News

Whale heads north after lingering off Los Angeles

MARINA DEL REY — A stray gray whale has headed north after spending weeks lingering in the waters here. Marine biologist Peter Wallerstein said Sunday that he and a county Baywatch crew watched the young California gray accompanied by about 50 bottlenose dolphins head northwest past Venice and Santa Monica. Wallerstein says the group... Read more →

Environment

Heated debate

Dear EarthTalk: Don’t some scientists point to sunspots and solar wind as having more impact on climate change than human industrial activity? — David Noss, California, MD Sunspots are storms on the sun’s surface that are marked by intense magnetic activity and play host to solar flares and hot gassy ejections from the... Read more →

Education

Here comes the rush

SMC — Teachers on the first day of summer school classes today may find far more students in their rooms than they bargained for, and more that never signed up. Many high school students enrolled at SMC to take classes over the summer to get credits out of the way, fulfill graduation requirements or simply to boost grade point... Read more →

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Swimming, sunbathing and smog-catching

CITYWIDE — Starting today, Santa Monica kids can trash can relay, putt for points and bottle bowl their way to saving the environment. The Clean Air Olympics — which includes these tasks and many more — is just one activity available to kids at Camp Santa Monica through the O24U curriculum. O24U activities like making smog... Read more →

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Missing Venice man turns up at VA

WEST L.A. — For eight long days, Santa Monican John McInally Jr. and his family combed area streets looking for their Alzheimer’s disease stricken father who had wandered away from his Venice home on June 10. Calls to area hospitals yielded nothing. The Los Angeles Police Department and even the FBI got involved and still nothing.... Read more →

Education

Lakers inspire local to cut off locks for charity

SAMOHI — Far away from the Los Angeles Coliseum and the confetti, there was a dimly lit classroom in Santa Monica that played home to a very different kind of Lakers celebration on Wednesday. This one involved meditation and a pair of scissors. Victoria Rosner, a volunteer yoga instructor at Santa Monica High School, followed... Read more →

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Couple sets out to complete epic bike ride down coast

DOWNTOWN — It took Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins more than two months and roughly 1,800 miles to ride from Vancouver to their hometown of Santa Monica, taking with them two bikes, a few bags and half a dozen jars containing a murky mixture of plankton, water and some colorful bits of plastic. And they aren’t done with their... Read more →

Crime

Dial ‘s’ for stolen

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. Friday, June 12, at 9:30 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the area of Sunset Street and Dewey Avenue regarding a strong-arm robbery. When... Read more →

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Hoping for a blast from the past

PICO BLVD — Santa Monica College’s commencement ceremony this week spawned a new crop of alumni and administrators are hoping graduates stay in touch with their alma mater. They’re the first group of former students that SMC is targeting for its new alumni association, reviving a branch of the college that in past lives... Read more →

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Wandering whale still hanging out

MARINA DEL REY — Boaters and beach goers are being asked to keep their distance from a California gray whale that has been swimming in and out of the Marina del Rey channel for the last two weeks. The 25-foot long whale seems to have stopped its migration from Baja to rest before continuing north to Alaska. California gray whales have... Read more →