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Articles from the December 3, 2016 edition

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  • Bruce Springsteen, Vin Scully & Tom Hanks among Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients

    Zane|Dec 3, 2016

    President Barack Obama has named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The awards were presented at the White House on November 22nd. President Obama said, "The Presidential Medal of Freedom is...

  • Stanford Professor Develops "Trump Conversion Therapy" for Your Thanksgiving Dinner Table

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 3, 2016

    A Stanford University Sociology professor has developed a fool proof method for converting Trump supporting relatives into Democratic voters. He urges Hillary supporters to use it on Trumper relatives they encounter at the holiday dinner table. In the old days, young university graduates would sail the world's oceans, looking for heathens to convert to Christianity. They were no doubt as earnest as Robb Willer. In a TED Talk and a Huffington Post editorial, Willer first urges Democratic...

  • 2017 Toy of the Year Award Finalists Unveiled by Toy Industry Association

    Zane|Dec 3, 2016

    From innovative tech toys and licensed characters to enriching playthings that teach and inspire, 100 finalists for the prestigious 2017 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards have been unveiled by the Toy Industry Association (TIA). Between now and January 15, 2017, consumers can visit to vote for their favorite toy picks in each of the 14 categories – including new categories for 2017, like Action Figure of the Year, Doll of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Vehicle of the Year. The T...

  • Where You Live, Determines How Long You Live: Why Geography is Longevity

    Ron Irwin, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 3, 2016

    It is a fact. Where you live can affect how long you live. This is not so much about things such as weather conditions, or proximity to water and possible flooding, or temperature extremes or even the possibility of earthquakes. The biggest factor is the dietary habits established deep with a particular culture. Let's take a look. The four states in the United States with the worst life expectancy are Louisiana at 75.7 years, Alabama at 75.42 years, West Virginia at 75.40 and Mississippi at...

  • Uber to Allow Prostitutes, Other Non-Violent Offenders to Drive

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 3, 2016

    California voters recently approved prison reforms intended to release non-violent offenders. Consistent with that movement, Ridesharing application provider Uber has announced that it will allow ex-prostitutes and other non violent convicted offenders to drive. This is with the blessing of California authorities. Uber's new standards have already taken effect in California and will begin in Connecticut on January 1, 2017. Former sex workers and those convicted of harassment, resisting arrest,...

  • Coast Guard issues temporary safety zone near Morro Bay Harbor Entrance

    USCG Public Affairs|Dec 3, 2016

    LOS ANGELES - The Captain of the Port will be enforcing a temporary safety zone due to hazardous conditions in the vicinity of the Morro Bay Harbor entrance from November 29 –December 13, 2016. The safety zone will encompass all navigable waters from the surface to the sea floor near the inside and outside of the mouth of the Morro Bay Harbor entrance. This action is necessary to reduce significant hazards subject to the vessels, the harbor and the public during periods of poor weather c...