Briefs

Summer SOULstice back for ninth year

The ninth annual Main Street Summer SOULstice returns to Santa Monica Sunday with 20 bands and a new circus show. Concerts will run all day on seven different stages. Performers include several tribute bands such as The Neil Deal, Petty Theft and Heartless and Coachella 2009 performers Helios Jive and BLVD. DJ Steven Prior will provide... Read more →

News

Another one bites the dust

SUNSET PARK — Husband-and-wife team Andrew MacDonald and Irene Coray decided to take a risk — pack up their highly successful 17-year-old bookstore in the middle of bustling Dupont Circle and take their chances in Santa Monica where the people are well-read but the weather is more inviting. They figured that even at a 50... Read more →

City Council

In case of an emergency

<i>Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been... Read more →

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Two quakes shake SM Mountains

SM MOUNTAINS — Two small earthquakes shook the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu Saturday night, according to the Caltech Seismological Laboratory. The first, a magnitude 2.8, hit about six miles northwest of Malibu at 8:39 p.m. Just 45 seconds later, a second quake of magnitude 2.6 hit about one mile west of the first. The quakes... Read more →

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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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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 →