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Like every wacky story, the saga of the Spruce Goose--Howard Hughes' monstrous, eight-engine flying boat--contains a fair number of plot twists, some nearly lost in the broad outline of events. Consider the dome. It was created to house the historic plane when it went on public display in Long Beach in 1983. The dome was a big thing in its own right: It was billed as, and probably remains, the world's largest free-standing geodesic structure.
May 24, 2010 | W.J. Hennigan
Long Beach-based Sea Launch Co., once a major part of Boeing Co.'s rocket launch ambitions, could emerge from bankruptcy protection with a Russian firm as its largest shareholder. Rocket engine maker Rocket & Space Corp. Energia, based in Moscow, has proposed investing $140 million to take an 85% stake in the unusual rocket venture that was founded by Chicago-based Boeing as a way to more efficiently launch satellites into space. The investment is part of a plan to bring the firm out of Chapter 11, possibly by August.
An innovative proposal featuring temporary competition and warm-up pools located within steps of the Pacific Ocean helped Long Beach win its bid to play host to the 2004 U.S. Olympic swimming trials. The event, tentatively scheduled for July 7-14, 2004, will determine the swim team for the Athens Games. It's expected to draw approximately 1,000 competitors, 400 reporters and 300 coaches, plus athletes' families and friends and out-of-town visitors.
April 12, 2010 | By Tony Barboza
President Obama had his beer summit. The Founding Fathers nurtured the ideas behind the American Revolution in Colonial taverns. And in modern-day Long Beach, politicians and public officials are also swapping the podium for the pub during their campaigns. When City Hall lobbyist Mike Murchison chose to break his silence about taking junkets with the city's top development official, he shunned the standard news conference or face-to-face interview. Instead, he submitted to public questioning at a "Beer & Politics" get-together at a noisy Irish pub. Mike Clements, a scruffy, avuncular business banker who moderates the sudsy gathering every month or two, held a pint in one hand and a microphone in the other as he addressed the drink-sipping young professionals, gray-haired retirees and handful of city officials who had packed Gallagher's Pub & Grill for the occasion.
March 18, 2004 | James F. Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach is a community bank founded nearly a century ago by C.J. Walker that is still "in the hands of the Walker family," its website proudly points out. To some members of the Walker clan, that's just the problem. A dissident branch of Walker heirs who are F&M Bank shareholders -- led by Marcus Walker, one of C.J.'s great-grandsons -- is challenging the management of the closely held bank headed by his uncle, Chief Executive and President Kenneth G. Walker.
February 19, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Long Beach police have arrested a Rialto man in the Jan. 20 fatal shooting of two men outside a Long Beach apartment. Darryl Eugene Galvin Jr., 22, is being held without bail in the deaths of Kenny Birdine, 30, of Corona and Davonne Anderson, 26, of Inglewood.
May 13, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
A car theft suspect shot to death by Long Beach police after a car chase was identified by the Los Angeles County coroner's office Thursday as 37-year-old Angel Galvan, residence unknown. Galvan's shooting Wednesday evening in a restaurant parking lot was broadcast live by some television channels, reigniting a debate over how TV stations should cover events that could end in violent death.
Chhuong Kang recently moved to the San Gabriel Valley. The idea, he said, was to make it more difficult for gang members to follow him home from the jewelry store his family owns in Little Phnom Penh, the Cambodian business district along Anaheim Street in Long Beach. Neang Chey said he closed the Phnom Penh Market on the same street six months ago after a group of suspected gang members toting guns ordered 30 customers to lie on the floor while they ransacked the cash register.
August 15, 1997
Members of Long Beach's Cambodian community plan to denounce youth violence during a rally at City Hall today in honor of a 16-year-old boy who was killed in a drive-by shooting this month. Organizers said the demonstration will focus on the life of Simona Rin, a member of the Long Beach-based United Cambodian Community's Youth Scope advisory council. He was fatally shot Aug. 1 on his way to a basketball game.
