Author: The Argonaut

LAPD Arrests Oakwood Murder Suspect

Alleged triggerman in brazen daytime shooting has local gang ties, say prosecutors By Gary Walker The man accused of shooting a construction worker to death in broad daylight on a residential street in Venice last year is an active member of a notorious local street gang, according to county prosecutors. Los Angeles police arrested 29-year-old Gregory Wherry, a resident of Venice’s rapidly gentrifying Oakwood neighborhood, on March 9 for the Aug. 3 slaying of 37-year-old Marvin Ponce at 7th and Brooks avenues in Oakwood. Prosecutors say Wherry is a member of the Venice Shoreline Crips, which battled with the...

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Norovirus Tears through SMMUSD

Two months after initial outbreak, 100 new cases arose last week By Beige Luciano-Adams Two months after John Adams Middle School students were exposed to norovirus during a weeklong science trip to Yosemite National Park, the highly contagious stomach bug continues to circulate throughout Santa Monica public schools, with at least 100 new cases reported last week. In a media advisory Tuesday, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) confirmed new occurrences at the John Adams campus as well as Santa Monica High School, Lincoln Middle School and some elementary schools. “We had approximately 100 new cases last week,...

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Motors Rev Her Engine

‘Grease Girl’ Kristin Cline builds community among women who love cars By Stephanie Case Kristin Cline can pinpoint the moment her husband realized she was serious about cars. While scrolling her online dating profile, he was struck by one picture of her: decked in overalls and gripping a metalworking tool as her instructor, world-renowned hot rod customizer Gene Winfield, looked on with a smile. Long before the couple first met in person (on their way to a Long Beach car show) and years before they wed (with a reception in their garage), Cline was wrapped up in a different...

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The Future Has Two Wheels

CicLAvia’s popular “Culver City Meets Venice” route returns Sunday, and with it a push to make Venice Boulevard a friendlier place for bicyclists By Michael Aushenker When CicLAvia comes around, bikes rule the road. Four times a year, the Metro-backed nonprofit closes major public thoroughfares to automobile traffic for rolling pedal parties that allows bicyclists, skateboarders and pedestrians to activate public spaces normally reserved for cars. CicLAvia returns to the Westside this Sunday with “Culver City Meets Venice,” reprising a six-mile route that attracted tens of thousands of participants in August 2015. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., a...

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A Literary Feast

Playa del Rey food writer Nicole Gulotta creates recipes inspired by poetry and memory By Bliss Bowen For many of us, cooking is a form of creative self-expression — one that literally feeds the body while hopefully also sustaining the soul. Since 2012 Nicole Gulotta has embraced that belief with her intriguing blog, which thoughtfully pairs poems by various writers with her own recipes. Come Sunday afternoon at Diesel Bookstore, the Playa del Rey resident will be discussing her new book “Eat This Poem: A Literary Feast of Recipes Inspired by Poetry,” a fresh collection of recipes and...

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