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Debbie Anderson, nurse at St. John’s Hospital, killed in auto accident

Debbie Anderson, a surgical nurse and first assistant at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, died Thursday, June 24th, in a car accident near her Brentwood home. She was 48 years old. Anderson was born December 27th, 1955 and moved to Los Angeles in the early 1990s from her hometown of Redding. She began her career as a surgical nurse in Redding, where she assisted doctors performing complex heart surgeries. She later worked for many years at the Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center. Anderson was active in track and field, snow skiing and water skiing. In the mid 1980s, she was named a National Water Skiing Champion. In high school, at age 14, she was named a yo-yo champion. Anderson also enjoyed various other sports and world travel, and she had recently begun to learn surfing. She was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church and attended services in Pasadena and Beverly Hills. Anderson is survived by her partner Kira Walker of Topanga, parents Richard and Evelyn Anderson of Redding, and brother Frank Anderson of Redding. A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 10th, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly...

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Erwin Chemerinsky to speak at church

Erwin Chemerinsky, USC professor of public interest law, legal ethics and political science, will speak at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 17th, at the Ernest D. Pipes Jr. 12th Annual Distinguished Lectureship at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica. This year’s lecture will include a discussion of the consequences USA Patriot Act on civil liberties. The Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica, 1260 18th Street, Santa Monica. The lecture is free, open to the public and no reservations are...

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Joe Gold, who founded both Gold’s Gym and World Gym, dies at 82

Joe Gold — who founded both Gold’s Gym and later World Gym — died in his sleep Sunday, July 11th, at Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital. Cause of death was not reported. Gold was 82. Gold was one of the major forces in bodybuilding and fitness in the U.S. and internationally. Gold was born March 10th, 1922, in East Los Angeles. When he was a teenager, he would go to Santa Monica’s Muscle Beach and work out with the bodybuilders. After joining the Navy during World War II and getting injured in the Philippines, he returned to Muscle Beach. During the 1950s, he was recruited with other bodybuilders to join film star Mae West in her Las Vegas act that featured a chorus line of bodybuilders behind her. Gold opened his first gym in New Orleans and in the 1960s he opened his Gold’s Gym in Venice. When bodybuilder, actor and now governor Arnold Schwarzenegger moved to California in 1968, he trained at Gold’s Gym. Gold’s Gym was immortalized in the documentary film “Pumping Iron.” Besides owning gyms, Gold also designed fitness machines that allowed bodybuilders to receive comprehensive workouts. Six years after opening the first Gold’s Gym, Gold sold the rights to the gym and the new owners franchised the company. In 1977, Gold opened the first World Gym on Main Street in Santa Monica. The World Gym franchise...

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on the agenda

The County Marina del Rey Design Control Board is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 15th, in the Burton Chace Park Community Building, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, to consider: old business includes: consideration of Parcel 56 (Marina del Rey sportfishing at Fisherman’s Village), of a bait sign and frame; Parcel 102 (Archstone Communities), consideration of monument entry signage, secondary street signage and lighting; Parcel 61 (Shanghai Red’s), consideration of a new porte-cochère, signage, landscaping and promenade improvements; Parcel 50 (Marina Waterside), consideration of final site plan, Department of Public Works comments, final architectural plans, final landscape plans, final lighting design and Ralphs signage; urban design guidelines public workshop number five for public input on proposed design guidelines for Marina projects; approval of the record of the Design Control Board’s June action for approval of Parcel 102 ( Archstone Communities) color palette as submitted, with changes to the color of the four-story buildings balconies (Gray Hemlock No. 1184), and the top four stories of the tower façade being white without yellow. The applicant will apply the colors to portions of the buildings, for a field check and approval by the design control board; approval of the record of the Design Control Board’s April action on Parcel 61 (Shanghai Red’s) for a conditioned conceptual approval, subject to identification of the items that have been previously approved; approval...

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Westchester Little League team district champs

It might be a bit too early to book rooms in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, for the Little League World Series, but the 11- and 12-year-old Westchester Little League team wrapped up the District 37 championship, and if they continue to play well could be on the road to Williamsport. The local team had a come-from-behind 11-9 victory over Holly Park Saturday, July 10th, at Carl E. Nielsen Field in Westchester. The team was down 8-4 in the third inning, but mounted a steady comeback that included a three-run, two-out rally in the top of the sixth inning to seal the victory. Trailing 8-7 in the sixth, Westchester loaded the bases with two outs and was the beneficiary of a walk that tied the score. With the bases still juiced, Joey Breese singled in two runs to give Westchester a lead it would never relinquish. Breese ended the day going 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Offensively, he was supported by Philip Noyes, who had a monster day, going 2-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored, and Michael Arias, who went 2-for-4 and scored one of the two runs on Breese’s single in the sixth. Pitcher Lawrence Bush went the distance on the mound for Westchester and made the final out of the game when he dived and stabbed a sharp ground ball and threw to first to complete the victory....

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