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Mayly Tao has reinvented DK’s Donuts as a foodie hotspot since taking over for her mother | Photo by Jorge M Vargas Jr.

Finding the sweet spot

Entrepreneurs compete for the hearts and appetites of local doughnut lovers By Michael Aushenker It’s the beginning of a new Friday, and DK’s Donuts & Bakery co-owner Mayly Tao, the self-appointed “Donut Princess” o...


SMC exec remembered as a mentor and listener

Randal Lawson, executive vice president and chief instructional officer at Santa Monica College, died suddenly on Aug. 19, college officials reported this week. He was 66. Lawson began his teaching career at SMC in 1979 in the ...


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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

These days there’s no escaping the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a social media phenomenon that has people dousing themselves with ice water to raise awareness and donations for combating Lou Gehrig’s disease – an...



An endangered Pacific green sea turtle surfaces for air in the Santa Monica Bay, waters where the species was not known to travel.

Endangered sea turtle spotted in Santa Monica Bay

Whether a sign of El Niño or climate change, rare sighting is due to warmer waters By Pat Reynolds I have the good fortune of being friendly with Maddalena Bearzi, a local marine biologist who has been studying marine life&hel...


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Family seeks missing man

John Charles Chevalier, 51, has been missing since June 2 and family members believe he may be in the Culver City or Santa Monica areas. Chevalier, who is on the autism spectrum, is 6’1” with balding brown hair, likes to&he...


Paul Hekimian inspects a honeycomb forming in one of the hives behind his home

BEEHIVE HEROES

Backyard beekeepers work to save the local honeybee population from collapse Story by Rebecca Kuzins Most people who discover a beehive in their backyard would be glad to see it gone. Paul Hekimian is not like most people. Afte...



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Kodak Moments Gone Wrong

Santa Monica’s California Heritage Museum celebrates ‘Awkward Family Photos’ By Tyler Davidson It can happen anywhere. School picture day. The prom. Holiday dinners. Hanging out with grandma in the backyard. A family reun...


Santa Monica team heads to youth World Series

The Santa Monica Pony Baseball Bronco Division All-Stars are headed to the Pony League’s Bronco World Series after winning a pair of nail-biters last weekend. The team of local 11- and 12-year-old baseballers, one of eight in...


Last year’s Luckyrice event at Lukshon in Culver City was a hit

A collision of taste

Two high-profile food events featuring celebrity chefs — one local, another featuring local talent — turn up the heat in the kitchen By Michael Aushenker Next Thursday will be a great night for philanthropic foodies. Two hi...



The annual procession of towering chariots is a spectacle that delights and amazes

Following Krishna’s footsteps

The colorful Festival of the Chariots brings an Eastern tradition to the west end of the world By Michael Aushenker It isn’t quite Lord Krishna’s legendary return to his birthplace, but it is nonetheless an amazing sight. O...






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