Monthly Archives: March 2010

PHOTOS: Going Bald at Cubberley


Fifth grader Hannah Hubbard feels the newly shaved head of classmate Cory Walker during the Cubberley Elementary School’s St. Baldrick’s event Friday, March 26, 2010, in Long Beach, Calif. About 160 participants, mostly students, raised over $30,000 for the foundation. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation encourages people to shave their heads to show solidarity with children who have cancer. The money goes to fund cancer research. See more pictures>>

PHOTOS: Robots in Long Beach


LONG BEACH, CALIF. — California Academy of Mathematics & Science (CAMS) High School student Thuan Doan cheers as their robot scores robot during the FIRST Robotics competition at the Long Beach (Calif.) Arena on March 26, 2010. The competition is presented by For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST). Since 1989, the FIRST Robotics Competition, FRC, has staged competitions around the country. The competition is comprised of short games played by autonomous and remote-controlled robots. The robots are designed and built in six weeks, from a common set of parts, by teams of 15 to 25 high school students under the guidance of engineer-mentors. The teams compete on a 27-by-54-foot field with bumps, attempting to earn points by collecting soccer balls in their goals. An autonomous period starts each match, with robots controlled by pre-programmed instructions. The autonomous period is followed by a period in which the students control the robots.
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PHOTOS: Tony Cruz kicks off 2010 Long Beach Bike Festival


Tony Cruz is back there some where. He rode with patients, including Ivan Hernandez, front, on tricycles during a fun race at the kick off of the 2010 Long Beach Bike Festival in front of Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, Calif. on March 24, 2010. Mayor Bob Foster and professional cyclist Tony Cruz, the city’s “Bicycle Ambassador,” spoke during the press event. The centerpiece of the bike festival is the Tour of Long Beach, a 31-mile open course along bike paths throughout the city. Proceeds from the Tour of Long Beach will benefit Miller Children’s Hospital. See more pictures>>

THEN AND NOW: Third and Cedar, 1927 & 2010


LEFT: The First Congregational Church and the Stilwell Hotel (Willmore Building) in 1927 in Long Beach, Calif. The church building was dedicated in December 1914 with more than 2,000 Congregationalists in attendance. It was the largest church in Southern California when it opened.

RIGHT: The First Congregational Church and the Willmore Building on March 18, 2010, in Long Beach, Calif. The Willmore, named after one of the founder’s of Long Beach, was built as a luxury hotel in 1925. Many of the original details of the building have been retained in the lobby and hallways when the building was converted to lofts. In 1880, Bixby sold 4,000 acres (16 km) of the Rancho Los Cerritos to William E. Willmore, who subdivided it in hopes of creating a farm community, Willmore City. He failed and was bought out by a Los Angeles syndicate which called itself the “Long Beach Land and Water Company.” They changed the name of the community to “Long Beach”, which was incorporated as a city in 1888.

NOTE: The writing on the back of the original 1927 print from the Press-Telegram archives referred to the Willmore Building as ‘The Stilwell Hotel’

PHOTOS: Car plunges in to Los Angeles River


A SUV is lifted out of the Los Angeles River on Thursday, March 11, 2010, after plunging in to the water from the Shoemaker Bridge in Long Beach, Calif. One woman was injured in the accident that occurred about 7:30 a.m. The bridge connects Seventh Street to the Long Beach (710) Freeway on the west side of the city. Divers pulled the woman from the water, and she was transported to St. Mary Medical Center in critical condition. See more pictures>>

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Liberty Belle 'Flying Fortress' B-17 over Long Beach

This is the view from the nose of the Liberty Belle over Long Beach, Calif. on March 1, 2010. This Flying Fortress is one of only eight flying B-17’s in the world from
World War II. There were a total of 12,732 B-17’s produced by Boeing between 1935 and 1945. Of these, 4,735 were lost in combat. The B-17 was in Korea, Vietnam and Israel used them in the war of 1948. Click play above to watch the video or click here to see the pictures >>