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March 3, 1991 | CHARLES HILLINGER
For more than a century, millions of Easterners have made summer pilgrimages to the ocean boardwalks of the Jersey shore, an institution romanticized in song and memories of saltwater taffy. When people consider the boardwalks along the state's 127 miles of Atlantic coastline, they generally think of the first in the world, erected in 1870 in Atlantic City to reduce the amount of sand tracked into shops and hotels.
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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1995
The Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Commission on Wednesday adopted a renovation plan for the Venice Boardwalk despite complaints from local residents and businesses about a new concrete surface. City parks officials are redesigning the 1.7-mile boardwalk--refurbishing pagodas, adding bathrooms and replacing the cracked asphalt surface with concrete. Some residents call the textured concrete "too upscale" for Venice.
ENTERTAINMENT
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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April 26, 2001 | TINA DAUNT and BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Cracking down on a fad, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to ban motorized scooters on the Venice Beach bike path and boardwalk. The ban is the first of its kind in Los Angeles. Last year, the state Legislature passed a law permitting the motorized scooters on bike paths and in bike lanes unless specifically prohibited by local ordinance. Council members are studying the possibility of banning the popular scooters in other crowded city areas.
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April 5, 1994 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From his chair on the Venice Boardwalk, Walt Davis senses an unhappy change in the air. Maybe it is the numbing din from more and more amplified musicians, said Davis, who has drawn caricatures at the beach for five years. Maybe it is the cutthroat competition for the prime performance spaces. Maybe, he said, it is that some of the best entertainers have moved on to more lucrative spots, such as Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade. "The magic's not really there anymore," said Davis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1994
Los Angeles city parks commissioners sought Wednesday to defuse a furor over plans to renovate the Venice Beach boardwalk, by discharging a design firm that had been selected to hold public workshops. The Studio of Architecture's $10-million proposal had drawn fire from activists who said it would kill the tourist strip's funky charm and turn the boardwalk into another glitzy, upscale pedestrian mall.
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November 15, 1995 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first glance, it might not appear to be one of Southern California's premier tourist attractions. The asphalt walkway is scarred by cracks. Bathrooms are filthy. Even the wooden benches have been stripped for firewood. Locals in Venice have been arguing for years over how best to renovate the dilapidated oceanfront boardwalk. Now a multimillion-dollar overhaul is about to begin, even as activists continue to haggle about its details.
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July 24, 1997 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you ask Ollie Tyra, 85, what sets her apart in this sleepy town on the Central Coast, she will tell you with tears that she is Andy's widow, with pride that she's her church's premier "prayer warrior." Then, with a laugh, she will tell you the real reason the big shots down at the boardwalk invite her to lunch on a regular basis: Ollie Verne Olds Tyra is the last known living human to have ridden the famous Giant Dipper roller coaster the day it was unveiled in 1924.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1995
VENICE BOARDWALK: If one straw poll is any indication, Venice residents and enthusiasts would rather stroll along a brick boardwalk than either an asphalt or concrete one. About 100 activists turned out Saturday for a final meeting about the $10-million boardwalk and pier restoration project. When asked to vote on their preference for the boardwalk repaving, 50 people said they preferred brick, 40 voted for asphalt and eight voted for concrete.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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 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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April 30, 1996 | RIP RENSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Everybody in the world strolls on the Venice Boardwalk. I now have conclusive evidence. I've seen the last person I ever expected to see down there. . . . Of course, you always see the last people you expect to see anywhere on the Venice Boardwalk. That's half the charm. You don't find a lady masseuse draped in gossamer white, twirling in Hoodoo communion with the morning sun--calling herself "the Butterfly of Venice"--at the Corbin Bowl in Tarzana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1995
The debate over what materials to use to repave the Venice boardwalk continues tonight as members of the Los Angeles Alliance for Survival and People for a More Cooperative Venice Plan meet to energize people in support of their position. The two groups favor an asphalt surface for the boardwalk, similar to the one that already exists. Their opinions run counter to other Venice-based organizations that have been lobbying for a more costly brick surface.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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