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Breathing new life into the Civic Auditorium

MAIN STREET — The glorious days of award shows and concerts featuring top-notch acts at the Civic Auditorium might not necessarily just be a thing of the past. The aging facility that was once the home of the Academy Awards and drew talents like Elton John and Bob Dylan is set to see new management by the Nederlander Organization,... Read more →

Briefs

Hospitals warned about errors

Eleven California hospitals, including Saint John’s Health Center, were fined $25,000 each in administrative penalties this week for violations that, in some cases, led to death or serious injury, according to Department of Public Health officials. Most of the hospitals fined were in Southern California, and about half were cited... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica Place adds trio of tenants

Nike, one of the world’s largest athletic apparel companies, will join the British luxury fashion house Burberry and furniture/houseware manufacturer CB2 at Santa Monica Place, occupying key retail spots at the mall, which is scheduled to open in less than a year after a significant renovation in which the roof was ripped off, creating... Read more →

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Sewage spill at Saint John’s creates a stink

MID-CITY — More than 120 gallons of raw sewage flowed onto a street near Saint John’s Health Center Wednesday night, with some of that sewage making its way into the storm drain system but most likely not to the Santa Monica Bay, city officials said. The spill — reported to be 125 gallons — stemming from the hospital... Read more →

Crime

Cops searching for suspects in auto burglary, hit and run

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police officers are asking for the public’s help in locating two suspects, one believed to be responsible for a series of vehicle burglaries while the other the driver in a hit-and-run accident on Broadway. Between Aug. 19 and Aug. 20 several cars were broken into in the northern portion of Santa Monica.... Read more →

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Students string together beautiful music

DOWNTOWN — While other kids were out playing or watching TV after school, Erin Wells was inside a classroom with her chin on a violin, learning the foreign language of classical music. There were Friday afternoons spent with a group of three dozen fourth and fifth graders, some with a few years of musical training under their belt,... Read more →

Crime

Suspect in SMC assault released

LAX COURTHOUSE — A Malibu man who was accused of sexually assaulting a Santa Monica College student in April at the campus library was released on his own recognizance Thursday after DNA test results came back negative and did not yield a match. Chase Guy Reynolds, 40, was arrested April 7 and charged with two counts of sexual battery... Read more →

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Sustainability comes with a nice discount

DOWNTOWN — It’s usually only good for transporting groceries and helping the environment but carrying a reusable bag could also score discounts. More than 40 businesses will offer special deals to customers who bring in the eco-friendly bags during the Buy Local Santa Monica Super Saturday on Oct. 3, ranging from samples to... Read more →

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Beach closure

WILL ROGERS STATE BEACH Foul smell causes closure The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has posted warning signs advising swimmers and surfers to avoid the ocean for a half-mile north and a half-mile south of the storm drain located at Will Rogers State Beach, near Pacific Palisades. The warning will be in effect until at... Read more →

Briefs

Tons of trash removed in cleanup

More than 14,000 Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers in Los Angeles County removed a record 150 tons of trash from regional watersheds last weekend, according to environmental watchdog Heal the Bay, which organized the effort. Some 14,038 community members — also an all-time high number — scoured beaches, parks, alleys, creeks,... Read more →