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September 14, 1992 | PAUL LIEBERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Half an hour before Reginald Denny drove his truck into the now-famous intersection of Florence and Normandie avenues, Mark Rosenberg pedaled his bicycle along a residential street in Venice--and into a chillingly similar reign of terror. Much as Denny was pulled from his truck, the 33-year-old Rosenberg was pulled off his bike, then beaten unconscious by a group of young black men.
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June 16, 2008 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
One person was killed and three injured when an SUV plowed into a crowd on a Venice sidewalk Sunday afternoon in front of St. Mark Catholic Church. The driver, who had just attended Mass, told witnesses and police that she accidentally stepped on the accelerator when her daughter, a passenger, suffered a seizure. Witnesses described a scene of pandemonium as the silver Nissan drove up onto a sidewalk filled with churchgoers, pinning a man against a flower bed and striking several women.
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October 4, 1997 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While driving away from her Venice church, Heather Davis was wondering what might catch the attention of people passing the familiar Spanish-style Lutheran church on Venice Boulevard. Suddenly she thought of this: "Jesus Roller-Skating with Friends at Venice Beach." That seemingly incongruous image was not her idea. Davis was recalling a ceramic artwork created in the early 1980s by a Belgian monk visiting St. Andrew's Abbey in the Antelope Valley foothills.
REAL ESTATE
February 17, 2008 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
A three-story Abbot Kinney Boulevard work-live space is about as cool as real estate gets in red-hot Venice. This brand-new, three-unit complex of artists' lofts -- an Elaine Carhartt painted-tile mural depicting the area's favorite pastimes spans the facade -- offers a street-level work studio with living quarters above it. The lofts are geared to those who want to incorporate the neighborhood's trendy cafes, art galleries, clubs and clothing boutiques into their domestic lives.
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November 17, 1987 | ALAN CITRON, Times Staff Writer
A homeless woman, using her van as a battering ram on Monday, demolished the front of a Venice restaurant owned by one of the leading critics of the community's growing transient population. Los Angeles police said that Penny Benjamin, 48, destroyed the veranda of the Land's End Restaurant at 323 Ocean Front Walk when she repeatedly crashed her cream-colored, 1965 van into the deserted dining spot shortly before 1 p.m.
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May 20, 1993
Fearing more violence-related closures of Venice Beach, community leaders on Wednesday demanded a significantly greater police presence to handle the massive weekend crowds and sporadic gang fighting that led authorities to shut down the popular tourist attraction Sunday.
NEWS
May 5, 1992 | ROBIN ABCARIAN
One of the underreported stories of last week's catastrophic unrest was what took place in the seaside neighborhood of Oakwood, an area of about 9,200 residents in the middle of Venice. Unlike other parts of the city where businesses were the primary targets, in Oakwood, dozens of homes were attacked. One of the worst episodes occurred Wednesday night, when a mob of about 25 people came crashing through the gates of Alan and Caren Smith's rented two-story home on Indiana Avenue.
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January 7, 1995 | PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a generation, the Venice Beach Boardwalk has been a steady source of employment for an unrelenting stream of characters who walk on glass, juggle chain saws or strum guitars while roller-skating. Street singer/recording artist Ted Hawkins never needed such gimmicks during the many years he entertained for spare change at the surfside mecca of the zany and trendy.
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June 11, 1993 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
Ignoring the angry taunts of a passionate crowd, state and federal wildlife officials clad in protective clothing captured and killed at least 37 of the infected Venice ducks Thursday morning--the first stage of a weeklong effort to contain an outbreak of a fatal avian virus. The unlucky fowl, nearly 10% of the number slated to die, were rounded up during a tedious operation that began soon after 6 a.m.
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November 27, 1992 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just beneath the Venice boardwalk's usual perfume of incense and white sage hangs an unmistakable whiff of unease. The summertime police crackdown on performers, artists and self-proclaimed healers who collect donations for their work has given way to an anxious autumn truce.
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October 4, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A truck driver begged for forgiveness before he was sentenced to death Wednesday for stabbing his two young daughters to death. Julian Beltran, 37, of Anaheim was also sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for killing the girl's mother -- his former girlfriend -- after she rejected his attempts at reconciliation. "My entire existence has been, is and will be sorry for what I did and all the pain I caused. . . . I beg all of you to forgive me," Beltran said tearfully in court.
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August 9, 2007 | Sam Quinones, Times Staff Writer
In its stepped-up campaign to curb gang activity, the Los Angeles city attorney's office Wednesday announced that it had filed a lawsuit against the owner of a small Venice apartment building that is allegedly a home base for drug dealing and other illegal activity by the Shoreline Crips. The civil lawsuit, which was filed in July, seeks the closure for one year of the three-unit property in the 600 block of San Juan Avenue in the Oakwood neighborhood, officials said.
HOME & GARDEN
June 14, 2007 | Bettijane Levine
In a noble attempt to convey what Venice once was and now is, writer Michael Webb and photographer Juergen Nogai combine forces to show and tell the area's evolution. Beginning as a gritty working-class area and seaside haven for struggling young artists lured by sea breezes, a bohemian lifestyle and low rents, Venice was home to the young Edward Ruscha, Billy Al Bengston, Larry Bell, Laddie John Dill and Chuck Arnoldi, among others.
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April 2, 2007 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
About four years ago, members of the Presidents Row Neighborhood Assn. of Venice decided they wanted more streetlights. Like many places in Los Angeles, their neighborhood had never been fully rigged for lights. That was annoying on several fronts, particularly to those who walked their dogs at night or grew weary of waiting for lost pizza deliverers.
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February 8, 2007 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
In nearly 24 years in Venice, Ty Allison has been threatened with a knife and assaulted by vagrants. Almost daily, he calls police to report that homeless people are using crack and methadone in his driveway. Ana Petrova cleans up human feces every morning in the alley behind Peter's Marina Motors, the business she and her husband have operated on Lincoln Boulevard for 40 years.
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February 8, 2007 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
In nearly 24 years in Venice, Ty Allison has been threatened with a knife and assaulted by vagrants. Almost daily, he calls police to report that homeless people are using crack and methadone in his driveway. Ana Petrova cleans up human feces every morning in the alley behind Peter's Marina Motors, the business she and her husband have operated on Lincoln Boulevard for 40 years.
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August 9, 2007 | Sam Quinones, Times Staff Writer
In its stepped-up campaign to curb gang activity, the Los Angeles city attorney's office Wednesday announced that it had filed a lawsuit against the owner of a small Venice apartment building that is allegedly a home base for drug dealing and other illegal activity by the Shoreline Crips. The civil lawsuit, which was filed in July, seeks the closure for one year of the three-unit property in the 600 block of San Juan Avenue in the Oakwood neighborhood, officials said.
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June 2, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
The firm that owns an apartment complex at the center of a years-long development controversy announced Thursday that it will delay additional evictions until the end of August. AIMCO, which plans to tear down the Lincoln Place Apartments to build condominiums, said it will give the remaining tenants, all of whom are elderly or disabled, three more months to consider enhanced relocation packages.
REAL ESTATE
December 25, 2005 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
Light and clean lines draw visitors into this modern home, and the landscaping draws them outdoors. Nearly every room opens to the grounds, which include a Zen sculpture garden and an area with a bronzed Buddha and water fountain filled with lily pads. High ceilings and skylights help saturate the rooms with natural light. The open-format kitchen and living room flow onto a heated concrete patio and garden.
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