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OBAMACARE/ABORTION

Post-Partum Abortions Mandated By Obamacare Stir Controversy

Religious right critics of Obamacare have a new objection to the statute: the requirement that Catholic charities pay for what is known as MOPT – or Mother-Opted Post-Partum Termination.  The procedure has become the center of controversy after a little-known provision was discovered that requires Catholic charities to pay for MOPTs. [More]

POP CULTURE

A Serious Look Back At Michael Jackson As Child Prodigy In 1970s

Few remember that before Michael Jackson was a freakish tragic figure, he was a darling of the music world and idol for kids all over the country.[More]

OUR DIVERSITY

Obama Administration To Diversify Lady Liberty

NEW YORK - In 1996 General Mills did a diversity makeover to America’s favorite baking queen Betty Crocker. To replace the old lily-white Betty, they took a cup of the old Caucasian, a pinch of African-American features, a smattering a Latino features and a sprinkle of Asian traits. The result: a “diverse” Betty Crocker with whom all Americans could identify. Fast-forward to 2012. [More]
BIEBER UNDER FIRE

L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. Targets Bieber For Incandescent Light Bulbs

By THE LBT

Sherriff’s deputies took Bieber’s light fixtures when they used a felony search warrant to raid his mansion Tuesday morning, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Peter Thomas said.  They were hoping to find eggs with DNA matching the ones used in an egging incident in Bieber’s wealthy, Calabasas, California neighborhood. [More]
CALI GOP FATE

California GOP Gives Up; Focuses On Social Events

By ADRIAN MARKS

Weary Republicans, watching their party teeter on the brink of irrelevance in solidly blue California, finally have given up hope to expand Ronald Reagan's once “big tent” to include the millions of Latinos and other minorities that have flooded the state during the past 30 years. [More]
CROSSING STREETS

To Protect Asian Pedestrians L.A. Installs Asian Crossing Signs Across City

By ADRIAN MARKS

Almost on year ago, UCLA Pan-Asian Student Union President Wujun Chen was struck down by a car while she was crossing Wilshire Blvd. in Westwood.  Her death prompted L.A. to create warning signs for Asian crossings. [More]
ELDER SPORT

Asian Retirement Home To End Sunday Go-Cart Racing After Injuries/Lawsuit

By DONNA MABRY

This Sunday, the Dragon Oaks Asian Retirement Community in Asuza will end a year long tradition meant to bring excitement to area seniors. This tradition is Sunday night at the Azusa Go-Cart Bonanza at Azusa Ave. and E. Arrow Highway.  [More]

YOUTH PROBLEM

Elementary School Struggles With School Violence And Legislature Reacts

First grade school teacher Katie (“Kat”) Bramowitz believed Josh Brennan, 7, was “thinking” about brandishing a make-believe gun using his two hands clasped together to form the shape of a gun. She immediately suspended him for one week. [More]
WOMEN HATERS

Men Shun Local Singles Events For Older Singles -- Is It Sexism?

SANTA MARINO -- a strange phenomenon has been occurring on the local match.com website. Approximately one year ago, the preeminent dating website Match.com launched a singles networking and event planning venture entitled “Stir.”  Stir has created many opportunities for local Santa Marino singles to mingle and, hopefully, find that special one but men are avoiding events for older singles. [More]
LOVE IS A (LEGAL) BATTLEFIELD

Boyfriend About To Get Dumped Arraigned On Sexual Assault Charges

The case against sexual assault suspect Joshua Martin has garnered some media attention because of its unusual circumstances.  Generally, prosecutors do not pursue nonviolent sexual advances between committed partners.  Because the victim, however, intended to and the relationship in the morning some legal scholars believe the relationship was terminated and the advance unlawful. [More]

ASIAN DRIVING

Bad Asian Drivers Are The Focus Of Assembly Bill 21

By DONNA MABRY

Asian women have proven irresistible on the wedding alter -- but deadly on the road.The State Assembly went into the night debating whether to require Asian drivers to satisfy extra tests before obtaining a driver’s license.  If Assembly Bill 21 passes, Asian drivers in California will be required to undergo an additional driving test intended to ensure their ability to navigate difficult traffic. 

GYM ETIQUETTE

Water Stimulation At Gym Jacuzzis An Expanding Issue

By ADRIAN MARKS

In higher end fitness clubs certain members have discovered that sexual release may be obtained by “facing front.”  Facing front means using the Jacuzzi while facing the water jets and positioning oneself so that water hits the pleasure area of the genitalia. The USACA (or United States Athletic Club Association) reports a ten-fold increase in discipline or ejection of members for stimulation using Jacuzzi jets. 

PUBLIC RESTROOMS

SM City Council To Enforce W.C. Stalls For The Lame

By JENEANE KLEIN

Under California law, Santa Marino businesses must have at least one large bathroom stall for handicapped patrons.  Unfortunately for many handicapped people, the large stalls – considered the “limousines” of public restrooms – are the first choices of the able-bodied.  The result: handicapped often must wait for a stall.

SOY UNREST

Soy Sauce Unrest Spreads To Santa Marino

By ALEXANDER LEHER

At least 15 Santa Marino residents participated in unrest Sunday night over insufficient soy sauce in their sushi carryout orders.  There were two arrests. Marty Goldstein, 46 of Santa Marino, voiced the frustration of many local residents.  “I spend $40 on sushi, and my meal is ruined because I need four cents more soy sauce to finish,” he said.

SINGLE LIFE

Local Woman Has No Fear Of Not Finding A Husband

By ADRIAN MARKS

They say that the institute of marriage is non-disparagable – or so the old song goes.  Local 39-year-old Santa Marino online dater Jenny Barrett does not disagree with this assessment and, indeed, she “[d]efinitely” wants to have children with a husband one day.  That is, if you believe her dating profile.  So why does she display a diffident smirk in her dating profile photo?  And why does she not fear going childless at her age?
WATER USAGE

California Re-Using Pharmaceuticals From Wastewater

By JENEANE KLEIN

Since 2007 a water treatment plant tucked away in the northern hills of San Diego has cleaned, filtered and purified used toilet water for human consumption.  The $13 million dollar plant has supplied millions of gallons of water per week to thirsty Orange County residents.

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