Monthly Archives: April 2009

LBT unveils new hybrid buses

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Long Beach Transit showed off their one of their 25 new hybrid buses on Thursday. LBT said the technology is the same as their 45 other hybrids these buses are, as Mayor Foster put it, “cuter”. Nearly half of Long Beach Transit’s 40-foot fleet will be comprised of hybrid buses with the addition of these new buses. See more pictures>>

The Americas appear on roof of Arena

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South and Central America are visible as mural artist Wyland begins creating the world’s largest painting of the Earth on the roof of the Long Beach (Calif.) Arena on Tuesday, April 21, 2009. This view is from the Aqua Towers. The image of the planet will be painted over a 24-hour period and complement “Planet Ocean,” the world’s largest mural, also by Wyland, painted on the arena’s exterior walls. See more pictures>>

Wyland starts new mural

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In recognition of Earth Day, mural artist Wyland begins creating the world’s largest painting of the Earth on the roof of the Long Beach (Calif.) Arena on Tuesday, April 21, 2009. The image of the planet will be painted over a 24-hour period and complement “Planet Ocean,” the world’s largest mural, also by Wyland, painted on the arena’s exterior walls.

PHOTOS: Dots on Dry Erase Board

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Long Beach artist Lamont Whiting is an artist in a temporary medium, Dry Erase boards. He started ‘dotting’ while working the night-shift at 24-hour fitness. Every night he’d draw a new dot picture, then erase and start over. His work will be auctioned off for charity during Grand Prix weekend. He is also going on the Ellen DeGeneres Show this month with a picture of her to destroy. See more pictures>>

Race car driver at King Park

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Driver J.R. Hildebrand, racing for the Andretti Green Team, with about 60 children who met him and his car at King Park in Long Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, April 15, 2009. The children, from the Boys & Girls club and the Central Child Development Center, got to ask questions and see a real race car. See more pictures>>

PHOTOS: 11 LBPD get 10851 from AAA and CHP

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LONG BEACH, CALIF. — Long Beach Police Chief Anthony Batts, right, shares a laugh with Julio Juarez as he receives the “10851 Award” for their efforts to combat auto theft on Tuesday, April 14, 2009. Batts and California Highway Patrol Captain Chris O’Quinn honored 11 Long Beach police officers with the award.
The 10851 Award Program is named after the vehicle code section for Grand Theft Auto, and is sponsored by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the CHP, to recognize officers throughout the state who have been proactive in recovering stolen vehicles and apprehending the criminals involved. To qualify for the award, an officer must meet any of the following criteria: make six “rolling stolen” (suspect-occupied stolen vehicle in motion) arrests, recover 12 vehicles (including 3 “rolling stolens”), or help identify a theft ring and arrest at least two suspects and recover at least 10 vehicles. See 15 pictures/buy reprints>>