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November 22, 1987 | STEVE HOCHMAN
* * * WILLIE DeVILLE. "Miracle." A&M. It's appropriate that Mark Knopfler, who produced and played on this album, chose DeVille's "Storybook Love" as the theme for the movie "The Princess Bride," because the adenoidal New Yorker is definitely a believer in happily ever after. And in "Heart and Soul," he has come up with a song that ranks alongside some of the great boardwalk romances and street corner symphonies.
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March 25, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Spencer Davis was chatting up tourists on the Venice boardwalk when police officers pulled up in front of his display of plastic alien heads. Had Davis seen a man threatening people with a chain saw, they asked? "Not today," he quipped with a smile, assuming that the officers were joking. Then he turned around and saw police officers, their guns drawn, with a man holding a chain saw. "Just when you think you've seen it all…" Davis said. For all the gentrification, designer homes and tourist attractions, Venice is still that kind of place - where artists, the homeless, Silicon Beach hipsters, surfers, inline skaters and tourists come together along a circus-like boardwalk.
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April 26, 1987
The "boardwalk" between the Newport Pier and the Balboa Pier will continue to be a hazard to pedestrians following the failure of the Newport Beach City Council to approve recommended measures to remove bike riders from the walk. It has been predicted that serious injuries, or even deaths, may occur from accidents caused by fast-riding cyclists who maneuver dangerously close to the men, women and children who are walking. One solution that had been presented to the City Council was to authorize construction of a bike path separated from, but parallel to, the existing walkway.
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February 1, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
He played the yacht captain warning Leonardo DiCaprio's Jordan Belfort of "chop" in a surreal storm scene in "The Wolf of Wall Street. " He was the crinkled, shaggy haired assistant to Mayor Carmine Polito in the Oscar front-runner "American Hustle. " He played the life-on-track brother of Bradley Cooper's life-derailed character in "Silver Linings Playbook. " Shea Whigham is one of those actors whom you can easily miss until you realize you haven't missed him at all. Whigham has dozens of acting credits to his name, indie and big-budget films alike.
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August 4, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Abby Sewell
Several videos have emerged showing the Venice boardwalk crash Saturday that left one person dead and at least 11 others hurt, including one in critical condition. One of the videos showed a dark black sedan blowing into people on the boardwalk. Another video captured choatic scene after the crash. Late Saturday, authorities said a person of interest was being questioned in connection with the incident after turning himself in at a Santa Monica police station. Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Andy Neiman said the man told police he was “connected” to the incident.
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August 3, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
At least one person has died after a driver slammed into a crowd of pedestrians on the Venice boardwalk Saturday evening, and authorities say a person has been detained for questioning. The incident occurred about 6 p.m. at the boardwalk's intersection with Dudley Avenue. "The vehicle appeared to be moving purposefully down the boardwalk, according to witnesses," said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Humphrey said initially that a dozen people people had been injured, two critically and two seriously, while the rest sustained minor injuries.
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November 20, 2013 | By Joseph Serna, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
About two hours after a car sped onto the Venice boardwalk and barreled through the crowd, killing an Italian honeymooner, Santa Monica police say Nathan Campbell walked into their station and confessed. “I'm the one you're looking for,” Campbell allegedly told the front desk officer. “I hit all those people.” Santa Monica police Officer Brent Wilkening recalled from the witness stand Wednesday in Campbell's preliminary hearing that Campbell said little besides the initial confession to him just before 8 p.m. on Aug. 3. Campbell said he had parked his car about a mile away and walked to the police station, stopping by a liquor store along the way for a drink, Wilkening testified.
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August 4, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer, Kurt Streeter and Ari Bloomekatz
Victims on Sunday described the hit-and-run rampage on the Venice boardwalk that left one pedestrian dead and others injured. When he first saw the blue Dodge sedan screech around a corner at the boardwalk, Mustafa Balci figured a driver had simply become confused and would quickly turn around and leave. Instead it kept moving forward, speeding, hitting a metal trash can, turning a table into flying shards, and storming “like a train” through the tent where Balci sells handmade pendants.
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August 6, 2013 | By a Los Angeles Times staff writer
A 38-year-old Colorado man was charged with murder and other crimes for allegedly driving his car into pedestrians on the Venice boardwalk. His attorney said the man is sad and depressed over what happened. Nathan Louis Campbell, who was arraigned Tuesday afternoon at the Airport Courthouse, faces 16 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and 17 counts of hit-and-run , according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. He is also charged with murder in the death of Alice Gruppioni , 32, of Italy, who was in Los Angeles on her honeymoon.
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May 29, 2013 | By August Brown
As most of America willingly submits to our new electronic-music robot overlords , something funny is happening in the alleys, parking lots and forgotten spaces around Los Angeles. Rock 'n' roll -- not just shorthand for "guitar music," but the stuff of Buddy Holly glasses, long reverbs and Eisenhower-era vibrato -- is bubbling up again, with a classic-L.A.-punk edge. Long Beach's Tijuana Panthers is one of the best of the lot, with a jangle and a sneer that land halfway between Roy Orbison and the Burger Records garage-rock cabal.
