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Church janitor accused of molestation BY KEVIN HERRERA Editor in Chief

DOWNTOWN A janitor at a local church has been charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a 13-year-old and could face life in prison if convicted, authorities said Thursday. Richard Austin Simmons, II plead not

guilty to the charges on Tuesday during an appearance at the Airport Courthouse. His bail was set at $3 million, according to court records released by the Los Angeles Superior Court. Simmons, 49, worked at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on 19th Street, which is where he allegedly came in contact with the victim. The complaint alleged Simmons, a

Los Angeles resident, molested the teen for nearly a year, lasting from July 1, 2007 to Feb. 28, 2008. Simmons was found guilty of oral copulation with a minor in 1985. He is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 31, said Deputy District Attorney Brad McCartt. Sgt. Renaldi Thruston of the Santa Monica Police Department said officers were

made aware of the allegations on Dec. 12 when the victim’s mother filed a complaint at the Public Safety Facility. Officers went to Simmons’ home and placed him under arrest. Representatives from the church could not be reached for comment. kevinh@smdp.com

Baykeeper sues Malibu City Hall over development BY MELODY HANATANI Daily Press Staff Writer

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However, they say hospital administrators have hired “union busters” to intimidate nurses, a charge the hospital denies. The nurses held a candlelight vigil with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) instead of a daytime protest

group is waging a legal battle against Malibu City Hall over its recent approval of a proposed, large-scale commercial development that opponents argue will pollute nearby waterways. The Santa Monica Baykeeper filed a lawsuit Monday claiming the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) conducted for the La Paz project in the Civic Center area failed to meet California Environmental Quality Act requirements, inadequately describing the effects the development would have on Malibu Creek, Malibu Lagoon and Surfrider Beach. “It’s of critical importance that these impacts be addressed before they start to build it and that is the intent of the EIR,” said Tom Ford, executive director of the Marina del Rey-based organization. A court date has not been set for the lawsuit. The council last month approved two versions of the Malibu La Paz Ranch project — a roughly 99,000 square-foot option that includes commercial office and retail, and a 112,000 square-foot proposal that nearly mirrors the smaller counterpart except it comes with a development agreement that would give 20,000 square feet for a new City Hall and $500,000 to city government. The larger proposal would also require approval from the California Coastal Commission.

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TAKING STEPS: Nurses from Saint John's Health Center and local religious leaders march to the hospital on Wednesday night where they held a candlelight vigil to draw attention to their effort to unionize. Nurses claim hospital administration is intimidating them by hiring ‘union busters.’

Nurses taking it to the streets BY ROB LAWRENCE Special to the Daily Press

MID-CITY It was unusually cold on Wednesday night, but the rain, wind and chilly temperatures did not deter nurses from Saint John’s Health Center and local clergy from holding a candlelight vigil to

raise awareness about their fight to unionize. Resident nurses at Saint John’s have been trying to organize since October, and join the California Nurses Association so they can negotiate better contracts and keep their salaries competitive with other area hospitals.

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Unitarian Universalist Community Church 1260 18th St., 7:30 p.m. — 9:30 p.m. International Celtic touring band Molly's Revenge with their special guests, vocalist Moira Smiley and Irish dancer Marie Clerkin, present an evening of music for the Christmas season. The performance will include Christmas songs both old and new from many lands, all played with a Celtic twist on bagpipes, whistle and other Celtic instruments.

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Miles Playhouse 1130 Lincoln Blvd., 8 p.m. This “play with songs” stars a ramshackle group of performers that give in to the pressure all theater groups feel during the holiday season. To scratch the itch, the group stages a performance of the Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol.” There’s just one problem, they don’t know much about the play. For more information, call (323) 655-2410.

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Santa Monica High School 601 Pico Blvd., 8 p.m. The Samohi Theatre Program presents the first production of the 2008-09 season, “She Loves Me.” It tells the story of two feuding co-workers who can't stand each other but who unknowingly correspond as lonely hearts pen pals, finally discovering that they are a perfect match.

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Santa Monica Playhouse 1211 Fourth St., 12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. This holiday classic returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse. “Alias Santa Claus” features Nick, a jolly, bearded stranger who shows up for a visit one cold and blustery December eve in the late 1880s. Together, Nick and a little pioneer family learn some special lessons about the true meaning of friendship, family, the spirit of giving and the joy earned from kindness to strangers. For information, call (310) 394-9779 ext. 651. For more information on any of the events listed, log on to smdp.com and click the “Events” tab for the given day’s calendar.


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It’s better to give than to receive BY MELODY HANATANI Daily Press Staff Writer

MICHIGAN AVENUE Every Wednesday afternoon, Maria Estrada sits with an elderly acquaintance and acts as the Richard Roeper to his Roger Ebert. The typically 20-minute discussions concern what films they have each watched since their last meeting and what they hope to catch in the future. While brief, it’s the kind of visit that makes the weekly two-hour trip delivering a dozen meals to seniors in need all the more personal and gratifying for Estrada. “You do everything you possibly can to be there because sometimes you’re the only person they are going to see during the day and I like to check up on them to make sure they’re OK,” Estrada, a Mar Vista resident who works in entertainment, said. Estrada is one of roughly 150 active vol-

unteers who deliver food to 200 Meals on Wheels clients in Santa Monica. She’s also part of an even smaller number of drivers who are available during the holidays, forcing the local Meals on Wheels chapter to seek more volunteers when many regulars go out of town. The period from mid-November to late December is usually a time when nonprofit organizations seek extra help due to added programs designed around the holidays, such as food giveaways and client parties. It’s also the time of year when many residents are in the mood of giving, prompting them to contact agencies like City Hall’s Volunteer Program Office to seek opportunities. The Volunteer Program Office, which is under the umbrella of Community and Cultural Services, recently posted a notice listing organizations that are seeking an SEE VOLUNTEERS PAGE 11

Local filmmaker looks to friends to produce movie BY DANIEL ARCHULETA MANAGING EDITOR

