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July 3, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
As a little girl, Anne Gusha walked into and was charmed by Williams' Book Store in San Pedro. She was 8 years old and the year was 1928. It would be more than five decades before the store became hers -- decades she spent working behind the counter. Now Anne and her son Jerry, who is the store's co-owner, are being forced to close the bookstore. Opened in 1909, Williams' Book Store is considered by some to be the oldest continuously operating bookstore in Los Angeles (Vroman's, which opened in 1894, is in Pasadena)
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November 19, 2013 | By Joseph Serna, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
A 22-year-old San Pedro man has been charged with drugging and having sex with an 80-pound Akita in the owner's backyard. Christopher Caceres pleaded not guilty Monday to felony animal cruelty to an animal, burglary and misdemeanor sexual assault of an animal. He was arrested after the Akita's homeowner saw Caceres on video allegedly assaulting the family dog after installing security cameras focused on the yard, the Daily Breeze  reported . The homeowner feared a prowler had been trying to break into his house in recent months after he found a cellphone in the yard and heard unexplained wails from his dog in the middle of the night, only to find nothing when he investigated.
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November 30, 2013 | By David Zahniser
A 36-year-old man who died Saturday after being pulled from the water in San Pedro was trying to help others who were swept into the water, officials with the Port of Los Angeles Police Department said. Initial reports indicated as many as three people had been knocked off the Cabrillo Beach breakwater by a wave, but Port Police Lt. Michael Capodanno said the man who died was one of several who attempted to help after a man and a boy were swept away from the breakwater. He "jumped into the water to render aid and has subsequently died as a result of his efforts," Capodanno said.
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February 25, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
A San Pedro man with a history of abusing women was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison for killing his girlfriend with a hammer, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Donald Lee Bush Jr., 55, was found guilty on Jan. 14 of first-degree murder, including the allegation that he used a hammer to kill  Dana Milo, 59. He was sentenced Monday, according to the district attorney's office. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Bush and Milo lived together at a boarding house in San Pedro.
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October 5, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
Organizing a country-western hoedown was a first for the nuns. So were the carne asada sale and the trips to the casino. But then again it isn't everyday that the founder of your religious order will be canonized by the Pope. For 30 years, members of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a worldwide Roman Catholic order, have operated a home for the elderly in San Pedro, a facility devoted to the care of about 100 impoverished elderly residents. They call themselves "the begging order" and rely on God's providence to provide the financial means to meet the needs of some 202 homes they run in 32 countries.
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March 26, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A San Pedro man was sentenced Tuesday to four years in state prison after prosecutors say he was caught on camera climbing a backyard fence and sexually assaulting a neighboring family's dog. Christopher Caceres, 22, pleaded guilty to one count each of cruelty to an animal and first-degree burglary, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. In a statement, prosecutors said that from August to November 2013, a family reported their dog would continuously yelp at night.
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January 16, 2012 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A "major emergency" fire that consumed most of a two-story office building Monday at a ConocoPhillips oil refinery was knocked down and did not affect any other refinery facilities, officials said. The knockdown was declared shortly after 8 a.m., nearly four hours after the fire was reported, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Matt Spence. A total of 166 firefighters battled the blaze, which was limited to an administrative building. "This free-standing structure was located some distance away from the refinery itself," Spence said.
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June 7, 1990
Farewell, San Pedro. We came to you on the eve of the American bicentennial, weary from a long voyage and eager to find a home. You greeted us with beautiful views of green hillsides, your welcoming smile extending from the Ferry Building to the top of 9th, amid a pleasant geometry of neatly kept homes. Now we leave you, nearly 16 years later, with mixed emotions, our aims set on other horizons, challenges and goals. But we'll never forget you, San Pedro! We'll bring with us fond memories of early morning whistle blows, powerful tugs in your bustling harbor pushing behemoths laden with goods from the corners of the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2000 | TRACY JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's the southernmost point in the city of Los Angeles, home to Los Angeles Harbor--called the largest man-made port in the Western Hemisphere--and one of the last remaining lighthouses in Southern California. San Pedro is technically part of the city of Los Angeles, but its sandy beaches and stunning views make it feel worlds away. Friday See a show at the historic Warner Grand Theatre (478 W. 6th St., [310] 548-7672), one of the last remaining movie houses built by Warner Bros.
OPINION
May 19, 2006
TO UNDERSTAND WHY HOMELESSNESS is such an intractable problem for Los Angeles, one need look no further than San Pedro. That's where more than two dozen acres of former military housing originally intended for homeless families are instead being sold for millions of dollars. Like many of the best bits of beach-adjacent real estate left in Southern California, this property has a tangled legal history. For decades, it housed workers for the nearby Long Beach Naval Shipyard.
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