May 10, 2007 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
Historian Stan Poe squinted upward at the castle-like Villa Riviera on Wednesday, pointing out what's been lost and what's about to be restored to the 1929 Long Beach landmark. "The interior has been altered considerably," said Poe, a member of the Long Beach Cultural Heritage Commission, who should know: He was given the Villa's original brocade ballroom drapes by someone who bought them decades ago.
December 12, 2009 | By Tony Barboza
The top development official for the city of Long Beach has been placed on paid administrative leave while the city investigates trips he has taken with a lobbyist with business before his office. Craig Beck, head of the development services and redevelopment agency, has been under scrutiny since local media started reporting about his discounted stay at a Napa hotel during a vacation last month with lobbyist Mike Murchison. City Manager Pat West said he decided to put Beck on leave Friday after the city attorney presented an initial review of Beck's activities, which confirmed that Beck had taken other trips with Murchison and which raised more questions about their relationship.
May 29, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
Long Beach police are grappling with a string of officer-involved shootings in recent months, including three this week alone. Five people were injured in officer-involved shootings during a seven-hour period from Wednesday afternoon to early Thursday, authorities said. One of the victims was a police officer apparently struck by "friendly fire." So far this year, Long Beach police officers have shot nine people.
March 14, 2009 | Peter Pae
Prospects are brightening for Boeing Co.'s once-threatened C-17 aircraft factory in Long Beach, where 5,000 workers could find themselves employed for several more years -- if not longer. The factory is home to the last major airplane production line left in Southern California. For decades, the region was the nation's bastion of aircraft manufacturing, with plants from Burbank to San Diego rolling out planes hourly.
February 16, 2009 | Louis Sahagun
Despite a three-month investigation that has taken police into the underworld of the chronically homeless, homicide detectives said they do not have any suspects or a motive in the November slayings of five people at an encampment in the shadow of two Long Beach freeways.
February 2, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
A 76-year-old woman was stabbed to death in her Long Beach home Saturday, police said. Leam Sovanasy, who lives with family members in the 1400 block of Peterson Avenue, was discovered by a relative about 11 a.m. Saturday, police said. She had been stabbed multiple times in her upper body. Investigators are trying to determine what prompted the killing, Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Lisa Massacani said.
November 24, 2008 | Louis Sahagun
Lennie Arkinstall deftly steered his 14-foot aluminum skiff through murky tidal inlets teeming with shorebirds and strewn with trash in the heart of the degraded salt marsh known as the Los Cerritos Wetlands. The groundskeeper of the privately owned mosaic of mud flats and oil fields framed by power plants, tank farms, malls and busy highways a few miles east of downtown Long Beach wanted to show off the area's potential as a wildlife refuge.
December 7, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein
A judge sentenced a 67-year-old man to life in prison without the possibility of parole Thursday for masterminding the murder for hire of his estranged wife, a killing that took place as police were outside her Long Beach home investigating a reported prowler. Manfred Schockner was found guilty Sept. 7 of first-degree murder in the Nov. 8, 2004, stabbing death of his estranged wife, Lynn, at the home they once shared in the Bixby Knolls area.
Long Beach police and city officials appealed for calm Monday after Cambodian gang members without provocation--and apparently bent on racial retaliation--shot six Latino youths at close range as they left a party, killing three and wounding three.
August 3, 2008 | Esmeralda Bermudez, Times Staff Writer
In an era of and chain bookstores, where a good read is a click or neighborhood mall away, Melody Peck drove more than 100 miles from San Diego to downtown Long Beach to walk Friday among the dusty stacks at Acres of Books, her favorite bookstore, one last time. After 74 years in business, the independent bookstore giant with an inventory that topped 1 million volumes is closing down to make way for a redevelopment project.
June 22, 2008 | Steve Harvey, Times Staff Writer
No one could raise a flag -- or a controversy -- quite like white-bearded Thomas "Ski" Demski. His Long Beach neighbors once took him to court, alleging to no avail that he violated a noise ordinance by flying a 30- by 60-foot U.S. flag at night in his frontyard. A gadfly at City Council meetings, Demski regularly ran for the council or for mayor, campaigning on a motorcycle with a macaw, Peppy, on his shoulder.
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