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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.
December 9, 2011 | Susan Carpenter
After several bumpy years, the motorcycle industry is hoping for smoother roads ahead as the International Motorcycle Shows tour rolls into Long Beach this weekend. Since the economy began significantly losing ground in 2008, annual new-motorcycle sales in the United States have plunged by about half to some 300,000 units, as money-conscious consumers chose not to make the often-discretionary purchases. After falling 41% in 2009 and 14% last year, sales of new motorcycles are mostly flat this year, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council in Irvine, and are likely to remain there as long as the economy remains stagnant.
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.
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.
The grim story of the calm, bald gunman who killed a checker and a little girl at a Long Beach supermarket grew more bizarre Friday as police revealed a startling discovery: The remains of two people found in the man's condo a block from the store had been there more than a year. The bodies of the unidentified pair--so decomposed that even gender identification was daunting--were lying on a bed in a back bedroom where a window overlooks the Top Valu Market, the scene of the gunfire Thursday.
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.
March 20, 2004 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
Before you read this, her family van will have pulled out of Long Beach for good. Traci Wilson-Kleekamp, her husband and three children are moving east -- a relief to many Long Beach politicians she has needled, criticized, even sued, galvanizing an army of citizen gadflies. So familiar is her mantra around this city of 461,000 that Councilwoman Tonya Reyes-Uranga, attending one of many farewell parties for Wilson-Kleekamp, presented her with a city proclamation.
August 11, 2004 | Nancy Wride and Jean Paul Renaud, Times Staff Writers
A Long Beach jury Tuesday found Mark Wayne Rathbun guilty of being the Belmont Shore rapist, who committed sexual assaults on 14 women in their homes -- crimes linked by DNA. The seven-man, three-woman jury reached guilty verdicts in 59 felonies on Tuesday morning, its third day of deliberations. It took two Superior Court clerks taking turns 47 minutes to read the 62 charges and verdicts against Mark Wayne Rathbun.
April 22, 2004 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
Attorneys for Thomas Lee Goldstein, who spent 24 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, announced Wednesday that they had filed damage claims, alleging that police officers and prosecutors had committed egregious acts of misconduct that cost the Vietnam veteran the prime years of his life. "For the police to fabricate evidence and use perjured testimony to achieve their conviction" was an "egregious affront" to Goldstein and the Constitution that calls for compensation, said Ronald O.
February 22, 2004 | Ann Brenoff, Times Staff Writer
Some "getaways" are wholly dependent on the strength of your imagination. With the new Queen Mary 2's transatlantic crossings out of our reach, we did the next best thing: booked a night aboard the original Queen Mary and pretended. Entered into service in 1936 and retired 31 years later after 1,001 crossings of the Atlantic, the ship epitomized elegance and wealth in its era.
April 19, 2010 | By David Sarno
Two dozen racing machines zoomed past the grandstands along Long Beach's Shoreline Drive on Sunday, showcasing more than enough horsepower to tow the nearby 91,000-ton Queen Mary out of its mooring. And in drawing about 170,000 fans to see star race car drivers such as Ryan Hunter-Reay and Danica Patrick, city officials are hoping the 36th annual Long Beach Grand Prix will inject some fuel into the sputtering local economy too. With a 13.5% unemployment rate in March, Long Beach is lagging behind most of Southern California in the race to economic recovery.
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, 2010 | By My-Thuan Tran
Richard Camp was hailed as a hero when he tackled a gunman suspected of trying to rob a Long Beach bank earlier this month. But these days, Camp feels more like a victim. The gunman shot him in the right thigh and his recovery will take months, Camp said. The 39-year-old general contractor said he is unable to work and worries about how to support his wife, Jean, and 3-year-old daughter, Aubrey. He initially thought that Farmers & Merchants Bank would offer him financial help.
March 1, 2010 | By W.J. Hennigan
For sale: a mammoth four-engine plane that can haul 60-ton tanks, troops and medical gear across continents and still land on short, shoddy runways. Price: about $240 million; volume discounts are available. If interested, please contact Boeing Co. at your nearest air show. That's the sales pitch that Boeing officials have been making worldwide recently, in hopes of keeping its sprawling C-17 assembly line in Long Beach from closing in two years. The plant, adjacent to Long Beach Airport, employs about 5,000 people and is one of the last remaining aircraft plants in Southern California.
February 27, 2010 | By Richard Winton
The child molestation case against the fired head of Napa State Hospital began with a chance meeting last September. A man, who as a boy in the early 1970s lived a few doors from Claude Edward Foulk in Long Beach, was visiting the hospital as part of his job as a vendor. He turned the corner of a hallway and made eye contact with Foulk, who ran the 1,200-patient facility that houses mentally ill criminals. The encounter triggered memories of alleged abuse by Foulk nearly four decades ago, his attorney told The Times.
February 27, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A half a dozen mourners gathered at Forest Lawn cemetery in Cypress on Friday to bid farewell to a woman they never knew. Jean Comstock died Sept. 24, a 79-year-old divorced woman without heirs. Comstock, a retired Long Beach city minute clerk, had wanted to be buried at Forest Lawn but couldn't afford it. Los Angeles County cremated her and stored the ashes at Evergreen Cemetery in Boyle Heights. Eventually the ashes would have been buried in a pauper's grave with the rest of the county's unclaimed dead.
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.
February 4, 2010 | By Lauren Williams
The decaying 1930s-style theater stands in a tired neighborhood of shuttered businesses, old shops and vacant lots. Its Art Deco spire is dusty with years of neglect, its marquee empty except for a few mismatched letters. Nothing has been shown at the movie house for years. For many Long Beach residents, though, the Atlantic Theater remains alive with history, a landmark of the city's past and the glory days of the cinema. Now, some are worried that the old theater's terrazzo tile and signature neon spire will be lost if the north Long Beach building is demolished as part of a redevelopment push in the neighborhood.
January 27, 2010 | By Louis Sahagun
In the first enforcement of its kind against a public agency, the state water board announced Tuesday that it has reached a $6.2-million settlement with the city of Long Beach for violating regulations governing the storage of petroleum and waste oil in underground tanks. The State Water Resources Control Board "will not tolerate violations of these important environmental protection laws, and will take swift action against all violators, whether public or private," said Reed Sato, director of the board's office of enforcement.
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