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Minnesota joins California suit against citizenship question

Minnesota has joined a lawsuit filed by California's attorney general to block the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census questionnaire. California Attorney General Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed the federal lawsuit Tuesday. Minnesota and several other states have joined in, while officials... Read more →

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Judge declares ‘serial stowaway’ unfit for trial

A woman dubbed a "serial stowaway" for repeatedly trying to sneak onto commercial jets without a ticket has been ruled unfit for trial. Cook County Judge Maura Slattery Boyle on Thursday ordered 66-year-old Marilyn Hartman to be sent to a mental health facility in Elgin, near Chicago. The ruling comes after psychologists for the defense... Read more →

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California regulators target web ads for illegal pot shops

Weedmaps is a go-to website for people looking to find a marijuana shop. With a few clicks on a cellphone, customers can find virtually any type of cannabis product, along with the fastest route to the place selling it and ratings from other consumers to help them decide what to buy. But legal and illegal operators advertise next to each... Read more →

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Utility faces lawsuit over fire that led to deadly mudslides

A California man whose partner was killed during devastating coastal mudslides in January is among residents suing a utility company, alleging its faulty equipment sparked a huge wildfire that stripped hillsides bare ahead of heavy rains that inundated their homes. Lalo Barajas and Peter Fleurat were swept away when mud and boulders... Read more →

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Tale of the Tape

Located in the heart of the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica airport lies Santa Monica Art Studios. Venture in towards the maze of rooms and you’ll pass by artist after artist meticulously working away at their craft. Hands splattered with paint, brushing broad strokes on canvas, calloused hands whittling away at soon-to-be statues, and tucked... Read more →

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Review: Chrissy Metz inspires through personal essays

"This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today" (Dey Street Books), by Chrissy Metz When Chrissy Metz was her sister's chaperon at a local talent event in Florida, she never imagined that she would be discovered that day, too. She made the cross-country trip to Los Angeles and found herself navigating the sometimes cruel waters of the... Read more →

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SMC student journalists win prestigious statewide awards

Several Santa Monica College (SMC) student journalists—current or former staff on the student-run newspaper The Corsair—have won awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) in various categories of the 2018 JACC State Publications Contest. The awards were announced at the JACC Statewide Conference held at the... Read more →

Crime

Crime Watch

On March 15, at about 10:55 a.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at 823 Lincoln Blvd. regarding a male subject loitering about the property. The subject was possibly intoxicated and vandalizing multiple outdoor lights. On arrival, officers located the subject lying on the grass in the center of the complex. The property... Read more →

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World Video Game Hall of Fame announces 2018 finalists

Calling all gamers to help pick World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees. Twelve finalists were named Tuesday for the class of 2018, pitting "Ms. Pac-Man" against "John Madden Football." Also in the running are: "Asteroids," ''Call of Duty," ''Dance Dance Revolution," ''Final Fantasy VII," ''Half-Life," ''King's Quest," ''Metroid,"... Read more →

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Film academy president keeps job following investigation

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has concluded its review of a misconduct allegation against film academy president John Bailey and determined that no further action is required. The film academy said late Tuesday that Bailey will remain in his position, which he has held since August. Bailey, a cinematographer whose... Read more →

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Stars, activists set for WE Day youth empowerment event

Stars, activists set for WE Day youth empowerment event Selena Gomez, Lily Collins, Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Aniston will be among the stars at WE Day California, a youth empowerment event. Organizers say more than 16,000 students and educators will gather in Southern California on April 19 to learn about bringing "positive change"... Read more →

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Review: New HBO doc examines King’s challenging final years

When a figure is as fundamental to our history and national identity as Martin Luther King Jr., is there anything left to learn about him? Actually, it may be precisely because King is such a towering figure in our collective memory that we tend to focus on a few big moments — Montgomery, Birmingham, Selma and of course "I Have a Dream"... Read more →

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Review: Slick neo-noir ‘Gemini’ stays surface level

Writer-director Aaron Katz's "Gemini " is a very stylishly executed and well-cast attempt at a Lynchian neo-noir that doesn't really work. Glum and meandering, the Los Angeles-set mystery about a Hollywood starlet and her assistant starts off promising enough but trudges along aimlessly to a deeply silly and maddening end. Heather Anderson... Read more →

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Bird scooters migrating to the north and east

Bird, the Santa Monica based electric scooter company, will expand service to San Francisco, San Jose, and Washington, DC. The announcement included a “Save Our Streets” challenge issued to other similar companies that Bird said will help guide expansion of electric vehicle services without some of the problems associated with... Read more →

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Fast-food offerings expand

There are a lot of places to eat in Santa Monica, about 544 businesses serve food according to city tax data and a wave of new openings this year will expand the already large casual dining scene. Del Taco, Fatburger/Buffalo’s Express, and Firehouse Subs all opened recently. Chick-Fil-A and Mel’s Drive-in both plan to open in the... Read more →