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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)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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December 28, 2011
Gondola Getaway, 5437 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach; (562) 433-9595, www.gondo.net . 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, www.tantalumrestaurant.com . In a corner of the Marina Pacifica mall, with unexpected views of Alamitos Bay and big happy-hour crowds.
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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.
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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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