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DOWNTOWN When noted character actor and Santa Monica local Louis Lombardi finally got around to directing the independent film “Doughboys” he found that the process was akin to making a major Hollywood production with one exception: some things in life are free. As Lombardi, best known for his parts on HBO’s “The Sopranos”and the film “The Usual Suspects,” moved along with filming in his hometown of The Bronx, a funny thing happened. Unlike most major productions, he discovered a neighborhood willing to lend him their homes, cars and even bakeries. The film’s screenplay, which Lombardi wrote a dozen years ago, originally called for a pizzeria to be the centerpiece of the film. But when he happened upon a quirky bakery in the heart of the gritty part of New York City he fell in love. “When I first went to the bakery, I said this

is a great setting,” he said. “I decided right there that I should change the script to include the bakery.” When he first approached the owners of the bakery he wasn’t sure how it would go over. Would they charge him an arm and a leg? Would they tell him they weren’t interested? No. He found an ownership that was happy to give him access to the place while it was being prepared for a major renovation. He just so happened to need the place during August, which was coincidentally the same month the work was slated to occur. Just like that, Lombardi had a location that would ultimately become one of the main stars of the film. That was just the start of the giving spirit the new filmmaker found in his old neighborhood. “Everybody kept coming along to help us,” he said. “The police department, the fire SEE FILM PAGE 12


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President Bush showed some agility Sunday ducking not one but two shoes described as size 10 loafers. I can’t tell whether I want to cheer the Iraqi journalist on or have the man shot for what is for good or for ill an attack upon the personification of the United States. The president’s resume of absurdity just south of criminal precedes him. Everyone over the age of 11 witnessed the train wreck. Maybe a few will retreat into protective amnesia, but we’re scarred for life. A better president might have found a way to modify the Kyoto Treaty to find some kind of half a loaf compromise between the needs of business to make and sell the products we need to run our lives and the needs of everything to survive on a habitable planet. Clearly, sometimes holding two completely contradictory values can spur the innovation that drives our economy. Not being part of the treaty simply looked bad. Perhaps the next president to preside over an unpopular war will have his speech writers not write things like “Mission Accomplished” for the big show on the carrier? Anybody who’d ever watched “Hamburger Hill” knew that taking a place isn’t the same as holding onto it long enough for nation building or any other form of social engineering to take place. Without beating the dead horse further, we’re left with a scene out of the Marx Brothers where someone with a death wish hurled shoes at our president. Even though I use the phrase “our president” with an involuntary shiver when speaking about Bush 43, the words do fit and we do have to own up to voting for him. I’m just having trouble remembering whether flying shoes were in “A Night at the Opera” or “A Day at the Races.” Either way, I’m laughing all the way to the Vaudeville and early theatrical stages where rotten fruit, shoes and large hooks got horrible acts off stage, because players are even better than businessmen at giving the people what they want. At least, mobs with produce are honest and direct. The fact that the man with the shoes seems to have survived the whole video says something about restraint or a failed plan. Which makes me wonder about Richard Reid and his shoes with TNT in them? Shouldn’t somebody have shot this shoe guy just on the off chance of a grenade stuck to the toes? And how does the guy stay standing long enough to pitch two shoes? Ah, the wonder of asking questions that don’t really matter. What does this mean for the future, a reversion to “take off those shoes or die” like we heard in every airport for years after the first Shoe Bomber? Will the Secret Service get special anti-shoe training? Can you picture a line of agents tossing shoes on the firing line? As you can see, I’m grooving on an absurdity from an administration that single-handedly kept comedy in business. Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart must be crying over this incident knowing that like Alexander in India they should weep for there are no more worlds to conquer. I do overstate the issue because we’ll find something funny about President-elect Obama. But, shoes? I’ll never look at my shoes the same way again. I will never likely throw mine no matter how badly I want to. Mine are steel-toed Oxfords and really are deadly weapons. But, we can dream and live vicariously through Iraqi journalists with nothing to lose. Duck, please!

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November’s elections and turns its attention to governing, it has to perform one of the toughest pivots in American politics. Governing is much more difficult than campaigning. After going at it hammer and tongs in congressional races, Democrats and Republicans now have a branch of government to run and policy to produce. Switching priorities to put the country and the institution of Congress ahead of politics can be a stretch for members. The key to whether they succeed, enabling Congress to reach its potential as a representative body more equal in weight to the presidency, will be the congressional leadership. Its members set the tone of the Congress: They can act as stewards of its institutional strength, integrity, and effectiveness, or squander its potential. They signal how much weight they’ll attach to ethical behavior and tough ethics enforcement, and can make or break legislation designed to further it. They determine whether cooperation across party lines will be the order of the day, a rarity, or out of the question. They decide how the budget is to be put together. Above all, they craft the congressional agenda and determine whether it’s going to be used merely to score political points or to respond in good faith to challenges facing our nation. Leaders are the ones in a position to determine which issues will come forward for consideration, and which will be set aside; what oversight will be done and what ignored; what will get the media spotlight and what will remain in the shadows; which programs will be included in appropriations bills and which won’t. They have enormous power, in other words, over both the substance and the style of Congress. And they are the ones who largely determine whether Congress will become a stronger partner in our representative democracy or defer to the president to take the lead. In some periods, as during the Great Society era during the 1960s, Congress was highly regarded because it was seen as addressing the key problems facing the country. There were significant accomplishments amid bipartisan cooperation, if not collegiality. Other periods have seen a breakdown on both fronts. And still others may produce a less productive record on legislation, but still be marked by an overall respect for Congress’s integrity as an institution. When House Speaker Tip O’Neill and Minority Leader Bob Michel squared off in public debate during the 1980s, for instance, it was only after intense but congenial discussions over how each of their caucuses viewed a measure; they would give a ringing speech on the floor to rally their troops, but in almost every case each man knew how the vote would turn out. They knew how to work with one another to assure that Congress lived up to its constitutional responsibilities, while remaining true to their political responsibilities. Leaders must be held principally responsible for the performance of the Congress. If

the institution is not performing well under stress — if it is ignoring proper budget process, sidestepping tough issues, not disciplining wayward members, or deferring excessively to the president and neglecting its constitutional role — that is a failure of congressional leadership. Often, leaders are quick to blame the opposition for standing in the way of progress, and sometimes that’s legitimate; frequently, though, it’s because the leaders failed to work well together, putting political advantage over legislative solutions.

IN SOME PERIODS, AS DURING THE GREAT SOCIETY ERA DURING THE 1960S, CONGRESS WAS HIGHLY REGARDED BECAUSE IT WAS SEEN AS ADDRESSING THE KEY PROBLEMS FACING THE COUNTRY.

