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January 18, 2014 | By Angel Jennings
Five people were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an altercation at the Santa Monica Pier early Saturday morning turned violent and two people were stabbed. Witnesses said the five suspects began arguing with two people on the far west end of the pier around 1:20 a.m., and the altercation then turned physical, according to a news release issued by Santa Monica Police Sgt. Jay Moroso. The group of five then attacked the other two with a knife, stabbing both victims multiple times in their torsos and arms, police said.  The victims were taken to a hospital where one underwent immediate surgery.
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March 22, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A woman was killed and her 32-year-old daughter injured early Saturday when they were struck by a hit-and-run driver near the Santa Monica Pier, police said. The 61-year-old Wisconsin woman and her daughter, who lives in Santa Monica, were crossing the street near the 1600 block of Ocean Avenue about 1 a.m. when they were hit, according to the Santa Monica Police Department. The daughter suffered minor injuries, police said, but the mother had "major head trauma" and was unresponsive when emergency workers arrived.
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HOME & GARDEN
August 2, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Santa Monica just seems to purr along, high on its own helium. Not urban, not suburban, but one of those mutations that seems to work, all centered on a vibrant main drag that isn't a drag at all. It's a 100-year-old pier. Other than Dodger Stadium, I know of no place in town that gets such a mix of rich, poor, locals, tourists, sharks and surfer chicks. A melting pot with lifeguards and 4-foot waves. This isn't the op-ed page, so I won't try to sell you on the unqualified glories of diversity, because I don't think it's completely glorious by any means; you lose a certain sense of community when you're not one thing.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
Crediting “Blackfish” with opening his eyes to the plight of captive killer whales, a California lawmaker is proposing tough new legislation aimed at protecting orcas. On Friday, Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D - Santa Monica), introduced a measure that would ban the import and export of killer whales in California, as well as the artificial insemination of captive orcas. It would become illegal to  “hold in captivity, or use, a wild-caught or captive-bred orca for performance or entertainment purposes"; violaters would face up to six months in jail and/or be fined up to $100,000.
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September 8, 2011
A hearty appetite is encouraged at the Los Angeles BBQ Festival, a three-day celebration of basted and sizzling meats, including spare ribs, pulled pork and beef brisket. Sample delectables from Texas Thunder BBQ, Chicago BBQ Co., Bourbon Q and more, with live music provided by Ticket to Ride, Peter Cash, Sgt. Peppers and Black Crystal Wolf Kids. Santa Monica Pier, 1550 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun. (310) 902-6955. http://www.labbqfest.com.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
The body of stunt pilot David Riggs -- who gained notoriety for buzzing the Santa Monica Pier -- was discovered Friday by search-and-rescue teams diving in a lake in northeastern China where he had crashed earlier in the week, Chinese media said. The body of Studio City-based Riggs was recovered at 12:12 p.m. local time from Caihu Lake on the outskirts of Shenyang after a search that lasted nearly three days, World Now reported. Riggs, a controversial figure whose pilot's license was suspended, flew his plane into the lake Tuesday afternoon while performing a stunt in which the wheels of the aircraft grazed the surface to produce a skiing effect.
NEWS
July 23, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Little things can make you feel more comfortable when you're on the road, but what exactly are those things? DoubleTree by Hilton thinks it knows. The hotel brand launched a marketing campaign called the Little Things Project in January to go to 50 cities to push the brand and dispense "little things" to anyone who shows up at its tent. Next stop: the Santa Monica Pier from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday (as in today). Visitors can pick up freebies such as wristbands for rides on the pier, discounts at local attractions and one of the hotel's signature chocolate chip cookies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
A pilot who twice lost his flying license for buzzing the Santa Monica Pier and illegally selling rides to the public was missing after he crashed his small plane in China, state news media reported. David G. Riggs was reportedly flying a Lancair 320, a high-performance single-engine aircraft made from a kit, when he struck the surface of a lake outside Shenyang, where he was planning to perform in an air show. An 18-year-old woman serving as his translator was killed in the crash, according to the Xinhua News Agency.
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June 11, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The storied Newport Folk Festival, which bills itself as “the original music festival” and has delivered historic moments on the East Coast since 1959, will uproot and head west in the fall for Way Over Yonder, a new  festival taking place at the Santa Monica Pier. The festival, produced by Newport, will take place on two stages on Oct. 5 and 6, and feature an impressive 10-artist roster that includes soulful country-rock singer Neko Case, songwriter Conor Oberst, Arizona geniuses Calexico and hard Nashville troubadour Justin Townes Earle, among others.
