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WATCHDOG TODAY: St. Mary to close pediatrics unit, 2 officer-involved shootings over the weekend, more parking for Alamitos Beach

Plus, the state will investigate a fatal officer-involved shooting that unfolded over the weekend and more headlines you may have missed.

WATCHDOG TODAY: St. Mary to close pediatrics unit, 2 officer-involved shootings over the weekend, more parking for Alamitos Beach

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Here are the latest headlines.

St. Mary to close pediatric unit, partner with Miller Children’s amid transition

Brandon Richardson • Apr 29, 2024

The 100-year-old Long Beach hospital is citing the continued decline of its pediatric patient volumes as the reason for the closure.

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State to investigate LBPD’s fatal shooting of man accused of home-invasion robbery with replica gun

Fernando Haro • Apr 28, 2024

Police say they believed the man was armed with a gun before an officer shot him. They later discovered the firearm was fake.

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Crime + Public Safety

More parking headed to Alamitos Beach but no parking structure

Jason Ruiz • Apr 29, 2024

Alamitos Beach could get new parking spaces but they won’t be coming in the form of a new parking structure, which was determined to be too expensive by a city co…

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Long Beach rallies to help Clay on First pottery studio recover following a fire

Fernando Haro • Apr 27, 2024

When Clay Wood found out a fire had suddenly broken out inside his pottery studio in Downtown Long Beach, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage, he couldn’t help bu…

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Metro board votes to make student 'GoPass' free ride program a permanent fixture

Jason Ruiz • Apr 26, 2024

Long Beach students and others across the region will continue to be able to ride public transit for free after the Metro Board of Directors voted Thursday to make the “GoPass” program…

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Scratch This: Meet Matt Yniguez, Long Beach Animal Care Services’ volunteer coordinator

Long Beach Watchdog • Apr 26, 2024

For many months, Long Beach Animal Care Services staff were deep in recruitment mode to fill the position of volunteer coordinator. They finally found their candidate in Matt Yniguez. Long Beach residents who are eager to help make a difference in positive outcomes for our shelter’s pets — I hope th…

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Critically Speaking: You can't 'camp' in Grants Pass, Oregon

Jason Ruiz • Apr 26, 2024

Back when I was in journalism school at Cal State Long Beach one of my favorite courses was media law. I learned a lot about torts and writs and I got to re-litigate the case that got ABV percentages put on beer labels. I…

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