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Over the last few decades, the leaders’ responsibility for Congress’s performance has grown measurably greater. This is because their power has, too: Leaders of both parties have worked to increase their budgets and concentrate power in their offices. Their staffs have grown — where a speaker or minority leader might once have turned for policy advice to the chairs of particular committees, they now have their own advisors on energy or foreign policy or the economy. And they have changed the process, most notably with the budget, to favor themselves. When spending priorities were put together by the various committees, rank-and-file members knew, in detail, what was in the budget and they had significant input into its contents. Now, Congress often acts by omnibus bill, which puts enormous power in the hands of a few leaders and their staff. This is not a favorable trend. The increasing concentration of power in the leaders diminishes the role of other members and distorts representative democracy. Congress derives its legitimacy and authority from its members, who represent the American people in all their diversity. This is why the framers put Congress first in the Constitution. When that multitude of voices is ignored or weakened, it is hard to see how Congress will ever be able to assert its standing as a separate, independent, and forceful branch of government. LEE HAMILTON is director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

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upside his head with my crutch.” But Ratchet said, “On Christmas we wish well to all in this world, even Scrooge.”And they all toasted Scrooge but only after Tiny called Bob a “Tom.” At dawn, Scrooge arose from slumber to see the third spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Future. “My wallet’s on the dresser,” Scrooge said, his voice trembling. Suddenly Scrooge found himself at Woodlawn Cemetery on 14th Street and Pico Boulevard. He was horrified to see the halfcrumbled marker of Douglas B. Scrooge with the epitaph, “What good is his money now?” Scrooge pleaded with the Ghost, “Is there any wiggle room? Hey, I’ve got a condo in the Marina I stole in foreclosure. I could give you a quit claim!” In the foreboding silence Scrooge began to shake. “All right I will honor Christmas. I’ll stand in the damn lines at the mall. I’ll go to pointless parties and make idle chit-chat, but please, please assure me that I yet may change these shadows.” But the Ghost was gone and Scrooge was back in his bed. Scrooge raced to the window and shouted to a teenager below, who was spray painting graffiti on the walls, “What’s today, my fine fellow?” “It’s Christmas, sir,” the boy said, hiding the spray can behind his back. “Then it’s not too late,” Scrooge proclaimed gleefully as the boy finished the graffiti and skateboarded away. And it came to pass that Scrooge did all he promised and more. To Tiny Slim and “Maimed Mayhem” he became a second father, and tour promoter (for 15 percent off the top). To Ratchet, Scrooge became the model employer, giving him a raise to a farthing above minimum wage (whatever a farthing is these days). And Scrooge fixed the Ratchet’s roof and broken windows and didn’t apply to the Rent Board for a pass-through rent increase, though the thought crossed his mind from time to time. And to his neighbors, Scrooge stopped being a greedy curmudgeon and was nauseatingly nice to everyone (though some said they liked Scrooge better when they didn’t like him). Finally, it was said of Scrooge by one and all, that he knew how to keep Christmas well. And he didn’t do a bad job with Chanukah, either. When he isn’t stealing from Charles Dickens, JACK can be reached at Jackneworth@yahoo.com.

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biggest landlord, was the great-great-greatgrandson of Ebeneezer Scrooge. Scrooge owned a prosperous real estate office on Montana Avenue, which specialized in foreclosures. And thanks to the Bush recession, there were more foreclosures than ever. Even though the fates of finance had smiled so radiantly upon him, Scrooge’s icy personality never thawed (unless one of his rent controlled apartments became vacant, at which time he would become almost giddy). So it was not surprising when he was invited by his nephew for a Christmas ham dinner, Scrooge barked, “Bah humbug, who needs the cholesterol?” Let any man explain this that night. Scrooge, having his key in the lock of the ornate door of his Sea Colony condo, saw not the lock but the face of his deceased partner, Marley, whom Scrooge had “screwged” many times. “Hey, Marley, baby!” Scrooge said in a voice two octaves higher than normal. “Your check must have gotten lost in the mail. I’ll FedEx you another, tomorrow.” The Ghost responded solemnly, “Tomorrow you will be haunted by a spirit when the bell tolls one.” “My clocks don’t toll,” Scrooge stammered nervously, “they’re digital.” But alas, the Ghost was gone. At 1 p.m. the following afternoon, Scrooge was pacing in front of his flat screen TV. He had wagered two large on the Dallas Cowboys who weren’t covering the spread. Suddenly the Ghost of Christmas Past appeared and the TV went off. “Hey, it’s the two-minute warning,” Scrooge whined. But in a blink of an eye Scrooge and the Ghost were in the neighborhood of Scrooge’s childhood, Ocean Park, 1949. Scrooge was nostalgic at the sight of all the quaint cottages. But then a melancholy came over him. “If only I had bought the whole damn block,” he muttered ruefully. Later than night, Scrooge was watching the Money Channel. Suddenly the TV went black again when the Ghost of Christmas Present merely snapped his fingers. “Do you guys have clappers or something?” Scrooge complained. Instantly the two were whisked silently inside one of Scrooge’s rent controlled apartments in a run-down section off 20th Street. It was the home of his underpaid clerk, Bob Ratchet. Despite a leaky roof, and broken windows, the family was cheerfully gathered around the festive dinner table. When talk turned to Scrooge, Tiny Slim, front rapper in “Maimed Mayhem,” glanced at the roof. “Word, I oughta smack that dawg

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CITY OF SANTA MONICA NOTICE INVITING BIDS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Santa Monica invites sealed bids for the: Barker Hangar Paving Project (SP2117) Bids shall be delivered to the City of Santa Monica, Office of the City Clerk, Room 102, 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica, California, not later than 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 8, 2009, to be publicly opened and read aloud after 3:00 p.m. on said date in City Hall. Each Bid shall be in accordance with the Contract Documents. Job Walk scheduled for Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. at the Barker Hanger/Santa Monica Airport 3223 Donald Douglas Loop South. ENGINEER'S ESTIMATE: $170,000 CONTRACT CALENDAR DAYS: 21 LIQUIDATED DAMAGES: $900.00 PER DAY COMPENSABLE DELAY: $500.00 PER DAY

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Officers with the Homeless Liaison Program, or HeLP Team, responded to the 1600 block of Court Nine in response to residents’ complaints about people loitering in the alley, possibly selling drugs, drinking and smoking marijuana. When officers arrived, they observed four suspects who appeared to be intoxicated. Officers discovered they were in possession of contraband — some with open containers of alcohol while others had marijuana. The suspects were arrested and booked for public intoxication. The first suspect was identified as Rickey Bolton, 29, a transient. He was also booked for open container and violation of probation. The second suspect was identified as Jay Castaneda, 29, also a transient. He was booked for marijuana possession, a parole violation and for providing false information to a police officer. The third suspect, Rosalinda Maria Gonzalez, 26, a transient, was also booked for possession of marijuana, possession of Valium and Vicodin, being under the influence of a controlled substance and for violation of parole. The fourth suspect was identified as Jodi Janine Rombotis, 53, a transient. She was booked for having an open container. No bail information was available for these suspects.

