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Editor-In-Chief Brenton Garen discusses Cirque du Soleil's show "Totem" that opens this Friday, Jan. 17 at the Santa Monica Pier.

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LOBSTER TRIVIA: See the answer to how many tourists visit Santa Monica annually.

Santa Monica Beat

This week, Paul Sand founder of the West End Theatre stops by to discuss the opening of the new theatre on the Santa Monica Pier.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Ucla, Police Department

UCLA Starting Defensive Back Ishmael Adams In Custody On Robbery Charge

Posted Aug. 31, 2015, 2:32 pm

UCLA starting defensive back Ishmael Adams was in custody today following his arrest on suspicion of robbery.

The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium is on the second floor of Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd.

News, Smc, John Drescher Planetarium

The Moon, Deep Sky Wonders, More this Fall at SMC's Drescher Planetarium

Posted Aug. 31, 2015, 10:14 am

The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium is pleased to present its schedule of Fall 2015 shows and special telescope-viewing sessions, which begin on September 11.

Witnesses said someone fired several shots within a group of homeless people at the oceanfront park, a frequent sleeping place for those without shelter.

News, Venice, Police Department

UPDATE: Owner Of Local Hotel Arrested For Venice Shooting

Posted Aug. 31, 2015, 9:51 am

The owner of a Venice hotel was in custody today in lieu of $5 million bail in connection with the shooting death of a man in Venice Beach.

Pacific Park's Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier.

News, Apb, Santa Monica Pier

Quick To Punch: Man Punches Out Car Window at Santa Monica Pier

Posted Aug. 31, 2015, 9:31 am

A 23-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested on Sunday, Aug. 23, after smashing a car window with his fist at Santa Monica Pier.

Traffic alert! This week's Santa Monica temporary lane closure information.

Santa Monica, Traffic, Temporary Lane Closures

This Week's Temporary Lane Closures in Santa Monica

Posted Aug. 31, 2015, 9:21 am

City of Santa Monica temporary lane closures and delays are possible during daytime hours today through Friday, Sept. 4, in the following locations.

Latest Santa Monica Public Library news.

News, Santa Monica, Library

Free College-Prep Programs At Santa Monica Public Library In September

Posted Aug. 30, 2015, 10:52 am

Back to school time for teens often means stress about college. The Library can help! They’re offering several college-prep programs at the Main Library and branch libraries throughout the month of September. All programs are free and open to the public.

Vin Scully.

News, Sports, Baseball, Dodgers

Vin Scully: 2016 "Realistically" His Final Season As Dodgers Announcer

Posted Aug. 30, 2015, 10:45 am

Vin Scully said on Saturday that 2016 "realistically" will be his final season as a Los Angeles Dodgers announcer.

'Straight Outta Compton' stays on top of the North American box office.

News, Film, Box Office, Box

Rap Music Flick "Straight Outta Compton" Stays On Top Of Weekend Box Office

Posted Aug. 30, 2015, 10:38 am

North America's moviegoers continue to choose "Straight Outta Compton" as the most-popular movie this weekend, and the rap music flick is again the box office champ.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica

Prop. 47 Looking Like A Well-Intentioned Blunder

Posted Aug. 30, 2015, 10:36 am

The more time goes by since last fall’s passage of the high-minded Proposition 47, the more it begins to look like a well-intentioned mistake.

Host KristIn Strange goes to Show Up Fitness to speak with owner Chris Hitchko about their new 'Booty Camp' classes.

News, Video, Fitness, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Get Your Butt In Shape At Booty Camps At Show Up Fitness

Posted Aug. 29, 2015, 11:04 am

Host KristIn Strange goes to Show Up Fitness to speak with owner Chris Hitchko about their new “Booty Camp” classes.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Malibu, Police Department

BMW Driver Killed On 35th Birthday After Driving 500 Feet Down Malibu Embankment

Posted Aug. 29, 2015, 11:00 am

Authorities on Friday recovered the body of a man who died when the car he was driving went about 500 feet down an embankment on a canyon road in Malibu.

Michael Edlen has helped over 1,000 clients achieve their real estate goals since 1986.

News, Real Estate

Real Estate Report: The ABC’s Of Contingency Clauses When Selling A Home

Posted Aug. 29, 2015, 9:39 am

“I want to do a non-contingent sale.” We hear statements similar to this from time to time, and it may be helpful to take a look at different types of contingency clauses. Of course, what a statement like that generally refers to is a contingency on the sale of the buyer’s current home. While some buyers may request such a contingency, it is very uncommon in a strong seller’s market, and few sellers would be willing to accept it. There are a few other approaches that could be explored which a seller may consider and both buyers and sellers may wish to discuss these with their agent.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

News, Health, Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Real Hot Flash Universe

Posted Aug. 29, 2015, 9:08 am

So for more than a year, I’ve been writing this column, Hot Flash Universe. I have a confession to make. I thought I never had a real hot flash. Until now.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Columnist, Politics

Anti-Semitism Issue Again Confronts UC Regents

Posted Aug. 29, 2015, 9:05 am

Back in June, the president of the University of California promised on national radio that the UC Board of Regents would vote in its next meeting – in July – on whether to adopt the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism.