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Government foots bill for unapproved medications BY RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR AND FRANK BASS Associated Press Writers

door-buster deals. While dealing with a recent bankruptcy filing and the closure of 20 percent of its stores, Circuit City is planning on a strong Black Friday turnout at its remaining locations, including the one in Santa Monica where doors will open at 5 a.m. “Normally we get lines and we don’t expect any different this year,” Jim Babb, spokesman for Circuit City, said. Several stores plan to offer promotions to early bird shoppers. Old Navy, which is located on the promenade, will give away a free MP3 player to the first group of customers who purchase $20 or more. Old

WASHINGTON Taxpayers have shelled out at least $200 million since 2004 for medications that have never been reviewed by the government for safety and effectiveness but are still covered under Medicaid, an Associated Press analysis of federal data has found. Millions of private patients are taking such drugs, as well. The availability of unapproved prescription drugs to the public may create a dangerous false sense of security. Dozens of deaths have been linked to them. The medications date back decades, before the Food and Drug Administration tightened its review of drugs in the early 1960s. The FDA says it is trying to squeeze them from the market, but conflicting federal laws allow the Medicaid health program for low-income people to pay for them. The AP analysis found that Medicaid paid nearly $198 million from 2004 to 2007 for more than 100 unapproved drugs, mostly for common conditions such as colds and pain. Data for 2008 were not available but unapproved drugs still are being sold. The AP checked the medications against FDA databases, using agency guidelines to determine if they were unapproved. The FDA says there may be thousands of such drugs on the market. Medicaid officials acknowledge the problem, but say they need help from Congress to fix it. The FDA and Medicaid are part of the Health and Human Services Department, but the FDA has yet to compile a master list of unapproved drugs, and Medicaid — which may be the biggest purchaser — keeps paying. “I think this is something we ought to look at very hard, and we ought to fix it,” said Medicaid chief Herb Kuhn. “It raises a whole set of questions, not only in terms of safety, but in the efficiency of the program — to make sure we are getting the right set of services for beneficiaries.” At a time when families, businesses and



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Retail experts predict a respectable Black Friday BY MELODY HANATANI Daily Press Staff Writer

CITYWIDE Recession or booming economy, shoppers seem to be unwilling to pass on Black Friday deals. Despite beliefs that one of the biggest shopping days of the year might turn out to be a dud, experts predict that retailers will experience a surprisingly strong turnout this year, aided by lower gas prices and the even more pressing need to take advantage of discounts. “I’d be more inclined to go shop whenever there is a sale going on,” Stacey Hale, a visitor from Colorado, said during a recent excursion to the Third Street Promenade.

The National Retail Federation conducted a survey that indicated 128 million people will shop over the weekend, which is slightly down from 135 million last year. “Retailers realize that low prices will get consumers into stores this holiday season, and this could be the most heavily promotional Black Friday in history,” Tracy Mullin, the federation president and CEO, said. “Shoppers who held off buying a DVD player or winter coat over the last few months will find that prices may literally be too good to pass up.” Downtown Santa Monica is expected to be the most popular destination for Black Friday shoppers in the city thanks to an area filled with corporate chains that offer

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Former Assembly Speaker Nunez has a new job BY SAMANTHA YOUNG Associated Press Writer


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LOS ANGELES Warning to computer users: You could be facing jail time for creating a fake profile online. After a Missouri mother was convicted Wednesday of accessing computers without authorization in a landmark cyberbullying trial, legal experts said the outcome could mean anyone who violates a Web site’s service terms is subject to prosecution. “Any time you now go to a Web site and violate the terms of service, you have committed a crime,” said Matt Levine, a New York-based defense attorney and former federal prosecutor. “This is not what Congress had in mind when they created the law.” Lori Drew, 49, was convicted of misdemeanor computer charges instead of felonies in a cruel Internet hoax played on a 13-year-old girl who later committed suicide. The federal jury could not reach a verdict on a conspiracy allegation against

Drew and rejected three other felony counts of accessing computers without authorization to inflict emotional harm on the girl. Instead, the panel convicted her of three lesser offenses of just accessing computers without authorization. Each of those counts is punishable by up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Drew faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the four original counts. U.S. District Court Judge George Wu declared a mistrial on the conspiracy count. There was no quick decision on retrying the count. Drew did not show any visible emotion when the clerk read the verdicts. Her attorney, Dean Steward, said later that Drew was “puzzled” by the verdict and he had to explain the difference between felonies and misdemeanors to his client, who remained free on bond. “I don’t have any satisfaction in the jury’s decision,” Steward said. “I don’t think these charges should have ever been brought.” Tina Meier, mother of the dead girl, said

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afterward she believes Drew deserves the maximum three years in prison. “For me it’s never been about vengeance,” she said. “This is about justice.” Most members of the six-man, sixwoman jury left court without speaking to reporters. One juror, who would only identify himself by the first name, Marcilo, indicated jurors were not convinced Drew’s actions involved the intent alleged by prosecutors. “Some of the jurors just felt strongly that it wasn’t tortious and everybody needed to stay with their feeling. That was really the balancing point,” he said. The case hinged on an unprecedented — and, some legal experts say, highly questionable — application of computer-fraud law. Prosecutors said Drew and two others created a fictitious 16-year-old boy on MySpace and sent flirtatious messages from him to teenage neighbor Megan Meier. The “boy” then dumped Megan, saying, “The world would be a better place without you.” Megan promptly hanged herself with a belt in her bedroom closet in October 2006.

SACRAMENTO One of California’s top Democrats is joining a firm whose California offices are headed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s former campaign manager. Mercury Public Affairs announced Wednesday that former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez will become a partner at the New York-based consulting firm. Republican strategist Steve Schmidt heads the nine-person Sacramento office that Nunez will join on Monday. Schmidt ran Schwarzenegger’s 2006 re-election campaign and was chief strategist for Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign. The addition of Nunez gives Mercury a Democrat with high name recognition and deep contacts on its California staff. “He brings an incredibly brilliant tactical mind, a deep understanding of California politics and a long history of working with just about every group in the state,” said Adam Mendelsohn, a partner and former deputy chief of staff to Schwarzenegger. Mercury officials said Nunez, who is termed out of office this month after six years in the Assembly, will provide counsel to clients across a broad range of sectors, including entertainment, energy, health care and communications. Mendelsohn would not disclose Nunez’s salary. Nunez earned $133,639 while serving as speaker of the state Assembly. As an outgoing member of the Legislature, Nunez cannot lobby his former colleagues for at least a year. The Los Angeles Democrat did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment. Nunez, 41, was the longest-serving speaker in California’s era of term limits. In that post, he cultivated a close relationship with Schwarzenegger that resulted in California’s landmark global warming law, a raise in the state minimum wage and a $37.3 billion package of transportation, flood control, school and housing bonds. They also worked together on a $14 billion overhaul of California’s health care market, only to see the plan killed in the Senate. Nunez was unsuccessful in his bid to extend his own tenure in office. In February, voters rejected a ballot initiative orchestrated by Nunez and other Democrats to alter the state’s 1990 term-limits law.

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I am one of those vocal, community-based bicycle (and tree) advocates that [SMDP columnist Bill Bauer] likes to denigrate, but I happen to agree that Richard Bloom is dead wrong when he claims Santa Monicans have embraced LUCE (“Prelude to bigger things,” page 4, Nov. 24). The loss of Measure T only proves that outside interests with deep pockets can buy an election. Bloom, and his cohorts on the City Council, are primarily concerned about expanding the city’s tax base, no matter how adversely it affects the residents. For them to claim that “smart” growth does not impact traffic is a gross and damnable lie.

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I have lived on the east side of the Santa Monica Airport for over 55 years. This is a lot bigger than just jets landing at the airport and the safety of those planes on the runway. This is about the environment and people’s health — the community’s health as well. The pollution from the jets that are idling is a big factor. There are no fume traps for the jet exhausts and the kerosene and other toxins that are spewed out at high velocity over the Westside of L.A. They are noxious and sickening to us all. The noise from the jets is also not healthy, but the fumes are the worst. The landing and take off safety issues are being discussed but there are these other issues that the EPA and the FAA are not concerned about. But they should be! These are the issues that affect us every time a jet is on the runway at takeoff. There does not have to be a “what if” for these matters. They already exist! It is way past time for this to be taken into account regarding the use of jets at Santa Monica Airport. This is supposed to be a private airport for small planes, not the environmentally unsafe place that the jets have turned into a toxic fume spewing ground. I think for the good of the community and its living inhabitants it is time for the airport to be dismantled and the grounds turned into something environmentally friendly for us all. With all the environmental effort that is being put into Santa Monica’s policies citywide, this represents a major step backwards for the city and its inhabitants.

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A cure for HIV/AIDS or for terrible jokes? THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING IS KNOWN

as “Black Friday,” marking the first day of the year that many department stores begin to operate in the black. For bargain hunters it’s huge discounts but with huge lines. Frankly, I’d rather die. Given the volume of food I consumed yesterday, today is “Fat Friday.” Remember the Alka-Seltzer commercial “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing?” If you substitute pieces of pie for the “whole thing,” then I can’t believe I ate three whole things. To work off some of the 10,000 or so calories I consumed I went to the gym but, in winter, exercise is even more drudgery than normal. I rely on the gym TV for distraction (assuming no pretty women are working out). On the treadmill last week I was stunned by a scene too weird for words. Sarah Palin was at a Wasilla turkey slaughterhouse, sparing the life of a turkey, a common, if not bizarre political practice. But, as she chatted cheerfully about Thanksgiving, behind her turkeys were being fed into a modified wood chipper (go to YouTube, type “Turkey Massacre,” but be forewarned, it’s gruesome). The cameraman told the press afterwards that he specifically asked Sarah if she “wanted to do this.” Perpetually perky Sarah responded, “No worries.” Her spokesperson said that the “Governor had been oblivious (apparently Palin can see Russia but can’t see over her shoulder).” While the turkey’s necks were literally being snapped 10 paces away, Sarah even joked, “We have to have a little levity.” Levity? She added, “I’ll probably get criticized for doing this.” Ya betcha! I wouldn’t count on the PETA vote. The following day I was on the treadmill (like a good hamster) when I was joined by Peter, whom I’ve known for 20 years. But in a high-rise it’s easy to know someone cursorily. I knew that we shared a love for the Dodgers, Lakers, and, most importantly, everything UCLA. Trapped on the treadmill, I was all too glad when Peter shared the Cliff Notes of his life. It turns out Peter’s been a doctor for over 30 years. He began as a trauma surgeon in Downtown L.A. where he treated bullet wounds almost nightly. The riveting gun stories reflected a grim societal statement, but they also made the treadmill time fly by. For the last 25 years Peter’s devoted himself to a cure for AIDS. Turning the treadmill down, I reflected on my life. What worthy activity had I devoted myself to? Telling jokes? Clearly the world desperately needs a cure for AIDS, but perhaps it also needs a cure for bad jokes? Everyone knows the suffering inflicted by a friend who constantly tells horrible jokes. We’ve just had eight years with President Bush. These folks need help (or, in Bush’s case, jail might be appropriate). Right on that treadmill, maybe I had

finally discovered my true calling? Or maybe I was getting dehydrated? Peter was in practice in the early 1980s when AIDS wasn’t yet recognized. He operated on patients who, mysteriously,

RIGHT ON THAT TREADMILL, MAYBE I HAD FINALLY DISCOVERED MY TRUE CALLING? OR MAYBE I WAS GETTING DEHYDRATED? didn’t heal. Soon, doctors worldwide identified common symptoms and AIDS emerged. It was the “modern day plague.” In our apartment building we lost 10 residents in less than two years. Fortunately, these days there’s some good news. Peter says that 90 percent of HIV patients can have the virus suppressed and live completely normal lives. His Santa Monica-based Peter Schick Foundation is the number one Internet source for HIV/AIDS information. On their Web page are treatment descriptions that may, one day, represent a huge breakthrough (my “Eliminate Bad Jokes Foundation” is expecting a huge breakthrough on Jan. 20, around noon, EST). In the battle against HIV/AIDS, the Schick Foundation’s first protocol involves a drug that accelerates viral decay. The second uses adult stem cells to attack the inflammatory process that causes many diseases. Peter is optimistic that with awareness, time and money, a cure will be found (he’s also optimistic that UCLA will win their next two football games, tonight against Arizona State and next week against USC. Frankly, I think a cure for AIDs might be easier). The Schick Foundation is having a spectacular fundraiser on the evening of Dec. 13 and I can’t think of a worthier cause. They’ve commissioned a yacht that will participate in the famous Holiday of Lights Christmas cruise through Marina del Rey Harbor. The night includes dinner, cocktails, dancing and casino games. Music will be provided by the legendary Stephen Bishop and Jim Wilson. For details go to or phone (310) 450-7989. My foundation (I can’t think of a less worthy cause) needs a spokesperson to get us off the ground. We need a celebrity who thinks he’s funny but isn’t. Jim Belushi? Andy Dick? Oh, and before you suggest it, I’m not a celebrity. When he isn’t fundraising for his foundation, JACK can be reached at


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Are you a revolutionary? methods of dissent and resistance. Creatively responding to circumstances will often be one of your few resources if you are to be an effective agent of change. • Use the media: Effective use of the media is essential. Attracting media coverage not only enhances and magnifies your efforts, it is a valuable education tool. It publicizes your message to a much wider audience. • Take action: Be prepared to mobilize at a moment’s notice. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re located or what resources are at your disposal. • Be forward-looking: Develop a vision for the future. Is what you’re hoping to achieve enduring? Have you developed a plan to continue to educate others about the problems you’re hoping to tackle and ensure that others will continue in your stead? • Develop fortitude: What is it that led to the successful protest movements of the past? Resolve and the refusal to be put off. When the time came, Martin Luther King, for one, was willing to take to the streets for what he believed and even go to jail if necessary. King risked having an arrest record by committing acts of nonviolent civil disobedience. He was willing to sacrifice himself. But first, he had to develop the intestinal fortitude to give him the strength to stand and fight. If you decide that you don’t have the requisite fortitude, find someone who does and back them. • Be selfless and sacrificial: Freedom is not free —there is always a price to be paid and a sacrifice to be made. If any movement is to be truly successful, it must be manned by individuals who seek a greater good and do not waver from their purposes. Remain optimistic, and keep hope alive. Although our rights are increasingly coming under attack, we still have certain freedoms. We can still fight back. We have the right to dissent, to protest and even to vigorously criticize or oppose the government and its laws. The key to making a difference is in understanding that the first step begins with you. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “We need to be the change we wish to see in the world.” Constitutional attorney and author JOHN W. WHITEHEAD is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. He can be contacted at Information about The Rutherford Institute is available at

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NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE SANTA MONICA PLANNING COMMISSION SUBJECT: A Public Hearing will be held by the Planning Commission on the following: The Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing to discuss general policy matters and issues pertaining to the City’s ongoing effort to prepare new Land Use and Circulation Elements of the City’s General Plan. This will include input, discussion, and possible action on policies, process, materials, timeline, participation strategies and related issues pertaining to the Land Use and Circulation Elements of the General Plans. Regular policy discussion meetings are scheduled on the first Wednesday of each month. Discussion topics are set in advance of the meeting are available at City Hall and online at WHEN:

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.


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HOW TO COMMENT The City of Santa Monica encourages public comment. You may comment at the Planning Commission public hearing, or by writing a letter or e-mail. Information received prior to the hearing will be given to the Planning Commission at the meeting. MORE INFORMATION If you want additional information about this project or wish to review the project, please contact Sarah Lejeune, AICP, Principal Planner or Bruce Leach, Special Projects Administrator (310) 458-8341. The Zoning Ordinance is available at the Planning Counter during business hours or available on the City’s web site at The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. If you have any disability-related accommodation request, please contact (310) 458-8341, or TYY Number: (310) 458-8696 at least five (5) business days prior to the meeting. Santa Monica “Big Blue” Bus Lines #1, #2, #3, and #8 serve City Hall. Pursuant to California Government Code Section 65009(b), if this matter is subsequently challenged in Court, the challenge may be limited to only those issues raised at the Public Hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City of Santa Monica at, or prior to, the Public Hearing. Help Us Shape the Future! Be part of the effort to create new Land Use and Circulation Elements, and a new Zoning Ordinance. Help shape a twenty year vision and improve the way we get around Santa Monica. (Land Use and Circulation Element)

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA LANDMARKS COMMISSION SUBJECT: Public hearings will be held by the Landmarks Commission on the following applications: 301 Ocean Avenue, LC-08LM-006, Zoning: R-4 (High Density Multiple Family Residential) District. The City Landmarks Commission will be conducting a public hearing to consider Landmark Designation Application 08LM-006, at 301 Ocean Avenue, to determine whether the multi-family residential property, in whole or in part, should be designated as a City Landmark. The Landmarks Commission will make a decision regarding designation based on whether the application, research and public testimony presented show that the property meets one or more of the required criteria for Landmark designation. Applicant: City of Santa Monica Landmarks Commission. Owner: 301 Ocean Development, LLC. When:

Monday, December 8, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Where: City Council Chambers, City Hall, Room 213 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica Questions/Comments The City of Santa Monica encourages public comment on this and other projects. You or your representative, or any other persons may comment on the application at the Public Hearing, or by writing a letter addressed to Roxanne Tanemori, AICP, Senior Planner, City Planning Division, 1685 Main Street, Room 212, Santa Monica, California, 90401-3295. Or, you may contact Ms. Tanemori by phone at (310) 458-8341 or by email at More Information The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. If you have any disability-related accommodation requests, please contact (310) 458-8341 or TTY (310) 458-8696 at least three days prior to the event. All written materials are available in alternate format upon request. Santa Monica Bus Lines 1, 2, 3 and 7 serve City Hall. Pursuant to California Government Code Section 65009(b), if this matter is subsequently challenged in Court, the Challenge may be limited only to those issues raised at the Public Hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City of Santa Monica at, or prior to, the Public Hearing. Espanol Este es un aviso de una audiencia publica para considerar la designación de una propiedad en la ciudad como un monumento histórico. Para mas información, favor de llamar a Carmen Gutierrez en la División de Planificación al número (310) 458-8341.





Caught in the act Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

MONDAY, NOV. 17, AT 2:45 P.M., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard regarding a report of a strong arm robbery that occurred. Police said the victim was approached by the suspect, who demanded money. The victim, fearing for his safety, ran into the Main Library for help. He called police and followed the suspect until police arrived. When the suspect noticed the victim following him, he allegedly spit on the victim and punched him in the chest. Officers located the suspect a few blocks away from the scene and placed him under arrest for attempted robbery, violation of parole and four outstanding warrants. He was identified as Dewayne Alexander, 30, a transient. No bail was set.

MONDAY, NOV. 17, AT 4:40 P.M., Officers responded to the 300 block of Main Street — The Closet — regarding a male suspect tagging the outside wall of the clothing store. Officers detained the suspect and found in his possession a white marker and postal labels with the word “Lucid” written on them in white. Officers looked at the wall and found labels with the word “Lucid” written on them. Based on the evidence, the officers placed the suspect under arrest for being in possession of a graffiti tool with the intent to commit vandalism and vandalism. He was identified as Gabe Bryne Blackoff, 19, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $500.

MONDAY, NOV. 17, AT 7:36 P.M., An officer on routine patrol stopped a man for driving while talking on his cell phone. The officer discovered that the driver did not have a valid license and was later to be found in possession of a meth pipe. Officers searched the suspect and found in his jacket pocket a small amount of methamphetamine. He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia and for driving on a suspended license while talking on a cell phone. The suspect was identified as Leon Marium, 32, of Reseda. His bail was set at $10,000.

TUESDAY, NOV. 18, AT 2:35 P.M., Officers responded to the 3100 block of Santa Monica Boulevard — Kings Liquor — regarding a report of a robbery that just occurred. When officers arrived at the liquor store they made contact with an employee who said two men entered and walked out with several cans of beer, refusing to pay for the items. One man allegedly told the employee that if he called police, the suspects would hurt him. Armed with a description of the suspects and their vehicle, officers were able to locate one of them a short time later and placed him under arrest for robbery, making criminal threats and violation of parole. The suspect was identified as Edilberto Rodriguez, 35, of Inglewood. No bail was set. The second suspect was described as a male Hispanic with short hair. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the SMPD.

TUESDAY, NOV. 18, AT 4:28 P.M., Officers responded to the 200 block of Main Street regarding a report of an assault in progress. When officers arrived, they made contact with witnesses who said the suspect pushed a person and then punched a dog. Officers detained the suspect, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and was in possession of an empty bottle of wine. Officers said the suspect matched the description of a man who stole wine from a nearby business two hours earlier. An employee with that business positively identified the suspect, who was placed under arrest for burglary, animal cruelty, battery, public intoxication, violation of parole, and an outstanding warrant. He was identified as Amin Shadeed Abdullah, 31, of Los Angeles. His bail was set at $22,000.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, AT 1:45 P.M., Officers responded to the 500 block of Pier Avenue regarding a report of unknown trouble. When officers arrived, they made contact with a woman who said she heard her neighbor yelling for help. Officers made contact with the woman, who said she had a fight with her brother, who slapped, choked and threatened her. Police placed the brother under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon and for making criminal threats. He was identified as Jeremy Andrew Bencomo, 19, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $50,000.

FRIDAY, NOV. 21, AT 2:02 A.M., Officers responded to the 400 block of Santa Monica Boulevard regarding a report of two men armed with a knife and screwdriver chasing another man down the street. When officers arrived, they detained the two suspects and made contact with the alleged victim, who told officers the suspects had threatened him early in the evening, forcing him to file a police report. A couple of hours later, the suspects saw the victim and chased him with weapons. While attempting to place the suspects under arrest, one of them resisted and had to be tazed, police said. Both suspects were transported to the Santa Monica Jail and booked for assault with a deadly weapon. Derrick Shane McGrew, 28, a transient, was also booked for resisting arrest. His bail was set at $30,000. The second suspect was identified as Jerramy Milles Ness, 27, of Hawthorne. He was also booked for violation of parole. No bail was set.

FRIDAY, NOV. 21, AT 2:15 P.M., Narcotics officers served a search warrant in the 1100 block of Michigan Avenue after observing a man who lived there sell drugs. Officers arrested three suspects. The first suspect was identified as Javor Les Frank, 61, a transient. His bail was set at $30,000. He was booked for possession of rock cocaine for sale, transportation of cocaine and conspiracy to sell cocaine. The second suspect was identified as Thomas Gerald Flynn, 53, of Santa Monica. He was booked for conspiracy to sell cocaine, transportation of cocaine and driving on an expired license and violation of parole. No bail was set. The third suspect was identified as Roger John Nichol, 56, a transient. He was booked for possession of rock cocaine for sale, conspiracy to sell cocaine and outstanding warrants. No bail was set. Editor in Chief KEVIN HERRERA compiled these reports.

