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Resident pleads not guilty to murder of woman found in trunk

VAN NUYS — A Santa Monica man accused of killing his girlfriend whose body was recently discovered in the trunk of her car pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Tuesday. Adel Tabrizi Chapel, 24, was arraigned at Van Nuys Courthouse for the murder of Denise Figueroa, 22, of North Hills, who was found dead inside of a black Nissan... Read more →

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Teaching grandpa the art of seduction

DOWNTOWN — Valentine’s Day has come and gone but that doesn’t mean that falling in love is out of season. Local residents Marc Fienberg and his wife Eva Gordon have written and produced a film that offers love and hope for all generations. “Play The Game” is a story of a young ladies man (Paul Campbell) who... Read more →

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From one destiny to another

MICHIGAN AVE. — There’s a row of old warehouses and hangars tucked away in the heart of the industrial district where transit officials recently considered locating a light rail maintenance yard, fulfilling a destiny placed upon it two decades ago. The only problem is the 9.5 acre piece of land known as Bergamot Station is... Read more →

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Paying the cost to be the boss

CITYWIDE — It’s time to pay the piper. Well, actually that time came and went. Now it’s time to pay plus penalties. City Hall’s Finance Department is in the process of making final phone calls to business owners who are late in paying their business license tax, a critical source of revenue, helping to pay for... Read more →

Business

Rock icon Rollins returns to KCRW

SMC — Former Black Flag frontman, spoken word artist and music guru Henry Rollins returns to Santa Monica’s KCRW this weekend with a two-hour show that will give new meaning to the word “eclectic.” Rollins’ show, debuting Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., features music diverse in both style and age, from... Read more →

Briefs

Preparing for the spring

The Los Angeles County Fire Department wants to remind people that as they turn their clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time this Sunday, they should also prepare an emergency power kit for their families and make sure it includes fresh batteries for flashlights and portable radios. Also, change the batteries in every smoke detector and... Read more →

Environment

Shockingly affordable

Dear EarthTalk If you have an electric or plug-in hybrid car, you’re paying for electricity rather than gasoline all or most of the time. How does that cost compare to a gas-powered car’s cost-per-mile? And since the electricity may be generated from some other polluting source, does it really work out to be better for the... Read more →

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Memorabilia selling well despite economy

SANTA MONICA BLVD — For some they’re an investment, a valuable that holds great potential for future returns. For others they’re a fond reminder, a piece from the past worth preserving. For sellers of rare memorabilia and collector’s items, they’re helping to keep their business going during a troubling... Read more →

Briefs

Helping hand

The S. Mark Taper Foundation has awarded the Westside Shelter & Hunger Coalition a $10,000 grant for the continuation of its mission to end hunger and homelessness on the Westside through service coordination, public education and advocacy. “This generous gift is making it possible for the coalition to continue working to find the... Read more →

Education

High school’s house system has changed perceptions

SMMUSD HDQTRS — A line of parents slowly began forming behind the podium, some rehearsing a prepared statement in their heads, others exhaling heavily in nervous anticipation of speaking before the Board of Education. To an audience of district officials, parents and even some children, they each started touting a six-year-old... Read more →