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 →

News

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 →

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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 →

City Council

City Manager search begins

CITY HALL — Wanted in Santa Monica — a new city manager who’s a creative strategist, a wizard at financial management, embraces public participation and embodies the community’s social values of affordable housing and environmental responsibility. Those are the qualities listed on a more than two-week-old job posting... Read more →

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Banner bummer at aquarium

SM PIER — Wanting to raise awareness, the Heal the Bay Santa Monica Pier Aquarium installed two, nearly 30-foot blue signs with bold white lettering above its entrance, alerting visitors to its presence. No longer would people say, “I didn’t know there was an aquarium at the pier.” Now those banners, valued at close... 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 →

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Senior struck while in crosswalk

OCEAN AVE — A 77-year-old was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street at the intersection of Ocean and Idaho avenues over the weekend, police said. The pedestrian suffered serious head trauma and was transported to a local hospital. No new information on the pedestrian’s condition was available Monday. The accident... Read more →

Environment

Latest buzz on bees

Dear EarthTalk Not long ago there were concerns about honey bees disappearing. Are the bees still disappearing, and if so do we know why and do we have a solution? David Grand Rapids, Minn. The topic of disappearing honey bees first cropped up in 2004 and by the spring of 2007 was all over the news. Thousands of commercial beekeepers across... 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 →

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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 →