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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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November 30, 2013 | By Carla Rivera and David Zahniser
What was intended as a peaceful morning photographing the sunrise turned frantic for Mike Czako early Saturday when he was witness to the dramatic efforts to save three people swept from a San Pedro breakwall by a large wave. A 49-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy survived. A 36-year-old man who had apparently tried to help the others was later pronounced dead after being transported to Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in San Pedro. 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 the older man and boy were swept away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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)
TRAVEL
December 28, 2011
WHERE TO STAY L.A./South Bay Hostel, Hostelling International , Angels Gate Park, 3601 South Gaffey St., Building 613, San Pedro, CA 90731; (310) 831-8109, http://www.hiusa.org . Five private rooms, sleeps 60. Open June 13-Sept. 11. All bathrooms shared. In San Pedro's Angels Gate Park, overlooking a grassy knoll and Korean Friendship Bell. Communal kitchen, free breakfast (pancakes and coffee), free parking and internet, no alcohol. Rates $28-$60 per person, with $3 discounts for members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
June 5, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The USS Iowa won't open to the public until next month, but that doesn't mean you have to wait until then to see the World War II battleship. I took a 45-minute harbor cruise from San Pedro just before sunset Saturday and came within 100 yards of the ship. The views in the soft light were spectacular, and many aboard the boat oohed and ahhed at the sight of the enormous  ship in its temporary home at Berth 51. It's scheduled to move again Saturday to its more permanent location at Berth 87. Tickets are on sale now for the museum, which opens July 7 ($18 for adults; $10 for children 6 to 17)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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