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Articles from the October 2, 2016 edition

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  • Criminal Trial Ordered After the Death of a Lyft Driver in Torrance

    Christine Emerson|Oct 2, 2016

    ​A man allegedly responsible for death of a Lyft driver in Torrance was ordered today to stand trial. Arturo Martinez Conchas, 21, of Hawthorne pleaded not guilty to one felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, one felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol and causing death, and one felony count of driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol content while causing injury. A misdemeanor charge was added of possession of a controlled substance, MDMA. ​On Jan...

  • She Said "Dude, be nice to that homeless guy." So he slugged her. Video from Venice!

    Observer Staff|Oct 2, 2016

    Los Angeles police said Wednesday they were looking for a man whom a security camera filmed assaulting a woman just outside a Venice Beach store. The video is embedded below. The man not only slugged the woman, who is seen sitting on the sidewalk rubbing her jaw; he also throws a man who tries to detain him over his shoulder. The LAPD says they know the man's name. But they are withholding it from the media--meaning that Police think they know where to find him. When they do, Police intend to...

  • Celebrity LGBTQ YouTuber Admits on Facebook He Faked His Own Injuries

    Christine Emerson|Oct 2, 2016

    ​9/29-- Today the Los Angeles District Attorney's office changed their case against Youtuber and LGBT rights commentator Calum McSwiggan to a felony vandalism charge. On September 26, McSwiggan, 26, pleaded not guilty to one felony count of vandalism causing over $400 of damage and one misdemeanor count of making a false report to a peace officer. ​The case stems from an incident on June 27 when McSwiggan was visiting Los Angeles from his native Great Britain for VidCon, an online video con...

  • Melissa Joan Hart Says That She Just Can't Get Enough Johnson.

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 2, 2016

    As Chris Matthews on MSNBC was trying to damage Gary Johnson, Actress Melissa Joan Hart was on another network espousing the virtues of Johnson. Melissa Joan Hart thinks America is ready to elect a third-party president. The actress formerly known as Sabrina the Teenage Witch likes Johnson so much, that she has agreed to serve as Chairman of his Connecticut State Campaign. "I want to break away from this two-party system and I think it's important for people to know that there's another...

  • Why School Board Members Should Stand During the Pledge of Allegiance

    Alyssa Erdley|Oct 2, 2016

    Oscar, I adore you. I think you're a great guy. I've voted for you to serve on the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Board every time you have run for that office because I think you are honest and sincere about wanting what's best for the students. But when you knelt during the Pledge of Allegiance at the opening of the school board meeting on September 22, I think you were out of line. Mr. Craig Foster, I don't know you very well, but I think you were off base in kneeling, too....

  • Tiffany Trump is the Jan Brady of the Trump Clan; Destined to be Overlooked

    Observer Staff|Oct 2, 2016

    You may have wondered why you haven't heard much about Tiffany Trump, the only child of Donald Trump with actress Marla Maples. Well, as always, there's an internet meme that explains it. It went all over Twitter early this year: Trump: I need Secret Service protection for Ivanka, Don Jr and Eric Eric: What about Tiffany? Trump: Who? - Purify (@TheToast2016) September 20, 2016 Poor Tiffany Trump. "But I DO have a meeting with a Congressman! His George! George Glass!" above a photo of J...

  • After Obesity Put Me In a Coma, I Had To Take The First Step: Admit I Had A Problem

    Ron Irwin|Oct 2, 2016

    On December 18th 2012 at about 5:30 in the afternoon I stopped breathing. As I dropped face first to the floor I had just enough left in me to dial 911 on my cell phone. Then the respiration stopped. Next the heart stopped. Miraculously the paramedics arrived and got me marginally restarted but in a coma. After 26 days in the hospital I was released but still in very bad shape. It took me almost 30 minutes to walk up 14 stairs to the door of my home. That experience created a whole new me; I...

  • The Business of Getting High: Exploring the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition

    Kat Thomas, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 2, 2016

    Thousands of suited up budtender businessman gathered Sept. 7-10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition, and there was nary your classic Shaggy stoner in sight. But what there was was a lot of talk of a lot of green, both of bud and money to come from bud. It is estimated that $50 billion a year is generated in cannabis sales within the United States, yet only $5.4 billion of that is legal sales. But all that's about to change. Prohibited...

  • NASA's Hubble Spots Possible Water Plumes Erupting on Jupiter's Moon Europa

    NASA|Oct 2, 2016

    Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. This finding bolsters other Hubble observations suggesting the icy moon erupts with high altitude water vapor plumes. The observation increases the possibility that missions to Europa may be able to sample Europa's ocean without having to drill through miles of ice. This composite image shows suspected plumes of water vapor erupting at the 7 o'clock...

  • Rihanna Appointed Global Ambassador To Champion Education

    Clara Lionel Foundation|Oct 2, 2016

    Rihanna is to join a campaign to ensure that girls and boys in the world's poorest countries can get a quality education. Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation today announced a multi-year partnership with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and international advocacy group Global Citizen. The partnership will advocate for the rights of the over quarter of a billion children and young people who are not in school today and an estimated 330 million who are in school but not learning....

  • Santa Monica's Ruling Elite Opposes Measure LV, Which Would Curb Their Power

    David Ganezer, Observer Publisher|Oct 2, 2016

    If you follow what goes on in Santa Monica City Hall, it's really been pretty much the same since 1982. The City grants massive development permits to favored developers. The City Staff grant developers permits to build huge buildings that are not in the best interest of residents, because they generate traffic, noise, density, trash, without generating jobs or money for local residents. Every 4 years, residents return the same City Council members to office, because they have SMRR following...

  • Humanitarian Kids' TV Show Mack & Moxy Premiers on Netflix Streaming Oct. 1

    Mack and Moxy|Oct 2, 2016

    Mack & Moxy, a new kids' TV series produced by Socially Dynamic Entertainment in association with Bardel Entertainment and 12 national charities, will begin streaming on Netflix October 1st. Mack & Moxy features Mack, a lovable moose-like lummox, and Moxy, a feisty whirlwind of a raccoon/fox-inspired go-getter, who find engaging ways to help younger kids (ages 3 – 7) become more empathetic and learn about important issues such as Autism inclusion, literacy, hunger, wildlife preservation, e...

  • National Children's Chorus Hosting Auditions in Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C.

    NCC|Oct 2, 2016

    America's leading youth choral institution, the National Children's Chorus (NCC) is hosting three Fall 2016 auditions – Saturday, October 15th at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall in Los Angeles; Thursday, October 20th at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York; and Friday, October 21st at National City Christian Church in Washington D.C. Several students selected for the program will perform in concerts at Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall in New York and National City Christian Church in Wa...