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Articles from the December 16, 2013 edition

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Witness Recalls 'Manic Grin' on Venice Boardwalk Crash Suspect

Witnesses and the first victim struck by a car that plowed through the Venice Beach boardwalk in August testified Tuesday they could not believe the Dodge Avenger continued after striking a vendor’s tent. They recalled in the preliminary hearing a...

 

Omlette Parlor Closes

At the Santa Monica Omelette Parlor, on Main between Hill and Ashland, Superior Court Judge and former LA Mayor Jim Hahn and his wife Michelle are celebrating the 95th birthday of Jim's...

 

SMPD Warning about Elder Scam

The Santa Monica Police Department is currently investigating several reports in which senior citizens have been targeted as victims of an elder abuse scam. The scams involve one or two suspects who stage a minor traffic accident in a store parking...

 

City Debuts New Eco-Friendly Parking Structure #6

Proving that the holidays are truly a time for giving back, the City of Santa Monica opened the new Parking Structure #6 on 2nd Street in Downtown Santa Monica on Dec. 19. The project which began construction in Mar. 2012 is now ready for its...

 

Homicide Suspect convicted

On November 27, 2013, Francisco Leon-Urbalexo of Sonora, Mexico, plead guilty to one count of attempted, second-degree murder for the stabbing of Jarred Hill of Los Angeles. Urbalexo was sentenced to...

 

Folding Chair Attack in Venice

Police are searching for two men, one of whom was armed with a folding chair, in an attack caught on video at the Venice Beach boardwalk. James Karhu shot the video Friday from his apartment, located above the street, as neighbors called 911. The...

 

Minor Earthquake Rocks MDR

A small earthquake has rattled the west side of Los Angeles and coastal suburbs. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 8 a.m. Thursday quake measured magnitude-2.8 and was centered a mile northwest of Marina del Rey. Residents of Marina del Rey,...

 

Red-Legged Frogs May Hop Again in The Santa Monica Mountains

You'll know it's springtime in the Santa Monica Mountains when wildlife biologists start alerting curious visitors to keep their distance from the first red-legged frog reintroduction effort ever...

 

Ford Focus Titanium: Power and Convenience

Life’s never dull when you’re the daughter of a newspaper publisher. New and random curiosities make their way into your home all the time: one day there’s a novel from an up-and-coming author...

 

Skaggs Happy To Be With Angels Again

Tyler Skaggs was thrilled to be drafted by the Angels in 2009, when he was the 17-year-old star pitcher at Santa Monica High. Quite simply, he had been an Angels fan. But in professional baseball...

 

Maury Wills At Westfield, Culver City

Maury Wills was born to be a Los Angeles Dodger. Eighty One years later he is still a Dodger, as sharp and as alert as during the 1960's when he altered the fundamentals of major league baseball with...

 

How Good Can The Clippers Be???

After the Clippers set a franchise record for victories in a season Vinny del Negro was fired as coach. There was the matter of the Clippers losing in the first round of the NBA playoffs. That was...

 

SAVING MR. BANKS

Making this the jolliest holiday of the year, SAVING MR. BANKS is, quite frankly, practically perfect in every way. Based on the true account of the making of "Mary Poppins", SAVING MR. BANKS is the s...

 

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