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Annenberg suspends Ballona involvement Controversial plans to build a 46,000-square-foot environ-mental education center in the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve have apparently been shelved, with the California Department of...


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Penmar Park killer faces life without parole A gang member who gunned down two teenagers at Penmar Park in Venice was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder on Nov. 13. Michael Anthony Mariscal, now 22, faces up to two&...


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  Compiled by Michael Aushenker and Joe Piasecki VA super-volunteer Lee Lodawer, 1924–2014 Lee Lodawer never went to war, but she fought to the end for those who did. A five-day-a-week volunteer for the Veterans Administ...



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Compiled by Gary Walker Campaign cash complaint headed to D.A. Allegations that Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor accepted illegal campaign contributions from developers whose projects she voted to approve have been referred to...


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— Compiled by  Gary Walker  and Joe Piasecki Driver accused of boardwalk rampage headed to court The man accused of killing an Italian tourist and running down several others in August 2013 while driving his car through the...


SMC Police Capt. Ray Bottenfield, left, with Sgts. Jere Romano and Mark Kessler

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Officers honored one year after Santa Monica College shootings City and campus police officers who responded to last year’s shooting rampage that culminated at Santa Monica College were recognized for exemplary service during...



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Compiled by Gary Walker and Joe Piasecki Beachgoer struck  by county work truck A 49-year-old woman was hospitalized in serious condition after she was struck by a Los Angeles County Dept. of Beaches and Harbors maintenance ve...


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Firefighters make animal rescues in PetCo fire More than 80 Los Angeles city firefighters responding to a fire at the Westchester PetCo on Sepulveda Boulevard rescued 12 dogs, more than 15 hamsters and several snakes last week....


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Compiled by Gary Walker Maxine Waters takes on the NSA Rep. Maxine Waters (D- Los Angeles), who last year pushed legislation to limit the U.S. National Security Agency’s ability to collect electronic data on American citizens...