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Rail yard looks like a possibility

CITY HALL — While residents and city officials for months have pushed for the relocation of a proposed Exposition Light Rail maintenance yard away from homes, it’s looking more likely that the facility will remain as planned in the Pico Neighborhood. That appeared to be the direction after the City Council on Tuesday authorized... Read more →

Briefs

Giving back this holiday season

With the season of giving upon us and presents on the way, Flair Cleaners invites all Southern Californians to make a little room in their closets and drawers by donating to their seventh annual Holiday Clothing Drive. The drive begins Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving, and will run through Dec. 31. “Everyone is very enthusiastic... Read more →

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Toys for tots

In the holiday spirit, the American Red Cross of Santa Monica will hold its 17th annual “Spark of Love” toy drive this year, benefiting needy children and teens in the surrounding communities. Youth volunteers with the Red Cross, KABC Channel 7 and Santa Monica Fire Department will be collecting new unwrapped toys or sports... Read more →

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Hate crimes remain low

OLYMPIC BLVD — A rude awakening awaited the diverse and progressive community at New Roads School where a threatening message had been scribbled on a bathroom stall inside the boy’s restroom. “On 4-20-09 a black kid will die at this school.” “P.S. Be ready.” The unfulfilled threat that was discovered at... Read more →

Environment

New Garden Sharing Registry makes a match

NORTH OF MONTANA — When a recipe calls for fruit or vegetables, Madeleine Grafton has her pick, not in the neighborhood grocery store, but in the backyard of her home where an orchard of orange, fig, apricot, avocado, lime and lemon trees thrive. The once vibrant garden, however, had seen less tilling and weeding as old age caught up... Read more →

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Spread cheer, not germs this Thanksgiving

IN THE KITCHEN — With concerns about catching the H1N1 virus still in the forefront, county health officials urge people to practice good hygiene and safe food handling to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria this Thanksgiving. “Thanksgiving is a time to gather and a time to celebrate,” said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding,... Read more →

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Astronaut’s baby daughter born as he circles Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astronaut Randolph Bresnik jubilantly welcomed his new daughter into the world Sunday as he floated 220 miles above it. Abigail Mae Bresnik was born as her father circled Earth on his first space shuttle mission, just hours after his first spacewalk. It was only the second time in history that a NASA astronaut was... Read more →

Environment

Getting tough on pollution

Dear EarthTalk What do organizers hope to accomplish at the upcoming (Dec. 7-18, 2009) United Nations Climate Change Conference being held in Copenhagen? F. Rojas Oakland, Calif. The upcoming COP15 meeting in Denmark — so named because it is the 15th such international gathering of the Conference of the Parties (COP) under the United... Read more →

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Suspects in football game stabbing plead guilty

DOWNTOWN — Two men believed responsible for stabbing a 17-year-old Inglewood resident following a Santa Monica High School football game earlier this season plead guilty to misdemeanor battery and promoting a criminal street gang. Christopher Diaz and Kenneth Jones accepted a plea bargain Nov. 2 and were sentenced to 180 days in jail... Read more →

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Ban on smoking in apartments gets a boost

CITYWIDE — If Rent Control Board member Robert Kronovet has his way tenants who smoke will no longer be able to do so in the comfort of their own homes. Kronovet, a landlord and real estate broker, said Friday he will sponsor a ban on smoking in all apartments that share common floors or ceilings with at least one other unit. That... Read more →