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Nothing big expected for Montana Avenue on this Black Friday FROM SHOPPING PAGE 1 Navy is owned by Gap Inc. “We recognize the challenging economic environment will continue, but our brands are ready for Black Friday,” Kris Marubio, spokeswoman for Gap Inc., said. The Bayside District Corp., which manages Downtown, has been working on various promotions for Black Friday, hoping to entice more shoppers to patronize the promenade, according to Debbie Lee, the director of marketing for Bayside. Among the promotions is an event marking a new partnership between Starbucks and (RED) in which the coffee company will donate 5 cents from every specialty holiday beverage purchase made from Friday to Dec. 1 toward the Global Fund, which benefits AIDS programs. While Lee said she could not speculate on the turnout this weekend, she expected a successful three days for retailers, helped in part by the Wednesday grand opening of H&M on the promenade. “I think we’ll be alright,” she said. This is the first Black Friday in decades that Downtown will be without Santa Monica Place, which closed earlier this year for renovations. The mall, which will target a more upscale clientele than the rest of the area, might turn out to be a good thing on Black Friday because it won’t deter shoppers who might believe the stores are out of their price range, Lee said. “Perhaps having them not open during this particular holiday season might be a blessing,” Lee said. For Santa Monica resident Chiara Berni, Black Friday will give her another reason to head out to the stores. “I usually go shopping when there are sales around,” Berni said. “Right now and during the holidays is really good for that.” JUST ANOTHER DAY ON MONTANA

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in the city, Montana Avenue, is expecting nothing out of the ordinary on Friday. “Black Friday is something that is more of a mall type of experience,” Sabine Lehmann, the chairwoman of the Montana Avenue Merchants Association, said. For the past several years, Montana Avenue’s version of Black Friday has been its Holiday Walk when merchants offer special promotions and the Holiday Trunk Show in which participating stores feature specific designer. Both events are next month. The commercial street has also been affected by the recession with many stores reporting a decreased level of activity in the past several months. Several stores have responded by staying open later on Thursdays. “It really hasn’t been good for a lot of merchants on the street,” Lehmann, who owns Platino, said. “I’m hoping that maybe Thanksgiving will inspire people and bring them into the holiday spirit and maybe they’ll come and walk on Montana Avenue and get ideas for gifts.” MAXIMIZING BLACK FRIDAY OPPORTUNITIES

When it comes to shopping this weekend, consumers should know before they go. Lisa Freeman, the editor-in-chief of ShopSmart Magazine, suggested that shoppers check up on special Black Friday Web sites — such as and — that list deals other than door buster specials, which are usually offered in limited quantity. Retailer sites are also worth checking because some companies offer special e-mail alerts. Freeman also pointed out that good deals are not just offered when doors open on Friday and extend through the holiday season. “Don’t be disappointed if you don’t get in on the door busters because they’re in limited supply,” Freeman said. “They intentionally use those to get people in the door.” ELIZABETH KENIGSBERG contributed to this report

Senator asks inspector to investigate FROM DRUGS PAGE 1 government are struggling with health care costs and 46 million people are uninsured, payments for questionable medications amount to an unplugged leak in the system. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked the HHS inspector general to investigate. That unapproved prescription drugs can be sold in the United States surprises even doctors and pharmacists. But the FDA estimates they account for 2 percent of all prescriptions filled by U.S. pharmacies, about 72 million scripts a year. Private insurance plans also cover them. The roots of the problem go back in time, tangled in layers of legalese. It wasn’t until 1962 that Congress ordered the FDA to review all new medications for effectiveness. Thousands of drugs already on the market were also supposed to be evaluated. But some manufacturers claimed their medications were “grandfa-

thered” under earlier laws, and even under the 1962 bill. Then, in the early 1980s, a safety scandal erupted over one of those medications. EFerol, a high potency vitamin E injection, was linked to serious reactions in some 100 premature babies, 40 of whom died. In response, the FDA started a program to weed out drugs it had never reviewed scientifically. Yet some medications continued to escape scrutiny. Sometimes, the medications do not help patients. In other cases, the FDA says, they have made people sicker, maybe even killed them. This year, for example, the FDA banned injectable versions of a gout drug called colchicine after receiving reports of 23 deaths. Investigators found the unapproved drug had a very narrow margin of safety, and patients easily could receive a toxic dose leading to complications such as organ failure. Critics say the FDA’s case-by-case enforcement approach is not working.


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WASHINGTON Marine archaeologists have found the remains of a slave ship wrecked off the Turks and Caicos Islands in 1841, an accident that set free the ancestors of many current residents of those islands. Some 192 Africans survived the sinking of the Spanish ship Trouvadore off the British-ruled islands, where the slave trade was banned. Over the years the ship had been forgotten, said researcher Don Keith, so when the discovery connected the ship to current residents the first response “was a kind of shock, a lack of comprehension,” he explained in a briefing organized by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But after word got out “people really got on board with it,” he said, and the local museum has assisted the researchers. He said this is the only known wreck of a ship engaged in the illegal slave trade. Keith and his co-researchers from the Texas-based Ships of Discovery organization came across a letter at the Smithsonian Institution that referred to the sinking and began their search for the ship. “The people of the Turks and Caicos have a direct line to this dramatic, historic event — it’s how so many of them ended up being there. We hope this discovery will encourage the people of the Turks and Caicos to protect and research their local history, especially the history that remains underwater,” he said. “It really is a mystery, it’s a detective story,” added marine archaeologist Toni Carrell. “We do all of this because we recognize

the importance of history. This is an important part of the Turks and Caicos history,” she said. The team was able to determine that authorities on the islands apprenticed the Africans to trades for a year and then allowed them to settle on the islands, many on Grand Turk. The Spanish crew was arrested and turned over to authorities in Cuba, then a Spanish colony. An 1878 letter refers to the Trouvadore Africans as making up the pith — meaning an essential part — of the laboring population on the islands. When the wreck was first discovered in 2004 it was named the Black Rock ship because the researchers were unsure of its identity. They have since become convinced by the timing and design of the vessel that it is the Trouvadore. “We were not fortunate enough to find a bell with ‘Trouvadore’ on it,” Carrell explained. Useful parts of the ship had been salvaged before winds and currents carried it into deeper water. “It’s rare and exciting to find a wreck of such importance that has been forgotten for so many years,” said Frank Cantelas, marine archaeologist for NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. The team also found the remains of the U.S. brig Chippewa, a ship built for the War of 1812 which was engaged in chasing pirates when it was lost in 1816. That vessel was identified by the unique type of cannons, called carronades, it carried. Indeed, the researchers said the Turks and Caicos now possesses one of the world’s best collections of carronades. NOAA provided about $178,000 to assist the research.

New voice of ‘Dora’ speaks out BY BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI Associated Press Writer

TRENTON, N.J. When this 12-year-old talks, millions of preschoolers around the world listen. All Caitlin Sanchez needs to say is “Swiper, no swiping!” Or to summon the powers of her magical backpack. Sanchez is the new voice of “Dora the Explorer,” one of the world’s most popular cartoons for preschoolers. She has always enjoyed music and acting, but never expected to be talking to Boots the Monkey, Swiper the Fox, The Map and other characters who appear regularly on Dora’s cartoon adventures. “When my mother called me on the phone and told me I got (the part), I really didn’t believe it at first,” Sanchez said. It’s the first cast change in Dora’s voice since the Nickelodeon cable show debuted in 2000 (the original voice of Dora, Kathleen Herles, is now 17 and in college). The show is broadcast worldwide and translated in 24 languages, entertaining millions of preschoolers. On the show, the 7-year-old Latina heroine and her band of animal friends take their audience along on their quests in an imaginative, tropical world filled with jungles, beaches and rain forests. During their travels, they ask their audience to help them solve the various problems they encounter. Sanchez, who has been acting professionally for nearly five years, does the English- and Spanish-speaking parts for Dora on the new

season of shows being broadcast in the United States. She has long been a fan of “Dora,” and feels honored to be a part of the show. “Dora really is an international icon to preschoolers and a really good role model, so it’s neat to see how she has spread across the globe and become so popular,” said Sanchez. “One of my friends went to Ireland, and she brought back a Dora book in Gaelic ... I love being part of this (show).” Getting the role wasn’t an easy task for Sanchez, a Fairview resident who is the oldest of three children in what she describes as “a very musical” family. “I was kind of nervous about trying out and everything, but I believe you should be confident in everything you do and if you follow your dreams and be positive, you can do anything you want to do,” she said. “I was real excited to get it, and it has been a lot of fun. This show really helps kids learn.” She soon learned that doing voiceover work isn’t a simple task. “With each script, you’re saying the lines and doing the songs a lot of times — they want me to use different inflections, to do things in different ways so they can decide what they like best,” she said. In this season’s shows, Dora meets friends from different cultural backgrounds (French, Mayan, Guatemalan, German and more) who teach her special skills. Dora also uses more math to help solve problems, and she also will teach multiword phrases in Spanish.

