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August 19, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
The men who popularized the Catalina Island theme song “26 Miles Across the Sea” more than a half-century ago will return to the island's iconic Casino on Friday for an evening concert. The Four Preps , with original lead singer Bruce Belland, will perform in the Avalon Theatre, an Art Deco classic that gained national prominence when bands were big and movies were just beginning to talk. During the 6-8 p.m. concert, the Preps will sing a variety of numbers, including doo-wop and pop standards, besides their late 1950s hit "26 Miles Across the Sea . "  The event is a benefit for the Rotary Club of Avalon and its charities.
August 16, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
  In the City Section, there are several veteran linebackers returning, led by 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior Cameron Griffin from View Park Prep. He had 121 tackles as a junior. Narbonne's Uchenna Nwosu and Carson's Manoah Pearson should be tops in the Marine League. Roosevelt's Chris Campos will be beginning his third year as a starter on varsity. Daniel Belton, a middle linebacker from South East, averaged 14.2 tackles last season and will be a three-year starter.
August 4, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
A congressman is urging federal officials to more thoroughly investigate the safety of a San Pedro butane storage facility situated near homes, schools and shopping areas in San Pedro. Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles) sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding that the agency take additional steps to protect the public from the risk of explosion at the Rancho LPG Holdings site on North Gaffey Street. Waxman said he was concerned that an earlier Homeland Security inspection of the facility was cursory, did little to verify the company's safety information and conflicted with recent findings by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
July 10, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A major artery between Long Beach and San Pedro will be closed this weekend, as major construction gets underway to replace the aging Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach. A 1.5-mile stretch of Ocean Boulevard between West Shoreline Drive and the Terminal Island Freeway will be closed in both directions starting Friday at 10 p.m., port officials said. Crews will work through the weekend to demolish an on-ramp that provides access from Ocean Boulevard  to one of the port's piers.
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)
July 2, 2013 | By Jason La
Javier Clift photographed the Korean Friendship Bell at Angels Gate Park in San Pedro on June 15. The bell, dedicated in 1976, was a gift from South Korea in celebration of the bicentennial of the United States. In the foreground is a wooden mask. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  for more on this photo series.
June 15, 2013 | By Celine Wright
"It's a great drug, you should try it," said Sebastian Silva, director of the film "Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus," Friday night at the Los Angeles Film Festival. He wasn't kidding --in the film, his characters steal a cactus, chop it into bits, stew it, drink its milky liquid, and begin a journey, with ensuing hilarity. Drug-fueled stories have been done before in film, but this one distinguishes itself with its quirky nature.  The film had its premiere earlier this year at Sundance, where director Sebastian Silva won the Director's Award in World Cinema.
June 9, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
On a recent weekday morning, Daniel Pondella strode along a century-old stretch of concrete pylons and shabby warehouses in San Pedro. As kelp swayed in the waves and terns circled overheard, Pondella recalled an elementary school field trip he took 40 years ago to this gritty wharf known as City Dock 1: "That was the day I decided to become a marine biologist. " Now, Pondella is involved in transforming the wharf into a marine research center at the heart of the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's busiest.
May 24, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Jack Hartman has red hair, is left-handed and acts with the coolness of a surfer dude - even though he doesn't surf. Baseball is his sport, and Friday in a City Section Division I quarterfinal game, Hartman accomplished something he hasn't done since he started playing - throw a no-hitter. The Reseda Cleveland pitcher struck out 11 and walked three in a 5-0 victory over San Pedro that sends the Cavaliers into a Wednesday semifinal against Marshall at 3 p.m. at USC. Marshall defeated University, 4-0, behind pitcher Andre Burciaga.
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