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  • Trump Survives Assassination Attempt

    Stephen Hadland, Culver City Observer Editor & Publisher|Jul 11, 2024

    While speaking at a campaign event in Butler, Pennsylvania, shots rang out in an apparent assassination attempt on the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump. First reports are thar Trump was wounded and appeared bloodied from the attack. The Washington Post has reported that the shooter has been killed and one audience member is dead another person at the event is in serious condition. No reports on the location or condition of the former President....

  • Earth Day Section - CONSERVE TO PRESERVE

    Mar 2, 2023

    Our global community has been shocked by the largest global crisis in a generation. COVID-19 has shown us the necessity of thinking ahead, but the next crises are already on their way. Climate change, species loss, pandemics and massive natural disasters might define the future - unless we do some- thing now. We have the solutions, both natural and technological... we just need the will. Reach thousands of Westside residents. We cover the communities of Santa Monica, Culver City, Westchester,...

  • Small Business Get Ready for Corporate Transparency Act

    Feb 9, 2023

    Starting January 1, 2024, under the Corporate Transparency Act, all small businesses operating as business entities will be subject to new federal self-reporting requirements. The ostensible purpose of the new Beneficial Owner Information (BOI) reporting is "to help prevent criminals, terrorists, proliferators, and corrupt oligarchs from hiding illicit money or other property in the United States." All individuals connected directly or indirectly with a small business should study the rules to...

  • ASSESSING AUDIENCE TRUST AT CAPCON 2023

    Feb 2, 2023

    How does an ideologically fractured nation that distrusts everything, especially the news media, learn to give reporters and their news organizations another chance? A procession of speakers on Wednesday at the CNPA Capital Conference agreed on a few points: It’s a perilous time for the news media; it’s not all our fault and we can regain the nation’s trust, if we do some soul-searching and honest self-analysis. About 175 attending CapCon 2023 at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento learned, however, how tough it will be to restore the news...

  • Palmdale native will support Super Bowl flyover

    Feb 2, 2023

    During the 2023 Super Bowl National Anthem performance three Navy tactical squadrons will conduct a unified flyover. Lt. Lyndsay Evans, a native of Palmdale, California, is one of those supporting the flyover as a member of Electronic Attack Weapon School attached to Electronic Attack Squadron 129. The flyover formation includes two F/A-18F Super Hornets from "Flying Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122, a F-35C Lightning II from "Argonauts" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, and a...

  • Busiest Airports in USA

    Oct 27, 2022

    Get ready for a hectic holiday travel season – especially for California residents flying out of LAX. InsureMyTrip researchers compiled a list of the busiest airports in the U.S. based on passenger numbers. Here are the top 10 ** 1. LAX – Los Angeles International 2. ORD – Chicago-O'Hare International 3. ATL – Atlanta International 4. DEN – Denver International 5. EWR – Newark Liberty International 6. SEA – Seattle-Tacoma International 7. DFW – Dallas/Fort Worth International 8. PHX – Phoenix Sk...

  • Student Loan Forgiveness Plan Blocked

    Oct 27, 2022

    A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked President Biden's student loan forgiveness program, halting the administration's ability to dole out up to $20,000 in relief to student borrowers. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit issued a stay on the program Friday after an appeal from six Republican attorneys general representing GOP-led states. The ruling came the same week that the Department of Education officially launched the aid application website. And since then, almost 22...

  • Social Security Announces 8.7 Percent Benefit Increase for 2023

    Oct 13, 2022

    Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 8.7 percent in 2023, the Social Security Administration announced today. On average, Social Security benefits will increase by more than $140 per month starting in January. The 8.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 65 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2023. Increased payments to more than 7 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 30, 2022. (Note: some...