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This Black Friday will be a ‘National Day of Listening’ BY SAMANTHA GROSS Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK After 25 years of marriage, there are still too many stories Gail Ostrow and her husband haven’t shared. She hasn’t heard the whole truth of what it was like in Vietnam. Or why, after the war, he retreated to 240 acres in Wisconsin to live without electricity and water. Or how it has felt not being the one to raise his son. “This is the man that I have lived with and loved and slept next to and been through some really great adventures and been through some really hard times together,” the 64-year-old college professor said. “But there hasn’t been a lot of talking.” “There are things that I want to know about him that don’t come up in conversation.” So on the day after Thanksgiving, Ostrow will sit down with her husband at their Bridgeport, Conn., home to interview him and record his words — joining thousands of people nationwide who are participating in the National Day of Listening. Launched by oral-history organization StoryCorps and scheduled for a day when families are more often dashing to take advantage of Black Friday sales, the event seeks to give people a reason to sit down with friends and family and have intimate conversations that can be preserved as heirlooms. “Stopping on Friday the 28th and taking an hour to interview a loved one is the least expensive but most meaningful gift we can give one another,” said StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, who said the idea was a response to the financial turmoil faced by so many Americans this year. “This is the kind of project that can help us through difficult times by remembering what’s really important, and that all of our lives matter,” he said. The national event is an outgrowth of Isay’s StoryCorps program, which since 2003 has helped people record nearly 25,000 interviews at stationary booths in New York and with mobile operations traveling around the country. Participants receive a CD of their 40-minute interview, and all recordings are archived at the Library of Congress. The memories and thoughts recorded Friday won’t be stored so permanently — Isay says StoryCorps simply doesn’t have the staff and resources to make that happen — but the real point, he says, is to allow families to preserve the recordings for themselves. Such a do-it-yourself approach is more accessible than ever. People who may not even realize it often have digital recording equipment among their gadgets. Many computers can record sound directly, and even iPhones and some iPods can be used to record interviews. Participants can burn their own CDs of their conversations, or they can post them on online audio-sharing sites. The experience creates more than a historical record to be shared with future generations. It can break down barriers and provide an opening for otherwise reserved participants to clearly voice their emotions. When 29-year-old Seth Fleischauer recorded his interview with his grandfather, he heard the older man speak emotionally about their connection. “I don’t think that, up until that point, he had expressed his intimacy for me in that sort of way,” Fleischauer said. “That was a

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School District Qualified Special Tax Surcharge (Measure R) The surcharge provided by this regulation is to reimburse owners of controlled residential rental properties for the cost of the School District Qualified Special Tax of $346 per year, per parcel, adjusted annually for inflation, as approved by the voters on February 5, 2008. Duration of Surcharge In addition to the monthly rent, a landlord may collect a monthly surcharge in accordance with this section on any controlled rental unit starting no earlier than January 1, 2009. The surcharge shall expire upon the repeal of School District Qualified Special Tax (Measure R). The actual surcharge for each fiscal year beginning July 1, 2008 may be collected in monthly installments commencing the following January 1, or any month within the same calendar year, and continuing for the next twelve months thereafter. The landlord shall not collect this surcharge for any year for which the landlord has obtained a senior exemption to the qualified special tax for the parcel from the Board of Education of the District. The landlord shall not collect this surcharge during any month in which the landlord has not paid this tax and the payment is overdue. Determination of Surcharge (1) The monthly surcharge shall not exceed an amount equal to the amount of the School District Qualified Special Tax, divided by the total number of units on the parcel, divided into twelve monthly payments. (2) For purposes of this subsection, the term "units" includes, but is not limited to, all units in a controlled rental property that are used for residential rental purposes or for commercial purposes, including owner-occupied or relative-occupied units, units occupied pursuant to a Section 8 housing agreement, and/or units participating in the Incentive Housing program. (3) Upon notice by the County Assessor's Office of the School District Qualified Special Tax, the landlord shall calculate the surcharge provided in this regulation and give notice to the tenants of the amount of the per-unit surcharge as set forth in subsection (d) of this regulation. Notice Requirements (1) A landlord shall notify each tenant of the amount of the School District Qualified Special Tax surcharge pursuant to this regulation. The notice must comply with all noticing requirements set forth in Civil Code Section 827. (2) The notice shall contain the following information: the amount of the School District Qualified Special Tax for the parcel; the number of units on the parcel; the amount of the monthly per-unit surcharge; and, the amount of the maximum lawful rent, including all fees and surcharges. (3) Failure to comply with the notice requirements set forth above shall render any surcharge excess rent within the meaning of section 1809 of the Charter and Chapter 8 of the Board's regulations.

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‘Kung Fu Panda’ and ‘Secrets of the Furious Five’ This “pandemonium” double pack features the original animated hit with the voice of Jack Black as Po, a noodle-slurping, martial-arts loving dreamer panda bear. A family-oriented story about believing in oneself and the power that comes from within, also features the voices of Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, and Dustin Hoffman. The Kung Fu Panda story continues with the world premiere of his next adventure, “Secrets of the Furious Five,” where we learn what it takes to become a kung fu master. Groundbreaking animation and brilliant storytelling, both titles come with a jungle full of bonus features. (Paramount)

Wrap it up! Wrap it up puts you first in the minds of LAST MINUTE SHOPPERS. Distributed in the December issue of the Santa Monica Daily Press, shoppers will be reminded of your business at all 750 locations throughout Santa Monica and adjacent areas. The Gift Guide is a comprehensive guide to gifts, dining and holiday entertainment. The Gift Guide will be inserted in the November 22nd edition of the Santa Monica Daily Press, the Biggest shopping weekend of the year. In addition, the Gift Guide will be placed at all local area hotels, restaurants, Daily Press Boxes, and racks for an entire week following that weekend.




‘Meet Dave’ Eddie Murphy stars as the captain of a crew of miniature aliens who operate a spaceship that has a human form. Eddie Murphy is that human form. While trying to save their planet, the aliens encounter a new problem, as their ship becomes smitten with an earth woman (Elizabeth Banks) and her son. (Fox)

‘Casino Royale’ Collector’s Edition The original film, inspired by Ian Fleming’s novel, is a wacky parody of spy films and in essence-itself. When secret agency chief “M” is killed, James Bond (David Niven) is forced out of retirement to help smash SMERSH, the band of hitmen likely responsible. The most farcical, psychedelic Bond also stars Peter Sellers, Woody Allen, Ursula Andress, Jacqueline Bisset, and Orson Welles. (MGM)

‘Caligula’ The Imperial Edition This unflinching, startling look at the decadence of ancient Rome combines lavish spectacle peopled with acclaimed stars in a landmark production that was shrouded in secrecy since its first day of filming. Released theatrically in 1979, this graphic epic features Malcolm McDowell, Peter O’Toole, Helen Mirren and John Gielgud. A pet project of Penthouse magazine founder Bob Guccione, controversy about its depiction of sex came as no surprise. Bonus material covering three-discs takes that boldness to another level. This high definition transfer features allnew special features including revealing new commentaries by McDowell and Mirren, astonishing photos from the set, a liner notes booklet. A DVD-ROM contains Gore Vidal’s original screenplay, a Guccione interview, and several stories from Penthouse magazine. (Image)

