By Jay Beeler Beachcombing

Some days it seems like we live in a zoo, given the number of creatures we support. In the early matrimonial days it was just a couple of Peekapoo puppies and a Mynah bird. The kids had their hamsters and even a few rabbits. Then my son, Jeff, started collecting a few of God’s other creatures, like Simon the Siamese cat, Jake the (boa constrictor) Snake and Myrtle the Turtle. (Those last two names ... more

By Taylor Ramsey SWEET Act, I'm Fat

I am fat and I am mad as hell about it! My local, state and federal elected representatives are not doing enough to make sure I am thin and healthy. Not to worry. Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro has come up with a new bill she calls the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax (SWEET). She wants to reduce obesity and diabetes in the United States which is a well-intentioned goal. She believes ... more

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Self Defense or Murder?

The recent well-publicized shooting of an alleged burglar by the victim created a unique intersection of two controversial legal principles, that of the so-called castle doctrine and the offense of capital murder. It all began on the 3900 block of Country Club Drive on Wednesday, July 23 at about 8:55 p.m., when police responded to a shots-fired ... more

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Baby Bros to Open at PCH & Clark

A restaurant that was expected to open last summer will now open in the coming weeks. Yellow tape currently surrounds the chic eatery building at the northwest corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Clark Avenue – which will house a combined Baby Bros Pizza & Wings and Scrambled Breakfast Café. Planted palms and tree saplings line a drive thru ... more

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Memorial Honored for Organ Donations

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recognized Long Beach Memorial with its Gold Medal of Honor – one of just two hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange counties and only eight in California honored for remarkable efforts in saving lives through organ donations. As part of its national Workplace Partnership for Life Campaign, the ... more

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The Last Supper

THE FISH TALE restaurant served its last meal on July 31 and is slated to become the third EJ Malloy’s Restaurant and Sports Bar in Long Beach. Enjoying the last hours of operation are, from left, Fish Tale owners/brothers John and Jerry Bloeser, long-time friends Dr. John and Susan Ingram, and Paula Bloeser, John’s wife. The popular Los Altos MarketCenter ... more

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Timeless Pints: Fermenting a Dream

We all fantasize our dream job, you know the old saying, do what you love and you won’t work a day in you life. For some the old adage takes a little fermenting. Chris and Merri Sparacio now brew their dream in kegs of Timeless Pints. Chris had spent most of his life working union and government jobs but with a little coaxing from Merri, his adventurous ... more

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Open Letter to POA President Steve James

Dear Lt. James: In reading though the most recent publication of Rap Sheet, the magazine published by the Long Beach Police Union, I was struck by the severe scolding you gave City Hall in your column, “The Whole Truth,“ and was especially surprised by the article’s conclusion where you said: “As law enforcement officers, we are required to testify ... more

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