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January 27, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Attorneys for the family of an Italian honeymooner who was killed when a driver allegedly plowed into a crowd on the Venice boardwalk announced Monday that they have filed a claim for damages against the city of Los Angeles. "We believe this tragedy could have been avoided had the city acted in a timely manner," attorney Gregory L. Bentley said in a statement. He is representing of Alice Gruppioni, 32, who was allegedly run over by Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, on Aug. 3 as his car careened down the Venice beach boardwalk.
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January 9, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
HBO's critically acclaimed gangster drama "Boardwalk Empire" will return for its fifth and final season this fall. Show creator Terence Winter issued a statement: "We're thrilled to get the go-ahead for a fifth season of 'Boardwalk Empire.' After much discussion with my creative team and HBO, we've decided to wrap up the series after such a great run and look forward to bringing it to a powerful and exciting conclusion. " The series is set in the 1920s during Prohibition and chronicles the life of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, the undisputed leader of Atlantic City, N.J. Steve Buscemi stars as Nucky.
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January 8, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A judge could decide Wednesday whether a man accused of using his car to kill an Italian honeymooner and injure 16 people on the Venice Boardwalk in August will stand trial for murder and other charges. Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, turned himself in to Santa Monica police an hour after the Aug. 3 incident. He's charged with 17 counts of hit-and-run, 16 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of murder in the death of Alice Gruppioni, 32. Witness testimony bolstered surveillance video footage that shows Campbell's 2008 Dodge Avenger ramming past a barrier post onto the beachfront pedestrian walkway before striking people as it careened for at least half a mile.
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January 8, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The man accused of using his car to kill an Italian honeymooner and injure 17 people on the Venice Boardwalk in August will stand trial for murder and other charges, a judge ruled Wednesday. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Antonio Barreto Jr. found there was sufficient evidence for Nathan Louis Campbell, a 38-year-old Colorado native, to stand trial on one count of murder with a deadly and dangerous weapon for the death of Alice Gruppioni, 32, who was honeymooning with her husband at the time she was fatally struck.  Campbell also faces 17 counts of assault with deadly weapon, including three with great bodily injury, and 10 counts of hit-and-run.
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December 17, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Witnesses and the first victim struck by a car that plowed through the Venice Beach boardwalk in August testified Tuesday they could not believe the Dodge Avenger continued after striking a vendor's tent. They recalled in the preliminary hearing a car smashing an ATM near the corner of Dudley Avenue and Ocean Front Walk at sunset. It came toward them across the walkway, knocking over a trash can and a booth near a patch of grass. They said they expected the car to stop at this point.
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November 20, 2013 | By Joseph Serna, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
About two hours after a car sped onto the Venice boardwalk and barreled through the crowd, killing an Italian honeymooner, Santa Monica police say Nathan Campbell walked into their station and confessed. “I'm the one you're looking for,” Campbell allegedly told the front desk officer. “I hit all those people.” Santa Monica police Officer Brent Wilkening recalled from the witness stand Wednesday in Campbell's preliminary hearing that Campbell said little besides the initial confession to him just before 8 p.m. on Aug. 3. Campbell said he had parked his car about a mile away and walked to the police station, stopping by a liquor store along the way for a drink, Wilkening testified.
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August 5, 2013 | By Matt Stevens and Kate Mather
The Venice boardwalk was quiet Monday as locals looked to restart their businesses and recover from a deadly hit-and-run rampage that shook the tight-knit residential and vendor community. Although the street vendors and homeless who spend their days at the beach say they know most of their neighbors, locals said they didn't know anything about the suspect in Saturday's rampage. Nathan Campbell, 38, was booked on suspicion of murder as the driver in Saturday's incident and is being held in lieu of $1-million bail.
NEWS
August 5, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
Substitute "gas" and "engine" for "guns" and "bullets," and you have a impassioned plea for action against the weapons of mass destruction that lead to incidents such as Saturday's hit-and-run assault at the Venice boardwalk: cars. That's basically was reader Skip Fraser of Costa Mesa did in a letter to the editor, presumably to mock those who call for increased gun control in the wake of mass shootings: "Once again a disturbed individual has taken out his frustrations on a large group of innocents, resulting in death for one and a rash of injuries for others.
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November 20, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and James Barragan
About two hours after a car sped onto the Venice boardwalk and barreled through the crowd, killing an Italian honeymooner, Santa Monica police say Nathan Campbell walked into their station and confessed. "I'm the one you're looking for," Campbell said, according to the front desk officer. "I hit all those people. " Santa Monica police Officer Brent Wilkening testified Wednesday, the second day of Campbell's preliminary hearing, that Campbell said little besides the initial confession to him just before 8 p.m. on Aug. 3. According to Wilkening, Campbell said he had parked his car about a mile away and walked to the police station, stopping at a liquor store for a drink.
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