‘War and Remembrance’ The Complete Series The Golden Globe, Emmy-winning mini-series comes complete to DVD for the first time. Over 25 hours on 13 discs, this vivid look at WWII across the various theaters of war stars Robert Mitchum, Sharon Stone, Ralph Bellamy and Jane Seymour. Interviews with actors and production personnel, behind-the-scenes segments and a bonus CD of the soundtrack are part of the box set of this very ambitious undertaking filmed in 10 countries. Based on the Herman Wouk novel, it is a follow up to “The Winds of War” mini-series.(MPI)


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‘News Radio’ The Complete Fifth Season This workplace comedy of the 1990s succeeded by going against the grain. Normally sitcoms stretch out the “will they or won’t they” romantic question of the female and male leads. Here, Dave Foley and Maura Tierney get together early and the show works from there. Taking place in a New York news/talk radio station, the series benefited mightily from a strong supporting cast that includes Andy Dick, Stephen Root, and the addition of Jon Lovitz. The three-disc set that ran on NBC in 1998 includes all 22 episodes, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. (Sony) RANDY WILLIAMS can be reached at

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STAR TURN: D.B. Sweeney sips a latte at Ice at Santa Monica. His most recent project is ‘Two Tickets to Paradise.’

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FIFTH STREET Over lattes at Ice at Santa Monica, actor/writer/director D.B. Sweeney discusses his role in the new Starz series, “Crash,” his Long Island roots, and his foray into feature film directing, with his buddy/road trip flick, “Two Tickets to Paradise,” co-written by Brian Currie, starring John C. McGinley (“Scrubs”), Paul Hipp, and Sweeney himself. Since the 1980s, Sweeney’s been a sustainable force in the acting community, working consistently, delivering top-notch performances in film and television shows such as “Memphis Belle,” “The Cutting Edge,” “Life As We Know It,” and “Jericho” — the list goes on. Sweeney hails from Shoreham — a Suffolk County town, “Halfway between “Port Jeff,” says Sweeney, “and Riverhead.” Ironically Sweeney played my hometown’s high school baseball team in a non-league game (his coach was from Oceanside). I have to know if our team kicked Shoreham’s butt. Sweeney tells me they tied. His dream of playing pro ball ended after a motorcycle accident, but his experience landed him a role in “Eight Men Out” playing ‘Shoeless Joe’ Jackson,” and thus a film and television career was born. Now, with “Two Tickets To Paradise” the Santa Monica-based Sweeney takes a turn in the director’s chair, creating a truthful depiction of male friendship and bonding (see review, page 12). The film should fare equally well with the female audience. “I made some definite choices not to alienate women,” says Sweeney, who purposefully shied away from gratuitous sex scenes and points out, “when guys are away from their women they’re not as bad as you think.” The character’s shades of grey play out accurately amidst Sweeney’s careful direction. The film’s meager budget comes as a surprise — $1.8 million. “We didn’t cut anything out, we just did things in an economical fash-

ion,” says Sweeney, who shot in North Carolina to cash in on the state’s film financing infrastructure and benefits. Sweeney also came up with creative budgetary alternatives. When he couldn’t find an alligator wrangler (for a scene in which he’s surrounded by two) he contacted a man whose business consists of relocating reptiles from construction sites. Sweeney asked for, “Two really big, aggressive snapping alligators … I didn’t really think much about safety,” admits Sweeney. “I figured the guy would take care of it.” The man showed up with two enormous alligators (loaded in tubes, their mouths taped closed), some 2inch rope and circus pegs. He proceeded to hammer the pegs into the ground, tying the rope around the back legs of the beasts tethering them to the pegs, before pulling the tape off their jaws. Sweeney assessed the situation. “Three feet to the right of my right foot was a nine foot alligator, three feet to the left of my left foot was a seven footer.” Sweeney asked, “Wait a minute, what other safety features are there?” The man told him, “That’s it.” Sweeney queried, “What do I do if they get loose?” The man sardonically responded, “Run toward the little one.” Fortunately all went well. The film’s music credits are also impressive: Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits and Bob Dylan. “Any independent filmmaker knows that if you go through the record companies, they want to hear a six-figure offer or they laugh at you,” says Sweeney, who received gracious favors from long-time industry contacts enabling him to acquire reasonably priced music licensing rights. At a party (14 years ago) Springsteen recognized Sweeney from his role in “Eight Men Out” and the two exchanged brief mutual admiration. When it came time to choose songs Sweeney sent Springsteen a kind letter explaining the film was his “labor of love” and Springsteen says Sweeney, “Told his manager, ‘I like this guy, give him

what he wants.’” Sweeney then parlayed backstage passes to a Mark Knopfler concert into an opportunity to approach Knopfler about obtaining the rights to the Dire Straits’ “Walk of Life.” “I had already filmed the scene where we sing along with [the song] which is the stupidest thing to do, but I couldn’t think of another song that worked,” Sweeney says. Upon meeting Knopfler he halfjokingly said, “I really can’t leave without the rights to this song.” Knopfler admired Sweeney’s plucky attitude, and signed off. This doesn’t come as a surprise. Sweeney has an easy, genial way about him so it’s understandable that he’s been able to come by such extraordinary favors. He’s just a really sincere, down-to-earth, goodnatured guy. But even nice guys suffer the occasional setback. The most difficult part of the process for Sweeney came five days before shooting began. Sweeney says, “I realized that the director of photography was not on my side and I had to fire him.” Sweeney had invested his own equity in the film so he was duly concerned but as luck would have it, Sweeney, who had no replacement at the time, found Claudio Rocha, “an incredibly talented DP” Rocha did a seamless job of making 16mm look like 35mm. Sweeney’s most recent acting vehicle is the Starz cable series “Crash” produced by Paul Haggis. “Crash” is based on, “The energy and themes of the movie,” says Sweeney, “Without any of the storylines … I play a real estate developer who’s been crushed by the sub-prime mortgage crisis … it’s affecting the [character’s] family and professional life and he’s spiraling down out of control.” “Crash” airs Friday nights. Sweeney’s film “Two Tickets to Paradise” debuts on Showtime on Dec. 3. TAYLOR VAN ARSDALE is a writer/producer and movie reviewer for the Daily Press. She can be reached at

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‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ a buddy flick with heart BY TAYLOR VAN ARSDALE With “Two Tickets to Paradise” actor/writer/director D.B. Sweeney strives to create a truthful depiction of male friendship and bonding. Thankfully, the film (co-written by Brian Currie) doesn’t pay homage to the antics of a bunch of testosterone-driven, garrulous guys — getting laid and throwing back beers. It is a much more tender, realistic and intimate story of three men each struggling with their own set of issues. Sweeney plays Billy McGriff, a driver/deliveryman for Coor’s beer. Back in the day, he was a guitarist/singer for a well-known rock band, “The McGrifters” who seemed destined for fame and fortune. Today he plays solo acoustic songs between breaks for a less-than-interested work audience, to which Hipp’s character (Jason Klein) remarks, “Whatever was rock ‘n’ roll about him is long gone.” Even McGriff’s wife (Moira Kelly) has grown disenchanted, cheating on him at every turn. Mark Hewson (John C. McGinley) suffers from a severe gambling addiction, which has put him in the red and consequently on the hit list of several bookie’s collecting outstanding debts. When he was in high school, Hewson was the star quarterback — winning a scholarship to play college football, but his compulsion led him astray. His marriage is now on the verge of collapse as his wife, fearing for her safety, has absconded with their child. Hewson wonders, “How did I get here?” as he “hides out” in his own house. Klein, who graduated first in his class and was pre-law at Penn State, now works at Office Max selling toner. Klein, the “smart nerd” of the group, can’t seem to get ahead or get a date. When Klein wins a pair of tickets to the Florida Championship Bowl the men decide to hit the road and escape the mundane reality of their Pennsylvania lives. The journey

