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March 21, 2014 | By James Rainey
A string of actions by state officials and the National Labor Relations Board has strengthened the hand of truck drivers who say they need union representation to improve pay and working conditions for the thousands who transport cargo out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. In a settlement this week, one major trucking company agreed to post notices acknowledging the workers' right to organize - not previously a given because drivers were treated as contract workers, who are not subject to unionization.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2014 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Although a bit hyperbolic at times, Pearl Cleage's period drama, “Flyin' West,” now at the International City Theatre in Long Beach, is nonetheless a ripping good yarn that excites our sympathies throughout. The action transpires in the historical setting of Nicodemus, Kansas - an all-black enclave that was settled in the aftermath of the Civil War, as freed slaves fled the atrocities of the Jim Crow south. It's here that feisty, gun-toting Sophie (Cheri Lynne VandenHeuvel)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Los Angeles County is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who shot 19-year-old Sidney Wallace to death a year ago. Wallace, a resident of Los Angeles, and two others were shot about 9:15 p.m. March 28, 2013, as they were standing at a parking lot adjacent to an apartment complex in the 200 block of East Hill Street in the South Wrigley area of Long Beach. Police found Wallace with multiple gunshot wounds in the upper body. He was pronounced dead at scene by fire paramedics.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2014 | By Shan Li and Abby Sewell
Chinese automaker Build Your Dreams is close to losing a $12-million contract to deliver a fleet of electric buses to Long Beach Transit, a deal the company hoped would jump-start its U.S. operations. Federal transit officials said that BYD violated some regulations that made it ineligible to bid in the first place. Both sides are in talks to determine how to best exit the contract ahead of what is expected to be a new round of bidding. It would mark a big setback for the Chinese company, which outbid four rivals last spring to build 10 electrically powered buses for Long Beach.
HOME & GARDEN
March 17, 2014 | By Carren Jao
 A sliver of a yard can be a powerful thing. Materials & Applications has proved this time and again by collaborating with architects to put up fantastical creations on a 25-by-40-foot gravel yard fronting Silver Lake Boulevard. Past double-take-worthy installations include a golden-leafed Mylar canopy in the shape of a black hole by Ball-Nogues Studio, a motorized vegetative cover that opens and refolds like origami by Eddie Sykes and a sinuous, fire-shaped gazebo made of pressure-laminated panels by Edmund Ming-Yip Kwong.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
A 20-year-old man has been charged in connection with the brutal assault of a 19-year-old woman at an apartment complex in Long Beach, authorities said Monday. Jonathan Britton was charged with attempted murder, battery with serious injury, assault by means of committing great bodily injury, and robbery, according to the Long Beach Police Department. They said Britton remains in Los Angeles County Jail. Police officials said they arrested Britton and a 15-year-old boy last Wednesday after officers responded to a call about two suspicious people walking around an apartment complex.  Police said they determined that the pair had knowledge of an assault against a young woman.
NEWS
March 14, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Queen Mary in Long Beach embraces its British lineage by hosting the Christ Church Cathedral Choir from the famed 12th century church in Oxford, England. The choir will perform a pre-Easter concert April 1 in the Queen's Lounge -- and it's free. The deal: The choir of 12 men, 16 boys and two organists has a history that dates back 500 years. Cardinal Wolsey appointed its first director, John Taverner, in 1526. Today choral conductor Stephen Darlington fills that role for the singers who perform around the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Laura Bleiberg
It's a full spring dance season, with national and international companies heading into town, a trend that continues well into summer. For the next three months, "diversity" is one watchword, with flamenco, contemporary ballet, modern dance and neo-classical masterpieces being presented around the region. Companies that qualify as American treasures will be well represented too, with Paul Taylor, Alvin Ailey and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo performing. New York's Tere O'Connor will be bringing two new pieces to the Skirball Cultural Center in April, while a newer Big Apple group, the much-talked-about Jessica Lang Dance, makes its first appearance here in late May. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Ballet presents its eighth repertory season and premieres two commissioned works, including one from Christopher Stowell, a former principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet.
SPORTS
March 13, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 With junior catcher Chris Betts hitting his third home run of the season, Long Beach Wilson rolled to a 6-1 victory ove San Clemente on Thursday, the fifth consecutive victory for the Bruins (5-1). Betts, a Tennessee commit, is seven for 15 on the season. Josh Goldberg allowed three hits in six innings and struck out five. Steve Castro and Max Cauble also hit home runs for Wilson, which inflicted a rare defeat on San Clemente ace Kolby Allard. Vista Murrieta (6-0) won a semifinal game of the Loara tournament with an 8-2 win over Lakewood.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Shan Li
Rick Perry is coming back to town. The Texas governor will be in Los Angeles next week to try to persuade local corporations to relocate to the Lone Star State. This is his third swing through the Southland since last year, and Texas this time around comes armed with a $300,000 advertising blitz. He returns with a big victory under his belt: Occidental Petroleum Corp. The Los Angeles oil giant, whose roots in the region go back nearly a century, announced last month it is relocating to Houston.
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