MONDAY, DEC. 8, AT 1:15 P.M., Officers responded to the corner of Fourth Street and Wilshire Boulevard regarding a report of a man attempting to fight everyone around him. As officers approached the suspect, he allegedly walked toward them in an aggressive manner and attempted to remove what was later discovered to be a razor knife from his front pocket. When the suspect failed to comply with officers, they discharged a Taser, causing the suspect to fall to the ground. He was placed under arrest and booked for assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, violation of parole and for outstanding warrants. He was identified as Thomas William Moore, 62, a transient. His bail was set at $35,000.

TUESDAY, DEC. 9, AT 1:05 A.M., Officers responded to the 1900 block of Pico Boulevard — Hirschhorn Manor — regarding a report of vandalism. When officers arrived, they made contact with a witness who said they saw a suspect banging on the front door of the building, claiming to have forgotten his keys. The suspect’s behavior caused the witness to call police. While the witness was waiting for police to arrive, the suspect allegedly threw a chair through the glass door, causing the glass to shatter. Officers arrested the suspect and he was booked for felony vandalism, violation of probation and an outstanding warrant. The suspect was identified as Richard Jackson, 19, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $20,395.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10, AT 3:08 P.M., Officers responded to the 300 block of Colorado Avenue — Sears — regarding a report of a shoplifting suspect in custody. When officers arrived, they made contact with store security who said the suspect walked into Sears and placed several bottles of cologne into a shopping bag and exited the store, failing to pay for the items. Once outside, security confronted the suspect and found her to also be in possession of a robe. The total amount of the items believed stolen was $666.10. The suspect was placed under arrest and booked for commercial burglary and theft with a prior. She was identified as Madelyn Ruth Allen, 68, of Santa Monica. Her bail was set at $20,000.

THURSDAY, DEC. 11, AT 10:13 P.M., Officers responded to 14th Street regarding a radio call of a suspicious person looking into vehicles. Officers detained the suspect and searched him, finding that he was in possession of marijuana. The suspect did not have any identification on him, so officers transported him to the Santa Monica Jail, where officers learned the suspect was wanted in Kentucky for a parole/probation violation. Officers booked the suspect for marijuana possession and providing a false name to a police officer. He was identified as Anthony Sin Jones, 42, a transient. No bail was set.

FRIDAY, DEC. 12, AT 3 P.M., Officers responded to the 2400 block of Pico Boulevard — Rite-Aid — regarding a report of a shoplifting suspect who fled the scene. When officers arrived, they made contact with store security who said they saw the suspect walk into the store and place several toiletries in her purse before leaving, failing to pay for the items. Security confronted the woman outside the store and tried to question her but she drove away in her car. Security recorded the license plate number and gave it to police, who arrested the suspect at her home later that day. Security positively identified the woman and she was booked for petty theft. Officers said the items stolen included razors, lip balm and lotion, valued at $19.37. The suspect was identified as Mallory Nicole Rodriguez, 18, from Santa Monica. The suspect was cited and released.

SATURDAY, DEC. 13, AT 1:23 A.M., Officers responded to the 1800 block of Cloverfield Boulevard regarding a suspicious person. A witness told officers that the suspect was offering to purchase gas for drivers with his credit card in exchange for cash. Officers made contact with the suspect, who allegedly had a fake Oregon driver’s license and a fraudulent credit card, which he used to purchase items from a Shell gas station. The suspect was placed under arrest and booked for violation of probation, burglary, possession of a fraudulent credit card, false identification and possession of a forged official seal. The suspect was identified as Edvardas Dranseika, 23, a transient. No bail was set. Editor in Chief KEVIN HERRERA compiled these reports. news@smdp.com


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College’s faculty supporting nurses FROM NURSES PAGE 1 so more nurses could participate. “When we have rallies in the middle of the day, our night shift workers can’t join us. Our intent was to have lots of them join us,” said resident nurse Lori Hammond. “I think the weather’s probably going to scare some of them away, but it’s a hardy, strong little group here.” The vigil began at the Unitarian Universalist Church near Saint John’s. Following an opening prayer, nurses lit candles, and grabbed banners and signs in support of their cause. “The nurses came over and talked with clergy at a breakfast meeting here about a month ago,” said The Rev. Roberta Haskin of the Unitarian Church. “Their stories were just so compelling that I knew our congregation would be very supportive of their wanting to work for justice, especially unionizing.” At the intersection of 20th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard there were lights, cameras and a microphone ready to go. Nurses took turns telling their stories of alleged harassment and intimidation by Saint John’s administration. “We want a voice, we want to be heard, we want to be able to organize, we want to be able to organize a fair level playing field without intimidation, or coercion, or fear,” said resident nurse Lizabeth Baker-Wade. “We want them to lay down their arms and allow us to organize.” The hospital’s “arms,” according to the nurses, are “union busters,” referring to consultants hired by the hospital. Officials with Saint John’s said the consultants are not union busters and they defend their right to use them as a counterbalance to information distributed by CNA. Greg Harrison, director of marketing and business development for Saint John’s reaffirmed their position in a prepared statement. “We believe that working directly with our nurses collaboratively and professionally — without an outside third party — is the best way to achieve our healing mission,” Harrison wrote. “What you call them is a matter of semantics at this point,” Baker-Wade said. “Union busters, high paid consultants, whatever. Somebody is on the payroll getting paid big bucks in order to make this not happen.” The nurses said they have the support needed to join CNA. However, they have to apply for an election with the National Labor Relations Board to vote on the matter. “Once we file [for an election] we have a finite amount of days where we have to vote and that’s when the union busters will swoop in and wipe us out,” Baker-Wade said. CNA organizer Joe Newlin said the NLRB