provides them the opportunity for reflection, laughter, bonding and the chance for catharsis. In “Two Tickets” Sweeney accurately captures the regret and deep longing within his characters. These are men who once had great dreams that have been shattered or broken. Sweeney conveys their vulnerability as they try to make sense of the past, mend their mistakes and move on with their lives. While touching and sentimental, the film also has moments of levity, including burning down Vanna White’s childhood home (trust me, it’s pretty darn funny), a stint with snapping alligators, and a druginduced mushroom trip. Sweeney masterfully combines moments of poignancy with flippancy — such as the scene in which McGriff walks in on his wife having sex with another man. The interloper recognizes McGriff from his glory days, recalling a show in which Joe Strummer — of the Clash — joined McGriff on stage, and McGriff, though clearly cuckold, momentarily loses sight of the situation, drifting into fond memories, reminiscing amiably with the rounder. Finally he asks, “If you’re such a big fan, shouldn’t I be banging your wife?” McGinley delivers a fine performance, always credible. Hipp is likeable, and Sweeney is naturally fluid and engaging. It’s great to see Kelly, who played Sweeney’s love interest in the 1992 hit, “The Cutting Edge.” There are also laudable performances from recognizable character actors M.C. Gainey and Rex Linn, as well as brief appearance by Academy Award Nominated Ed Harris. Soundtrack includes: Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Dire Straits. The film airs on Showtime on Dec. 3. TAYLOR VAN ARSDALE is a writer/producer and movie reviewer for the Daily Press. She can be reached at

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‘My Incredibly Wonderful, Miserable Life’ Adam Nimoy • Pocket Books This is not another “Mommy Dearest” type book. Yes, it is a book written by an actor’s son. But Adam Nimoy doesn’t talk about his father, Leonard Nimoy, as having ruined his life. Adam found drugs and alcohol without his father’s help. But that is not to say that the father-son relationship didn’t have any meaning. “Sure, I had a better understanding of why dad did the things he did: his disapproving mother, the competition with his brother, the college graduate, being raised in the depression, the obsession with his career and generating income just to survive … But that’s all intellectual. Just because I’m smart enough to understand doesn’t mean I can just let go of everything. Everything that happened or didn’t happen, everything that he said or didn’t say, everything that’s in my hard drive.” It is hard to be the son of Dr. Spock. “Enter drugs and alcohol to fill the hole and that’s how I coped.” Why did Adam write this? What does he have to prove? Does he feel he has to join the gallery of celibacy offspring’s that “spill their guts?” Each chapter is a separate segment of memories. It flows from flashback to present day. Adam has a son and a daughter. Maybe he is writing this to explain to them their dad. The story centers more on Adam’s drug life and the withdrawal periods. Adam has a style of writing that makes it easy to read. He is transparent. “By the time I was a teenager, the combination of dealing with the usual issues of school and socializing, and a celebrity dad who had trouble differentiating my needs from those of the fans brought on an acute sense of RIV, fighting with my sister, and running with a fast crowd wino taught me how to drink and take drugs.” Later on he speaks of his sex life at this time. “Cyber-girls are helpful, but they’re not available for coffee and they certainly can’t keep you warm at night.” Lest you think he remained messed up, the good news is that he found Alcoholics Anonymous. He found that drugs and drinking were close partners. He found



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A Public Hearing will be held by the Zoning Administrator of the City of Santa Monica at the above noted time and place in regard to the following requests: SUBJECT OF HEARING: Use Permit 08-008, 320 Wilshire Boulevard. The applicant requests approval to install, operate, and maintain an unmanned wireless communications facility on the roof of a threestory commercial building located at 320 Wilshire Boulevard in the City of Santa Monica. The proposed facility includes the replacement of two (2) existing omni antennas with six (6) new panel antennas and the replacement of related equipment cabinets. As proposed, the project does not comply with the requirements for non-parabolic antennas contained in Santa Monica Municipal Code (SMMC) Section Pursuant to SMMC Section, the Zoning Administrator may approve modifications to the requirements for non-parabolic commercial antennas through the approval of a Use Permit application. [Planner: Steve Mizokami] APPLICANT: WDR, LLC. PROPERTY OWNER: 320 Wilshire, LLC. Use Permit 08-009, 1304 Fifteenth Street. The applicant requests approval to install, operate and maintain an unmanned wireless communication facility on the roof of the existing 63.88-foot high commercial building located at 1304 15th Street in the City of Santa Monica. The proposal includes the removal of two (2) existing Omni-directional antennas to be replaced with six (6) panel antennas. The panel antennas would be mounted on the existing mechanical penthouse wall and would be screened by an RF material, to match the finish and color of the existing building. The existing GPS antenna and associated equipment cabinets are proposed to remain. As proposed, the project does not comply with the requirements for non-parabolic antennas contained in Santa Monica Municipal Code (SMMC) Section Pursuant to SMMC Section, the Zoning Administrator may approve modifications to the requirements for non-parabolic commercial antennas through the approval of a Use Permit application. [Planner: Lily Yegazu] APPLICANT: AT&T Wireless. PROPERTY OWNER: 1304 15th Street, LLC.

that his daughter was starting to experiment with drugs in high school. Drugs ands drinking cost him a marriage. “And so, after thirty years of almost daily pot smoking, I finally decided to sober up which didn’t do a thing for my directing career. What it did was force me to face up to the fact that my marriage had been miserable for years, and it was time to get out.” The whole book is composed of snaps shots. Each chapter in this book is preceded by a picture from the family album. This is helpful. You get to know this person layer by layer. Except for the pot smoking and his survival he is your friend next door. Adam Nimoy lives in Santa Monica and is presently an instructor at the New York Film Academy. This book can be found at the local Santa Monica Library. You can also find it at your local book store. Real people. Real events. They can be found in books. Read some today.

Variance 08-015, 651 Strand Street. The applicant requests variance approvals for an addition to an existing residential structure located on a parcel with a grade differential of more than 12.5’ to: [1] Provide a reduced north side yard setback ranging from 6’-3” to 7’-6” for portions of a foyer, stairs, mud room, and bedroom to encroach into the required setback; [2] Provide a reduced south side yard setback ranging from 4’-0” to 7’-0” for a portion of the bedroom to encroach into the required setback and; [3] Permit an addition to an existing residential structure that constitutes a third-story where a maximum of two-stories is permitted. The existing finished first floor of the structure is more than 3 feet above the property’s theoretical grade; therefore, a portion of the second floor addition constitutes a third story. Pursuant to SMMC Section (d)(3) and (4), the applicant may request a variance to allow a modification of yard setbacks with parcels containing a grade differential of more than 12.5’, and for additions to the same floor of an existing building which is nonconforming as to yard setbacks, where such addition follows the line of the existing building but in no case is closer than 4-feet to a property line. Pursuant to SMMC Section, the applicant may request a variance to allow for an additional story which would otherwise not be permitted for an existing residential structure [Planner: Grace Cho] APPLICANT/PROPERTY OWNER: Stephen Abronson. [Continued from November 11, 2008] Variance 08-018, 841 Franklin Street. The applicant requests variance approvals for additions to an existing single-family residential building located on a parcel with a grade differential of more than 12.5’ to: [1] Allow the continuation of a non-conforming side yard setback of 5’-3” along the south side of the property. The proposed addition is 15’-6” in length and will continue the line of the existing structure; and [2] Allow the continuation of a non-conforming side yard setback of 5’-6” along the north side of the property. The proposed addition is 9’-0” in length and will continue the line of the existing structure. Pursuant to SMMC Section (d)(1), the applicant may request a variance to allow a modification of yard setbacks with parcels containing a grade differential of more than 12.5’ as measured from any point on the front parcel line to any point on the rear parcel line. The subject property has a grade differential of approximately 47 feet from front to rear parcel lines. [Planner: Steve Mizokami] APPLICANT: Ernest Mack. PROPERTY OWNER: Jessica Sullivan. Variance 08-019, 1401 Ocean Avenue. The applicant requests approval of a parking variance to allow the shared use of 2 additional required on-site parking spaces necessary for a proposed 150 square foot outdoor dining area (Robata Bar Restaurant). Pursuant to Santa Monica Municipal Code (SMMC) Section, the applicant may request a variance to modify the off-street parking requirements through a variance application. [Planner: Grace Cho] APPLICANT: Sushi Concepts SM, LLC. PROPERTY OWNER: Mani Brothers, LLC Any person may comment at the Public Hearing, or by writing a letter to the City Planning Division, Room 212, P.O. Box 2220, Santa Monica, CA 90407-2220. Plans are available for public review at the City Planning Division. For more information, please contact the City Planning Division at (310) 458-8341. Pursuant to California Government Code Section 64009(b), if this matter is subsequently challenged in Court, the challenge may be limited to only those issues raised at the Public Hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City of Santa Monica at, or prior to, the Public Hearing. The meeting facility is accessible. If you have any disabilities related request, contact at (310) 458-8341 or TTY (310) 458-8696 at least three (3) days prior to the meeting. Santa Monica “Big Blue” Bus Lines #1, #2, #3, #4, #7 and #8 serve the City Hall. *Esto es un aviso sobre una audiencia publica para revisar applicaciones proponiendo desarrollo en Santa Monica. Esto puede ser de interes para usted. Si desea mas informacion, favor de llamar a Carmen Gutierrez en la Division de Planificacion al numero (310) 458-8341.

