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Hillary Clinton Attends Fundraiser in SM

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Courtesy of the US Navy

The USS Conestoga (AT-54) seen in San Diego, California, circa early 1921.

4/24: Hillary Clinton will speak at fundraisers in Santa Monica and Hollywood for her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Clinton will first attend an event called a "Conversation with Hillary Rodham Clinton" at the Santa Monica home of Julia Franz and Chris Silbermann. Silbermann is a co-founder of the talent agency ICM Partners, while his wife Franz has produced such television series as "State of Affairs," "Men at Work" and "Made in Jersey."

Thursday afternoon, Clinton will join Mayor Eric Garcetti for a roundtable discussion on homeland securityicon1.png and counter-terrorism efforts in USC's Trojan Family Room at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.

She will then later speak at an evening event at Avalon nightclub in Hollywood.

Thursday's trip marks Clinton's eighth visit to the Los Angeles area since she declared her candidacy in April 2015.

To date, she has held 20 fundraisers in Southern California.

Fire on Third Street

March 23, 2016: At approximately 6:38 PM Santa Monica Fire Department receive word of smoke issuing from an apartment building located at 938 3rd Street. Upon arrival in the area, Santa Monica fire Department found a 2ndfloor unit, of a 3 story apartment building well involved with fire. 4 Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 1 Rescue Air Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Unit, and a Chief Officer, all responded to the Emergency.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, and were able to confine the fire to the unit of origin. The fire resulted in the closure of 3rdStreet, gas service to the building being interrupted, and one elderly resident displaced. Firefighters assisted Southern California Gas Company with restoring gas service, helping the resident find shelter, and were subsequently able to reopen the street to normal traffic in approximately 1 hour.

The cause of the fire was determined to be a cooking accident. The occupant was evaluated for smoke inhalation, but was not transported to a hospital. No injuries to Firefighters were reported.

"The Santa Monica Fire Department would like to remind all our residents to the importance of Smoke detectors, and the part they play in giving us early warning to residential fires." Dale Hallock, SMFD

100 Year Old Wreck Solves Mystery

A Navy tugboat that sank nearly a century ago has been found by a team of government researchers off the San Francisco coast. The missing boat was the subject of a massive search 96 years ago, in the waters off Hawaii. Turns out they were looking for it in the wrong ocean.

The USS Conestoga departed San Francisco Bay for Pearl Harbor in March 1921. But the boat never made it to Hawaii, and her 56-man crew was declared lost. The boat was never found, despite a search that covered hundreds of thousands of square miles and was the biggest air and sea search of its time.

On Wednesday, officials from the Navy and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the tug has been found about 30 miles off the coast, near the Farallon Islands. The Farallons are a group of small islands, really large rocks, that host 100's of birds and a weather station.

NOAA is in the midst of a multiyear effort to map roughly 300 shipwrecks off in the waters off San Francisco.

“After nearly a century of ambiguity and a profound sense of loss, the Conestoga’s disappearance no longer is a mystery,” Manson Brown, a deputy N.O.A.A. administrator, said in a statement.

In 2009, the N.O.A.A. Office of Coast Survey spotted an uncharted shipwreck near the Farallon Islands, a forbidding cluster of sharp rocks known for shipwrecks and a large population of great white sharks. Video from an investigation in 2015 using remotely operated vehicles shows the shipwreck under nearly 200 feet of water, encrusted in rust but largely intact, festooned with colorful sea anemones, rockfish and eels, according to the New York Times.

"Using the video, the N.O.A.A. and Navy researchers confirmed that the wreck’s distinctive propeller and deck-mounted gun matched the long-lost tugboat," says the NYT.


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