  • 'The Youth Governor' Film Tells Inspiring Stories Of Youth In Politics

    Sep 1, 2022

    Youth and Government program runs in 47 states across the US and simulates real government, giving teens the chance to make connections and serve as delegates ready to make a change. It's obvious in the documentary that the candidates are passionate and determined to shake up the way politics is done in America. The directors said that elected officials could learn a lot from the film to think about ways they could be more responsive and authentic like the kids in the movie. They tackle bi-partisan cooperation, political scandals and the sheer...

  • Easter Egg Roll at the White House

    Jun 16, 2022

    By KidScoop Media Correspondent, Ada Desai, 8 years old My Mom picked me up from school and she said she had some news for me and before she ever told me I was excited. Then she said, "We are going to the White House to report on the Easter Egg Roll for KidScoop Media." I got SUPER EXCITED and yelped, "Ahhhhh yes, Yay!! We were leaving the next day so we had to pack and plan our hotel and our plane tickets. I was a little scared because I had never been to Washington, D.C. I had never taken a...

  • Ritz the Cat Returns After 16 Years

    Jun 9, 2022

    (USA TODAY) Sixteen years ago, Jason McKenry's 2-year-old gray tabby escaped from his Delaware apartment. And McKenry thought he would never see Ritz again. Then this week, he got a text. Ritz had been taken to a veterinarian and was about to be put down when someone found a microchip. What has Ritz been up to all these years? How did he survive? 16 years is believed to be the US record for a lost and returned pet. Little is known of his whereabouts after the day Ritz disappeared. Though...

  • Baby Formula Shortage

    Jun 2, 2022

    Associated Press 5.27.22 The baby formula shortage took a dramatic turn for the worse last week, according to data on 130,000 stores across the US. Out-of-stock rates spiked to 70% nationally for the week ending May 21, up from 45% the prior week, based on data from the retail-tracking firm Datasembly. In many cities and states, the situation was far more dire. More than two-thirds of states had shortage rates over 70%, with California, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, Montana, Louisiana, Arizona...

  • Florida Panther Mom and Kitten Reunited

    May 26, 2022

    COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Reunited, and it feels so good. A 4-month-old Florida panther kitten was reunited with its mother in southwest Florida after a search that took nearly three months, local TV reports. Staff members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission learned about the lost kitten in March, the agency wrote in a Facebook post. The kitten was taken to the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens for a health assessment, and FWC officials used a towel with the kitten's scent to...

  • LA Gas Prices Skyrocket Past $5 A Gallon

    Mar 3, 2022

    Jittery oil markets caused a one-day gas price spike across the country today that pushed the average Los Angeles gas price up eight cents to over $5 a gallon, and many other local areas are close to that level, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch. The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $4.94, which is a new record for the state and 17 cents higher than last week. The average national price is $3.73, which is 21 cents higher than a week ago. The average p...

  • Orange Cat Found in Beige Chair

    Jan 13, 2022

    Montequilla's humans had brought the chair to the thrift store to benefit others in need. What they didn't realize is that their beloved cat had taken refuge inside the chair, most likely to avoid all the commotion in the house. When they realized that their cat was missing, the family contacted the thrift store. The store directed them to the shelter and pretty soon feline and humans were happily reunited. Montequlla's family donated a recliner to the thrift store when they were moving. They...

  • Time Change Looms

    Nov 4, 2021

    Daylight savings time ends in California this Sunday at 2am.When you go to bed Saturday night remember to turn your clocks back one hour. Daylight savings time returns on March 13 next year....

  • Bears Steal Pumpkins

    Nov 4, 2021

    A New Jersey woman captured video of her Halloween decorations being raided by an unusual thief -- a pumpkin-loving bear. Kelly Stephens said she initially screamed when she saw the bear approaching the front porch of her Morris County home. "I guess my screaming scared him off, so I ran to get my phone and then when I came back, he slowly proceeded to come back to capture the pumpkin," Stephens told WCBS-TV. Stephens' video shows the bear creeping up to the house, grabbing a pumpkin in its...

