Articles from the April 21, 2016 edition


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  • Vote Tally Confirms Council Winners

    Stephen Hadland|Apr 21, 2016

    By Stephen Hadland Observer Publisher With the counting of more than 1,000 mail-in and provisional ballots, the numbers for each candidate went up but the final result did not change, Meghan Sahli-Wells was elected to a second term while newcomers Thomas Small and Goran Eriksson will join her on the City Council. There are still 288 ballots to be counted. However, those are not enough to change the outcome. The current vote total as reported is: Megan Sahli-Well 3,631 Thomas Small 2,316 Goran...

  • L.A. Rams Focus on Offense in 2016 NFL Draft

    Fred Altieri|Apr 21, 2016

    It was well worth the wait. The 2016 NFL Draft officially ended today, April 30, with the Los Angeles Rams selecting six players over the past three days of the proceedings. The Rams' six picks occurred in only three rounds of the entire draft: Round 1 (#1): Jared Goff, quarterback, California Round 4 (#110): Tyler Higby, tight end, Western Kentucky Round 4 (#119): Pharoh Cooper, wide receiver, South Carolina Round 6 (#177): Temarrick Hemingway, tight end, South Carolina State Round 6 (#190):...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: ELVIS & NIXON

    debbie lynn elias|Apr 21, 2016

    You've seen the pictures. I've seen the pictures. The whole world has seen the pictures. And "the pictures" remain to this day the most requested images in the National Archives. What pictures, you may ask? Those taken on December 21, 1970, by White House photographer Ollie Atkins; when Elvis Presley met President Richard Nixon. Now, thanks to director Liza Johnson and screenwriters Hanala Sagal, Joey Sagal and Cary Elwes, culling from personal notes, recollections and interviews of the few...

  • CC Math Olympiads Tour JPL on Pie-day

    Apr 21, 2016

    A guided tour of Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) was specially arranged for the 46 Culver City mathletes who participated in this year's Linwood E. Howe Los Angeles Countywide 4th and 5th Grade Math Olympiads Tournament. The goal in organizing the tournament and tour is to create an environment where girls and boys who enjoy the challenges of mathematics can be with others who feel the same way, hopefully stimulating them to pursue STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and...

  • Poll Dancing in Culver City

    Carole Bell|Apr 21, 2016

    When I was a little girl, my mother would take me into the voting booth with her. There'd be three or four people sitting at a table with voter lists. We called them "Cake Ladies". Every election, they'd be sitting there with cakes in front of them. Last Tuesday, I was one of them. I'd volunteered to be a poll inspector in the general municipal election. Training for about 100 people took two hours. "Listen, First-timers: You'll love it!" the trainer said, then asked how many people had worked...

  • Disney On Ice Arrives This Month

    Apr 21, 2016

    Audiences will discover endless riches when an extraordinary lineup of stories from the Disney Vault come to life for the ultimate Disney animation celebration with the delightful production, Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove – Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. Disney On Ice sets the gold standard with its skating spectacular spanning tales from the first full-length animated film to the 50th Disney film, playing the Southland from April 13-24 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario and Long Beach Arena. Hit the ice w...

  • Bakersfield Business Conference Is Coming Up

    Neil Rubenstein|Apr 21, 2016

    Can you believe somebody in an Orange County courthouse tampered with office records? With a little whiteout and an eraser, cases were bargained down by lawyers who never represented the “guilty.” The FBI is hot on the trail. Maybe with a lie detector machine, telephone records and bank account statements, they will find the bad guy. I’m joking about the way the Feds investigate, but it shouldn’t surprise anybody. I wouldn’t be surprised when the perpetrator is caught and brought before the judg...

  • Pet Expo Returns

    Apr 21, 2016

    Celebrating more than 25 years of promoting responsible pet care, animal entertainment and debuting the newest pet trends and products, the 26th annual America’s Family Pet Expo returns Friday, April 22 to Sunday, April 24 to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626). All weekend long, guests will have the opportunity to meet, see and interact with a show-stopping display of all creatures great and small. From rare birds, exotic reptiles, colorful fish, miniature horses, fancy felines to precocious pups, the A...

