Government

Brownley calls for repeal of Defense of Marriage Act

SACRAMENTO — There are more than 18,000 same-sex couples who are legally married in California yet don’t have access to more than 1,000 federal rights afforded to heterosexual couples. That’s according to Assembly members Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) and Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) whose resolution to call on President... 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 →

News

The benefits of unemployment

CITYWIDE — Perhaps the recession isn’t all bad. For the most part, Santa Monica non-profits have noticed a spike in the number of people willing and available to volunteer their time despite the tough economic times. At WISE & Healthy Aging, volunteer numbers have increased twofold in the past year, Director of Volunteer... Read more →

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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 →

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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 →

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

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 →

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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 →

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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 →