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

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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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Valentine's Day: Pink is the New Orange; Irvine Love; Plus, Geeks, Allergics, Harold and Maude

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Pink is the new Orange County.
Paris, which is the City of Love, has the 986-foot-tall Eiffel Tower. Orange County, which is the County of Theme Parks, has the 312-foot-tall Supreme Scream coaster at Knott's Berry Farm. But nights during this season of love, Supreme Scream glows pink.

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Howard Dean and Rick Santorum Coming to Long Beach to Debate Politics and Stuff

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Howard Dean and Rick Santorum are coming to Long Beach to debate politics and current events.
Rick Santorum, who is famous for saying, "Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that's okay, contraception is okay. It's not okay. It's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be," is coming to Long Beach to debate politics with Howard Dean, who is famous for saying, "Not only are we going to New Hampshire, Tom Harkin, we're going to South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico, and we're going to California and Texas and New York. ... And we're going to South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan, and then we're going to Washington, D.C., to take back the White House! YEEAAHHUHAHHH!!!"

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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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