  • Celebrate National Immigrants Day with Save Ellis Island

    Oct 28, 2021

    October 28th is National Immigrants Day. We celebrate America's legacy as the only nation founded and built entirely by immigrants. It is a day to honor freedom and opportunity, reflect on our long history of welcoming immigrants from all parts of the world, celebrate countless contributions, cultures, and traditions that make up the United States of America. Observe the day by researching your ancestors and planning a visit to Ellis Island. While on Ellis Island, take a Hard Hat Tour of the...

  • NASA's Perseverance Rover Collects First Mars Rock Sample

    Sep 16, 2021

    This is a colored image of Perseverance's first cored-rock sample inside this titanium sample collection tube. Perseverance's First Cored Mars Rock in Sample Tube: Perseverance's first cored-rock sample is visible inside this titanium sample collection tube in this image taken on Sept. 6, 2021. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Full image and caption › The rock core is now enclosed in an airtight titanium sample tube, and will be available for retrieval in the future. NASA's Perseverance rover today c...

  • JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF LOS ANGELES AWARDS $3.7 MILLION TO SUPPORT PANDEMIC RECOVERY INITIATIVES AT LOCAL JEWISH NONPROFITS AND SYNAGOGUES

    Sep 16, 2021

    LOS ANGELES (Sept. 9, 2021)—The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation) today announced that it has awarded $3.7 million in grants to 45 local organizations, including 22 Jewish nonprofits and 23 synagogues, as they recover from the pandemic. This represents both the largest amount and the greatest number of recipients ever awarded by The Foundation in a single grants cycle. Titled Reimagine Grants, the funding is in keeping with The Foundation’s comprehensive grants strategy developed in response to COVID-19. For the sec...

  • 9/11 20th Anniversary In New York City

    Sep 9, 2021

    At gatherings around the five boroughs on Saturday, New Yorkers will mark a solemn occasion: the 20th anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 that took nearly 3,000 lives. a large body of water with a city in the background: The Tribute In Light shines into the sky from Lower Manhattan during a test on September 7, 2021. The lights will be visible on Saturday, one of many tributes across the city.© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Tribute In Light shines into the sky from Lower...

  • Bears Take Over South Lake Tahoe

    Sep 9, 2021

    By David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer Who’s smarter than the average bear? South Lake Tahoe, a city of 22,000 people, has been evacuated due to the Caldor Fire. Caldor has burned 208,000 acres to the Southwest of Lake Tahoe, coming within three miles of the lake. Firefighters seem to have gotten the upper hand on the blaze during the last several days. With the town and its casino’s evacuated and empty, black bears have had the run of the town. A number of interesting photos hav emerged. “Many...

  • Black Bear Becomes Porch Pirate

    Sep 2, 2021

    Home-security footage was the bearer of bad news for a Connecticut woman expecting an Amazon package. Kristin Levine of Bristol shared video Monday on Facebook of a black bear lumbering down her driveway - with her package in tow. At first, Levine thought the package "likely was one of the back-to-school bulk snacks I ordered for the kids," the woman wrote of the grizzly theft. It turns out the bundle contained rolls of toilet paper, and the disinterested bear dropped it off in the neighbors'...

  • State Hate Crime Bill Moves Forward

    Jul 22, 2021

    By Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer Legislation to address the growing epidemic of hate crimes has just passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill, AB 1126, authored by Assembly member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), would establish the first statewide commission in California to not only accurately monitor and track hate crimes and incidents, but to formally recommend policy to the Governor and State Legislature. Bloom previously sat on the Santa Monica City Council for 13 years, serving as mayor three times and mayor pro tempore twice....

  • Local Briefs

    Jul 22, 2021

    11 Outage Santa Monica’s 911 system failed due to a software glitch. For 24 hours, some residents were not able to call Police, fire department or ambulances through 911. They were instead directed to call the non emergency number for the SMPD. Residents were informed of both the outage and its resolution, through the City’s text message system. There is no information that any residents were injured by not being able to call 911. Sewage Spill Closes Beaches 17 million gallons of waste were released one mile offshore Sunday, due to an exc...

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