Cussing at Muslim Woman and Removal of Her Hijab Probed as Hate Crime in Long Beach

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Artist's sketch of man who removed woman's hijab.
Long Beach's police chief says a hate crime happened when a man cursed at and pulled the head covering--known as a hijab--off a Muslim woman in a shopping center.

The Anaheim-based greater Los Angeles area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) is working with police to find the mystery man, calling on the public to out him.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. July 2 in a shopping center parking lot in the 4000 block of Atlantic Avenue, according to Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell. As the 32-year-old woman loaded her car, the hater came up from behind and twisted and pulled off her black hijab, which he referred to by name while cussing her out. That indicates he's familiar with Muslim culture in McDonnell's eyes.

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Sharknado Gets Live Mystery Science Theater 3000 Treatment Tonight on OC Screens

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Sharks. Tornados. Sharknados.

If you thought Sharknado was worthy of Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment after the intentionally crappy flick premiered on Syfy on July 11, 2013 (and somehow went on to become a worldwide sensation), you are not only in luck but you get to see live Sharknado skewering in Orange County and Long Beach theaters tonight.

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Real Costs of College and University Are Costing California Students Now and Later: Reports

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"Christ. Seven years of college down the drain."

It not only takes longer for California students to attain community college degrees in the traditional two years and state university degrees in the normal four years, the system has created "a raft of expensive consequences for students and the state," according to two recent reports.

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One Man Critically Injured and Second Loses Thumb in Separate July 4 Holiday Blasts

Categories: Events, Long Beach

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Uma Thurman's prosthetic thumb sure would come in handy about now.

If you have any stories from this Fourth of July holiday about mishaps with fireworks--safe and sane or unsafe and insane--let us know in the comments. We'll kick things off with injuries to two sad sacks, including one who lost a thumb.

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Kareem Ahmed, Major Obama Donor Accused of Workers Comp Fraud, Assets Unfrozen, But ...

See Update No. 2 on Page 2 on a judge un-freezing the assets of Kareem Ahmed and 14 doctors, pharmacists and other medical professionals, but you won't believe the bond and bail amounts that were set. Update No. 1 was on today's hearing.

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Landmark Medical Management's blog includes this screen grab from KNBC of Kareem Ahmed and Santa Clarita second grader Sedona Goldstein teaming for a Niger clean water project.
ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 25, 9:30 A.M.: Did a Santa Ana politician's quest to save California's workers compensation system help lead to the Orange County grand jury indictment of Inland Empire businessman Kareem Ahmed, a major donor to Barack Obama as well as such charities as Lupus LA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, the California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation and the Drug Enforcement Agency Survivors Benefit Fund?

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Robert Pimentel, Ex-Teacher Who Sexually Abused Schoolgirls and Relative, Gets 12 Years

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Robert Pimentel pleaded no contest last month.
A former Los Angeles Unified School District grade school teacher who retired to Newport Beach after he was accused of molesting little girls in his classes was sentenced in Long Beach to 12 years in prison today.

Robert Pimentel, 58, pleaded no contest last month to three felony counts of committing a lewd act on a child and one count of continuous sexual abuse involving a female relative.

With time served and good behavior, he should be out in eight years, according to his attorney.

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Santa Ana, Anaheim, Long Beach Among Real Estate Site's 50 Most Boring Cities in America

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Wake me when it gets exciting ...

Do you want the good news or the bad news first. OK then, no Orange County city is among a wascally real estate site's list of the Top 10 Most Boring Cities in America. But two of our biggest cities and an LA County neighbor we adopted long ago do crack the top 50.

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Pink the Pelican Freed with Fixed Pouch: VIDEO

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Pink the Pelican gives his new pouch a spin Tuesday in San Pedro.

Pink the Pelican, who was found in April along the coast in Long Beach with its throat slashed, showed off its surgically reconstructed pouch after being freed Tuesday.

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Long Beach Cops Fatally Shoot Man With Wooden Stick: UPDATE

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*See end of story for an update with news of the family's lawsuit and a link to a video of the shooting filmed by an eyewitness.

Original Post, April 28, 2:08 p.m.: Yesterday was one of those typically beautiful and blustery spring days in coastal Long Beach. At Bixby Park, one of the city's oldest and largest, which sits on a bluff overlooking the ocean, families picnicked and played soccer. On the beach below the bluff, people took advantage of the weather to play on the sand or bike or run along the boardwalk.

That was the scene at about 3:30 p.m. yesterday when several shots rang out, according to witnesses, and yellow police tape shut off Ocean Blvd. at Cherry St., creating a large traffic jam. The tape was put up at the orders of homicide detectives: Long Beach police had just shot to death a man who it turns out was wielding a wooden stick.


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Brush Fire Engulfs Long Beach Wetlands Near Oil Wells

Categories: Long Beach

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This sweltering heat and accompanying nasty winds are so bad that they're sweeping down the IE's fires and placing them in...Long Beach?

Yep. A brush fire is currently blazing at the Los Cerritos Wetlands, the nature area that roughly separates Orange County from Long Beach. The fire was reported to have started around 9:45 near the Market Place Shopping Center.

"There is a brush fire near the intersection of 2nd and pch I believe," a source told the Weekly. "I tried to get a few photos and some info for you but the road was closed."

Well, try harder!

Since half of the Weekly's staff lives in Long Beach or Huntington or Seal, we're getting a Weekling to the scene as we speak.

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