Isai Beltran Accused of Sex Assaults on 2 Boys He Met as Church Helper, More Victims Feared

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Isai Beltran is currently out of custody, having made his $100,000 bail.
A 25-year-old Long Beach man who was a youth group volunteer at several Cypress and Los Alamitos churches is scheduled to be arraigned today for the sexual assault of two boys, but police and prosecutors fear there may be other victims.

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Marvin Jay Caukin Gets 135 Months in Prison for Flying Off with Gulfstream's $10 Million

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Gulfstream jet departs London Luton Airport in England.
The former director of finance and accounting at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.'s Long Beach facility was sentenced this week to 11 years and change in federal prison for embezzling more than $10 million from his employer over a 13-year period.

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Long Beach Mental Health Facility Sued by The Young and The Restless Star Issues Defense

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Kristoff St. John and Victoria Rowell in a scene from The Young and The Restless.
UPDATE, MAY 28, 2:23 P.M.: La Casa Mental Health Rehabilitation Center issued a statement about Kristoff and Mia St. John's lawsuit over the death of their son in a restroom at the Long Beach facility.

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Palmer Luckey Gives New Meaning to Joystick with Oculus Rift Porn Revelation

Categories: Long Beach, XXX

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Palmer Luckey speaks at the 2014 Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Conference.
Long Beach born and raised Palmer Luckey--who proved there is life beyond journalism when he left his web editor position at Cal State Long Beach's Daily 49er to invent the Oculus Rift--revealed this week that his virtual-reality headset will not block adult content.

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What the Frack Is Happening Under Long Beach?

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Chelsea Mosher
Like the sign says

By Joshua Frank

Perhaps you've driven past them at night: several towering panels lit up like a psychedelic art installation, with a 45-foot waterfall gushing down the side and onto the boulder-strewn, pedestal-shaped, very-much-manmade island. The brightly painted structures seem harmless enough--if a bit out of place several hundred feet offshore from Long Beach's affluent Bluff Park neighborhood--but what goes on behind the palm-lined fa├žade is profoundly controversial and potentially very dangerous.

Built in 1965, the four THUMS islands--so named for the companies that first developed the sites: Texaco, Humble, Unocal, Mobil and Shell--were designed by esteemed landscape architect Joseph Linesch, who had a knack for turning blight into eye candy. While Long Beach's Gas & Oil Department (LBGO) operates the islands, a wholly owned subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum (known as Occidental Long Beach Inc.) is contracted to perform the work of extracting fossil fuels from beneath the ocean floor.

The THUMS islands include portions of Pier J in the Port of Long Beach, and were constructed from a goliath supply of stone from Catalina Island--640,000 tons of it--along with 3.2 million cubic yards of sand from Long Beach Harbor. The purpose was to exploit the vast reserves of the Wilmington Oil Field, which stretches 13 miles long and 3 miles wide, from onshore San Pedro to offshore Seal Beach. Since it was first discovered in 1932, 6,150 wells have been drilled in the oil field, with nearly 1,550 pumps still active.

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Lawrence Lee Casados of Los Alamitos is Shot Dead in Long Beach and Suspect is Sought

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Tale of the tape in LBC
A 47-year-old Los Alamitos man was shot dead in Long Beach late Saturday night, and police are hunting for the shooter.

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Weekender Updater: Guilty Gambler Murderer, Prison Guard Slaying Cases, Dalai Lama Tickets

This weekend you're updated on a woman's first-degree murder conviction in the death of a gambler, tickets going on sale for the Dalai Lama's three-day 80th birthday celebration in Orange County and two developments from the fatal ambush of a state correctional officer 17 years ago: a man pleading guilty to conspiracy to murder and an Anaheim police detective being cleared of coercing a false confession.

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Erin Gruwell Comes Back to UCI for Screening of Documentary on Her Freedom Writers

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Erin Gruwell and her kids
In April 2012, Erin Gruwell came back to a town she used to reside in for a Newport Beach Film Festival screening of Stories From an Undeclared War, Dennis Rice's documentary about Gruwell's experiences teaching at Long Beach's Woodrow Wilson High School and beginning her Freedom Writers Foundation.

On Wednesday, Gruwell comes back to her alma mater--UC Irvine--to do that same thing, although the picture now goes by Freedom Writers: Stories From an Undeclared War.

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Clyde Beasley of Westminster Charged with Fourth of July Gang Murder in Long Beach

Kayon Dafney, R.I.P.
A 48-year-old from Westminster is among three men arrested for murder and six held in connection with the Fourth of July 2014 shooting death of a Long Beach man, according to authorities.

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Long Beach and Santa Ana Among Worst-Run Cities in Bang-for-Your-Buck Rankings

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A weekend stroll through ol' No. 57.
Rankings of America's 65 most-populated cities by how well they are run show Long Beach and Santa Ana near the bottom, at 64th and 57th respectively.

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