OUT OF RESPECT FOR OUR NURSES AND THE COMMUNITY WE SERVE, WE ASK CNA TO CEASE ITS CAMPAIGN OF MISINFORMATION AND DISPARAGING REMARKS ABOUT OUR HOSPITAL, THE EMPLOYEES WHO WORK HERE AND THE CARE WE PROVIDE.” Greg Harrison Director of marketing and business development for Saint John’s

is operating under an anti-union administration, which fails to protect the rights of the workers. “The problem here is that labor law in the country is in disarray,” Newlin said. “The hospital is trying to force nurses into the NLRB process. What nurses of Saint John’s want to do is have a more fair process with some basic ground rules that all sides agree to that will ensure that nurses rights are protected.” The hospital disagrees with Newlin and CNA and stated that the NLRB provides fairness and protection for employees. “Out of respect for our nurses and the community we serve, we ask CNA to cease its campaign of misinformation and disparaging remarks about our hospital, the employees who work here and the care we provide,” wrote Harrison. “We ask the union leaders to show true respect for all people and follow the legal process that has been established by federal law to protect the rights of all employees.” The nurses want to get the backing of the Santa Monica community. They already have the support of many churches, synagogues and religious leaders throughout Santa Monica. The Santa Monica Fire Department is also backing the nurses. In addition, as of Dec. 4, the Santa Monica College Faculty Association unanimously passed a motion calling upon Saint John’s Hospital to “enter upon a fair organizing agreement with Saint John’s registered nurses who are seeking to organize with CNA.” news@smdp.com

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in general and its wastewater treatment systems in particular not only meet the requirements of CEQA, they exceed them,” Schmitz said. For Heal the Bay, the issue with La Paz doesn’t specifically concern the development, but is rather more broad to the problem of pollutants in the Civic Center area. “There are current impairments to the area and any new discharge to the Civic Center area is going to contribute to those exceedances of water quality standards,” Kirsten James, the water quality director for Heal the Bay, said. “Heal the Bay believes any new addition of wastewater and pollutants, even if treated at the highest level, will contribute to the problem.” The organization has recommended that City Hall build a centralized treatment facility that can deal with all the wastewater in the Civic Center area. The Santa Monica Baykeeper in the meantime said it has no plans to file a lawsuit against the developer, pointing out that the permitter in this case was Malibu City Hall. “The city had the responsibility to make sure these guys were doing their job,” Ford said in reference to the EIR. “The city failed to do that in our eyes.” melodyh@smdp.com

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HELPING OUT: Volunteers for Meals On Wheels pick up the designated meals for their routes on Thursday morning at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church on Michigan Avenue.

Organizations seek more volunteers during holidays FROM VOLUNTEERS PAGE 3 extra hand for upcoming programs. “Some people feel so lucky to have blessings that they want to share,” said Julie Schatz, the volunteer program supervisor. “Other times they (experience) feelings of loss … so people want to make new traditions of sharing and connecting with others during the holidays.” Among the organizations seeking help is St. Joseph Center in Venice, which provides services to working poor families and the homeless. The center is seeking a couple dozen volunteers to help wrap gifts and hand out packages to clients who have been “adopted” during the holidays. All clients in the “Adopt a Family” program have created a holiday wish list of items that they would like for their household, which could include simple things such as pots and pans or presents for children. “You may not get to meet the people, but you know you’re making their gift special and taking time to make someone else’s holiday brighter,” Tiana Rideout, the volunteer services coordinator for St. Joseph Center, said. Meals on Wheels is hoping to fill a gap left from current drivers who are taking some time off. The organization is looking for 30 extra volunteers every day to commit two hours delivering meals in Santa Monica and the Pacific Palisades. It’s the opposite problem Meals on Wheels experiences around Thanksgiving

when it is overwhelmed with too many volunteers. “I’m working with people who don’t see happiness around the holidays,” Joanna Vasquez, the director of volunteers for Meals on Wheels, said. “They are alone, in pain, they’re neglected and have no family left.” The volunteers fill that lonesome hole, giving face-to-face interaction that the clients need every day, bringing them food and company. “You are giving someone food to survive, you are giving someone attention,” Vasquez said. “You find the more you give, the happier you get.” Estrada has volunteered with Meals on Wheels for the past 2.5 years, following in the footsteps of her parents who delivered meals in the San Diego area for two decades. The voice and casting director for animation projects said that even if it’s for a few hours a week, she feels that volunteering in the community is important. There are clients she has grown close to over the years, and others with whom she rarely communicates except for the “Meals on Wheels” greeting during every delivery, waiting to hear the client say “thank you” on the other side of the door, a sign of life. Then there are others like the elderly man who likes to talk about the movies. “Sometimes the routes are fast and sometimes you find they take a long time because people have things to say,” Estrada said. “We try to spend as much time with them as they want.” melodyh@smdp.com

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The early days of aviation and movies is brought back to memory for a new generation. Mary Astor, Clara Bow, Errol Flynn, Mary Pickford, Oliver Hardy and Charles Chaplin; what do these old time actors have in common? All of them and others were at one time involved with aviation. The rare and spectacular photos of the era are also included in this addition to the series. An interesting historical picture of Ince Field places it at the intersection of Venice and Abbot Kinney boulevards. It is a developed area now. Thomas H. Ince was one of the early pioneer producers of motion pictures who brought about the studio system. He was also known as the “Father of the Westerns.” Ince Field was later bought up by B. H. Delay who was an actor and stuntman in the early films. Ince Field was renamed DeLay Airfield in 1920. Lots of filming was done around here and at Venice Beach. Our area has a great history. Most of our early aviators were very brave precision pilots. There were no chances for retakes in the stunts. A large percentage of the aviators gave their life for accuracy. Those who didn’t lose their life risked broken bones. A case in point is Dick Grace, a stuntman, who suffered broken ribs and torn muscles in a scene he considered a disgrace. Dick Grace also did the crashes in “Wings” in which he broke his neck. Howard Hughes also played a big part in early Hollywood aviation both as an aviator and a producer. It was his film “Hell’s Angels” that used over 100 airplanes and 80 pilots. Three fatalities were

