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 By Sterling Roberts    News    June 25, 2019 

The Politics of Pastrami: Fromin's Celebrating 40 Years, Signs Lease for the next 20 years

If you live in Santa Monica, you know Fromin's. Whether you're a regular at the deli or someone who simply drives past the restaurant on the way to work, you have most likely heard of this Wilshire...

 By Sterling Roberts    News    June 25, 2019 

Rising Actor's Scuffle at The Victorian Leads to Battery Charge

At 6'2" and 170 lbs, stuntman Jacob Tandy is not a guy you want to pick a bar fight with. On January 5, 2018, rising actors Tandy and Zach Chitwood entered into a bar fight in the Santa Monica based e...

 By Observer Staff    News    June 25, 2019 

Mountain Lion Removed from Tahitian Terrace Trailer Park by LAPD Officers

Trailer Park residents called LAPD Officer Rusty Redican and his partner Earl Wright Monday, after sighting a mountain lion in The Tahitian Terrace mobile park. Officer Redican located the mountain...

 By DPA Wire Service    News    June 23, 2019

DPRK's Kim Jong Eun Receives "Excellent" letter from Donald Trump

Seoul (dpa) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has received a personal letter from US President Donald Trump, state news agency KCNA reported early Sunday. What was said in the letter was not revealed,...

 By DPA    News    June 23, 2019

Ethiopian Government Thwarts Coup Attempt in Amhara Region. And no one knows where that is.

Addis Ababa (dpa) - The Ethiopian government on Saturday said an attempt to topple a regional government in the country's northern Amhara state had failed, without giving further details on the...

 By DPA    News    June 23, 2019

Hawaii skydiving plane crash death toll rises to 11

Los Angeles (dpa) - The death toll from a plane that crashed in Hawaii while carrying a group of skydivers has increased from nine to 11, Hawaii's Department of Transportation said Saturday. Hawaiian...

 By DPA Wire Service    News    June 20, 2019

Report: Australia's immigration detention 'more and more like prison' increasingly using restraints, such as handcuffs

Canberra (dpa) - Australia's onshore immigration detention is becoming "harsh and restrictive" and "more and more like prison" with the average stay longer than any other developed country, the...

 By David Ganezer    News    June 18, 2019

Shake Shack In, Panera Bread, FedEx/Kinko's Out

East Coast burger-meisters Shake Shack will open a Santa Monica location in the former Panera Bread location at 5th Street and Wilshire Blvd, which is a sigh of relief. At least in this location,...

 By Samuel Alioto    News    June 14, 2019

SMMUSD Students who Vandalized John Muir, SMASH School Identified by Police

John Muir and SMASH parents were aghast last weekend to receive an e mail from SMMUSD Superintendent Ben Drati, informing them that their schools had been vandalized. The initial e mail carried...

 By Peter Spinella    News    June 14, 2019

Ivan Golunov Freed by Moscow Police, Journalist Allegedly Framed and Beaten by Police

Moscow (dpa) - Russian journalist Ivan Golunov has vowed to continue his investigative pieces after being released from detention. Dozens of people turned out to greet Golunov, 36, in Moscow after...


More protests planned in Hong Kong as extradition bill moves forward

Hong Kong (dpa) - Thousands of people in Hong Kong were expected to skip work on Wednesday to protest against a legislative bill that would allow for extradition to China, just days after the city...

 By Samuel Alioto    News    June 12, 2019

Last Weekend, 28th and 29th Horses Die at Santa Anita Racetrack

Officials at Santa Anita Park have refused a request by the California Horse Racing Board to suspend racing at the track for the remaining seven days of the season, after a 28th horse died at the...

 By Shabtai Gold    News    June 12, 2019

Pilot Dead After Helicopter Crashes on Roof of 51 Story Building in Manhattan on Monday

New York (dpa) - One person died on Monday when a helicopter crash-landed on the roof of a building in Midtown Manhattan, New York city's fire department said. Officials said firefighters pumped...

 By Shabtai Gold    News    June 12, 2019

Even the Washington Post now Admits, Trump Got What He Wanted From Mexico

Washington (dpa) - The United States will have an increased capacity to send asylum seekers back to Mexico under a new deal reached last week between Washington and its southern neighbour, US Secretar...

 By David Ganezer    News    June 10, 2019

Santa Monica Recycling Center Closes Due to National Recycling Crisis Caused by China's New Policy

The City of Santa Monica has announced that the Recycling Center located on Michigan Avenue, has closed. The announcement was made on the City's website.

 By DPA    News    June 10, 2019

Russian Journalist Arrested on Drug Charges; Ribs Broken by Moscow Police, he claims

Moscow (dpa) - Three of Russia's most popular newspapers united on Monday in support of journalist Ivan Golunov, who has been arrested on a questionable drug charge. The newspapers Vedomosti, Kommersa...

 By Observer Staff    News    June 7, 2019

Power Finally Restored at LAX: No Takeoffs Until 11 pm PST Wednesday Night

A power outage, or series of outages, caused the evacuation of terminals beginning on Wednesday at 6:20 pm. 310 Southwest flights were cancelled Wednesday night. Thursday morning at 6 a.m., the power...

 By Stan Greene    News    June 7, 2019

Super Expensive Proper Hotel to Open June 20th at 7th and Wilshire Blvd

The Santa Monica Proper Hotel says it will open June 20th. The new hotel wraps around the Santa Monica Professional Building at 710 Wilshire Boulevard. The landmark Professional Building built in...

 By DPA Wire Service    News    June 7, 2019

Rebels launch wide-scale attack on Syrian troops in Hama

Beirut (dpa) - Syrian opposition rebels launched a wide-scale attack against government forces in the northern countryside of Hama late Thursday, a monitoring group and activists said. The...

 By Shabtai Gold    News    June 7, 2019

Mexico, US Reach Immigration Deal; tariffs against Mexico "are hereby indefinitely suspended."

Washington (dpa) - The United States and Mexico reached a deal Friday on migration that avoids tariffs that would have been imposed on all Mexican goods starting Monday. President Donald Trump...

 By Tamara Zieve    News    June 5, 2019

Syrian Army Launches Attack on Golan Heights; Israel Releases Video of Retaliatory Bombing

Tel Aviv (dpa) - The Israeli army said on Sunday it struck military targets in Syria in response to two rockets launched from the country towards Mount Hermon in the northern Golan Heights. One of...


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: US ready to talk to Iran 'with no preconditions'

Vienna (dpa) - The United States is ready to talk to Iran "with no preconditions," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. "We are prepared to engage a conversation with no preconditions,"...

 By Bill Smith    News    June 5, 2019

Trump Meets British PM Theresa May; President Upbeat on Brexit, US-UK Trade Deal

London (dpa) - President Donald Trump promised Britain a "phenomenal" trade deal with the United States once it leaves the European Union, praising Prime Minister Theresa May's handling of Brexit...

 By Girlie Linao    News    June 3, 2019

Canadian Garbage Scow Departs the Philippines, Heading to Return Trash to Canada

Manila (dpa) – A cargo ship carrying rubbish dumped in the Philippines by Canada more than five years ago, causing a diplomatic row, left the South-East Asian country on Friday. The...

 By Observer Staff    News    June 3, 2019

Underground fire causes Electrical Power Outage Across a Wide Area of Santa Monica Thursday

Electrical power was out across a wide area of Santa Monica Thursday afternoon beginning just after 2 PM. Power was restored to some areas just after 5 PM Pacific standard time. Ground zero for the...


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