Crime

Charges dropped in SMC sexual assault case

LAX COURTHOUSE — A Malibu man who was accused of sexually assaulting a Santa Monica College student in the campus library was cleared of all charges this week after prosecutors determined there wasn’t enough evidence to pursue the case. The dismissal of the case against 40-year-old Chase Guy Reynolds came more than a week after... Read more →

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After tour, concerns remain about Expo impacts

LAWNDALE — There was screeching and honking and other noises expected of a maintenance facility for electric trains. They were the sounds that a group of residents from the Pico Neighborhood described hearing during a recent visit to the MTA Green Line’s rail yard in Lawndale, a tour arranged by the Exposition Construction... Read more →

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Reading program pairs retired volunteers with kids

FAIRVIEW LIBRARY — Diane Lord doesn’t have a teaching background, nor any children, but when it came time to help a second-grade boy who was struggling to read, she found effective tutoring didn’t require experience. It’s how the Santa Monica resident and about 200 other volunteers are spending their retirement... Read more →

Briefs

COMMUNITY BRIEFS

SM AIRPORT New exhibit at the Museum of Flying A nose section from a Boeing 727 is expected to arrive at the Museum of Flying at the Santa Monica Airport today. The 28-foot section will be donated by FedEx Express, a part of FedEx Corp., in an attempt to encourage youth interest in education and future careers in the fields of aviation... Read more →

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Lincoln Place landlord settles with tenants

VENICE — A classic landlord-tenant battle came to a close recently when the owners and former residents of Lincoln Place reached a settlement that not only preserves a group of historic buildings from demolition but allows renters to return to their one-time home. The agreement with the property owner, the Apartment Investment and... Read more →

Environment

Sleeping with bugs

Dear EarthTalk: Why are bed bugs a big issue right now? Where do they come from and what real harm do they do? Are there non-toxic ways of dealing with them? Harper H. Newburyport, Ma. Bed bugs, tiny little rust-colored insects of the Cimicidae family, live by feeding on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded hosts. They get... Read more →

Education

A place to call their own

SMC — Brad Jones is by all measures highly successful. The 28-year-old business major has an A-minus grade point average, works on campus 25 hours a week and is involved in extracurricular activities. But the model student is not typical even by Santa Monica College’s diverse student population standards. A U.S. Marine Corps... Read more →

Education

Homework policy undergoes changes

SMMUSD HDQTRS — A 20-year-old homework policy that’s been criticized as antiquated and confusing saw major changes on Thursday when the Board of Education approved a set of revisions that parents hope will cut the hours spent on afterschool studies. The modifications come nearly a year after the board formed an ad hoc committee... Read more →

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Friday’s football scores

St. Monica continued its surprising season by defeating Lucerne Valley 42-0. With the win, St. Monica is now 2-2. Santa Monica High School was routed by Valencia, 7-63. With the loss, Samohi is now... Read more →

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John Muir flea market turns 19

A local flea market will be celebrating its 19th anniversary this weekend by honoring the very people it serves to benefit — kids. All of the usual vendors will be out Saturday morning at the John Muir PTA flea market, but this time they will be joined by a brand new Kids’ Corner featuring games, food, face painting, a bounce... Read more →