NEWS
June 14, 1990
Santa Monica Pier tenants will be advised to turn their amplified sound speakers toward the ocean to minimize the level of music heard by residents, the City Council agreed Tuesday night. Councilwoman Christine Reed said she received complaints about amplified sound from the pier after the Cinco de Mayo festivities, when the sound system was elevated on 20-foot platforms on the pier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 | By Angel Jennings
Five people were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an altercation at the Santa Monica Pier early Saturday morning turned violent and two people were stabbed. Witnesses said the five suspects began arguing with two people on the far west end of the pier around 1:20 a.m., and the altercation then turned physical, according to a news release issued by Santa Monica Police Sgt. Jay Moroso. The group of five then attacked the other two with a knife, stabbing both victims multiple times in their torsos and arms, police said.  The victims were taken to a hospital where one underwent immediate surgery.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | Matt Cooper
Long Beach Playhouse revives Ira Levin's "Deathtrap," Denis O'Hare recites "An Iliad" at the Broad, and "Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel" returns to Santa Monica Pier's West End Theatre. Carnaval de Cabrillo Community event features dance, music, etc., and a preview of Cabrillo Music Theatre's upcoming production of “In the Heights” (at 1:45 p.m.). Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Today, noon. Free. I'll Go On Barry McGovern co-created and stars in this solo show based on three Samuel Beckett novels.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By David C. Nichols
Weimar cabaret meets Pacifica in “Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel,” carving a weirdly effective niche for itself on the Santa Monica Pier. This dark-tinged program of deathless songs from the beloved composer takes environmental theater to a highly specialized place. Literally, since the West End Theatre is a reconfigured observation deck perched above Mariasol Restaurant at the end of the landmark pier. In a long, narrow room that suggests a supine rathskeller, four idiomatic performers and a keen piano-and-strings combo attack nine familiar numbers with a mix of Sprechstimme and moxie that is often evocative and arresting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Brent Goldman captured the fun and chaos of an illuminated Santa Monica Pier in this photo from Nov. 17. Catching all the elements -- the blur of the spinning ride, the roller coaster cars and the lighted Ferris wheel -- at just the right moment was a challenge, he said, but he was up for it. "My favorite part of the photo was capturing the emotions of the people on the spinning ride. I had to make sure I set my shutter speed appropriately so you could see their expressions, but still see the movement of the ride," he said.
NEWS
November 13, 2013 | By Trishna Patel
Luis Merlos was taking pictures under the Santa Monica Pier when he met a young woman doing the same thing.  Noticing how the lighting made for the perfect silhouette, he asked the fellow photographer if he could take her picture. “I saw the pose in my head and told her to lean on the pier and raise her leg like a ballerina,” said Merlos, who used his iPhone 4S.  “This is a prime example of how Instagram can unite people and help can create artwork at any given moment.” Follow Trishna Patel on  Twitter . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2013 | By Carlos Lozano
Santa Monica will officially celebrate the opening of the city's new $46.1-million oceanfront park on Saturday. The celebration, which begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m., will feature music, crafts, storytelling, food trucks and tours of the new Tongva Park, officials said. The park covers seven acres just west of Santa Monica City Hall, two blocks from the beach. The park was designed by British-born James Corner and his New York firm Field Operations, best known for its work on the acclaimed High Line elevated park in Manhattan.
NEWS
April 22, 1990
The Santa Monica Pier is back! It reopened on a beautiful spring weekend, and what a joy it was to be there. The fresh air, the world-class view from inside the bay, the excitement of the fisherpeople as they hauled in their big ones, the feelings of detachment from the hustles and bustles of the city, the good feelings shared by the throngs of all sizes, colors and shapes--it was all there and more. The rebuilt pier is strong and solid and well-done. It is a good omen for the next phase: a cafe, bait-and-tackle shop and Harbor Master's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
The body of stunt pilot David Riggs -- who gained notoriety for buzzing the Santa Monica Pier -- was discovered Friday by search-and-rescue teams diving in a lake in northeastern China where he had crashed earlier in the week, Chinese media said. The body of Studio City-based Riggs was recovered at 12:12 p.m. local time from Caihu Lake on the outskirts of Shenyang after a search that lasted nearly three days, World Now reported. Riggs, a controversial figure whose pilot's license was suspended, flew his plane into the lake Tuesday afternoon while performing a stunt in which the wheels of the aircraft grazed the surface to produce a skiing effect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2013 | By Barbara Demick and Dan Weikel
BEIJING -- The Southern California daredevil whose plane crashed into a lake in northeastern China while performing stunts from the movie “Top Gun” had disregarded warnings to cancel his flight because of bad weather, witnesses said Wednesday. A search for the pilot, David G. Riggs, continued Wednesday, but neither he nor his body had been located by nightfall. Riggs crashed into a lake near Shenyang on Tuesday afternoon while flying a Lancair 320, a high-performance single-engine aircraft made from a kit. Riggs was a controversial figure, who had lost his pilot's license twice for buzzing the Santa Monica Pier and for illegally selling rides to the public.
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