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 By John Grimaldi    Lifestyle    June 13, 2021 

How Much Do You Know about the American Flag? Flag Day is June 14

WASHINGTON, DC, June 11 -- It is said that the flag of the United States was designed by Betsy Ross, a seamstress who lived in Philadelphia during the American Revolution. But, according to PBS,...

 
 By Glenn Mollette    Lifestyle    June 13, 2021 

Do You Need Social Security? Religious Dissenters Often Claim Exemptions From Social Security Taxes

In 2020 over 64 million Americans were collecting Social Security. The National Institute for Retirement Security (NIRS)has reported that Social Security is the only income source for 40 percent of...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    June 11, 2021

Will Pensions from Foreign Countries Affect Your Social Security Benefits?

Ask Rusty – Will My UK Pension Affect My US Social Security? Dear Rusty: I am 57 years old, was born in the UK, and since 1988 have worked in the US. I have always paid US taxes and Social...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    June 7, 2021

Will Earnings from a State Pension Affect Social Security Benefits?

Ask Rusty – Will My Retirement Benefits Be Cut Because of My State Pension? Dear Rusty: I took early retirement at 20 years from the Louisiana public school system in 1996. Since then, I have...

 
 By Maureen    Lifestyle    June 7, 2021

Between Two Worlds: a Rising Generation of Iranian-Americans Speaks Out

Growing up, Iranian-Americans like Ora Yashar often saw themselves depicted only as the exotic Other: in her words, "either terrorists or Princess Jasmine." But Yashar's generation was raised in the...

 

As Pandemic Retreats, Disneyland Advances with Avengers Theme Park

As Covid retreats, Disney is advancing with the world's very first Avenger's theme park. The Avengers Campus will open on June 4 at Disney California Adventure Park. "In just a few days, you'll be...

 

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Will Require Reservations for Peak Travel Weekends This Summer

Reservations will be required on select weekends for Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® trains that travel between San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo...

 
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The Renaissance Esmeralda, One of the Best Travel Destinations in California

Whether you're looking for a romantic vacation place or a family getaway idea, The Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa at Indian Wells is one of the best travel destinations in Southern California....

 

Pacific Surfliner Offers New Connecting Bus Service Between Los Angeles and Las Vegas

A new Amtrak Thruway bus route is now offering daily service between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, with intermediate stops in San Bernardino, Victorville, and Barstow. While bus-only trips for this...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    May 24, 2021

Will Applying for Disability Affect Your Social Security Benefit?

Ask Rusty – Will Applying for SS Disability Hurt SS Retirement Benefit? Dear Rusty: My husband turns 65 later this month. He has started having health issues - so much so that we are thinking about...

 

The Do's and Don'ts of Buying a Puppy

Thirty years ago, I led an animal shelter in Topeka, Kansas and we were often called upon to assist when authorities raided illegal and inhumane puppy mills. These neglected, ill animals needed safe...

 

Science Debunks Gascon's "Science" Claims Regarding Light Sentencing; Parolee Shoots Officer Dead; Bar Owner Sells Fake Vaccination Cards and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Ninth Circuit overturns drug conviction because search for weapon surpassed frisking Police conducting a "stop-and-frisk" can pat someone down for guns or other weapons if they...

 
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The Ultimate Guide to Carlsbad, CA: The Best Places to Stay and Awesome Things To Do

Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a trip for the whole family, Carlsbad is a beautiful place to get away and relax. Located in North County San Diego and less than a two-hour drive...

 

The Resilience of Westside Ballet / the arts in our backyard: Ballet Persists in Dancing Forward

Westside Ballet of Santa Monica announces plans to "dance forward" with an intimate new workshop performance slated for May 15 & 16. This private offering for friends and family of the local...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    May 17, 2021

When is the Best Time to Collect Social Security?

Ask Rusty – When Is the Best Time to Claim Social Security? Dear Rusty: I will be 64 in May of this year, and I'd like to know the best time to claim Social Security. Signed: Anxious to Retire Dear...

 

Make an Evacuation Plan for Your Pets in Advance of Wildfire Season

With summer and warmer temperatures around the corner, the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) reminds all pet owners to prepare for wildfire season. Preparing in advance...

 

Irvine Ranch Conservancy Hosts First Activity on New Mountain Bike Skills Course at City of Irvine's Portola Staging Area

Irvine Ranch Conservancy (IRC) hosted its first public activity on the newly constructed Mountain Bike Skills Course at the City of Irvine's Portola Staging Area on Sunday, April 25. The new Mountain...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    May 7, 2021

What to do if Your Social Security Card is Incorrect

Ask Rusty – My Social Security Card Is Incorrect – What Should I Do? Dear Rusty: My sister and I have the same first and last names but are distinguished by our "middle" names. Our last name consi...

 

Young Adults from the Foster Care System Need COVID Relief Funds Now

2020 was a year like no other, especially for young people who are a part of the child welfare system in California. For many, being in quarantine was a time to pick up new hobbies, finish the series...

 

The HOTTEST Prisoner Dating Website REVEALED

Have you ever stumbled onto a prisoner website? Well, I'm about to reveal the hottest, most fun way for prisoners and pen pals to connect. There's tons of prisoner pen pal sites out there. One is...

 

Will Taking 401K Distributions Affect My Social Security Benefit?

Ask Rusty – Will Taking 401K Distributions Affect My Social Security Benefit? Dear Rusty: I'm 63 and retired from work, but not drawing Social Security. I have accumulated just over $300,000 in my r...

 

Can I Claim My Social Security Early and Switch to Spousal Benefits Later?

Ask Rusty – Can I Claim My SS Now and Switch to Spouse Benefits Later? Dear Rusty: I am 62 and have been a homemaker for much of my adult life. I have a small Social Security account from working...

 

How M.J. George Became a Body Double for Will Smith in Men In Black II. And What That Was Like

Have you ever wished that you could be recruited by the Men in Black? This story is about a guy who actually was. One day in 2001, Mansour Jabbaar (M.J.) George was strolling through the Topanga...

 

Women's Prison Full Of EVIL Old Ladies...

It's true. Women's prisons like this are full of old ladies. Evil old ugly ladies. Not your sweet grandma. While reading this, you must suspend your typical idea of an average old lady out there,...

 

The High Costs of Pet Medical Care

In my March blog, I discussed findings from the February 2021 Modern Pet Parent Report that highlighted the importance pets have played during the pandemic. This report also discussed pet owners' conc...

 

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