, His Weiner

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 30, 2016

    He is a former congressman and the husband of Huma Abedin, right-hand woman to Obama Heir-presumptive Hillary Clinton. He is smart, good looking, 51 year old male and the father of a toddler. And he cannot keep himself from chasing women online. World media note: this time Anthony Weiner has apparently deleted his Twitter account. Oh, the humanity! The move comes after The NY Post reported Weiner had sexted a busty brunette - even sending along a picture of his toddler son in a lurid crotch...

  • Car versus train accident at 11th and Colorado

    Samuel Alioto, Observer staff writer|Aug 30, 2016

    A metro Expo line test train collided with a private automobile at 11th and Colorado at 9 o'clock this morning. We didn't know they were still testing the train but I guess they are. No one on the train or in the car was injured. Metro released a statement confirming the accident. The Expo Line is a light-rail line that runs between Downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica. The line is named "Expo" after Exposition Boulevard, which it runs alongside for most of its route. It is one of the six...

  • Twitter Aghast As 10,000th Syrian Refugee Resettled in US

    Observer Staff|Aug 30, 2016

    Any newswatcher knows that Syria has completely collapsed from its 3 year civil war, and it's no place for children or families. As of February 2016, the United Nations (UN) has identified 13.5 million Syrians requiring humanitarian assistance, of which 6.6 million are internally displaced within Syria, and over 4.8 million are refugees outside of Syria. Turkey is the largest host country with over 2.7 million Syrian refugees. Jordan has taken in over 1,000,000 Syrian refugees. Over serious...

  • Trump Adds a Brownback Crisis to his Crazy To-Do List

    Liz Miller, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 30, 2016

    Donald Trump has named Kansas Governor Sam Brownback as one of four politicians selected to serve as his Agricultural Advisory Committee, and in speeches across the country he is lauding Brownback's "Kansas solution" as a model for America. Whoa. THAT is scary. Delusionally, fantastically, scary. Of all of the many scary things that Trump has said at his campaign rallies, this unabashed praise of Sam Brownback may truly be the scariest of all. For those who don't follow Kansas news, my home...

  • We Got Crabs: My Volunteer Experience at Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

    Sabine Rose, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 30, 2016

    If you're a Santa Monica resident of any age, form, or profession, consider volunteering for Heal The Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Glam color-changing cephalopods, adorable baby sharks, and man-eating crabs are just a few of the curious characters you'll meet while working there. Also be prepared to encounter a few more: future marine biologists who are bilingual and pre-Kindergarten; couples at the roller-coaster peak of something bronze and lei-flowered at its best (which you won't see...

  • CA Students Make Significant Progress on California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Tests

    CA Dept Education|Aug 30, 2016

    State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that California students made significant progress in the second year of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) online tests, with the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards increasing at every grade and in every student group. Nearly half the students tested met or exceeded standards in English language arts, and nearly four in ten met or exceeded standards in mathematics ....

  • Assange: Was Seth Rich Shot by the DNC for releasing information to Wikileaks?

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 30, 2016

    Seth C. Rich was fatally shot on July 10, 2016. He was a 27-year-old employee of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). His mysterious murder followed the DNC Email hack. The timing is frankly suspicious. Or just coincidental. Tonight on FoxNews, Megan Kelly talked about the mysterious murder of Seth Rich, 27, a DC Democratic Party Staffer with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. At the time of his death, Rich was Deputy Director of "Data-for-Voter Protection/Expansion" at the DNC, where he had...

  • Cora wins best short film at Prague independent film festival

    Grace Smith, SMC PIO|Aug 30, 2016

    CORA-a short film written and directed by SMC student Kevin Maxwell-won Best Short Film at the 2016 Prague Independent Film Festival (PIFF). The winners of the first edition of the four-day festival-which took place in Prague, the Czech Republic-were announced on August 18. The film festival accepted 291 submissions from professional filmmakers from all over the world, and only 33 were selected by an international jury. While most of the films were Czech Republic premieres, films from USA, the U...

  • Alternative Music Videos: Mediaeval Baebes, The Piano Guys, Mbandi, Seminole Wind, CocoRosie

    Sabine Rose, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 30, 2016

    If you're like most people, you're sick and tired of the mainstream junk they play on the radio. You know, the dreaded intro that pounds underneath a gleeful d-j's extended blathering, and then launches into the song you might have tolerated once, but it's been played a hundred times a minute, has wormed its way into even the "alternative" stations, pops up as a "suggestion" on Youtube just to give your friends the false impression that you like that kind of common swill as they peer over your s...