• Soapbox Derby Debuts at Queen Mary’s

    By Joseph Baroud, Contributor Racers kept their heads down. Their eyes pointed straight ahead as they steered their wheels went for the gold at the All-American Queen’s Cup Soap Box Derby race. The derby took place Aug. 23 and 24 at the parking lot adjacent to the Queen Mary in Long Beach. A ramp was placed at the beginning of the tr

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  • Residents Say, ‘Not So Fast’ to Road Diet at Town Hall

    By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor Councilman Joe Buscaino hosted an informational town hall meeting on the Pacific Avenue Road Diet” Aug. 27 in a bid to squash rumors of San Pedro’s take over by the Bike Lane mafia. “This is not a bike lane project,” Buscaino reiterated almost at the start of the meeting. Whethe

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  • All is Now

    By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer A decade ago, author Ekhart Tolle brought the concept of ‘now’ into popular psychology with his book The Power of Now. Artist Jay McCafferty preceded Tolle with a practice of art that necessitates presence of spirit, focus and mindfulness that would test all but the most dedicated Zen practitioner

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  • Blackbird Takes an Honest Look on Being Black, Gay in the South

    A Long Beach QFilm Festival Feature

    By Viktor Kerney, Guest Columnist Being black and gay is truly living on a prayer. The pressures from family, friends and faith can stretch a closeted youth beyond their limits. That amount of burden on one’s shoulders can either come crashing down or eventually make that person stronger th

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