VIDEO: What Happens When Thomas Edison Crashes a Tesla-Loving Steampunk Convention

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Edison, right, stealing his latest invention

What happens when Thomas Edison walks onto a ship full of Nikola Tesla lovers? No, this isn't the set-up to a bad joke, but rather the premise of our latest video. Her Royal Majesty's Steampunk Symposium came to the Queen Mary in Long Beach once again, and we sent our freelance reporter Thomas Edison to cover it.

The annual convention dedicated to the retro-futuristic branch of science fiction known as steampunk was filled with supporters for Nikola Tesla, the underdog genius inventor and bitter rival of Edison. How will a shipfull of Teslians greet the great theif Edison? Watch here to find out...

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Gregory Lynn Cross, Serial Bank Robbery Suspect Who Wore Angels Shirt, Still Out There

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Gregory Lynn Cross was No. 1 on our recent list of "6 Bandits Who Wore Anaheim Angels Gear While Robbing Banks."
Regional law enforcement agencies are still seeking 58-year-old Gregory Lynn Cross, who is now suspected in eight bank robberies or attempted bank robberies since Dec. 13, the FBI announced Tuesday.

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Police Find No Bomb So Long Beach City College Classes Resume: Update

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Long Beach City College dealt with a bomb scare this morning.
UPDATE, JAN. 15, 12:44 P.M.: No bomb was found at Long Beach City College so classes will resume at 2 p.m., the police department announced.

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Serial Cat Killer Steven Ullery Gets Two Years for the Death of One of His Five Dead Pussies

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Photo by Vickie Chang/OC Weekly
How could you?
A Long Beach man was recently sentenced to two years behind bars after an investigation revealed that before he and his wife took the bodies of two cats he'd adopted back to a shelter for a refund, they had taken three other dead cats to an animal hospital--including one that died from blunt force trauma and another that had been choked out.

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Michael Drobot of Pacific Hospital Workers Comp Scheme Sued by 2 Patients: Correction

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Michael D. Drobot
CORRECTION, DEC. 31, 8:05 A.M.: The original version of this story incorrectly reported that two patients alleged Dr. Simon Lavi and Dr. Edward Kolpin had "engaged in a scheme" with Michael Drobot Sr. Actually, the two complaints filed in Los Angeles Superior Court only allege Lavi and Kolpin have been negligent in the care provided to the plaintiffs. The Weekly regrets the error.

Marshall Grossman, whose law firm represents Lavi and Kolpin, writes in an email that, "The doctors are of excellent repute and meet all professional standards" and that they "never had any reason to believe that the implant products utilized were unsafe, defective or non-complaint or wrongfully priced in any respect."

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Long Beach Register, Like Los Angeles Register, is Now a Collector's Item

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Building community, August 2013-December 2014
The Orange County Register company-owned Long Beach Register ceased publication Sunday, joining their Los Angeles Register in becoming a collector's item.

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Pastor Wiley Drake Leads Prayer at Pro-Police Rally Outside LAPD Headquarters

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Photo by Gustavo Arellano/OC Weekly
Have megaphone, will travel: Pastor Wiley Drake
Controversial Buena Park Pastor Wiley Drake delivered the opening prayer at a pro-police rally outside the Los Angeles Police Department Sunday afternoon.

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Sergei Smirnoff Due in Court Today for Allegedly Strangling Girlfriend's Christmas Cat

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Are those cat scratches, Mr. Smirnoff?
A Long Beach man is scheduled to be arraigned today for allegedly strangling his girlfriend's cat.

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Probe into Halloween Night Stabbing Murder of Enrique Avila Nets Two 17-year-old Suspects

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Murder charges and gang related sentencing enhancements have been filed against two 17-year-olds in the Halloween night stabbing murder of a 19-year-old Long Beach man. The Long Beach Police Department did not identify the suspects because they are minors, although they will be prosecuted as adults so ... uh ... moving on ...

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Weekender Updater: John Wayne Airport Hood Ornament; Cartel Guns; Pot Attorney Guilty

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Cops on bikes beware!
Read on for the sentence in the case where a Newport Beach woman tried to run over a John Wayne Airport bicycle officer, the planned destination for a couple pulled over in Newps with a cache of weapons and ammo, and the plea of the lawyer for a pot dispensary kingpin who had shops in Orange and Los Angeles counties.

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