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New wave of construction projects for SMC

PICO BOULEVARD — The future of Santa Monica College holds a lot of construction and a series of brand new educational facilities when the dust clears. The community college is in the process of updating an 11-year-old development plan to account for roughly a dozen projects that will take place at three campuses — Main,... Read more →

Crime

Jealousy leads to drug bust

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. Thursday, Sept. 24, at 3:32 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue regarding a report of a woman screaming.... Read more →

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Leaving gas guzzlers behind

CIVIC CENTER — Those who missed out on the federal “Cash for Clunkers” program have another opportunity to get their hands on vehicles that get good gas mileage at the fourth annual AltCar Expo at the Civic Auditorium Friday and Saturday. Visitors to the free event will be exposed to the latest technology on the market,... Read more →

Briefs

Help come tax time

And who said the taxman just came to take your money away? The IRS wants to remind first-time homebuyers that there is still time to take advantage of the federal tax credit that provides up to $8,000 to those purchasing a home before Dec. 1. More than 160,000 California taxpayers so far have taken advantage of the credit. Here are 10... Read more →

Briefs

Taking a shot of nature

If you love exploring the mountains with your camera, October may just be your month. Through Oct. 31, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area will be holding its annual Spirit of the Mountains photography contest, giving regional amateur photographers the chance to have their work published and displayed. Photos taken in the... Read more →

Crime

Shooting victim ends up behind bars

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — The victim of a gang-related shooting that took place Wednesday night was in police custody just hours after being released from a local hospital with a wound to the leg, arrested for interfering with a separate investigation into a gang member carrying a concealed weapon, police said. The victim, and an... Read more →

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Water quality at local beaches gets high marks

SM BAY — Swimmers this summer basked in a third consecutive season of excellent water quality, with many local beaches receiving high marks compared to a year ago, according to Heal the Bay’s “End of Summer Beach Report Card,” which was released Wednesday. Santa Monica Bay monitoring locations fared notably better... Read more →

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ER visits jump at hospital

15TH STREET — The Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital built it, and they came. The days have been increasingly busy at the new Nethercutt Emergency Center where visits have jumped by almost 350 patients a month over last year, a spike that hospital officials attribute to the expansion in services offered and... Read more →

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Panel tackles pesky disease

BROAD STAGE — Few diseases with symptoms like heart enlargement and failure, antiquated medicine and over 300,000 current reported U.S. cases would receive almost no attention, but such is the case for Chagas disease. Until now, that is. One hundred years after Chagas was first discovered, researchers, doctors, scientists, clinicians... Read more →

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Making thumbs greener

Santa Monica Public Library and the Office of Sustainability and the Environment are teaming up to teach community gardeners how to grow greener. Beginning in January, the Green Garden Academy will be Santa Monica’s official school of sustainable gardening, offering free monthly classes covering everything from irrigation to edible... Read more →