California Drought Solutions Explored at Aquarium of the Pacific Gathering TODAY

Cover design by Dustin Ames/OC Weekly
Got water?
Experts (including the subject of a recent Weekly cover story) gather at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach this afternoon to look at the California drought and possible ways to reduce water demand in our thirsty state.

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Monday Pervy Monday: Ex-Teacher's Aide, Butt Slapping, TBN, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses

Carra Crouch with her sister Brittany Crouch (left photo) and father Paul Crouch Jr.
Monday Pervy Monday includes an accused butt slapper, an ex-teacher's aide facing charges of sex with a teen and, for our religious readers, molestation allegations against a South County Jehovah's Witness leader and a Long Beach Mormon church member and the alleged rape of the granddaughter of Trinity Broadcasting Network's co-founders.

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Monday Pervy Monday: Dance Academy Emcee Paul Michael Barbour's Child Porn Scores an 8

Courtesy of Cypress Police Department
One of Paul Michael Barbour's porn images depicted an 8- to 10-year-old girl with an adult male.

The Long Beach man who emceed children's dance contests out of a Cypress academy before he was busted for secretly recording girls changing was sentenced today to eight years in federal prison for also having possessed 600 images and videos of child pornography.

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New PBS Show Explores Why Cambodians in Long Beach Don't Graduate from High School

"Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town" premieres Monday at 7 p.m. online and 7:30 p.m. on PBS SoCaL.

A program premiering on PBS SoCaL Monday night took its cameras to Long Beach to find out why Cambodians in the U.S. have low high school graduation rates and what is being done to reverse that in the American city with the highest Cambodian population.

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Michael D. Drobot of Pacific Hospital Fame Files $50 mil Defamation Suit Against Lawyers

Pacific Health Corp.
Michael D. Drobot, plaintiff
Obviously tired of being the target of state and federal investigations and defendant in various legal matters involving his Pacific Health Corp.Healthsmart Pacific, Michael D. Drobot is now suing some opposing lawyers for $50 million for alleged defamation, his lawyers announced Thursday.

The lawsuit alleges attorneys Brian Kabatek and Robert Hutchinson and the law firms of Kabateck Brown Kellner, Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy and Knox Ricksen falsely claimed in broadcast news reports that then CEO Drobot and his Pacific Hospital of Long Beach directed surgeons to install "counterfeit" screws in "thousands" of spinal-surgery patients.

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Akinola Afolabi Gets 30 Months for Billing Medicare $2.6 mil for Unneeded Equipment

Photo by flickr user Louish Pixel
Big money flowed from the government.
A Long Beach man who used to own a medical equipment supply company--and pleaded guilty in August 2013 to a $2.6 million Medicare fraud scheme involving unnecessary power wheelchairs--was sentenced Monday to 30 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution. Akinola Afolabi, the ex-owner and president of Emmanuel Medical Supply, paid "marketers" to obtain Medicare beneficiary information that he used on the false medical documents, prescriptions for the chairs and claims for benefits. Some beneficiaries did not even receive the equipment or any medical supplies that were on the bills Afolabi submitted to Medicare--to the tune of about $2.6 million.

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Watch These Videos From Yesterday's Emergency Landing at Long Beach Airport

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That's frightening

So yesterday mornin,g a JetBlue flight headed from Long Beach to Austin had to turn around shortly after take off when one of its engines blew out, filling the cabin with smoke.

The flight crew successfully made an emergency landing, and all 142 passengers and five crew members made it off the plane without any major injuries. Now, thanks to the power of technology, you can all see what it was like on the airplane during the emergency landing by watching the two videos after the jump.

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Activists, Port Officials Disagree on Whether Israeli Cargo Ship was Blocked in Long Beach

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See the update at the end of this post where activists claim victory in blocking an Israeli cargo ship at the Long Beach port, where officials counter operations went off without a hitch.

International Longshore and Warehouse Union
A Zim ship from Israel is the target of a protest Saturday.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 22, 5:22 P.M.: An Israeli cargo ship will be prevented from loading and unloading cargo at the Port of Long Beach Saturday morning, a coalition of activists in solidarity with the Palestinian people has vowed.

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Azul y no Tan Rosa, Gay Dad/Straight Son Drama, Rolls at 2014 Long Beach Qfilm Fest

Cines Unidos
Like father, not like son ...

A Venezuelan drama about a gay photographer adapting to his closed-minded teenage son (and vice versa) will make its Southern California premiere at next month's 2014 Long Beach Qfilm Festival presented by the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach.

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What Do You Get When You Cross a Baboon, Lynx, Zebra, Gazelle and Bear Skull at the Port?

Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
You can look but don't touch (nor try to export).

The bird, goat, zebra, bobcat, antelope and three deers would be a snap, the new Planet of the Apes movies have informed my recognition of the baboon, but I'm unsure if I would know a lynx, wildebeest and African gazelle if they were approaching me on the street. By the way, stuffed and/or mounted versions of all these animals and more wildlife items bound for export were recently seized at the Los Angeles-Long Beach seaport complex, U.S. Customs and Border officials announced Wednesday.

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