Briefs

Don’t say cheese

Los Angeles County’s top public health official is warning consumers to stay away from dairy products purchased from unlicensed manufacturers and vendors because the products may have been made with unpastuerized milk and may contain other contaminants. The products can include Latin American-style soft cheese and sour cream.... Read more →

News

USPS searches for buyers of Venice facility

VENICE — A local mail processing center could be the latest victim of the economic downturn. Facing an overall decline in customer volume from the advances in mail technology and more recently exacerbated by the recession, the United State Postal Service (USPS) has begun re-evaluating its operations, including looking into... Read more →

News

With a thumb and $7, Frenchman sees world

CITYWIDE — Forget dining in a city for $40 a day, Frenchman Jeremy Marie is traveling the world on just $7. Since October 2007, Marie has been hitchhiking his way from continent to continent, grabbing free rides and staying with strangers, fulfilling a life-long globetrotting dream all while spending the cost of a fast food extra... Read more →

News

SMC student sentenced in terror plot

SANTA ANA — A Santa Monica College student who helped a radical prison-based Islamic militant group that plotted “war” against the U.S. government and targeted Israel supporters was sentenced Monday to 70 months in federal prison. Hammad Samana of Inglewood was the last of the four members of the group, Jam’iyyat... Read more →

Education

District performs well on state test

SMMUSD HDQTRS — School officials received good news on Tuesday when state test results showed that students in the district continue to show improvement but there’s some concern that the state budget crisis could be reflected in the scores next year. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District saw improvements in the... Read more →

Crime

Appeals court upholds Black Widows conviction

DOWNTOWN L.A. — A state appellate court on Tuesday reaffirmed the guilty convictions of two elderly women — one a former Santa Monica landlord — who were sentenced to life in prison last year for murdering a pair of homeless men for financial gain. Helen Golay, 78, and her partner-in-crime, 76-year-old Olga Rutterschmidt of... Read more →

Education

SMC to offer degree in solar installation

SMC — Following the emergence of the “green jobs” sector over the past several years, a new program offering certification in the field of solar panel installation will launch this fall. The 18-unit curriculum at Santa Monica College includes a three-course-series — PV1, PV2 and PV3 — that covers the essentials... Read more →

News

One in a million

NEW YORK — Richard Mason wants to be a millionaire. Whether he wins the seven-figure jackpot will be revealed when ABC’s “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” airs Wednesday night. The Santa Monica resident was one of 110 people from across the country who were selected to contend for the million dollar prize on the... Read more →

News

Future life savers

DOWNTOWN — Swimmers with Team Santa Monica took high honors at the Junior Lifeguard National Championships earlier this month in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with three members earning first place in various competitions designed to test one’s endurance. Team Santa Monica is a nonprofit, parent-run swim team featuring kids from Santa... Read more →

Environment

Solar could make dollars and cents

Dear EarthTalk I’d like to know the relative electricity cost of utility scale solar and wind plants versus rooftop residential solar. In other words, how can I know whether to subsidize my utility’s alternative energy plant or renovate my own home? Randy Wilson Flagstaff, AZ Making such a determination is complex, but you... Read more →