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Articles from the December 5, 2016 edition

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  • Video: Man Quietly Steals Bucket of Gold From Armed Truck in Midtown Manhattan at 430 pm

    Observer Staff|Dec 5, 2016

    A suspect in his 40's walked up to a Loomis security truck in Midtown Manhattan Sept. 29, 2016 and walked up with a bucket full of gold flakes worth $1.6 million. Security cameras were rolling, and shot very clear images of the suspect. Police are seeking your help in apprehending the suspect. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by...

  • Artists And Entrepreneurs Come Together To Create One-Of-A-Kind Converse 'Chucks' And Raise Awareness For Ocean Conservation

    Zane|Dec 5, 2016

    Select artists, celebrities, and entrepreneurs are helping raise awareness for ocean conservation through a Design Collaboration with Converse, in which each of them will custom design a pair of Converse Classic Chuck Taylors. Participants include entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, actors Patrick Dempsey and Leo Fitzpatrick, The Kills singer-songwriter Alison Mosshart, Incubus drummer Jose Pasillas, designers Dee & Ricky and Sam Snyder, as well as world-renowned artists: Domingo Zapata, Emilio...

  • Oracle Pays $368 Million for Santa Monica Office Building

    Liz Miller|Dec 5, 2016

    Software giant Oracle Corporation has purchased a 316,000 square-foot property on Colorado for $368 million. At around $1,165/square foot, the large office complex is one of the priciest transactions ever in Los Angeles per square foot. A grant deed for the property at 2600 and 2700 Colorado was filed on November 9 at the Los Angeles County Recorder's Office. Oracle intends to occupy the space at 2600 currently leased by Viacom, Inc., after Viacom relocates to Hollywood next year. Another...

  • Santa Monica House Sells for $16.1 Million, Third Highest Sale in City History

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 5, 2016

    Engel & Volkers rents a storefront office on Montana Avenue (as if you might drop in and buy a $4 million house in 90402, then proceed a few doors down to Starbucks). I guess it paid off for them. They just announced the highest sale of the year, and the third highest residential sale in Santa Monica history. "We respect our clients confidentiality, but I can say that the buyer is an avid golfer, loved the architecture, view and of course La Mesa is an iconic street," said Sandra Cook, Engel &...

  • Flightless Dodo Bird Remains Sell For $416,000 at Auction in England

    Observer Staff|Dec 5, 2016

    A Billinghurst, England auction of a Dodo bird skeleton garnered $416,000. The rare bird was extirpated by hungry sailors in its native New Zealand during the 1700's. Adult Dodo birds were the size of a German Shepherd dog. The bird's name recognition was enhanced by Lewis Carroll, who included a dodo in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Sailors hunted the dodo into extinction in the 17th century and it has come to symbolize the harsh impact man can have on the world's ecosystem. Summer's...

  • Buzz Aldrin Medically Evacuated from South Pole Station, Antarctica

    Observer Staff|Dec 5, 2016

    Now here's a headline you probably never expected to read: Former NASA Astronaut Buzz Aldrin was medically evacuated form South Pole Station, Antarctica on Wednesday. He will travel by air from South Pole Station to McMurdo Station, and from there to New Zealand. The second man to walk on the moon, 86 year old Aldrin was on a privately funded tour of Antarctica, where he developed water in his lungs. South Pole Station is at 9300 feet elevation, and is below freezing even during the Summer....

  • Red Wine is Fine, But Resveratrol Can Be Found in Other Fruits and Nuts Without the Alcohol

    Ron Irwin, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 5, 2016

    Over the last several years there has been an abundance of evidence that drinking a little bit of red wine can actually have several possible health benefits. So let's all break out that cork screw and grab our glasses and let's drink up. Well let's take a closer look first. A team of researchers from several Spanish universities reported in "BMC Medicine" that drinking wine may reduce the risk of depression. Their research was fairly extensive involving 2683 men and 2822 women ages 55 to 80....

  • Recounts Intended to Prevent States From Certifying Elections, Keep Trump From 270 Electors

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 5, 2016

    Jill Stein received just under 1% of the national vote, and demanded recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio. Hillary Clinton's Presidential Campaign filed joinders to Stein's effort, and by some accounts, directed donations to her political action committee. But why? Recounts historically have never changed the outcome of a State's presidential election outcome. They are costly and tedious, as they must be observed by campaign representatives. One theory is that Stein is simply hoping to...

  • LeBron James is the 2016 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year

    Zane|Dec 5, 2016

    Time Inc.'s (NYSE: TIME) Sports Illustrated has announced that Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is the 2016 Sportsperson of the Year. In a year full of stirring and historic performances across all sports, James was transcendent, rallying the Cavaliers from a 3-1 deficit against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals to deliver the city of Cleveland's first championship in a major sport since 1964. James, who has now won three NBA titles, was named Finals MVP for the third time in his...

  • Ghost Ship Warehouse Turned Into an Oven, Once Fire Started Inside the Cinderblocks

    Observer Staff|Dec 5, 2016

    The converted warehouse was known as "The Ghost Ship," and that turns out to have been destiny in a name. Firemen and Oakland Police say as many as 40 young people have been killed in a massive fire that happened Friday night during a concert inside a converted warehouse in Oakland. 30 people have been confirmed dead and 5 others remain missing. Sgt. Ray Kelly, spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, told reporters during a press conference Saturday that officials are "prepared to...

  • 10 Alarm Fire: Seven Buildings Evacuated in Cambridge MA

    Observer Staff|Dec 5, 2016

    Firefighters have contained a 10-alarm blaze in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Residents from as many as seven buildings caught in the flames were evacuated and taken to a nearby community center. No fatalities, but 2 injuries so far. Cars are reported to have burned. Firefighters battled a 10-alarm fire in Cambridge Saturday near Berkshire Street and Vandine Street that jumped from building to building. The area is close to Kendall Square and the Kendall Square Cinema, said WBUR in Boston....