Education

Improv for improvement

OLYMPIC HIGH SCHOOL — “We’ve got a criminal in here!” Colin Sweeney, a professional improv comedian, pulls 17-year-old Darshana Ruffman into the room. Her arms are held behind her back as she’s sat down in a chair in front of the white board. Ruffman has committed a crime, but she has no idea what it is. Over... Read more →

Crime

Recyclables stolen from students

SAMOHI — Efforts to outfit villages in Africa and Cambodia with life-saving water treatment devices took a serious blow earlier this month when thousands of bottles and cans were stolen from student organizations Team Marine and Heal the Bay Surfrider Club. The recyclables, worth several hundred dollars, were to be used to purchase... Read more →

News

Hope left for Friday night games in Malibu

MALIBU — The lights might not be off for good for those popular Friday night high school football games. Following the California Coastal Commission’s denial earlier this month of a request by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to permit temporary field lights at Malibu High School, city officials said they are now... Read more →

Crime

Shopping cart drama

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 11:19 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 400 block of Broadway regarding a report of an assault with a deadly... Read more →

News

Council raises concerns about expansion of Expo yard

CITY HALL — A controversial proposal to build a light rail maintenance yard near homes is raising new concerns about whether an environmental impact review will be performed to address recent plan changes to add a paint and body shop to the facility. The issue involves a “hybrid” plan to place the light rail maintenance... Read more →

City Council

Council bans cat declawing

CITY HALL — A controversial veterinary procedure to clip the claws of feline paws can no longer be performed in Santa Monica after the City Council voted on Tuesday to ban the practice that animal rights advocates have described as amputation. The ordinance, which will take effect 30 days after a second and final reading next month,... Read more →

Briefs

Staying safe on Halloween

The Santa Monica Police Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children want to remind parents to play it safe on Halloween night, offering tips on how to protect their young ghouls and goblins. • Be sure older children take friends and younger children are accompanied by a trusted adult when trick or treating.... Read more →

News

Local family holds a special memorial tradition

DOWNTOWN — L.A. Monica Moore’s family has a special way of cherishing the memory of her grandmother, Rose Caruso, who passed away in 2001 with Alzheimer’s disease. Every year, Moore rallies her family to participate in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Walk to fight the disease. “I have two teams,”... Read more →

Crime

Cops apprehend murder suspect

DOWNTOWN — A suspect in the brutal beating of Santa Monica resident Preston Brumfield is in police custody after spending more than a week on the run, police said Wednesday. Jason Eddie Coleman, 27, of Santa Monica, was arrested by patrol officers from the LAPD’s 77th Division in South Los Angeles on Sunday night and transferred... Read more →

News

Flu vaccine demand exceeds supply

COUNTYWIDE — Los Angeles County public health officials, who have administered about 60,000 free swine flu vaccines since Friday, were urging people not included in priority groups to stay home for the time being. Demand exceeds supplies, according to the county’s top doctor, and people 25-64 years old without underlying health... Read more →