Man claims $2M reward paid to tipster in Bulger case

BOSTON — The FBI has paid a $2 million reward to a tipster who provided information that led to the arrest of fugitive crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, according to a Las Vegas man who tried unsuccessfully to claim the reward. Bulger, who was long one of the nation's most wanted fugitives, was captured in June in Santa... Read more →


Butler joins race for Assembly seat

DOWNTOWN — The race to represent Santa Monica in the state Assembly in 2012 grew more competitive this week with freshman legislator Betsy Butler’s announcement that she will run for the newly-created and heavily Democratic 50th Assembly District. Butler, who currently lives in Marina del Rey and was elected in 2010 to represent... Read more →


Feds release preliminary report on SMO crash

SMO — A device that measures airspeed malfunctioned before an August airplane crash in the Sunset Park neighborhood that left the pilot and two bystanders injured, according to a preliminary report by federal investigators. According to the report released last week by the National Transportation Safety Board, the still-unidentified... Read more →


Let the ‘Truth Be Told’ about cancer

MID-CITY — Local cancer research and treatment center Premiere Oncology will hold an event Saturday, calling on its patients and cancer survivors to share personal stories to raise money for research and to help subsidize some treatments offered at the facility. The Truth Be Told Gala will feature a lineup of monologues about the... Read more →


State orders Durkee & Associates to stop doing business

LOS ANGELES — California regulators are cracking down on a company at the center of a scandal over hundreds of thousands of dollars in missing campaign funds. The state Board of Accountancy said Tuesday it issued a "cease and desist" order against Burbank, Calif.-based Durkee & Associates to stop the firm from conducting... Read more →


All aboard: Officials break ground on Expo Line

DOWNTOWN — With a flourish of gold-painted shovels, a gaggle of city, county and state officials broke ground on the final stop of the Exposition Light Rail Line, which should be coming to Santa Monica in 2015. The event marks the end of a 22-year process that required uncommon cooperation and collaboration between multiple... Read more →


Rare blue whales spotted in Santa Monica Bay

REDONDO BEACH — A pod of rare blue whales has been thrilling kayakers, boaters and tourists off the Southern California coast. The world's largest mammals have been breaching for the past week off Redondo Beach. A KTTV news helicopter broadcast live video Monday showing one of the whales breaching in Santa Monica Bay. The station also... Read more →


New UCLA hospital facility makes debut

MID-CITY — The brass of the UCLA Medical System convened Friday to dedicate its newest state-of-the-art hospital in Santa Monica, closing the books on a project 16 years in the making. The dedication healed the scar created by the 1994 Northridge earthquake, a natural disaster that left an indelible mark on much of Santa... Read more →


Drug dilemma

Dear EarthTalk Pharmaceuticals were in the news again recently, how they are polluting water and raising a host of health issues because we dispose of them both unused and used through body waste elimination. What can be done? Lucy Abbot Macon, Ga. Pharmaceutical drug contamination in our groundwater, rivers, lakes, estuaries and bays is a... Read more →


Man arrested for terror threats in bus scare

LOS ANGELES — A report of a suspicious backpack that sent an explosives team to a Los Angeles bus has ended with a man accused of making terrorist threats and possessing a hoax device. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Kimberly Unland says authorities received a call about the backpack on a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus in... Read more →


SM turns blue for prostate cancer

DOWNTOWN Many major Los Angeles landmarks, including some in Santa Monica, will be turning blue this month to raise awareness about prostate cancer. Starting Sept. 12, businesses Downtown, including Fred Segal and the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows, will use lights to turn their buildings blue. On Sept. 16, the Ferris wheel at Pacific... Read more →


Residents worried by anonymous survey

CITYWIDE — Within the last two weeks, members of the Santa Monica community have received lengthy, anonymous phone calls from polling companies asking their opinions on politics and the Santa Monica Airport, but no one seems to know who is behind the effort. The phone calls lasted approximately 35 minutes, said one resident who was... Read more →


9/11 hit close to home

CITYWIDE — When commercial airliners smashed into the World Trade Center, Pentagon and the Pennsylvania countryside on Sept. 11, 2001, Santa Monicans responded. They worked on the recovery effort at ground zero in New York City, counseled those traumatized by the disaster and did what they could to provide for those who lost loved... Read more →