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Two people broke into Seal Beach home, tied up residents, police said

By Anthony Mendoza Staff writer|

Why ‘Game of Thrones’ is the fidget spinner of fads

“Fads are for fools,” we pontificated to no one in particular while thoughtfully flicking our fidget spinner. It’s not a fad! We bought strictly for its well documented

By Tim Grobaty|


  • Driving under the influence

    Long Beach DUI checkpoint on PCH nets 3 arrests

    Long Beach police arrested two people on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol during a checkpoint Friday night, according to the department. Officers screening cars also arrested a third person on an outstanding warrant and wrote 15 citations for driving without a license or other traffic violations, authorities said in a news release. In all, 324 cars passed through the checkpoint at Pacific Coast Highway and 2nd Street between 6 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday,...

    Jeremiah Dobruck

  • Climate change

    Report: California needs to address housing crisis to meet long-term climate change goals

    California’s economy grew robustly during the past decade even as state-imposed environmental standards to combat climate-change helped lower greenhouse gas emissions. But authors of a report released Tuesday cautioned that the future might not be so rosy: They found that transportation-related emissions have begun to rise due in part to longer commute times for California workers who can’t afford to live in the cities where they work. The report cautioned that the...

    Lauren Williams

  • Fires

    More than 100 storage units damaged in Long Beach fire

    A third-alarm fire ripped through a Long Beach storage facility overnight, destroying or damaging more than a 100 units, according to authorities. Crews rushed to the blaze around 11:50 p.m. Sunday at the Extra Space Storage facility in the 2000 block of West Wardlow Road, near where the 710 Freeway meets the 405 Freeway, said Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jake Heflin. When the first engines arrived, they found flames billowing along the length of a 300-foot building that...

    Staff and wire reports|

  • Wildlife

    Juvenile gray whale that’s been spotted along the coast visits Alamitos Bay, draws concerned spectators

    Long Beach lifeguards on Monday were trying to usher a juvenile gray whale back out to sea after it somehow found its way into Alamitos Bay overnight, according to authorities. An onlooker posted video of a crowd watching the whale surface while it swam parallel to Bay Shore Avenue near Horny Corner. Community organizer Justin Rudd also shot video of the whale swimming in the ocean Sunday near Rosie’s Dog...

    Jeremiah Dobruck

  • Health care policy

    Anthem’s exit leaves thousands without health insurance choice in California

    For about 60,000 Covered California customers, choosing a health plan next year will be easier, and possibly more painful, than ever: There will be only one insurer left in their communities after Anthem Blue Cross of California pulls out of much of the state’s individual market. That means they could lose doctors they trust, or pay higher premiums. Anthem’s departure is also a blow for the Covered California exchange, which often has boasted that healthy...

    By Ana B. Ibarra California Healthline|

  • Commercial fires

    Man jumps out window to escape fire in Long Beach

    A man was hurt when he leapt from a second-story window to escape a fire at a vacant building Sunday afternoon in Long Beach, according to authorities. The blaze began at a commercial building near 11th Street and Atlantic Avenue around 4:45 p.m. according to the Long Beach Fire Department. When crews arrived, they found heavy flames coming out of the building and called for more firefighters, according to the department. Authorities said engines doused the flames by about...

    Jeremiah Dobruck

  • Solar eclipses

    LA’s eclipse-watchers flock to Griffith Park Observatory for a real ‘Solarpalooza’

    “L.A., we’re in an eclipse!” With those words at exactly 10:21 a.m. Monday, spectators at the Griffith Observatory erupted into a loud cheer. As the echo reverberated down the mountain, the bright, sunny sky suddenly turned murky, as if someone had activated a giant Instagram filter over the City of Angels. On the front lawn of the observatory, several thousand people lifted their heads toward the sky, almost all sporting protective cardboard or plastic...

    Denise Quan

  • Sentencing

    Long Beach man sentenced to prison for killing roommate after sexual assault accusations

    A man was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison Monday for stabbing his roommate to death on a Long Beach sidewalk after his girlfriend accused the roommate of attacking her, according to authorities. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge handed down the sentence Monday about a month after jurors convicted Norman Perdon, 26, of first degree murder on July 26. DNA evidence showed Perdon stabbed 38-year-old Allen Estes in the early morning of July 4, 2015, prosecutors argued...

    Jeremiah Dobruck

  • Solar eclipses

    The solar eclipse was eclipsed by social media; still, we’re seeing dots

    We’re sick of the sun now, thanks to Facebook. We’re not overly fond of the moon, either. Social media in general cause us to grow weary of hot topics at a brisker, more feverish pace than the old days of print, idle chitchat and one hour per day of TV news. For practically all of August, Monday’s solar eclipse was all over the internet. The eclipse blocked out everything except the occasional ray of sunshine brought by the latest firing or fleeing from the...

    Tim Grobaty

  • Beer

    Pennywise Partners with Eureka’s Lost Coast Brewery

    Punk rock music, beer and good times are all pretty much synonymous, which is why it made perfect sense for Pennywise to release its own craft beer. The quartet from Hermosa Beach partnered with Eureka’s Lost Coast Brewery for the release of Pennywiser, a Session IPA that will be available in limited release in Southern California starting Wednesday, Sept. 6. Bassist Randy Bradbury said that for years the band members, including guitarist Fletcher Dragge, drummer Byron...

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