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department. “It couldn’t have been more perfect.” He attributes much of the success of the film, which has been available on DVD since November, to the generosity of others. “It was a little movie,”he said.“We shot it for nothing. Everybody helped us, giving us stuff. It turned out to be way bigger than it is.” While Lombardi, who co-stars in the upcoming film “The Spirit,” featuring Samuel L. Jackson, could have never guessed that he would get so much for free, he did know that there was a certain something that moved him to make The Bronx the setting for his movie. He wanted to infuse “Doughboys” with the essence of the borough. The mom-and-pop shops, the kids playing in the street all helped set the stage for a film he considers a throwback to a simpler time. “There are no little spots out here [in L.A.],” he said. “In my neighborhood [the Bronx] there are five bakeries, eight pizzerias. “That’s what the movie is all about: Neighborhoods changing, things changing. The mom-and-pops are going out of business and becoming supermarkets.” The plot centers on a pair of brothers who run a neighborhood bakery. While both are devoted to the family business, one brother has

a gambling problem that threatens their livelihood. The work is most certainly a drama, but Lombardi manages to inject enough humor into the screenplay to round it out. “It is just a straight story about family that happens to be funny,” he said. Staying with the “keeping it in the family theme,”even the cast was comprised of many of Lombardi’s friends in the entertainment industry. One such friend, Andrew Keegan, a Venice resident, heard Lombardi discuss the film when it was in its early stages. The part of Sally Boy appealed to Keegan and he jumped at the chance to play him once Lombardi began casting the film. “I was just present to that information,” Keegan said. “I harassed him for the part.” Keegan said that personal relationships often play a part in working on such a smallscale project. “You have to keep it close when you’re doing a small, independent film,” he said. “Across the board there are differences [between major productions and small films]. When you’re sacrificing financially, a lot of things go out the window as far as conveniences are concerned. You tend to focus on the work more. “The end result is a product made with blood, sweat and tears.” daniela@smdp.com


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‘Tis the season for a girdle THE SASSYBAX SLIPDRESS IS THE SIZE of a piece of elbow macaroni. This is my first thought when I pull the dress out of the package. It comes with directions: I’m supposed to step into the macaroni like I would a one-piece bathing suit. The Sassybax is not a girdle. No. Girdles are for women built like hippopotamuses. Beautiful hippopotamuses, like the dancing ones in Disney’s “Fantasia.” I disregard the directions. This is a piece of clothing, not a piece of Ikea furniture. I try to pull the girdle — I mean, slipdress — over my head, but find this physically impossible. For a moment, I wonder if this is what it feels like being born. No, being born must be easier than pulling a garden hose on over your head. If coming through the birth canal were as difficult as this, human beings would just give up. The slipdress is made of Sassybax’s special microfiber nylon and spandex blend. This is part of what allows the dress to both stretch and compress. The

dress has no seam. I imagine it being extruded from one of those Play-Doh spaghetti play-sets or constructed on the Barbie tube-dress maker I had when I was little. (The Barbie tube-dress maker was a pink, plastic, circular loom on which a little girl could construct for her doll a carrying case full of tubetops, tube-skirts, tube mini-dresses, and tube evening gowns simply by weaving yarn over and under, around and around.) I step into the macaroni and tug the straps up over my shoulders. The experience is a lot, I imagine, like being swallowed by a boa constrictor. I can’t help but think of a poem I had to recite in elementary school, Shel Silverstein’s “Boa Constrictor.” “… Oh my, it’s up to my thigh. Oh, fiddle, it’s up to my middle …” Oh, disgust, this does nothing for my bust. Sassybax boasts a built-in bra. It promises comfort and support, no visible bra lines, no visible back-fat, and to fit up to a DD — my size. Sassybax and I clearly have different

QUICK TIP Throughout history, girdles have been used as metaphors for strength. If you need a body shaper to give you strength, you’re probably wearing the wrong outer garments. When shopping for the perfect New Year’s party outfit: • Wear the same color on top and bottom. • You want fabrics that drape, not cling. • Disregard the sizing tag and pay attention to the way an item fits.

definitions of the word “bra.” While I feel as supported as I would in a sports bra, the macaroni does nothing for the shape of my breasts. The directions do say, “However, if you require extra support it can be worn with your bra.” A curvy woman, one for whom back-fat is a concern, will probably be disappointed with the look of her breasts in the slipdress and will want to wear her favorite bra. The problem is that wearing a bra underneath the macaroni creates visible bra lines, which completely defeats the

product’s purpose. Sassybax also claims to do away with visible panty lines (VPL). It doesn’t. If you want to be VPL-free, go commando. I, myself, like panties. I did put the macaroni to the biggest test there is — the first dress I ever made: an overly ambitious Donna Karan two-way stretch jersey in champagne. (Very few people look good in champagne. I am not one of the few.) I never wore the dress because, in addition to the color making me look like I had a terminal illness, the fabric was too clingy. The Sassybax slipdress promises not to bind for “ease of walking.” Being able to walk is always a plus. I move from the bedroom to the living room like a cheap wind-up toy, a prize won with Skee Ball tickets. If I fall off the edge of a table, or the Earth, I will never be able to get back up. MARIEL HOWSEPIAN digs black coffee, fairy tales and a man in coveralls. She lives in Santa Monica and can be reached at Mariel_Rodriguez@antiochla.edu.

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The day the plot stood still BY TAYLOR VAN ARSDALE Special to the Daily Press

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SPACE CASE: Keanu Reeves plays yet another savior role.

I don’t know if I can take yet another film in which Keanu Reeves portrays the savior of mankind. First it was “The Matrix” series, then “Constantine” and now “The Day the Earth Stood Still” — a remake of the classic 1951 eponymous sci-fi film — directed by Scott Derrickson. Reeves plays the alien Klaatu sent to Earth to discern (just in time for Christmas) whether or not we earthlings have been naughty or nice. Apparently we’ve been bad … very bad. As a result, we must be exterminated to ensure Earth’s survival. Flick opens with astro-scientist Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly) being brought to Central Park to investigate an odd, alien sphere. It is here she first sees Klaatu. But, just as they’re about to shake hands and make nice a trigger-happy soldier shoots and wounds the visitor. This incident causes Gort, an indestructible CGI robot, to emerge from within the sphere and begin picking off military and civilian personal with a laser-beam-from-hell. As Gort’s about to gamma ray Benson to death, Reeves utters those infamous words, “Klaatu barada nikto,” and the robot stops its killing spree. If you’re chomping too hard on popcorn, you’ll miss this classic line. Unlike the original, in this version, it’s only uttered once and it’s buried deep within the sound effects of the