  • Rubin Appointed to Earthquake Panel

    Apr 21, 2016

    Susan Rubin, 58, of Playa Vista, has been appointed to the California Earthquake Authority Advisory Panel. Rubin has been chief operating officer and general counsel at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute since 2014. She was executive director at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Saban Research Institute from 2011 to 2014, managing director at the University of California, Los Angeles California NanoSystems Institute from 2004 to 2011 and executive officer in the University of...

  • Culver Biochemistry Student Pursues Passion, Earns Scholarship

    Apr 21, 2016

    Ifeh Akano remembers the moment she decided to pursue her love of math and science. It was in her freshman year during a general chemistry for physical science and engineering course. "I just loved that course," said Akano, now a sophomore. Amid the microscopes and myriad pieces of lab equipment, she decided to switch her major from computer engineering to biochemistry - and she hasn't looked back since. "I do really love chemistry. I'm very interested in how the world works. I believe that's...

  • Linwood E. Howe Elementary School Receives Gold Ribbon Designation

    Apr 21, 2016

    Linwood E. Howe Elementary School has been named a Gold Ribbon School by the California Department of Education. The Gold Ribbon Awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards. Schools applied for the award based...

  • Injuries Have Hampered USC Baseball Season

    Apr 21, 2016

    Injuries in the USC baseball’s pitching rotation has put the Trojans behind the eight ball which has created a losing record overall, 16-19 and in the Pac-12, 5-7. If the pitching staff can get healthy over the next month USC is capable of rebounding and making the post season. Last Tuesday the Trojans beat a good Long Beach State team with a 21-14 record, 8-3 and showed what they can do when their pitching is solid. USC used five pitchers and some of them were coming off the injury list which is good news for the Trojans. Offense has never b...

  • Culver Baseball Wins First Two League Games

    Fred Altieri|Apr 21, 2016

    The 2016 Culver City High baseball team is off to a 2-0 start in Ocean League action by sweeping Lawndale High in the season opening home-and-away series, 10-1 and 3-1. The Centaurs continued their modest four-game winning streak at high noon on Saturday, April 16 when the Centaurs took care of the visiting Salesian High Mustangs from Los Angeles, 8-2. The pitching staff has been dead-on all season. They have yet to yield more than two runs in any game throwing at home. They have only given up...

  • Culver's Jacob Weiner Chooses Hawaii Pacific

    Apr 21, 2016

    Jacob Weiner, a senior at Culver City High, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Hawaii Pacific University on an academic and athletic scholarship starting in Fall 2016. Jacob has lived his entire life in Culver City. A true scholar athlete, Jacob will graduate CCHS with a 3.9 weighted GPA. He plans to pursue a degree in journalism and mass communication. He wants to be a sports writer or to work in the field of sports management. Jacob started playing baseball when he was five...

  • The Clippers Feel A Sense Of Urgency

    Mitch Chortkoff|Apr 21, 2016

    By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor After the Clippers won their first two playoff games this week Chris Paul had his mind on what happened in last season's playoffs. "Considering how last season ended for us there's a sense of urgency now," he replied. The Clippers won home games from the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday and Wednesday. They'll play Games 3 and 4 in the first round playoff series Saturday and Monday nights in Portland. The Clippers were granted two home playoff games because they...

  • MOVIE REVIEW - Criminal

    debbie lynn elias|Apr 21, 2016

    How can anyone pass up a Kevin Costner film where his character of Jerico Stewart reads like a combination of that in "Mr. Brooks" and "3 Days to Kill"? Then toss in Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman, Gal Gadot and Tommy Lee Jones with a script by David Weisberg and Douglas Cook and the directorial eye of Ariel Vromen who last brought us "The Iceman". Quite simply, you can't. A unique take on a CIA spy thriller with a Frankenstonian spin, CRIMINAL is a hard hitting, tech-savvy, high octane adrenaline...

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