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Trojans keep eyes on Pac-10 title, Rose Bowl BY JOHN NADEL AP Sports Writer



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LOS ANGELES Winning the Pac-10 title and going to the Rose Bowl has been the primary goal at Southern California under coach Pete Carroll. Of course, the fifth-ranked Trojans always shoot for the national championship, but the system puts it out of their hands, epspecially if they go unbeaten during the regular season. So Carroll prefers to focus on an area where his team has total control. However, as they prepare to face their two biggest rivals to finish the regular season, the Trojans could find themselves falling short of the Rose Bowl and the BCS title game despite having lost only one game. Considering the alternatives, though, that might not be so bad. “It’s interesting, kind of fun for people to speculate, ‘Maybe we’d go here, maybe we’d go there,’” Carroll said Tuesday at his weekly meeting with reporters. “We’re only a couple weeks away from figuring it out. We’ve waited this long, I think we’ll probably be able to make it. We’ll just hang on for a bit.” One possibility is the Fiesta Bowl, where the Trojans could face one of those Big 12 South powers, such as Texas or Oklahoma. Another is the Sugar Bowl, against an SEC heavyweight.

“It would be exciting to play one of those teams,” USC cornerback Cary Harris said. “I’d like to see us playing somebody like that, it would be a good challenge. (But) the Rose Bowl is still the goal.” USC (9-1, 7-1 Pac-10) is heavily favored to beat intersectional rival Notre Dame (6-5) on Saturday night at the Los Angeles Coliseum and crosstown rival UCLA (4-6, 3-4) on Dec. 6 to finish the regular season. No. 17 Oregon State will represent the Pac10 in the Rose Bowl if the Beavers beat No. 19 Oregon on Saturday by virtue of its 27-21 victory over USC two months ago. And the Trojans will likely be shut out of the national championship game unless those SEC and Big 12 teams in front of them in the BCS standings take another loss. No. 6 Penn State likely awaits whichever Pac-10 team gets to the Rose Bowl. USC has played in the last three Rose Bowls, and some of their supporters are rooting for Oregon State so the Trojans get a change of scenery. Perhaps some of the players feel the same way, although it’s unlikely they’ll say so publicly. “We always try for the Rose Bowl,” defensive end Kyle Moore said.“(But) it would be kind of nice to experience a different bowl. I would like to see a game like that, especially against Texas, to see how they’d do against us without Vince Young.”

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★★★★★ Your sixth sense kicks in at the last minute. Regroup and think through work and daily life issues. A friend might give you information that’s vague, though encouraging. Tonight: Start thinking “getaway.”

★★★★★ Keep conversations simple and eliminate misunderstandings. Anger bubbles up out of the blue. Avoid road rage — that means, if someone is acting nuts, stop and take a break from driving. You don’t want to be embroiled in another’s anger. Tonight: Visit with friends over munchies.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) ★★★ Cut expenses, and you will find your budget might be able to include a frivolous item or two. Curb a tendency to condemn someone rather take responsibility for your side. Tonight: Keep it quiet.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) ★★★★ You don’t need to absorb any more work or accept any more responsibility. If a project or idea is so important to a friend or associate, let that person lead. Do needed research and attempt to distance yourself from a problem. Tonight: You decide as you sort through suggestions.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) ★★★★★ You are at your best. You have the right answers at the right time. The unexpected occurs out of the blue. Once more, you need to stay level and sure of yourself. Others will defer to you with ease. Tonight: Whatever knocks your socks off.

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) ★★★ Knowing when to back off is important. If you keep hammering at a situation, you could lose the whole game. Reach out for someone at a distance who might have a different perspective. Tonight: Do your thing.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) ★★★★★ Congratulations — you are on weekend mode even before the workday is over. You might want to cloak this fact from your boss, but still do your best to get out of work early. A partner instinctively demonstrates knowledge of your desires. Tonight: Fun and games.

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★★★★★ Zero in on what you want. Friends and meetings play big roles in your plans. You might want to work directly with a partner, even if he or she can be dour and difficult. You have fire and energy. Use it. Tonight: Where most of your friends are.

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You get a new beginning this year. Tap into an innate resourcefulness that might seem limitless. Know that you are in an idea year, and use your charisma. Trust yourself and your decisions. Be aware that you could be slightly too me-oriented. Be careful to increase your sensitivity to those around you, especially a loved one. If you are single, you will meet people easily. Take your time getting to know anyone, as someone might not be all he or she presents him- or herself to be. Also, remember there is more than one fish in the sea. Don’t settle. If you are attached, your relationship and sweetie need your time. SAGITTARIUS understands you too well!

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â– London's Daily Mail profiled two 10-children British families in October to illustrate the inconsistencies of government benefit awards. Sean and Anne Tate and their children live on Sean's truck-driver salary of the equivalent of about $23,000 a year, plus the government's standard perchild benefit. Harry Crompton has been out of work for 15 years, and his wife, Tracey, has never held a paid job, yet they receive the equivalent of $48,000 in various government benefits, which The Daily Mail said would require a tax-paying family to earn the equivalent of $68,000 a year to draw. The Daily Mail reporter also noted that the Tate home is immaculate and the Cromptons' home, messy. â–  Two of Oregon's unique public health markers clashed dramatically for resident Barbara Wagner this summer when she was informed that the universal medical care available to everyone in the state (but with certain service restrictions) would not pay for her expensive lung cancer drug (because her five-year survival likelihood was poor), but was told, at the same time, that the state would pay for any necessary drugs under its Death With Dignity Law (i.e., suicide).

TODAY IN HISTORY Chad, Gabon and Middle Congo became autonomous republics within the French community. the United States launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course to Mars. an Air New Zealand DC-10 en route to the South Pole crashed into a mountain in Antarctica, killing all 257 people aboard. a South African Airways Boeing 747 crashed into the Indian Ocean with the loss of all 159 people aboard. Margaret Thatcher resigned as British prime minister during an audience with Queen Elizabeth II, who conferred the premiership on John Major.


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Santa Monica Daily Press, November 28, 2008  
Santa Monica Daily Press, November 28, 2008  

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