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ODD FELLOW: Keanu Reeves plays Klaatu in ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still.’ ongoing destruction. Of the line, Reeves said, “We did it backwards and forwards” and added Derrickson, “We recorded it 20 different ways.” One wonders why so much time was spent on a simple element of dialogue when script development would have been a preferred alternative — for once the injured Klaatu is brought to a military installation and is revived it’s not simply the “day” that stands still, but all future plot points and character contrivances as well. Though barely bonded and uncertain as to Klaatu’s true intentions, Connelly’s character disobeys direct military orders from the Secretary of Defense (Kathy Bates) to sedate Klaatu, thereby helping him escape. The remainder of the film finds us: watching Benson try to persuade Klaatu to spare our lives whilst

struggling to quell occasional outbursts from her rebellious son (Jaden Smith) who never listens to his mother — the brink of Armageddon being no exception; and ho-humming along as nanoscopic metallic bugs eat their way through the entire population. The piece de resistance: a “bold scene” of massive citywide destruction essential to every planetary doomsday flick. As always, New York gets hit first and takes about an hour to decimate. To which I say, “Taylor barada nikto — hoping my personal robot will rescue me from tawdry cinema. TAYLOR VAN ARSDALE is a writer/producer and movie reviewer for the Daily Press. She can be reached at Tailfish@roadrunner.com.


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‘The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian’ 3-Disc Collector’s Edition Based on C.S. Lewis’ seven-book classic, the Pevensie children face a perilous mission that tests the limits of their faith and courage. Some 1,300 years have passed so the four kids embark on a crusade raising an army of Narnians to rise up against the cruel tyrant king Miraz. In addition to bloopers, deleted scenes, and a look into the film’s technical design, there is a tour of the film’s locations and sets. (Disney)

‘Sabrina’ ‘Roman Holiday’ ‘Sunset Boulevard’ These three classics, part of Paramount’s Centennial Collection celebration (titles sold separately), re-mastered in high definition include some of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers and performers. “Sunset Boulevard” (1950), director Billy Wilder’s dark look at show business features Gloria Swanson in a career-defining role as a faded silent screen star. Also featured is William Holden who shares top billing with Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn in “Sabrina” (1954). Holden and Bogey are the very different sons of a Long Island tycoon who become romantic rivals for the chauffeur’s daughter (Hepburn). Nominated for six Oscars including Wilder as Best Director and Best Screenplay (with Samuel Taylor and Ernest Lehman), Edith Head would win for Best Costumes. In “Roman Holiday” (1953), Audrey Hepburn co-stars with Gregory Peck where she portrays a modern-day princess with an adventurous spirit. The triple Oscar-winning picture was directed by William Wyler (“Ben Hur,” “The Best Years of Our Lives,” “Funny Girl”). Each title comes with fresh and insightful features that form some terrific retrospectives. (Paramount)

‘Deadwood’ The Complete Series One of the more vividly gritty series in a long time now comes together in a comprehensive package that includes all 36 episodes from three seasons on HBO. Set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, S.D.; a town of deep corruption and crime, this rough patch of the frontier draws in its share of plundering outlaws and greedy misfits in this richly told saga spread out over 19 discs. There are historical features, a Q&A with the cast and creative team, an audition reel that adds up to more than four hours of bonus content. (HBO)

‘The Unit’ Season Three From Pulitzer-winning playwright David Mamet and Shawn Ryan, creator of “The Shield” comes this drama where Dennis Haysbert leads a covert Special Forces team operating outside the usual military chain of command. Audio commentary, deleted scenes and a writers’ roundtable are part of the eleven episode, triple disc package. (Fox)

‘Batman’ The Complete Animated Series Capturing every adventure from the Emmy-winning series, this 17-disc, 109 episode complete box set of the legendary caped crusader from DC Comics is now out on DVD in this brilliantly packaged presentation. Airing from 1992-1995, this animated Batman is acclaimed for remaining true to the original comic book’s dark tone. Mild-mannered millionaire Bruce Wayne, with the help of his trusty sidekick Robin, fight such evil doers as Catwoman, Penguin, Joker and Poison Ivy as they threaten to overpower Gotham City. Over 35 hours of crime-fighting also includes eight in-depth special features, commentaries from animation creators, a bonus discs documentary: “Shades of the Bat: Batman’s Animated Evolution” and a 40-page collector’s book that contains neverbefore-seen production artwork. (Warner Bros)

‘Lost’ The Complete Fourth Season The survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 come closer than ever to solving the mysteries of their remote island prison in this six-disc, 14-episode season full of twists. Bonus stories about the guns, music, set designs, behind-the-scenes and on location with cast and crew are part of the package. (ABC/Disney) RANDY WILLIAMS can be reached at writtenbyrw@yahoo.com


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The Tale of Despereaux (G) 11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:10, 9:30

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG) 1hr 16min 7:30

Bolt in Disney Digital 3D (PG) 1hr 36min 11:40am, 2:15, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55

AMC LOEWS BROADWAY 4 1441 Third Street Promenade (310) 458-1506

The Day the Earth Stood Still (PG-13) 1hr 50min 11:50am, 2:20, 5:10, 8:00, 10:30

The Day the Earth Stood Still (PG-13) 1hr 50min 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:40 Nothing Like the Holidays (PG13) 1hr 39min 12:20, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 9:50 Milk (R) 2hrs 08min 1:10, 4:00, 7:05, 10:00 Role Models (R) 1hr 35min 7:45, 10:10

AMC 7 SANTA MONICA 1310 Third St. (310) 289-4262 Quantum of Solace (PG-13) 1 hr 46min 11:20am, 2:05, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25

Yes Man (PG-13) 1hr 44min 11:00am, 12:05, 1:35, 2:30, 4:20, 5:00, 7:00, 7:40, 9:40, 10:10

Slumdog Millionaire (R) 2hr 1min 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:00 Let the Right One In (Lat den ratte komma in) (2008) (R) 1hr 54min 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:50

Frost/Nixon (R) 2hrs 02min 11:10am, 1:55, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20

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Gran Torino (R) 11:30am, 1:10, 2:30, 4:10, 5:20, 7:00, 8:00, 9:50, 10:40, 12:30am

The Reader (R) 2hrs 02min 12:00, 2:20, 5:15, 7:15, 8:15, 10:00

Twilight (PG-13) 2hrs 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20

Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The (PG-13) 1hr 33min 12:00, 2:45, 5:00

Four Christmases (PG-13) 1hr 22min Digital Projection 11:40am, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40

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Others naturally follow, Libra ARIES (March 21-April 19)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

★★★★★ Defer to others, which is not natural for you. You'll discover a lot more about someone's plans by not taking charge. Avoid a difficult situation with a boss or higher-up. Your easy attitude goes far. Tonight: Sort through your invitations.

