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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.
December 4, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday for a San Pedro man accused of drugging and having sex with a neighbor's 80-pound dog. Christopher Caceres, 22, is charged with felony animal cruelty, burglary and misdemeanor sexual assault of an animal. He faces up to nine years in prison if convicted of all charges, according to prosecutors. Caceres was arrested after the owner of the 80-pound Akita saw Caceres on home surveillance video allegedly assaulting the family dog in 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.
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.
Larry Schneider wiped his brow with the back of his hand and chugged a long, cool drink. Relief was clearly etched in his face. Almost as prominently as his smile. Schneider went from goat to hero as Taft High held off San Pedro, 74-72, in the first round of the City Section 4-A Division playoffs Wednesday night at Taft.
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)
August 15, 1986
I must admit, when I first heard about the Beach Scene I was more than a little skeptical. The part about it being a "Family Event" was especially hard to swallow. But I was wrong! In fact it turned into a "Neighborhood Family Event." We found the days' events just perfect for family and neighbor togetherness. These events included "Broken Bottle Pickup." "Beer Can Roundup," "Parking Grand Prix" and "Urination Washdown." The Beach Scene attendees entertained us no end with their own events.
October 9, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Melissa Palma never thought much about the huge gas storage tanks perched on a hillside near the San Pedro home she and her husband settled into 18 years ago. Only recently she learned that the domed, 40-year-old, circular, steel structures contain up to 25 million gallons of highly flammable butane — what some neighbors and public officials say are the makings of a potential catastrophe. "I was very, very shocked," Palma said. "It's so bizarre that I never knew about this.
December 28, 2011
Gondola Getaway, 5437 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach; (562) 433-9595, . Since 1982, this 10-vessel company has offered gondola tours of the waterways of Naples in southern Long Beach. Cruises (50 minutes) start 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Cost is usually $85 a couple, $25 a person for groups of seven to 19 people. Tantalum, 6272 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach; (562) 431-1414, . In a corner of the Marina Pacifica mall, with unexpected views of Alamitos Bay and big happy-hour crowds.
October 8, 2011 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
The weather-beaten lighthouse that has stood sentry at the entrance to Los Angeles Harbor for nearly 100 years is getting a fresh start. Beginning this week, more than $1.8 million will be spent repainting the Angels Gate lighthouse and shoring up its eroding exterior. The lighthouse, which continues to blink out warnings to passing boaters, has been in decline for years, its paint peeling, iron gates rusting and damaged cornice hanging limply. The remodeling is designed to shore up the lighthouse by metalizing its base and repairing the holes in its stucco tower.
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