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Top News: Orca Megapod, New Hat Bandits

Here is a look at some of the top news stories this week in the Beach Cities and on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Last Monday's sunset contained brilliant hues of gold, purple and red. Photo credit Nicole Mooradian.
Last Monday's sunset contained brilliant hues of gold, purple and red. Photo credit Nicole Mooradian.
Here's a look at what made headlines this week in the South Bay of Los Angeles.

Redondo Beach

Council Approves Power Plant Moratorium: The city hopes the moratorium will force the California Energy Commission to perform an analysis to see if power from the AES Redondo Beach power plant is necessary.

Santa Starts Redondo Beach Tour: Santa Claus will visit Redondo Beach and the Hollywood Riviera between Monday and Dec. 19.

Locals Appear on 'Let's Make a Deal': Since he moved to Redondo Beach two years ago, Hamilton The Pig has made a name for himself in the neighborhood.

Palos Verdes

Mystery Megapod Brings Rare Killer Whales Past Palos Verdes: A megapod of whales off the Palos Verdes Peninsula stymied researchers for nearly an hour Wednesday afternoon until the mammals were identified as a large group of offshore orcas. The orcas were spotted at about 2:30 p.m. 5-6 miles off Point Vicente in Rancho Palos Verdes. 

Man to Stand Trial for Body Found in Burning SUV: One of two 18-year-old men accused in the killing of a Long Beach man, whose body was found inside an SUV that had been set on fire in Rancho Palos Verdes, was ordered Monday to stand trial on murder and arson charges. Adrian Berumen was 17 at the time of the killing but is being prosecuted as an adult.

PEF Awards $25K in Grants to Teachers: About 30 teachers in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District received a total of $25,000 in Chuck Miller grants from the Peninsula Education Foundation.

Manhattan Beach

Lane Kiffin Puts Manhattan Beach Home on the Market: Former USC football coach Lane Kiffin has put his Manhattan Beach residence on the market. The 7,308-square-foot home, built by Nick Schaar in 2002, has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a saltwater pool and spa, outdoor kitchen, three-car garage, guesthouse and dog run. 

Fire Dept. Hosts Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Sunday NightBefore heading to catch the fireworks in downtown Manhattan Beach Sunday, make plans to eat during the Manhattan Beach Fire Department's 17th Annual Spaghetti Dinner. 

New Hat Bandits Rob Banks in Manhattan Beach: The Citibank at 2710 N. Sepulveda Blvd. in Manhattan Beach was robbed Tuesday by a man believed to be responsible for four other Southland bank robberies, said Detective Michael Rosenberger of the Manhattan Beach Police Department Wednesday.

Hermosa Beach

No Changes to Results After City Council Election Recount: After a recount, there will not be any changes to the original results of the Hermosa Beach City Council election. The three declared winners—Nanette Barragan, Carolyn Petty and Hany Fangary—will retain their seats after being sworn in at the council meeting on Nov. 26.

Winter Sunset Dazzles Hermosa BeachA stunning sunset caught the eyes of many South Bay residents Monday evening. Brilliant hues of red, orange, pink and gold flooded the sky, and several people stopped what they were doing to capture the moment.

Tips to Enjoy the Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza: The Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza off Robert Road in Torrance is a popular evening destination during the holidays. Residents of the area decorate their homes with thousands of twinkling lights each year, and people are invited to journey through the neighborhood from 6-10 p.m.

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