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Articles from the December 23, 2017 edition

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  • Federal Court Dismisses Santa Monica Airport Lawsuit

    Observer Staff|Dec 23, 2017

    The United States District Court, Central District of California has dismissed a case challenging the Consent Decree between the City of Santa Monica and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the immediate shortening of the runway at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) and the closure of the airport after 2028. Plaintiffs Kate Scott and James Babinski had argued that the City failed to follow certain state law requirements when it entered the Consent Decree. In October 2017, Judge Ronald Lew...

  • Rat Poison Found in Mountain Lion P-41's Body found in the Verdugo Mountains

    Kate Kuykendall, NPS|Dec 23, 2017

    3/19: Lab tests were unable to determine a cause of death for P-41, a mountain lion whose movements in the Verdugo Mountains were captured in beautiful photographs by citizen scientists, National Park Service officials said. But the lab results from the state Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory did show the cougar suffered from a common issue among big cats in California's wildlife-urban interface: poisoning. "The lab found both first- and second-generation anticoagulants in his liver,"...

  • Was it a UFO, an ICBM from North Korea, or Hawthorne based SpaceX Latest Rocket?

    Observer Staff|Dec 23, 2017

    A SpaceX rocket taking off from Vandenburg AFB Friday evening caused millions of residents of the Southwest alll the way to Arizona, to wonder if they were seeing a UFO. Or a North Korean Rocket. I thought it was a meteor, personally. But no, it was a Falcon 9 rocket streaking across the night sky while excited onlookers snapped photos and recorded video. At first the mysterious white light appeared during the evening rush hour, sparking questions and speculation from the many onlookers who obse...

  • Las Posadas: Do You See What I See?

    Zoe Muntaner, DIVERSITY MATTERS|Dec 23, 2017

    "Said the night wind to the little lamb Do you see what I see? Way up in the sky little lamb Do you see what I see?" ~Christmas Carol by Noël Regeny & Gloria Shayne Baker Las Posadas is Spanish for lodging, or accommodation, which in this case refers to the "inn" in the story of the nativity of Jesus (born from a Jewish mother). The novenario (nine days of religious observance) is celebrated chiefly in Latin America and by Hispanics (Latinos and Spaniards) in the United States beginning on the...

  • Twas the Last Weeks of Shopping: A Holiday Gift Guide For World Domination... Part Two

    Kat Thomas, Edible Skinny|Dec 23, 2017

    By Kat Thomas 'Twas the last weeks of shopping and all through the land, There were people purchasing for friends, family, and their assistants de right-hand. So we made a list of some of Edible Skinny's favorites for under the tree! They're presents perfect; much more practical than that proverbially requested pony. ;-) For Anyone Wanting to Shine Just a Bit Brighter SAND & SKY – Purifying Pink Clay Mask Give your skin a winter holiday with Australian skincare SAND & SKY. Created with a u...

  • Listen To The Magic: "Koby! We need you! This Country needs to come together & you are able to bring us all together!"

    Bosmat Eynav, Sports Columnist|Dec 23, 2017

    Imagine a gathering of 20,000 people, all coming together to celebrate their hero, Kobe Bryant, leaving the Lakers. They see both his jerseys, No. 8 & 24 hanging on the dais for display. This outstanding production was one of the best shows of teamwork, just like the Lakers Family knows how to do it. The atmosphere in Staples Center was intimate. The Spirit of Love & Gratitude was to the fullness & we were continually surrounded by High Appreciation. The Lakers shared many of their unique...

  • Honolulu, 2016: My 20-Year Memories Of Kobe Bryant

    Mitch Chortkoff, Sports Editor|Dec 23, 2017

    (EDITOR'S NOTE: This column by sports editor Mitch Chortkoff appeared two years ago in the Observer and is being run again due to recent requests from readers.) It was 1996 and I was in Honolulu covering the Lakers' training camp. It was an especially important one because General Manager Jerry West had made a spectacular move which resulted in the acquisition of rookie guard Kobe Bryant and center Shaquille O'Neal. In the first few days of the camp I found O'Neal to be outgoing, easy to...

  • With A Loss at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Chargers Playoff Chances Suffer

    Bill Seals, Sports Reporter|Dec 23, 2017

    The Los Angeles Chargers have come a long way from their 0-4 start. They won four straight and seven of nine games to get over .500 and back into the playoff race. They had overcome some early season issues and seemed to be on the track to a possible division title in the AFC West. Until Saturday night at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. In an unexplainable performance the Chargers reverted to some of their early season issues and were soundly defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs 30-13. The...

  • IRS Targeting Settlement as Scary as the Scandal

    Susan Shelley, So Cal News Group|Dec 23, 2017

    Just the name of the case tells you we have a problem: Linchpins of Liberty, et al, v. United States of America. For anyone who thought the United States was on the side of liberty, not fighting against it in court, the IRS targeting of groups with "liberty" in their name was a disquieting thing. And it wasn't just liberty in the crosshairs. "Patriots," "Tea Party" and "political-sounding" names also were singled out for extra scrutiny, which included demands for the names and Social Security...