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High School Sailors Set To Sail Against The World

Micky Munns and Michael Fineman are two fairly normal high school students. The two friends go to school, hang out, get good grades, and most recently, have decided to take on the world. No, these two aren’t mustache twirling villains with an appetite for destruction–they’re boat racing sailors, looking to make a splash against the best... Read more →

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Mudslide-stricken California town is all but emptied out

Most residents of mudslide-ravaged Montecito were under orders to clear out Friday as the search for victims dragged on and crews labored to clean up the muck and repair power, water and gas lines. Even those who didn't lose their homes in the disaster that left at least 17 people dead were told to leave for up to two weeks so they... Read more →

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Has flu season, in full swing, reached its height?

Flu is now widespread in every state except Hawaii, but the good news is the season appears to already be peaking. It's been a rough few weeks: Hospitals have set up tents to handle patient overflow. Doctors are putting in double and triple shifts. Ambulances have been sidelined while paramedics waited to drop off patients. "This... Read more →

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Bird riders could face fines for breaking vehicle laws

Riders of the now ubiquitous Bird-branded scooters zipping around Santa Monica sidewalks may soon face tickets for violating state traffic laws, according to a press release sent to local media by the Santa Monica Police Department. Traffic cops have already begun an “education campaign” to tell riders they must wear a helmet and stay... Read more →

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Bergamot Station founder leaves, takes name with him

“Bergamot is open for business,” said a press release from the Worthe Real Estate Group Thursday, amid rumors there could be more upheaval for the beleaguered arts complex after founder Wayne Blank officially washed his hands of the property Jan. 1. Worthe is the new landlord for the five-acres of City-owned property adjacent to the Expo... Read more →

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City agrees to make The Pier more handicap accessible

A grandfather’s desire to share a ride on the carousel with his grandson prompted the lawsuit behind a $108,000 settlement with the city and changes coming to The Pier. On Tuesday, the City Council voted to settle with resident Barry Atwood and make The Pier more accessible for handicap visitors. Under the settlement, the City denies... Read more →

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California mudslide takes lives of elderly, young; 5 missing

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The oldest victim swept away in a California mudslide was Jim Mitchell, who had celebrated his 89th birthday the day before. He died with his wife of more than 50 years, Alice. The youngest, 3-year-old Kailly Benitez, was one of four children killed. As their names and those of 14 other victims were released... Read more →

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Model shop celebrates 70 years of building community

Like the kits it sells, Evett’s Model Shop is far more than the sum of its parts and that’s saying something given the quality of its parts: a veteran who parlayed a single model into a career, a formerly homeless master-builder who now repairs priceless movie props and a beloved matriarch keeping her husband’s passion alive. The... Read more →

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California mudslides happened as cellphone alerts went out

Many Californians in the area hit hardest by this week's deadly mudslides did not heed warnings for hours and days by emergency officials encouraging them to evacuate their homes — and then received cellphone alerts of imminent slides when the massive streams of debris were already heading toward them or had already hit their... Read more →

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Olivia Munn isn’t worried about hosting after speaking out

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Olivia Munn says hosting a Hollywood awards show is nothing compared to speaking out about sexual misconduct. Munn is hosting the Critics' Choice Awards on Thursday. But in an interview to discuss her preparations for the show, the 37-year-old actress instead addressed the ongoing sexual misconduct reckoning in the... Read more →

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Number of missing after Calif. mudslide victims surges to 48

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The number of people missing since mudslides engulfed this wealthy coastal town surged to 48 Thursday as hundreds of rescue workers slogged through knee-deep ooze and used long poles to probe for bodies. The number of confirmed dead stood at 17. The huge increase in those unaccounted for came as authorities... Read more →

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Death toll hits 15 in California mudslides; search goes on

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The death toll from the mudslides that struck Southern California climbed to 15 on Wednesday as rescue crews searched for anyone trapped, injured or dead in the onslaught that smashed homes and swept away cars. The torrential rainstorm that set off the disaster cleared out and was no longer a hindrance as searchers... Read more →

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City reaches settlement with eHarmony on auto-renewals

Dating website eHarmony has agreed to change its website and sales practices after a $2.2 million settlement with a task force of local prosecutors that included the city of Santa Monica, according to a judgement filed this week in Santa Cruz County Superior Court. The lawsuit alleged that eHarmony failed to provide copies of contracts to... Read more →

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Scooter rider injured in afternoon accident

A woman was transported to the hospital with moderate head trauma on Tuesday after she rode a motorized scooter into a vehicle. Police officers and firefighters were called to the intersection of 6th and Idaho at about 2:20 p.m. on Jan. 9 for report of a pedestrian vs. car accident and upon arrival, determined a women in her 20’s had... Read more →