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In Santa Monica, Teens Tackle Environmental Causes with Creativity

For five years, Team Marine, a group of students at Santa Monica High, have been championing environmental causes in creative, attention-getting ways.

"When I say ban, you say plastic!" shouts a woman. "Ban! Plastic! Ban! Plastic!" A rally for environmental causes is not an unfamiliar sight in eco-sympathetic Santa Monica. But this bullhorn is in the hands of a young, energetic teenager, and with her, a troupe of equally passionate teens, some dressed in outrageous costumes made of plastic waste. For the past five years, Team Marine, a group of audacious juniors and seniors at Santa Monica High School coached by Benjamin Kay, have been rallying their neighbors around the global issues of climate change, plastic pollution, and ocean acidification. Along the way, they've proved to adults that teens care about far more than texting and video games.

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L.A.'s Expo Line Is Halfway to the Sea: How You Can Make Sure it Gets There

As L.A.'s newest rail line rolls closer to completion, Angelenos have a unique opportunity to help determine its direction.


For the first time in over 50 years, a passenger train rolled through the Los Angeles intersection of Western and Exposition Avenues yesterday. The employees at Metro were testing cars on the Expo Line, a new nine-mile light-rail line that runs from downtown to Culver City, and the latest step in L.A.'s slow crawl towards rebuilding its once-legendary system. This brand-new train follows a vacated right of way that used to shuttle Angelenos to the beach—and will soon again, if city officials and rail boosters can rally public support all the way to Santa Monica.

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The Best Places to Watch the L.A. Marathon This Sunday

This Sunday, L.A. Marathon will transform the city into a 26.2-mile street festival. Here's where to watch it and how to support its runners.



This Sunday, the Los Angeles Marathon will transform a 26.2-mile corridor of L.A. into the city's largest street festival. Even if you're not running from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica Pier, you can still enjoy the car-less streets. Live bands will be playing at almost every mile, and neighbors will be out cheering on their spandex-clad fellow citizens. And while the marathoners keep running, you can have a leisurely brunch. Here's where to watch the race, and a few ways you can help support these civic-minded runners.

Watch the Unofficial Marathon: Head to the course after the bars close on Saturday night to see bikers from Wolfpack Hustle navigate the already-closed streets in their annual "crash race." The ride starts at 3:00 a.m. at Dodger Stadium and heads west all the way to the sea. Check out last year's video here. Truly amazing.

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