★★★★★ Your smile helps melt others' problems. Others feel relaxed and confident once they interact with you. Still, you might need to revise your thinking after what you see and hear. Choose not to share your insecurities right now. Tonight: Others naturally follow.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) ★★★★★ Your very playful personality emerges. You might wonder what is going on behind the scenes. A partner or associate could be most informative, forcing you to regroup. Listen to what others reveal. You'll gain insight. Tonight: Say yes to an offer.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) ★★ Choose to say little and to gather information. How you communicate what you think is a wonderful idea could change. The more you see, the more your attitude might adjust. You might need to do necessary research. Tonight: You don't need to share it all.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) ★★★★★ Find your friends, and you won't have difficulty in a meeting or another effort dependent on the special people in your life. Don't delegate everything, as tempting as it might be. Tonight: Let a party happen.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) ★★★★ Stay anchored despite what is happening within a relationship or another person's power play. Share your issues with an agreement or change. Certainly there are mixed messages there. Tonight: Close to home.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) ★★★★ Realize what someone is demanding. This person's words might not say exactly what he or she wants. You might want to understand what is going on behind the scenes. Ask questions. Tonight: Let others come to you.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) ★★★★★ Start up talks and think through a decision that needs to be made. Don't push; let the natural process occur. Listen to feedback from an associate or friend. Come back with questions. You must do your research. There are no shortcuts. Tonight: Keep talking.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) ★★★★★ Reach out for the many people in your life. Someone from a distance plays a significant role in your plans and happiness. Share deep feelings without fear or holding back. Conversations open up situations. Tonight: Put on a favorite piece of music.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) ★★★★ Be aware of the financial situation and don't undermine it with what is happening. If you are a bit overwhelmed, rethink your direction with an eye to greater stability. Be aware of what is going on. Tonight: Stick to your budget at any cost.

Happy birthday

ODDS OF A CHILD BEING DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM: 1 in 166

MANN'S CRITERION THEATRE 1313 Third St. (310) 395-1599 Seven Pounds (PG-13) 1hr 58min 12:30, 1:30, 3:30, 4:30, 6:30, 7:30, 9:30, 10:30, 12:15am

★★★ Play it easy and stay sure of yourself. Your ability to move forward and understand what is happening within your immediate circle will make a big difference. Listen to what is being said as well as what is not being said. Tonight: Easy does it.

ODDS OF A CHILD PERFORMING AT CARNEGIE HALL: 1 in 73,000

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) ★★★★★ Relate on a one-on-one level. Friendship plays an enormous role in what occurs. You need to give others the benefit of the doubt, as they might be having some strong reactions to the holidays. Tonight: Dinner for two.

JACQUELINE BIGAR’S STARS The stars show the kind of day you’ll have: ★★★★★Dynamic ★★ So-So ★★★★ Positive ★ Difficult ★★★ Average

This year, choose to funnel your energy where you will have an impact. Work on attentiveness to what is being said and shared in difficult and easy situations. Your ability to understand and see beyond what is going on helps other people, but also yourself. If you are single, you easily might meet quite a few people who could be instrumental to your wellbeing. In this group could be a potential partner who helps make your dreams realities. If you are attached, focus on achieving key mutual goals, and you will find your sweetie joins in. LIBRA is always a friend. You can count on them. They are your natural cheerleader.

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Fill in the blank cells using numbers 1 to 9. Each number can appear only once in each row, column, and 3x3 block. Use logic and process of elimination to solve the puzzle. The difficulty level ranges from ★ (easiest) to ★★★★★ (hardest).

The Meaning of Lila

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GETTING STARTED There are many strategies to solving Sudoku. One way to begin is to examine each 3x3 grid and figure out which numbers are missing. Then, based on the other numbers in the row and column of each blank cell, find which of the missing numbers will work. Eliminating numbers will eventually lead you to the answer.

The Other Coast

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DAILY LOTTERY 10 14 16 29 40 Meganumber: 6 Jackpot: $16M 20 34 41 42 46 Meganumber: 26 Jackpot: $33M 5 7 17 33 35 MIDDAY: 4 0 3 EVENING: 6 7 4 1st: 07 Eureka 2nd: 01 Gold Rush 3rd: 11 Money Bags RACE TIME: 1.44.23

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Speed Bump

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■ For 15 years, Eduardo Arrocha, 46, was different from us, as “Eak the Geek,” the “Pain-Proof Man” at New York’s Coney Island Sideshow, where he lay on nails, walked on glass, ate lightbulbs, and put his tongue in a mousetrap. However, in 2007, he traded everything in for a spot in the class at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich., where he is in his second year (“from one freak show to another,” he said, “it’s the most bizarre thing I’ve ever done in my life”). Job interviews may be tough because a three-piece suit will hide only his chest-to-toe tattoos; recruiters can’t miss the stars and planets that cover his face. ■ Embarrassing: (1) A 49-year-old Leavenworth, Kan., man was hospitalized in November after (according to police) using a front-end loader to pluck an ATM from the Frontier Credit Union. He was hurt when he drove to the edge of a 50foot embankment and tried to drop the ATM, imagining that the fall would break it open, but instead, he, the loader, and the ATM all crashed to the bottom. (2) British Muslim convert Nicky Reilly, 22, pleaded guilty in October in Exeter, England, to attempted terrorism for detonating a homemade nail bomb in the Giraffe restaurant. The plan failed when Reilly triggered the bomb in the men’s room, intending to take it into the dining area, but then could not unlock the men’s room door to get out. (His lawyer called him perhaps the “least cunning” person ever to be charged with terrorism in Britain.)

TODAY IN HISTORY “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens, was first published in England. Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific, winding up the Apollo program of manned lunar landings. Lawrence E. Walsh was appointed independent counsel to investigate the Iran-Contra affair. a SilkAir Boeing 737300 plunged from the sky, crashing into an Indonesian river and killing all 104 people aboard.

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