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September 2, 1997 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Her father was the town drunk. At least that is how her mother often described him. And he carried his alcoholism from South Dakota to Long Beach, where he moved in the 1920s, drinking 39-cent muscatel until he saw bugs crawling out of the woodwork. When his only child was a teenager, she said she would rather run away from home than risk the shame of him showing up drunk at her wedding.
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September 2, 1997 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Her father was the town drunk. At least that is how her mother often described him. And he carried his alcoholism from South Dakota to Long Beach, where he moved in the 1920s, drinking 39-cent muscatel until he saw bugs crawling out of the woodwork. When his only child was a teenager, she said she would rather run away from home than risk the shame of him showing up drunk at her wedding.
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February 14, 1991
The Flossie Lewis Center, which offers a recovery program, shelter, counseling and job training for women with alcoholism or drug addiction, will hold a benefit luncheon at noon today at the Viscount Hotel, 700 Queensway Drive. Beverly O'Neill, president of Long Beach City College, will be the keynote speaker along with recovering addicts who will speak on "Recovering Women Making a Difference in Their Communities." Tickets are $35.
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February 7, 1991
The Flossie Lewis Center, which offers a recovery program, shelter, counseling and job training for women with alcoholism or drug addiction, will hold a benefit luncheon at noon Feb. 14 at the Viscount Hotel, 700 Queensway Drive. Beverly O'Neill, president of Long Beach City College, will be the keynote speaker along with recovering addicts who will speak on "Recovering Women Making a Difference in Their Communities." Corporate and individual sponsors are sought.
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August 19, 1990 | LEE HARRIS
Recent college graduates Ray Owens and Ileetha Brooks will start their teaching careers in familiar surroundings when school opens next month and they welcome youngsters to elementary school classes in the inner city. Owens and Brooks are among 500 participants in the Teach for America project, aimed at alleviating teacher shortages in cities and rural areas. The project, begun by a 1989 Princeton graduate, Wendy Kopp, is modeled after the Peace Corps.
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October 18, 2006 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
A Long Beach police officer struck a pedestrian with his patrol car early Tuesday, killing a mother of five and caterer who had for years helped recovering addicts by giving them work and encouragement. Kathryn Stephens, 39, died at the scene. She was the sister-in-law of the secretary at the station where the officer worked. Police said the officer was a 27-year veteran but did not identify him. An investigation has been launched.
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October 19, 2006 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
Residents who rushed onto the street after a Long Beach police officer's squad car struck and killed a mother of five said Wednesday they believe the driver was speeding. "There is just no way he wasn't speeding to create the horrendous commotion we heard, and then you see how far [the impact] threw her body, probably 50 feet," said Mitch Stath, who lives on 36th Place a few hundred feet from the accident scene on Ocean Boulevard.
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July 24, 2006 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
Dabbing away a tear, outgoing Mayor Beverly O'Neill gazed out at 800 admirers in the Long Beach Convention Center ballroom. For once in 12 years she didn't quote Mae West. Hours of adoration more befitting a eulogy than a retirement had preceded O'Neill to the podium. She was compared to Jesus and FDR, and called a civic "superhero."
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July 16, 2002 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's July 3 at Long Beach City Hall, and a piercing emergency alarm sends jittery staffers scurrying to the stairs. Anchored in the stairwell is Mayor Beverly O'Neill. Like a regal room mother in a burgundy suit, the 71-year-old O'Neill smiles reassuringly, pats fleeing secretaries, shaken like the rest of the country by warnings of possible Fourth of July terrorism. "It's probably nothing," she says to one as the alarm keeps wailing. "I wouldn't worry," she tells another.
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December 7, 1992 | As Told to ROBERT SCHEER; Ruby Ross is a 40-year-old single mother who cares for five children on her Aid to Families With Dependent Children check. She is enrolled in the GAIN job training program and has earned her high school equivalency degree. She is now studying to become a licensed vocational nurse. For the past five years she has been active in South-Central Los Angeles voter registration drives. and
In 1986, I went into a drug and alcohol program for three months at the Flossie Lewis Recovery Home in Long Beach. I volunteered for the program because I was suicidal, angry at my children because I didn't know how to love them, because I was so sick and confused myself. I was in a bad state. I got off alcohol in 1986 and it took about two years before I could really focus in on what was happening around me.
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