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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 →

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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 →

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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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Two hit in shooting

BODERLINE NEIGHBORHOOD — Two people were shot, one apparently an innocent bystander, in a possible gang-related shooting Wednesday night, the suspects leading local police on a short chase on Interstate-10 before ditching their truck and fleeing on foot. The victims, an 18 year-old male and a man in his 70s, were wounded in the leg and... Read more →

Education

Report details suspected abuse cases

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Santa Monica and Malibu public school employees reported 123 suspected cases of child abuse to law enforcement and youth welfare authorities during the 2008-09 academic year, according to a new report that breaks down the number of alleged incidents involving students. The Board of Education on Thursday is expected to... Read more →

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Saint John’s to develop neuroscience institute

MID-CITY — The former chair of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will lead the development of a Neuroscience Institute at Saint John’s Health Center, it was announced Monday. Dr. Amin Kassam will also be a faculty member at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s. The Neuroscience... Read more →

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Arts Commission wants workers to stay and play

DOWNTOWN — All work and no play can make for a long and boring commute home. So why not stay a few hours? The Santa Monica Arts Commission and Performing Arts Committee is encouraging the estimated 50,000 daily commuters to stick around a few hours after work, enjoying a light meal and catching a live performance through a new program... Read more →

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Buying a home in Santa Monica requires deep pockets

DOWNTOWN — Housing prices might be down but the cost of owning in Santa Monica still requires deep pockets. A recent report by Coldwell Banker found that Santa Monica has the fifth most expensive residential real estate market in the country, a ranking that experts attribute to the desirable beach location and wealthy population.... Read more →