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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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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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