Environment

Orcas swimming into big trouble

Dear EarthTalk How are populations of the world’s orca whales faring these days? Are we still in danger of losing them all in the wild? J. Witham Bangor, ME The largest member of the dolphin family and a major draw at marine parks, orcas (also known as “killer whales”) are highly intelligent and social marine mammals that,... Read more →

News

Coyote ugly

DOUGLAS PARK — For 13 years, Wally the cat was the king of the neighborhood. “He was just mister stud cat,” said his owner, Kristin Rotblatt, who lives near Douglas Park just north of Wilshire Boulevard. “He was very sweet to us, but he never took any crap.” Wally met his untimely death earlier this month —... Read more →

Education

A change at the very top

SMC — After 15 years at the helm, Santa Monica College’s head football Coach Robert Taylor has been dismissed from the program amid allegations of recruiting violations that involved student athletes receiving special financial incentives that were not extended to the rest of the campus population. Sources said Taylor changed... Read more →

Education

Achievement gap persists, but narrows

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The much talked about academic achievement gap between African-American and Latino students and their Asian and Caucasian peers is slowly narrowing. Such is reflected in the recent release of the state’s Standardized Academic Reporting and Testing Program (STAR) which showed that both African-American and Latino... Read more →

Crime

Elderly man pulls cane, then gun

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. Thursday, Aug. 13, at 5:02 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2800 block of Ocean Front Walk regarding an assault with a deadly weapon.... Read more →

News

Enjoying art on two wheels

MICHIGAN AVENUE — There won’t be a cancer-surviving superstar cyclist or sights of the French countryside but the inaugural Tour da Arts in Santa Monica promises to highlight some of the biggest cultural landmarks in the city. More than 100 people are expected to show up for the Santa Monica Museum of Arts’ (SMMOA) event... Read more →

News

Filming on the decline in Santa Monica

SM PIER — The lights haven’t been shining as brightly, the cameras rolling a bit more slowly and the action subdued a few notches. A picturesque city that’s been a Hollywood favorite for decades, playing the role of the typical sunny and beautiful Southern California beach town, has seen interest wavering from film... Read more →

News

Getting Farmers’ Market fresh comes easy

Editor’s Note: This is a series in which Daily Press writers overhear and observe happenings around Santa Monica. DOWNTOWN — It’s like a gorgeous sunset on a cold, gray morning. The bright glow of oranges and peaches stands out against the rich purple of berries and plums that line the booths of the Farmers’ Market... Read more →

Briefs

Closing a chapter

Book worms who frequent the Ocean Park Branch Library will have to go elsewhere to get their literary fix. City officials are closing the library, located at 2601 Main Street, to complete interior improvements. The library will be closed beginning Saturday, Aug. 22 and will reopen Monday, Aug. 31. The improvements feature the creation of a... Read more →

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 →