Rigger George Serna helps tie off the Navy’s newest warship as it arrives at Anaheim Bay at the Seal Beach (Calif.) Naval Weapons Station on February 26, 2010, in preparation for her commissioning next week. The USS Dewey is guided missile destroyer and is named for Adm. George Dewey, who led his squadron of warships into Manila Bay in 1898, destroying the Spanish fleet in only two hours without a single American loss. Dewey became admiral of the Navy, a rank created for him in 1903. The ship named for Dewey is the 55 th of 62 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers either in commission, under construction or on order. See more pictures>>
TOP: ORIGINAL CAPTION on July 14, 1955:
THE PORT OF LONG BEACH’S newest transit shed, a 73,715-square-foot building on Pier D, has been put into use. The structure was built at a cost of $750,000.
BOTTOM:The Port of Long Beach’s Berth 34 building on February 24, 2010.
Davik Teng, the nine year-old girl who came to the U.S. in 2008 for life altering heart surgery, is back. She arrived at Los Angeles International Airport with three year-old Socheat Nha, left, and Socheat’s father, Phin Ken. The three year-old girl needs surgery similar to Davik’s. Hearts Without Boundaries helped Davik in 2008 and is now helping Socheat Nha. See more photos of their arrival at LAX>> or watch the multimedia presentation of Teng’s journey titled, “Davik’s Heart” here>>
Julia Landgraff rubs ash on the forehead of a parishioner during an early morning mass at St. Pancratius Catholic Church in Lakewood, Calif. Wednesday, February 17, 2010. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and occurs forty-six days (forty days not counting Sundays) before Easter. Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of placing ashes on the forehead as a sign of repentance. The ashes used are gathered after the Palm Crosses from the previous year’s Palm Sunday are burned. See more pictures>>
Stretch of Alamitos Beach looking east from Downtown Long Beach, Calif. on February 15, 2010. The brick building on the left with the white top is 1000 E. Ocean Blvd. See more Then and Now photos>>
Riley Elementary School’s Laurel Vilencia, left, with her kindergarten class on February 11, 2010, in Lakewood, Calif. Vilencia decided to donate everything in her piggy bank to help the people of Haiti and asked her classmates to help. She raised $898.
10,000 pound cement blocks on Shoreline Drive and grandstands popping up around town can only mean one thing… It’s Grand Prix time again… in 60 days! See more photos>>
Cabrillo High juniors Daniel Ramirez, center, and Rogelio (cq) Garcia get an upclose look at a L.A. County Sheriff helicopter at Long Beach (Calif.) Airport on February 10, 2010. About 300 high school students from throughout the Long Beach Unified School District and the Long Beach Job Corps Center participated in the city’s job shadow day. See more photos>>
Emiliano Lopez and Shadia Haboud share a kiss at Hilltop Park in Signal Hill, Calif. during the rain on February 9, 2010. The pair came to the park planning to paint but the rain put a damper on their plans.
Public art scale replicas of Douglas and Boeing aircraft that will be installed in the Douglas Park project. The pieces were made by Patrick Vogel in his SIgnal HIll, Calif. studio. Vogel also installed the 9/11 memorial on top of Signal HIll and the stainless steal representations of a DC-8 vertical stabilizers at the entrance to Douglas Park in Long Beach, Calif. The business park is located at the former home of McDonnell Douglas Aircraft. Each of the six structures are almost 24 feet tall and weigh 400 pounds each. See more pictures>>
Cerritos College automotive students Seng Bunoy, left, and Daniel Kang listen to racer Antron Brown talk about his career and his 7,000-horsepower Matco Tools dragster in Norwalk, Calif. on February 9, 2010. Brown is a 24-time NHRA winner. He is the only racer in NHRA history to have won races in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle. Brown will be competing at the 50th annual Winternationals, Feb. 11-14, at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona at the L.A. County Fairgrounds. Brown and the Matco Tools dragster visit seven schools across the country during the race season. See more pictures>>
Lakewood High’s Dion Baily (USC), left, Jessie Scroggins (USC), Kevin Anderson (ASU), Justin Utupo (Notre Dame), and Keanu Kalolo (Northern Arizona) and Coach Thadd MAcNeal on February 3, 2010, in Lakewood, Calif., after signing letters of intent to play football. Also Kassidy Hause (CSULB) and Joseph Masumiya (CSU Bakersfield) signed letter of intent. See pictures>>