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October 11, 2001 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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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.
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SPORTS
September 15, 2001 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 3, 2008 | Esmeralda Bermudez, Times Staff Writer
In an era of Amazon.com 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.
BUSINESS
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.
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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.
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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.
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July 30, 1991 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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April 13, 2008 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Prosecutors have long been shielded from lawsuits brought by people who were wrongly convicted. Even if a defendant is later shown to be entirely innocent, the prosecutor who brought the charges cannot be held liable for the mistake. The Supreme Court has ruled that "absolute immunity" is needed so that prosecutors -- and judges -- can do their jobs without fear of legal retaliation. But a California case that the high court is considering taking could open a back door for such lawsuits.
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January 31, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The city has shut down more than three miles of beachfront after a raw sewage spill into the Los Angeles River. Long Beach Recreational Water Manager Nelson Kerr says that 65,000 to 90,000 gallons of raw sewage entered the river Tuesday night. The city closed the beaches as a precaution because it is the end point of the Los Angeles River before it flows into the ocean. Kerr said city officials would test the water today before reopening the beaches.
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December 22, 2007 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
Law enforcement authorities have closed down a trash storage operation in Kern County linked to a recycling firm already under investigation for allegedly violating health and safety codes in Long Beach and the Riverside County community of Blythe.
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December 17, 2007 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
A recycler is under investigation by state, county and city agencies that are pressing the firm to clean up more than 15,000 tons of shredded paper, plastic products and other discards now moldering at sites in Long Beach and Riverside County. The investigations into Mission Fiber Group were launched less than a month after a 60-foot mountain of recyclables near the Port of Long Beach caught fire in what authorities say were suspicious circumstances.
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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.
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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.
NEWS
May 17, 1994 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN and MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
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September 16, 2007 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
Ellen Keys knows about drought. She grew up during the Great Depression in Sallisaw, Okla., depicted in the early pages of "The Grapes of Wrath," John Steinbeck's epic saga of drought and poverty. She paid closer attention than most Long Beach residents to the pleas for water conservation issued earlier this year by the city Water Department in the face of the Southern California drought and looming water shortages.
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September 14, 2007 | Hector Becerra and Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writers
Southern California's water woes -- caused by record dry weather combined with a court ruling likely to limit water deliveries from Northern California -- hit home Thursday as Long Beach imposed the region's most severe water restrictions in years. The measures, which took effect immediately after the city declared a water emergency, will force residents and businesses to change their behavior, including when they water lawns and how restaurants serve water to diners.
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